Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains and lakes. From April to October, the climate is perfect of relaxing near sandy beaches or mountains and lakes. Turkey is a land rich in treasures, which spans over 10,000 years. Turkey is known as the "cradle of Civilazations". It was the home to thirteen ancient cultures.
Modern Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal, known as Ataturk, the commander of the Turkish War of Independence.
A cave known today as the Grotto of St.Peter is believed to be where the Apostle Peter preached when he visited Antakya.
St. Nicolas also known as Santa Claus was born and lived in Demre.
The first man to fly was Turkish...using wings. Hezarfen Ahmed Celebi flew from Europe to Asia from the Galata Tower over the Bosphorus to land in Uskudar in the 17th century.
Yoghurt, was originally produced in Turkey.
There are many museums having been embraced by three empires and host to 13 civilizations. Historic art and architecture from the Hittite, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.
A visit to Turkey would not be complete without a visit at one of the country's spas. Turkey is one of the seven countries of the world with thermal source richness with almost 1300 thermal springs. The spas and thermal centers provide beauty and health with cure methods dating back to the Roman period.
Turkish Cuisine is based on the country's natural abundance and diversity of resources. Turks are culinary purist, preferring that a dish focus on the main ingredient, rather than making it with sauces or spices.
The traditional alcoholic drink is Raki, which is a clear brandy made from grapes and raisins..florored with anise and diluted with water.
There are many festivals and events. In February, there is Camel Wrestling. In March there is the International Ankara Film Festival. In April, there is the International Music Festival. In May and June there is the Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival and the Marmaris Yacht Festival among a few. In June and July, there is the Aspendos Opera nd Ballet Festival. In August, there is the TROY Festval. In September, there is a Wine Competition. In October, thee is the Antaly Golden Orange Film Festival. In November, there is the Filmekimi Film Festival and in December the is the Whirling Dervishes.
Most of the major airlines have frequent flights to Turkey. Istanbul and Kusadasi are the most popular ports for the major curise lines. The other major ports are Izmir, Cesme, Bodrum, Marmaris, Kas, Antalya, Alanya and Trabzon.
One extraordinary place after another. As the locations and sights change, one thing remains the same, the frindly people of this unique country , whre the art of warm hospitality has been a cultural tradition for centuries.
Turkey is located in Southeastern Europe , bordering the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. Two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is located in Catalhoyuk, Kony, Turkey...dating back 6500BC.
Turkey introduced coffee to Europe...
Legend has it that St.John brought Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the Crucifixion, where she spent her last days in a small stone house on Mt. Koressos.
Recommend Hotels in Istanbul:
The President Hotel
Hilton Istanbul Park