Turkey is a transcontinental country which is situated in both Europe and Asia. The capital of Turkey is Ankara which is situated in the centre of the country. However, Istanbul, which is located in the northwest of Turkey, is the largest city in the country and one of the world’s largest cities as it is home to around 14 million residents. Over the past 20 years, Turkey has transformed into a popular tourist destination, especially with travellers from Europe. As a result, recent surveys indicate that Turkey is currently the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world and the 4th most popular destination in Europe; this owes much to the country’s diversity.
Things to Do
One of the great things about Turkey is that is a truly diverse country with something to please every kind of tourist, from art and history enthusiasts and families looking for a beach holiday through to those who are just looking for a destination with excellent nightlife.
Encircled by the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara, the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea, Turkey has miles of sandy coast. This, in coupled with Turkey’s pleasant weather, makes it the perfect destination for a relaxing beach holiday. Some of the best resorts for beach holidays include: Bodrum, Izmir and Marmaris.
There are a number of interesting sites to visit whilst in Turkey, top attractions include: the Mausoleum of Mausolus, the Temple of Artemis and the Grand Bazaar. Situated in Bodrum, the Mausoleum of Mausolus is a tomb that dates back to 350 BC and is one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, making it a must-visit for anyone on holiday in Bodrum. The Temple of Artemis is situated in Ephesus and is another of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Grand Bazaar is located in Istanbul and is both one of the oldest and one of the biggest sheltered markets in the world. Indeed, the bazaar is truly a shopper’s paradise as it home to more than 3,000 shops selling a range of products from jewellery and clothes through to leather goods and furniture.
Owing much to its young population, Turkey boasts some of the best nightlife in Europe. From the open-air Halicarnassus nightclub in Bodrum through to the cocktail bars of Marmaris and Olu Deniz, there is somewhere for everyone and the sheer quantity of bars and clubs means that every night will be different.
Best Time to Visit Turkey
As Turkey is such a large country, you will find that climate varies from resort to resort. In addition, what activities you would like to do whilst in Turkey will also influence the best time to visit Turkey. If you plan on visiting Istanbul to explore the city’s medieval sights, the best time for you to visit in the autumn (September-November) as during these months the weather is brilliant and the hordes of summer tourists will have left, making the city less crowded and reducing room rates. On the other hand, if you are planning a beach holiday, the best time to visit Turkey is during the summer months (June-September)