Turkey

Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey is a land of vast history, the birthplace of many civilizations, and the home of some of history's greatest empires. Turkey delights visitors with its dizzying natural scenery, intriguing ruins from throughout human history, exquisite food, and unique handicrafts. Turkey welcomes thousands of visitors from India every year.

 

What to see in Turkey ?

 

Istanbul has been a major cultural hub for nearly 2000 years, and a crucial site of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. The most famous sights in Istanbul include the Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), the Hagia Sophia Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern, and the Byzantine Wall.Istanbul offers world-class shopping in its Grand Bazaar, along Istiklal Avenue and the famous Taksim Square, as well as many modern malls.

 

Ephesus is one of the world's best archaeological sites, at one time being the second-largest city in the Roman Empire and home to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Here you can also visit the 24,000 seat Great Theatre and the luxurious Terrace Houses with their beautifully preserved wall frescoes and floor mosaics.

 

Pamukkale is famous for its unusual white cliffs (travertines) and hot springs, which have been used as a spa for over 2000 years. It also features the ancient Roman ruins of Hierapolis. Alaturka has tours to Pamukkale beginning in Istanbul, Ephesus and Fethiye.

 

Cappadocia is a stunning region of canyons, amazing rock formations, vast underground cities, with houses, churches, monasteries, and even a castle carved into the mountainsides. It is also the world's premier location for hot air ballooning. This surrealistic landscape is the must-see destination of Turkey. Almost all of Alaturka's tours visit spectacular Cappadocia.

 

Antalya is a charming and gorgeous town on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Antalya offers vast insights into ancient times with a wealth of Roman sites in the surrounding areas, including Perge, a city featuring baths, an acropolis, and a well-preserved stadium, as well as Aspendos, which is the best-preserved ancient Roman theatre in the world. With its fertile location surrounded by mountains and cliffs, Antalya also boasts beautiful national parks and waterfalls. Alaturka offers a variety of tour options for Antalya.

 

Fethiye is a simply stunning town on the Mediterranean coast. Famous for its natural beauty, hiking, sailing, seafood, mud baths, and its proximity to the Oludeniz Blue Lagoon. Also near Fethiye is the Saklikent Gorge, which is the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey (20km long).

Food in Turkey

 

Turkish cuisine is world famous with a rich blend of European and Asian influences. Indeed Istanbul is one of the best culinary destinations in the world. The most popular dishes are kebap and pide (Turkish pizza), which consists of flat, crusty bread with beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, cheese or vegetables. Don't forget to try the Turkish delight as well!

Almost all food in Turkey is halal, and there are plenty of options available for vegetarians.

When to visit Turkey

 

Turkey is a large country with many different climatic regions. The north and east of Turkey have cold winters, while the coastal areas of the Aegean Sea boast a temperate climate with pleasant weather all year round. The Mediterranean region can get very hot in summer.

The most popular time to visit Turkey is in the summer, from April to October. Tulip season in Istanbul is from late March to early May. The Mediterranean coastline is especially nice in spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) with temperatures between 20ºC and 30ºC.

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