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4.5 out of 5
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319,465 people visited Turkey
Turkey has long been a crossroads of faiths and cultures, and its historical importance cannot be overstated. If you can only ever visit one city on the planet, Istanbul would be a good choice. The Middle Ages officially ended when the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, turning it into modern-day Istanbul. A romantic city straddling both Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is filled with unimaginable highlights: the Hagia Sophia (a church-cum-mosque that was, for 1000 years, the largest enclosed space in the world) and the Justinian underground cistern, dating to 532. Balance history with relaxation on the Aegean coast, where beachside resorts and gulet sailboats sit alongside ancient ruins. Eastern Turkey is as different as it gets; mountains and deserts house a more conservative culture where folks still plow fields with oxen. Turkish cuisine -- kebab, döner and, of course, Turkish coffee -- is popular around the globe for good reason, but local restaurants serve up outstanding regional cuisine. Turkish people are known for their friendliness, and the warm welcome you'll receive at hotels, guesthouses and the ever-present pansiyon reflect this.
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  • TurkeyPro 2014
    Anisha Shah
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    5 Feb 14, 2014

    The crossroads of ancient civilisations lie in Turkey‘s grasp, offering a sensual heady cocktail of influences from Middle Eastern to Central Asian. The lunar landscapes of Cappadocia are rousing serious attention. Scattered in confetti of churches and projecting stone cliffs, dawn hot air ballooning is magical here. Visit caravanserai traditional inns to watch dervishes dance to a rhythm of village life. Capital, Istanbul, is a striking contrast of mayhem. Intriguing bazaars, Islamic monuments, Churches and Roman ruins cohabit, with a raft of religions and races. Istanbul straddles two continents, splayed across the Bosphorous Strait. Adorned in minarets and domes, booming nightlife and the glittering Sea of Marmara, this 7th Century city is hyper-frenzied. Spring’s first rays of sunshine blissfully defrost the country to life.

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    Summer Wilms
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    3 Dec 31, 2013

    Honestly, I never expected Turkey to be all that special but it turns out I really like the place. I've been back 3 times now and look forward to doing so again. I've been in the winter when Goreme was beautiful and covered in snow. I've been in the summer when beach-goers covered the beaches of Olympos and Ölüdeniz. Both were very different and both pretty great and there is no city quite like Istanbul. The whole country has a lot of variety.

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    AndrewDThorpe
    5 Oct 16, 2013

    Turkey has so much to offer; breathtaking natural beauty, unique historical and archaeological sites, an improving hotel and tourist infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality. It is not surprising that the country has now become one of the world's most popular tourism destinations. Turkey is surrounded on three sides by three different seas, and its interior landscape is home to very differing climates. Its shores are laced with beaches, bays, islands and peninsulas. It is also blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers and waterfalls making it a perfect location for both winter and summer tourism.

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  • TurkeyPro 2014
    Allie Bollella
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    5 Oct 15, 2013

    I was so lucky I was able to study abroad in Istanbul for a full year. I loved living in that city and traveling around Turkey. Even though I was here for a year (and studied Turkish Politics) I feel like I only scratched the surface of what this country has to offer. Hopefully I'll be able to go back one day :)

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  • TurkeyPro 2014
    Rich Carriero
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    5 Nov 24, 2013

    There aren't enough cliches to capture Turkey's allure. I lived here for three years and in all that time I barely scratched the surface of this Eurasian country's astonishing diversity of natural wonders, historic treasures and stunning scenery. My experience of the Aegean coast and the Anatolian heartland was warm and memorable--the people were genuinely friendly. Turkish cuisine was more than delicious; it has changed my palate and my cooking. Diverse spices like cumin, sumac and mint have worked their way into my spice cabinet.

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    Wana Ursiripant
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    5 May 27, 2013

    I have many wonderful memories, great experiences in this country. Fantastic place, all cuisine, local Turkish foods are really tasty for me. Wherever I go, always see the Turkish flag both state and private building. Turkish people are so proud in their country. I loved these and so why I will go Turkey again and again.

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  • TurkeyPro 2014
    Julia P
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    5 Mar 05, 2013

    Welcoming people, amazing food, a diversity of history and culture, and just enough quirkiness to feel like you're in but out of Europe. You can spend weeks traveling through Turkey and not sample all its, um, Delights.

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    4 Feb 14, 2013

    Turkey is a huge country - it takes 12+ hours to get between some of the major cities on the bus. If you are short on time and have the funds, fly around, otherwise, the night buses are comfortable, safe, and get you to your destination early enough to enjoy the day.
    Turkey is beautiful and varied - from desert to almost tropical, barren underground cities to stunning coastlines. There is ruins, beaches, cities, shopping, mosques, and museums - something for everyone.
    As long as you have to spend in Turkey, you will need - take the time to do this spectacular country justice.

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    5 Jan 19, 2013

    Absolutely one of my favorite countries. People are very warm and friendly. To travel, ladies must always bring a scarf with them in order to go inside the mosques.

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    Russ Baynham
    5 Oct 28, 2012

    I have been to Turkey, for the past 8 yrs, value for money destination, hire a car and see outside the tourist areas, get yourself up in to the Taurus mountains, some awesome scenary went to Elmali from Fethiye then onto Kas and back to Fethiye did almost 400km in a day saw a lot, when in Elmali I was asked to join a Turkish wedding there ` one brit and hundreds of Turks` best memory i have had there, so hospitable people

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Turkey has long been a crossroads of faiths and cultures, and its historical importance cannot be overstated. If you can only ever visit one city on the planet, Istanbul would be a good choice. The Middle Ages officially ended when the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, turning it into modern-day Istanbul. A romantic city straddling both Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is filled with unimaginable highlights: the Hagia Sophia (a church-cum-mosque that was, for 1000 years, the largest enclosed space in the world) and the Justinian underground cistern, dating to 532. Balance history with relaxation on the Aegean coast, where beachside resorts and gulet sailboats sit alongside ancient ruins. Eastern Turkey is as different as it gets; mountains and deserts house a more conservative culture where folks still plow fields with oxen. Turkish cuisine -- kebab, döner and, of course, Turkish coffee -- is popular around the globe for good reason, but local restaurants serve up outstanding regional cuisine. Turkish people are known for their friendliness, and the warm welcome you'll receive at hotels, guesthouses and the ever-present pansiyon reflect this.
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Aliases: Anatolia, Ἀνατολή, Anatolē , Μικρὰ Ἀσία, Mikrá Asía , Asia Minor, Anadolu, Republic of Turkey, Türkiye, Türkiye Cumhuriyeti , Anatolian peninsula, East Thrace, Doğu Trakya