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.GENERAL INTEREST: