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When the Ottoman Empire began to crumble apart, the nation of Turkey rose from its ashes. Founded in 1923, it is a crossroads nation that links Europe and Asia. From the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean to the Turkish Straits, it is a place where the East and the West have come together in a curious and fascinating mixture.

Resort and spa communities are often the emphasis when visiting Turkey and there are several world-class opportunities in this category. Antalya, Oludeniz, Marmaris, and Alanya each has a distinct personality with their beaches, waters, and amenities that will help you relax in a way that can only be described as perfect.

Numerous civilizations have taken advantage of the benefits that Turkey offers. Istanbul, or Constantinople if you may prefer, is the only city to serve as the primary capital for 4 different empires. Much of this is due to its location on the Bosphorus strait, which separates Europe from Asia.

History can be discovered throughout Turkey as well. Mount Nemrut is a world heritage site with head statues that were dedicated to the ancient gods. Sumela offers an incredible monastery that is situated on mountain cliffs. Ani offers Medieval Armenian ruins to explore. The Roman ruins at Ephesus are incredibly preserved.

Whether it is beautiful architecture, the chance to learn more about a past civilization, or it is a need to relax on the beach with the sun on your face, Turkey has exactly what you’re craving. Make it your destination and you’ll find this nation provides a wonderful experience.

Travel and vacation in Turkey

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City Guides

Adana

#Adana Visit Adana Adana, which lies in southern Turkey, is one of the most agriculturally rich cities within the entire country. The city itself has had many...

Adrasan

#Adrasan Visit Adrasan   Travel to Adrasan, Turkey Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Adrasan...

Aksaray

#Aksaray Visit Aksaray Aksaray with its population of 170.000 is situated in central Anatolia and was in ancient times an important station on the Silk Road. What...

Akyarlar

#Akyarlar Visit Akyarlar You’ll find Akyarlar on the southwestern corner of the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey. It isn’t always a top destination priority for travelers, which...

Alanya

#Alanya Visit Alanya Located on the southern coast of Turkey, the city of Alanya is located on an extremely strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea. Because...

Alara

#Alara Visit Alara       #Alara #iAlara #VisitAlara #Turkey #VisitTurkey #TouristInformation #Sights #BestSights #Sightseeing #Vacation

Altinkum

#Altinkum Visit Altinkum Turkey has many beautiful resorts along the Aegean coast. Altinkum is one such small resort town on the shores of the Aegean Sea;...

Ankara, Capital of Turkey

#Ankara Visit Ankara Ankara is the capital of Turkey, and as such, there are plenty of iconic buildings and landmarks that will get your attention from...

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Coronavirus & travel restrictions Turkey

#Coronavirus Turkey Coronavirus status - Turkey How is the coronavirus situation in Turkey ? See the statistics for the country in confirmed and present active Covid-19...

Dentist in Turkey

Dentist in Turkey Vacation and dentist at the same time ? You can do both !  Going abroad for cheaper dental treatment is increasingly popular. Many...

Discover Turkey In Narrated Video

#Turkey Turkey Video Discover Turkey With Guide 10 best places in Turkey ! The heart of four different world empires has the perfect opportunity to rest and relax...

Local currency in Turkey, Lira

Money in Turkey (notes and coins) Turkeys legal tender is called Lira (TRY). 1 Lira = 100 kurus. Coins in circulation: 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 kurus coins ₺1 Notes...

Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

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RankNamePop.State
1Istanbul1.3820.334Istanbul
2Ankara4.474.305Ankara
3İzmir2.828.927İzmir
4Bursa1.769.752Bursa
5Adana1.645.965Adana
6Gaziantep1.465.019Gaziantep
7Konya1.138.609Konya
8Antalya1.027.551Antalya
9Diyarbakır906.013Diyarbakır
10Mersin898.813Mersin
11Kayseri880.255Kayseri
12Eskişehir670.544Eskişehir
13Gebze582.352Kocaeli
14Şanlıurfa551.511Şanlıurfa
15Denizli540.000Denizli
16Samsun523.192Samsun
17Kahramanmaraş458.628Kahramanmaraş
18Adapazarı449.290Sakarya
19Malatya425.000Malatya
20Erzurum381.104Erzurum

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish
January 1New Year's Day
April 23National Sovereignty and Children's Day
May 1Labour Day
May 19Commemoration of Atatürk
July 15Democracy and National Unity Day
August 30Victory Day
October 29Republic Day
VariableRamadan Feast
VariableSacrifice Feast

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Best of Turkey

Turkey is a bridge of cultures and has served as the foundations of empires for over 2,000 years. Istanbul, once Constantinople and Byzantium, is the only city in the world to serve as the capital for 4 major empires and is the only city that is in both Asia and Europe.

