From the historic cities of Troy and Ephesus, to its ancient archaeological past, Turkey is one of the world's most interesting and well-traveled destinations.
Major attractions for visitors include the caves and landscape at Cappadocia; the biblical and Islamic historical sites in the eastern provinces; the sophisticated, yet historic, sites of Ankara, the capital city; the sunshine and therapeutic waters of the Mediterranean coastline and its Roman history and ruins; major beach resorts of the southwestern and western coastlines, and the modern city of Istanbul, divided by the Bosphorus, and standing on both the Asian and European continents.
Note: Travel warnings advise all but essential travel to the provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Siirt and Tunceli. Visitors should remain vigilant when travelling in other provinces in south eastern Turkey.
There is a high threat from terrorism in Turkey and a number of terrorist groups remain active in the country. Statements have been made in the press indicating that attacks could take place against tourists or places used by foreigners. Terrorist attacks have taken place in major cities and resorts against government, military and civilian targets. You should remain vigilant at all times.
Demonstrations occur regularly in major cities and have the potential to turn violent. Taksim Square and Istiklal Street in Istanbul are gathering points for those seeking to demonstrate.
CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAUS:
- Go Turkey (Official Tourism Portal)
- Calling Code: 90
- Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
- Drive on the: Right
- Times to Travel: Most visitors to Turkey prefer the months of April and May or mid-September and October. The temperatures are quite comfortable and it is less crowded in the attractions.
The high season is July, August and early September, when the prices are high and the coastal areas are packed with beachgoers. This time of year is perfect for a beach or cruising vacation.
The coastal cities, in the winter, are mostly shut down except for the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
TOURISM SITES AND LINKS:
- Blue Mosque
- Explore Turkey Guide
- Grand Bazaar - Istanbul
- Hello Turkey Guide
- Istanbul Travel Guide
- Kusadasi Guide
- Ministry of Culture and Tourism
- Mount Ararat Expedition
- Mount Nemrud
- Ruins of Ephesus
- Sacred Sites in Turkey
- Sumela Monastery
- Topkapa Palace
- Trekking in Turkey
- Turkey For You Travel Guide
- Turkey Travel Planner
- Turkey's Best Beaches
- TWARP Turkey Travel Guide
- UNESCO Sites
- Yerebatan Sarayi (Underground Cistern) (Turkish)
PASSPORTS - TRAVEL VISAS - WARNINGS:
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