Turkey – just the name itself conjures up visions of oriental splendour, mystery, and intrigue. Turkey is one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. The rectangular shaped country is surrounded on three sides by three different seas. Its shores are laced with beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands, and peninsulas. Turkey is also blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and grottoes perfect for winter and summer tourism and sports of all kinds.
The Turkish Riviera
The Turquoise Riviera (also known as the Turkish Riviera or the Turquoise Coast) is the name generally given to the stretch of beautiful waters encompassing the provinces of Antalya, Muğla and the southern Aegean of Izmir. In short, it’s a region of breath-taking natural beauty, with a warm climate, warm sea, mountainous scenery, gorgeous beaches, thousands of kilometres of coves and shorelines to explore, – not to mention the inland waterfalls, forests, hiking trails and more.
Turkey is home to 16 cultural and 2 mixed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Mixed heritage sites contain elements of both natural and cultural significance. History comes alive as you travel within Turkey. Sites with unique cultural and historical significance can be admired and will enrich your knowledge of humanity’s extensive heritage and all are of great historical importance. Many civilizations from the earliest ages of humanity have settled in Turkey and have left their mark across this beautiful country.
Turkish cuisine is one of the most varied and richest in the world. Turkey is on the crossroads of Europe and Asia. This unique location combined with the migration of Turks over the centuries from Central Asia to Europe has shaped the identity of its gastronomy. The diversity of fauna and flora has also contributed to the great variety in regional cuisines. Almost every region in Turkey offers its own gastronomic experience and they all await you to discover them!
Top Places to Visit
The one and only crossroads of Eastern and Western culture, it unites hidden history as the capital of three Empires, world-famous Turkish cuisine, Ottoman style Shopping (Grand Bazaar & Spice Market), and a world-renowned nightlife.
Considered as the “St. Tropez of Turkey” the city has gained the reputation as the centre of the Turkish art community with its lively, friendly and Bohemian atmosphere and many small galleries.
With the ruined city of ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO world heritage site. Kusadasi is known for its lively downtown, rich history, fun night life, broad sandy beaches, and top class restaurants. The nearby humble village of Şirince is famed for local fruit wines.
The land of beautiful horses, unique accommodation opportunities in cave hotels, well-known local wines, famed as carpet-weaving and known for hot-air balloon experiences over the fairy chimneys.
The first capital of the Ottoman Empire. It is well known for thermal baths in and around the city but also homeland to the very famous Turkish folklore shadow puppet show. The nearby Uldudag is the largest and most celebrated winter-sports and skiing centre in Turkey.
Where one can find world-class ski resorts, shopping-centre-lined streets, but also Lake Tortum just around the corner. Discover the “Oltu” stone, a specific semi-precious local black stone carved in the area from which various forms of jewellery and rosary beads are made of.
A world-renowned rock-climbing spot with impressive waterfalls, a fascinating theme park consisting of adventure park and aqua park, rafting and jeep safari opportunities, and the mysteries of the sunken city.
The area around the Dardanelles is full of history, both ancient and modern. It has always been a crossing point of invading armies for centuries, the legendary story of the Trojan wars took place here but also the Battle of Çanakkale during the 1st World War.
The natural healing hidden in Anatolia. The region varies from the World-famous Pamukkale travertines to thermal springs, and is protected by the UNESCO.