That creates numerous opportunities to go exploring with the best of what Turkey offers.

Butterfly Valley

You will find the beaches in Oludeniz are just as beautiful as any of the resort beaches found throughout the country. What you won’t find is the same competition for a little space on that beach. Come here, find a hammock to stretch out in, then sip on your favorite drink in the warm sunshine. The waters are beautiful and support your favorite marine sports as well.

Patara

You’ll find more visitors with a trip to Patara when you are exploring Turkey. You’ll also find more space. This beach is the longest in the country. If you time your visit right, you can sit on one of the beach dunes and witness a simultaneous sunset and moonrise, which is a spectacular sky show you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Hagia Sophia

If Istanbul is on your itinerary, then make sure to visit this iconic site. The church was built by Justinian in the 6th century. It would eventually be converted into a mosque. Today, it serves as one of the best museums in the world. You’ll find beautiful mosaics within the interior, stunning marble floors, and a journey through the history of this country that is second-to-none.

Mount Nemrut

Sometimes referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, this historic site is situated along the ancient Arsameia Road. You’ll find various large statutes at this site, including two eagles, two lions, and representations of various Persian and Greek gods. You’ll need to climbe to the summit, at 2,134m, to enjoy this 1st century BC site.

Ephesus

Once an active center for trade in the ancient world, the ruins of Ephesus are located on the Ionian coast just outside the city of Selcuk. The Temple of Artemis was found here, and you can still visit the stunning Library of Celsus. You can view many of the artifacts recovered from this city at the local museums. Don’t forget to see the views from the Great Theater, an amphitheater which could seat 25,000 people.

The Grand Bazaar

Every city in Turkey offers a bazaar worth visiting during your stay here. The Grand Bazaar, however, is an experience that you’ll never forget. Everything you could ever need or want is found at this market. From rugs to tea to jewelry, your job is simple: to haggle for the best price possible.

The best of Turkey offers plenty of outdoor adventures. There are numerous landmarks to see, beaches to explore, and natural wonders to experience. If the East and the West can come together here, then you can discover something beautiful about yourself here as well.

A brief history of Turkey

Historically known as Asia Minor or Anatolia, this vast region reflects a remarkable and fascinating history with settled habitation dating back to the eighth millennium BC. Anatolia has seen virtually every major western civilisation come and go including the Assyrians, Hittities, Phrygians, Urartian, Greeks and Romans. Treasured artefacts, including what is believed to be the first landscape picture ever painted were left behind and are displayed at Ankara’s Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. Many of the museums’ artefacts are the only clues we have to the earliest civilisations.

Some of the finest sites emerged from the Hellenistic period such as the remains of ancient Troy and the ruined settlements of Lycia. The most impressive of them all is ancient Ephesus. It is believed that the Virgin Mary spent her last days in a small house on the edge of Ephesus whilst St John the Evangelist came to look after her. Now a place of Pilgrimage for Roman Catholics, the house has received the official sanction of the Vatican.

In 560 BC the King of Persia, Cyrus, conquered everybody and everything and soon subjected the Aegean cities to his rule. However, 200 years later they were defeated by Alexander the Great. He led the Macedonians eastward across Anatolia as far as India in pursuit of gaining the domination of Asia. Sure enough, he rapidly conquered the entire Middle East, from Greece to India.

Following its conquest by Rome in the 2nd century BC, Asia Minor enjoyed centuries of peace. During the Middle Ages as part of the Byzantine Empire it became a centre of Christianity.

The Great Seljuk Empire, based in Persia, was the first real Turkish state in Anatolia. This empire had a distinctive culture with beautiful architecture and design. The Seljuks Empire quickly declined with Anatolia fragmented into a number of small emirates. The Turks gradually moved in on these states one by one which eventually grew to be the largest empire in recent history, the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans ruled for more than six centuries until 1922. The following year, Asia Minor became the larger part of the Turkish Republic led by Ataturk.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the main drive behind the development of modern Turkey. The former army officer became Turkey’s first President and steered the country from the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire. Ataturk introduced dramatic reforms that touched upon every aspect of Turkish life. There were many significant changes including replacing the Arabic script with Latin characters. Primary education was made compulsory and religious law was abolished. Women were granted equal rights in matters of custody and inheritance and by 1934 women’s rights had extended to Universal Suffrage.

