Overview: A richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste, one of the world’s greatest countries and scenery from white-sand beaches to soaring mountains.
An Epic History: When you set foot in Türkiye (Turkey), you are following in the wake of some remarkable historical figures. Ottoman sultans used to luxuriate in Istanbul’s Topkapi, surrounded by fawning courtiers, harem members and riches from an empire stretching from Budapest to Baghdad.
Landscapes & Activities: The greatest surprise for first-time visitors to Turkey, with its stereotypes of kebaps, carpets and moustachioed hustlers in the bazaar, is the sheer diversity found between its Aegean beaches and eastern mountains. In Istanbul, you can cruise – on the Bosphrous as well as through markets – in a Westernized metropolis offering equal parts romance and overcrowded insanity. In holiday spots such as Cappadocia and the southwestern coasts, mix trekking, horse-riding and water sports with meze savoring on a panoramic terrace. Then there are the less-frequented eastern quarters, where honey-colored outposts overlook the plains of ancient Mesopotamia, and weather-beaten relics add lashings of lyricism to mountain ranges.
It’s hardly surprising Turkey has attracted so many folk over the centuries. Come and discover their legacy for yourself.
At a glance:
- Population: approximately 70.5 million
- Capital city: Ankara (population 3.9 million)
- Biggest city: Istanbul (population 11.5 million)
- Area: 783,560 square kilometers
- Currency: New Turkish Lira (TRY)
- Time zone: UTC +3 (summer daylight saving not observed)
- Religion: Islam / Muslim.