Places To Visit in Turkey

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Here are the top 7 tourist places in Turkey

1. Istanbul

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Although not the official capital of Turkey, Istanbul is still very much the heart of all activities in the country. It is Turkey's largest and most populated city and also the centre of tourism. Istanbul is located on both sides of the Bosphorus and thus lies in both Europe and Asia.

Best Time: March to May or September to November (Spring or Autumn)

2. Antalya

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Antalya is one of the oldest yet most modern cities in Turkey. It is located in the southwestern region and is bordered by the Tauras Mountains. Antalya is famous as a Turkish resort city since it is home to several stunning beaches flanked by large and luxurious Las Vegas style resorts. It is ...

Best Time: April to December

3. Ankara

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Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the second largest city after Istanbul. It is located in the centre of the Anatolian region and is known to be the nation's administrative centre. It is home to many well-preserved Roman and Ottoman relics scattered throughout the city.

Best Time: April to June and September to November

4. Cappadocia

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Cappadocia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. It is located in the centre of Turkey, almost 700km from Istanbul. It is a land of natural wonder famous for its picturesque valleys, unique cave hotels, mystical underground cities and fairy chimneys (unique rock formations)...

Best Time: March to May or September to November (Spring or Autumn)

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5. Kas

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Kas is a coastal town in the Antalya province of Turkey. It is the most sought-after scuba diving destination in Turkey and is known for sandy beaches, thrilling water sports and fresh seafood.

Best Time: October to June

6. Pamukkale

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Pamukkale is located in southwestern Turkey, in the Denizli Province. It is very famous for its travertines (hot water springs) which is a magical site with turquoise pools and snow-white cliffs. It is one of the most photogenic places in the world.

Best Time: September

7. Izmir

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Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey (after Istanbul and Ankara) and the second biggest port. It is a modern metropolitan with a developed and busy city centre surrounded by a large bay. Located on the coast of the Aegean sea, Izmir is known for its beaches and watersports.

Best Time: October to June

FAQs on Turkey

What is the currency of Turkey?

Turkish Lira is the official currency of the country. The notes here are in the denomination of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. Turkey has no black market and thus it accepts UD dollars, Euro, British Pound or Deutschmarks but most of the times at poor exchange rates. Visa is the most popular card followed by MasterCard. Only high-end hotels, gift shops and restaurants accept American Express.

What is unique about culture of Turkey?

Turkey is home to an old Turkish culture representing the countryÕs arts, literature, and music mostly of religious theme though. Today, it houses every extreme of Western and Eastern culture shaping a new identity over the last century. All the nationals of the country self-identify as Turks irrespective of their ethnic background.
Official language of Turkey is Turkish. Kurdish is also spoken in the southeast by a minority. Other languages spoken widely in tourist areas and major cities include English, French and German. Some of the commonly spoken Turkish phrases are:
Hello Ð Merhaba/ Selam
Hello (on phone) Ð Alo/ Efendim
Welcome - Ho? Geldiniz (hosh gel-din-iz)
Yes Ð Evet
No Ð Hayir (hi-ear)
I am sorry: …zŸr dilerim (ouz-ur dill-ear-im)
Please Ð LŸtfen (Lut-fen)
Excuse me Ð Afedersiniz (Aff-ed-dar-san-iz)
Islam is the main religion of the country with around 70% Sunni, 25% Alevis and minority group of Christians.

How is Turkey divided into regions?

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.

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