Ataturk was and still is a national hero- a massive presence in the long history of Turkey. In every town and village you will find reminders of the leader everywhere you turn. As time goes by Ataturk becomes even more of a hero as the country’s people recognize his extraordinary influence in making Turkey what it is today.

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Turkey Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Turkey
2,734,836
Total confirmed cases
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Turkey
112,801
Total active cases
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Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
55,797
2,447
3,991
Albania
109,674
1,856
35,742
Algeria
113,593
2,996
32,073
Andorra
10,948
112
276
Angola
20,923
510
904
Anguilla
18
0
0
Antigua and Barbuda
769
19
441
Argentina
2,126,531
52,453
152,489
Armenia
172,816
3,202
5,708
Aruba
7,973
75
174
Australia
29,007
909
1,913
Austria
465,322
8,625
21,028
Azerbaijan
235,333
3,230
2,960
Bahamas
8,573
181
994
Bahrain
124,269
458
6,785
Bangladesh
547,930
8,428
39,875
Barbados
3,163
37
520
Belarus
290,447
2,002
7,679
Belgium
774,344
22,141
699,566
Belize
12,328
315
118
Benin
6,071
75
1,033
Bermuda
713
12
19
Bhutan
867
1
1
Bolivia
251,391
11,734
44,558
Bosnia
133,982
5,174
11,412
Botswana
30,727
332
5,511
Brazil
10,722,221
259,402
871,229
British Virgin Islands
153
1
21
Brunei
187
3
3
Bulgaria
253,183
10,413
33,770
Burkina Faso
12,071
143
271
Burundi
2,240
3
1,464
Cabo Verde
15,558
150
487
Cambodia
909
0
425
Cameroon
35,714
551
2,569
Canada
875,559
22,105
29,930
Caribbean Netherlands
429
4
23
Cayman Islands
447
2
30
Central African Republic
5,004
63
21
Chad
4,056
140
374
Channel Islands
4,040
86
10
Chile
835,552
20,704
24,320
China
89,943
4,636
177
Colombia
2,262,646
60,082
42,009
Comoros
3,580
144
67
Congo
8,820
128
1,673
Costa Rica
205,890
2,824
18,021
Croatia
244,205
5,555
3,322
Cuba
52,501
333
4,542
Curaçao
4,740
22
60
Cyprus
35,620
232
33,331
Czechia
1,269,058
20,941
154,580
Côte d'Ivoire
33,285
194
1,054
DRC
26,247
711
4,935
Denmark
212,798
2,370
6,995
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
6,102
63
119
Dominica
144
0
14
Dominican Republic
240,773
3,130
44,210
Ecuador
289,472
15,921
25,653
Egypt
184,168
10,822
31,191
El Salvador
60,491
1,878
2,274
Equatorial Guinea
6,210
93
427
Eritrea
2,892
7
501
Estonia
69,193
615
17,938
Ethiopia
161,974
2,391
23,140
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
54
0
3
Faroe Islands
658
1
0
Fiji
63
2
7
Finland
59,442
759
12,683
France
3,810,316
87,542
3,461,485
French Guiana
16,627
85
6,547
French Polynesia
18,452
140
13,470
Gabon
15,254
88
1,671
Gambia
4,735
151
473
Georgia
271,739
3,541
2,393
Germany
2,472,896
71,711
126,785
Ghana
84,349
611
5,295
Gibraltar
4,243
93
23
Greece
197,279
6,597
21,157
Greenland
30
0
0
Grenada
148
1
0
Guadeloupe
10,149
162
7,745
Guatemala
176,250
6,427
6,814
Guinea
16,291
92
1,131
Guinea-Bissau
3,282
48
610
Guyana
8,648
199
406
Haiti
12,536
250
2,458
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
172,100
4,214
100,647
Hong Kong
11,047
200
269
Hungary
439,900
15,324
98,361
Iceland
6,058
29
11
India
11,156,748
157,471
175,044
Indonesia
1,353,834
36,721
147,197
Iran
1,656,699
60,353
182,629
Iraq
708,951
13,483
48,849
Ireland
221,189
4,357
193,468
Isle of Man
511
25
70
Israel
789,485
5,803
42,515
Italy
2,976,274
98,635
437,421
Jamaica
24,103
435
9,923
Japan
434,356
7,984
