Continent: Europe and Asia
Ideal duration: 7 - 10 days
Currency: New Turkish Lira (YTL)
Best time: April - June (Spring) and October - November (Autumn) (Read More)
Settled on the border of Asia and Europe, Turkey is an archive of Islamic Middle East impact and the influence of Christian European West. Turkey at present represents a modern and westernised culture that exists along with its more exotic and esoteric side hidden from outside world. Explore the dual sides of the country with the natural panoramic landscape, historic places, fertile valleys, huge mountain ranges, rugged coastline and quaint villages. The capital city of Istanbul is the heartbeat of the country buzzing with cafes, bustling bazaars, aroma of spices, enchanting belly dancers, nightclubs and hammams.
The geographical position of Turkey is quite strategic connecting Europe and Asia. The country touches border with Georgia and Armenia to the northeast, Iran to the east, Iraq to the south-east, Mediterranean and Syria to the south, the Aegean Sea to the west and Greece and Bulgaria to the north-west. Around 97% area of the country, lies in the Asia Minor (or Anatolia) while only 3% of the country's area called Thrace is the European portion bordering Bulgaria and Greece. The two parts are separated by the Bosphorus, a strait linking the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea. Ankara, the biggest city of the country, lies in the central plains of Anatolia. One will observe a huge difference between the cultures of the western part of Turkey, which is modernised while the eastern sections are quite conservative.
April - June (Spring) and October - November (Autumn) is the best time to visit Turkey
Turkey is a year-round destination. The best time to visit Turkey depends on the places you wish to visit and the activities you want to indulge in. Spring and autumn are generally considered as the best time to visit the beautiful country especially if you wish to explore the archaeological sites, go cycling or trekking. June through September are typically hot and dry with temperatures being particularly high making it great for island hoppers and beach lovers. April, May, September and October are the months with pleasant temperature are considered as the best time to explore the numerous ancient sites of Turkey. From late October, the weather starts to cool off a bit. From November to March, the weather starts to get cold predominantly in interior areas of Cappadocia where the temperature drops to below 0°C. The snowy landscape is magical and enchanting to behold. Winters can, however, be the best time to traverse the sites as they are less busy at this time of the year.
Historic sites and buildings. Rich culture. Archaeological findings. Beautiful mosaic work. Exotic belly dance. Turkish coffee and tea.
Political unrest. Littering on the roads. Smoking culture. Electricity and water problem.
Culture and heritage buffs. People who admire great architecture. Coffee and tea lovers. Those who love natural beauty. Shopaholics.
Turkey offers a wide range of accommodation options to its visitors with an aim to cater all kind of travellers. There are a variety of luxury city hotels, seaside resorts, budget hotels, guesthouses or simple pansiyons. The guesthouses are usually clean but offer only basic accommodation sometimes without en-suite WC, shower or air conditioning. Fancy villas and apartments are also available for rent, especially by Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. There are also several campsites in Turkey, however, lack in facilities. At last, there are a number of youth hostels but their standard varies extremely. In Istanbul's Sultanahmet District, the hostels aim at budget travellers offering single, double and twin rooms. There are also some upmarket hostels in the capital city for flash packers but a little expensive.
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