Turkey Travel Guide

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Turkey Information

Population: 68.1 million

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2

Driving side: Drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road.

Languages: Turkish English

Religion: Secular

Emergency #: Dial 155 for police
Fire 110
Ambulance 112

Turkey Popular Destinations

Ankara - This is the capital of Turkey and is completely covered in Roman ruins amongst the mosques and monuments of Muslim Anatolia. You can also take a look at the Presidential Mansion, which features furniture and decor dating back to the 1930's.

Ephesus - This is the grandest and best preserved of the vast selection of ruins found in Turkey. It is world renowned due to its extraordinary heritage of history and culture and the breath taking beauty and charm of the archaeological site. It is also the most enchanting classical city in the Mediterranean. Counted amongst one of the Seven Wonders of the world, is the Ionia's Temple of Diana. The city of Ephesus is renowned for its richness of unspoilt beauty and wealth.

Istanbul - The skyline is sprawling with domes and minarets and is known as one of the truly great romantic cities, the heartbeat of Turkey. A wonderful place to visit for a dose of history is the Istanbul Archeology Museum which consists of three smaller museums namely, The Archeology Museum, Old Eastern Works Museum and Enameled Kiosk Museum. It was established as The Empire Museum by the famous artist and museum director Osman Hamdi Bey in the 19th century and was opened to the public on June 13, 1891.

Moving Around Turkey

Turkish airlines links all the major cities, including the Istanbul-Ankara corridor. There are buses that travel frequently to all areas in Turkey at reasonably cheap prices. A good value for money are the sleeping-car trains which link Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara to each other.

If you prefer driving around in Turkey, you will be happy to know that mechanical services are easy to find and are reasonably cheap. You should however avoid driving in cities altogether as traffic is horrible and finding parking is an absolutely impossible task.

Car ferries are available and will save you many days of needless traveling and a perfect opportunity to take a mini-cruise along the Turkish coast. Ferries operate from Istanbul to Izmir, also from Istanbul to Trabzon in June to September only and from Istanbul to Yalova, for Bursa.

National festival and holidays

Muslim religious holidays are celebrated according to the lunar calendar and the only two holidays which are public holidays are Seker Bayrami which is a three day festival ending the Ramazan, during December and January and Kurban Bayrami which takes place in March - Aril. It commemorates Abraham's near-sacrifice of Ismael on Mount Moriah.

Secular Festivals include camel-wrestling which is held in the town of Selcuk in mid-January and National Sovereignty Day, held on April 23, which is a big holiday celebrating the first meeting of the Republican parliament in 1920. The International Istanbul Festival of the Arts is held in late June to mid-July and Bursa's Folklore and Music Festival is held in mid-July. Diyarbakir's Watermelon Festival is held in mid or late September.

The entire country comes to a stand still for a moment, on the 10th November at 9.05 am in memory of the death of Ataturk in 1938.

Useful Turkey Links

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