13,038
Jordan
407,617
4,793
47,043
Kazakhstan
214,806
2,540
13,540
Kenya
106,801
1,866
18,021
Kuwait
194,781
1,097
11,488
Kyrgyzstan
86,356
1,468
1,570
Lao People's Democratic Republic
45
0
3
Latvia
88,022
1,654
9,233
Lebanon
383,499
4,866
80,227
Lesotho
10,521
305
6,328
Liberia
2,017
85
48
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
135,585
2,219
10,363
Liechtenstein
2,577
54
37
Lithuania
200,349
3,281
10,859
Luxembourg
55,902
643
3,074
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
48
0
1
Macedonia
104,548
3,156
9,203
Madagascar
19,831
297
238
Malawi
32,229
1,056
10,969
Malaysia
305,880
1,148
24,025
Maldives
20,280
63
2,622
Mali
8,446
357
1,671
Malta
23,226
321
3,000
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
6,818
46
6,674
Mauritania
17,252
442
190
Mauritius
619
10
21
Mayotte
17,600
112
14,524
Mexico
2,104,987
188,044
266,713
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
189,397
4,026
17,228
Monaco
1,981
26
201
Mongolia
3,032
2
670
Montenegro
77,493
1,031
8,775
Montserrat
20
1
6
Morocco
484,753
8,653
5,675
Mozambique
60,395
668
15,725
Myanmar
141,984
3,199
7,246
Namibia
39,297
434
1,883
Nepal
274,381
2,778
998
Netherlands
1,101,430
15,697
1,085,733
New Caledonia
58
0
0
New Zealand
2,389
26
68
Nicaragua
6,489
174
2,090
Niger
4,740
172
318
Nigeria
156,960
1,939
19,209
Norway
72,923
632
6,277
Oman
142,527
1,583
7,806
Pakistan
583,916
13,013
16,678
Palestine
189,326
2,078
17,333
Panama
342,741
5,884
7,912
Papua New Guinea
1,365
14
505
Paraguay
162,871
3,239
23,266
Peru
1,344,969
47,089
47,833
Philippines
582,223
12,389
35,056
Poland
1,735,406
44,360
249,567
Portugal
806,626
16,430
64,797
Qatar
165,071
260
10,059
Romania
812,318
20,586
44,953
Russia
4,278,750
87,348
337,668
Rwanda
19,198
265
1,364
Réunion
13,125
59
1,110
S. Korea
91,240
1,619
7,459
Saint Kitts and Nevis
41
0
1
Saint Lucia
3,803
39
540
Saint Martin
1,571
12
160
Saint Pierre Miquelon
24
0
8
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1,645
8
688
Samoa
3
0
1
San Marino
3,829
75
409
Sao Tome and Principe
1,881
30
381
Saudi Arabia
378,333
6,510
2,546
Senegal
35,037
896
4,521
Serbia
470,941
4,491
66,103
Seychelles
2,890
13
345
Sierra Leone
3,900
79
1,169
Singapore
59,979
29
101
Sint Maarten
2,065
27
20
Slovakia
314,359
7,489
51,570
Slovenia
192,266
3,874
10,751
Solomon Islands
18
0
4
Somalia
7,727
260
3,600
South Africa
1,516,262
50,366
31,124
South Sudan
8,305
97
3,991
Spain
3,136,321
70,247
343,770
Sri Lanka
84,226
484
3,305
St. Barth
638
1
175
Sudan
28,545
1,895
3,566
Suriname
8,953
173
341
Swaziland
17,103
652
1,499
Sweden
675,292
12,964
662,328
Switzerland
559,845
10,014
34,643
Syrian Arab Republic
15,753
1,045
4,669
Taiwan
958
9
23
Tajikistan
13,308
90
0
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
26,108
84
541
Timor-Leste
113
0
23
Togo
7,188
85
1,185
Trinidad and Tobago
7,723
139
99
Tunisia
235,008
8,074
26,705
Turkey
2,734,836
28,771
112,801
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,132
14
178
UAE
399,463
1,269
12,607
UK
4,194,785
123,783
1,065,282
USA
29,456,377
531,652
8,921,400
Uganda
40,408
334
25,025
Ukraine
1,364,705
26,397
156,272
Uruguay
60,074
624
7,472
Uzbekistan
80,006
622
835
Vanuatu
1
0
0
Venezuela
140,383
1,358
6,522
Vietnam
2,482
35
549
Wallis and Futuna
9
0
2
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,363
643
285
Zambia
80,090
1,108
2,683
Zimbabwe
36,179
1,478
1,309
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