Turkey a country of diverse scenery, climate, and historical monuments
Travellers are sometimes overwhelmed by the choice of places to visit. Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides, by the Black Sea in the North, the Mediterranean in the south and the Aegean Sea in the West. In the northwest there is also an internal sea, the Sea of Marmara, between the straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus. Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains, golf courses and lakes that offers visitors a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. From April to October, most places in Turkey have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches or enjoying the tranquillity of mountains and lakes. Turkey also has a magnificent past, and is a land full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Even a short visit to Turkey, can offer a sense of the history of this unique Country. Istanbul, separating Europe from Asia straddling the Bosphorus straits and the Marmara coast, is a is a lively, sophisticated city offering a rich legacy of mosques, churches, museums and magnificent palaces together with bustling bazaars and a vibrant street life. Turkey is an immensely rewarding place to travel. Here you can scale the icy heights of remote Mount Ararat, cross the ancient Euphrates and Tigris rivers, or simply unwind on the golden Mediterranean sands of Patara beach. There is no doubt that one visit will not be enough, and you will want to come back again and again as you discover one extraordinary location after another. All of them, no matter how different, have one thing in common: the friendly and hospitable people of this unique country. Hospitality is very important and visitors should respect Islamic customs. Informal wear is acceptable, but beachwear should be confined to the beach or poolside. Etiquette demands that you wear modest clothing and remove shoes when visiting mosques. Most areas of Turkey are very safe, check with your tour operator or embassy for up-to-date information on travel. For assistance in planning a package holiday to Turkey contact us
Turkey Weather – When best to go?
Temperatures in Ankara vary between -4C (25F) and 30C (86F). Marmara and the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The swimming season becomes shorter the further north one goes: Marmara and North Aegean – June to September; South Aegean and Mediterranean – April to October.
- Black Sea Coast: Warm summers, mild winters, and relatively high rainfall.
- Central Anatolia: Step climate with hot, dry summers; cold winters.
- Eastern Anatolia: Long snowy cold winters with mild summers.
- Southeast Anatolia: Hot summer with mild, rainy winters.
Events in Turkey
More than 100 festivals are organized in Turkey every year. Along with the local festivals organized in almost every city of the country, international culture and art festivals are also held in major cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya. Top Events in Turkey:Secular festivities include camel-wrestling in mid-January, in the village of Seluk, south of Izmir. There are celebrations abound in summer: there’s an oiled wrestling festival in early June at Sarayii, near Edirne.
- KafkasÖr Festival near Artvin in north-eastern Turkey in the 3rd week of June;
- International Istanbul Festival of the Arts (late June to mid-July)
- Bursa’s Folklore and Music Festival in mid-July
- Diyarbakir’s Watermelon Festival in mid or late September
Essential information about Turkey
Capital City – Ankara Language – Turkish Currency – Turkish Lira, Euro Flight Time – average from London 4 hours Time Difference – March 27 to October 30 GMT +3 otherwise GMT +2 Airports to Fly into – Izmir, Bodrum, Dalaman, Istanbul, Antalya, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen. For more detailed information on Turkey you can also visit the Turkey Tourist Board website. Visa Requirements for Turkey Citizens of New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and most of the countries of Western Europe, need only a valid passport for stays of up to 3 months. Australian, UK and US citizens, as well as those from Austria, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain – do need visas, obtainable in advance at a Turkish consulate. Travel Between: Apr 10 2014 – Apr 10 2024 The Turkish Consulate has advised that the stamp / sticker visa on arrival has been abolished and will be completely replaced by the e-visa application process. All visitors to Turkey from April 11, 2014 will be required to purchase their entry visa via the Turkish Government website www.evisa.gov.tr prior to travel