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Welcome to Turkey

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Attraction Overview

Turkey is a popular holiday destination for a myriad of reasons and is often considered to be home to some of the world's greatest cities. A country that boasts a rich heritage and an impressive history, Turkey is also filled with natural beauty and white sandy beaches and soaring mountains make incredible backdrops to your stay.
Its lengthy history is evident in its architecture, customs and particularly its food and this corner of Europe offers a smorgasbord of treats for everyone who visits. Located on the Mediterranean, Turkey is only slightly larger than the U.S state of Texas, but the abundance of plant life and variety of terrain gives it all the characteristics of a small continent. An incredibly diverse country, Turkey offers something for everyone and its rich culture reflects in so many spheres. When you choose JiveHippo for your holiday in Turkey you can immerse yourself in the traditions of an ancient land, sample some of the most delicious, decadent food and visit some of the world's most captivating buildings, beaches and mountains.
Many visitors are surprised by the variety in Turkey and there's an eclectic mix of Mediterranean beach style living combined with traditional markets with hustlers tempting you to buy handmade kelims, lively modern nightclubs and a variety of outdoor activities that let you explore this incredible land at your leisure. Add in ancient ruins, historical attractions and a Westernised metropolis and you'll have an idea of what to expect on your holiday.
Turkey offers such an array of attractions it may be hard to decide what to include on your itinerary. Istanbul is the start of many travellers' journey and when in this city a trip to the Blue Mosque is essential. This mosque is possibly Turkey's most famous landmark and both the interior and exterior of this building are absolutely breathtaking. Built in the early 1600s, this beautiful building features six minarets and is adorned inside with blue Iznik tiles, which give it its name. Still functioning as a place of worship, a visit to this historical building is a must for any traveller. 
Also located in Istanbul is the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and most renowned covered markets. You'll find an array of treasures on offer and haggling is de riguer, with sellers expecting you to bargain for every item.
If Ionia happens to be on your list of places to visit, the ruins at Ephesus is a must-see. Turkey has always been at the centre of civilisations crossroads and there's no better place to see evidence of this. Ephesus is one of the world's greatest historical sites and there are numerous excavated buildings that date back to Roman times. A 9000 year old Neolithic settlement, the world's oldest place of worship and an almost complete Turkish city are all found here, and Ionia should be on your list if only for this reason.
If in Troy, a peek at the legendary Trojan horse is a must and although it is a replica it gives you a very real idea of the scale of the original. At the nearby Pamukkale you'll also be treated to a feast for the eyes, but this one is created by nature. Over thousands of years calcium rich rivers have flowed over the rocks and eroded them to form pools that collect the warm water and offer a unique outdoor spa experience. 
You'll also find an oddly formed landscape that's particularly striking at Cappadocia, and there's so much to see here that should be on your list. Cappadocia is home to the Troglodyte villages, an underground network the feature subterranean tunnels, churches and villages all hewn out of the soft porous rock characteristic of the area. Some of these subterranean cities go down a full eight levels and a visit here is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
With its beautiful beaches Turkey offers you the chance to relax and unwind on soft stretches of sand. You'll be able to find beaches that are family friendly, offer a resort style experience or are totally off the beaten track and feature none of the sun loungers and watersports that the larger, more tourist-orientated beaches have in abundance. The beach that runs all the way from Olympus to Cirali offers something for everyone and you can even join in a yoga class, or if you prefer the more sedate shores then Kabak is perfect for a tranquil holiday experience.

 

Climate

The more coastal areas of Turkey that border the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas feature a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and mild winters. The coastal areas that border the Black Sea have more of a temperate oceanic climate and wet, warm summers and cooler winters are experienced here.

Getting Around

You will be able to walk into a bus station and buy a ticket for the next bus or you can simply go online and reserve your seats.

The buses in Turkey are good and are modern and comfortable.

There are certain cities that have an underground metro, which are quick and easy to use.

A quick and efficient way of getting around the cities are by the trams.

Health

You will need to make sure that you have the correct travel insurance and accessible funds when travelling to Turkey.

Language

Some 90% of the Turkey's inhabitants speak Turkish, and Kurdish and Arabic are spoken by a small minority.

Money

The Turkish lira is the currency used throughout the country but prices are often displayed in other currencies for your convenience.

Safety

While in Turkey, you are advised against travel to within 10km of the border with Syria.

Street robbery and pickpockets are common, mainly in the major tourist areas of Istanbul.

Many towns in Turkey have stray dogs. Avoid approaching stray dogs, if you are bitten you should seek medical attention as rabies and other animal borne diseases are present.

Time

Turkey is under the Turkey Time Zone (UTC+03:00).

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