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Turkish coastal strip bordering the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea, is usually hot during the summers and get cooler towards the winters. Whereas, the coastline by the Black Sea has a temperate climate with warm, wet summers and cool to cold, wet winters. Best seasons of Turkey are spring and autumn, when the skies are clearer and a weather to keep you warm and joyful. You can follow the break up below, to make smarter choices.
There are various ways to reach Turkey:
By Air: There are many flights traveling to Turkey from different corners of the world. Busy international airports are the ones at Istanbul and Ankara.
By bus: You can reach Turkey from major European cities like Frankfurt by bus. The journey can be longer yet fascinating.
By train: The trains ply between the capital city of Istanbul and Croatia, Munich, Yugoslavia, Slovenia and Bulgaria. The trains are cheaper and slower, exception being the high speed trains. Inter-city network of trains in Turkey is well developed and if you happen to buy a train tour card, which is available at the counters of major stations, you will be allowed unlimited access to inter- city trains for a month.
Visa is essential to enter Turkey. Only travelers from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden, New Zealand and Switzerland do not require a visa to visit Turkey for up to 90 days. Other nationals can purchase the Visa online before they start traveling. Most travelers get a 90 day multiple-entry visa. You can download the e-visa and keep a printout of the document to produce on arrival in Turkey. Keep the copy with you for the entire trip till you get back home. Many Western nationals can also purchase visa once they reach Turkey but this process can get a bit expensive and cumbersome. This is not a very favorable option.
Indian nationals can apply for visa in the respective embassies located in Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi as per convenience. Be prepared well in advance, before you start your trip to Turkey. For further details, one can check the website of the Ministry of foreign affairs.
Official currency of Turkey is Lira. You can exchange money online before you arrive Turkey. The booths at the Turkish Airports and your hotel front desks are pretty expensive deals. You will be charged high fees on the exchange services. Try to use ATMs at banks or major city centers for the currency exchange. This is easier and charges levied on such exchange facilities are also considerably lesser. Visa and MasterCard are generally accepted. However, if you plan to shop from the local markets anywhere in Turkey, you will need some cash in hand.
Banks have long queues and high service rates in terms of currency exchange. You can rather get the money exchanged at tinier exchange offices spread over major market/ commercial areas of Istanbul. You will find better rates at reasonable commissions. Learn about the current rates of Lira and save yourself from getting duped.
US dollars or Euros can also be exchanged at post offices in Turkey. Ensure, the notes that you carry to exchange shall be in perfect condition. Torn, crumpled and worn out notes can be refused by the exchange offices.
Turkey is a rich amalgamation of east and west with influences lying in Europe and Asia. Istanbul was once the capital of three prodigious empires, the Byzantine, the Roman and Ottoman empires. This place holds a remarkable spot in world history and today, it is a global destination that serves its guests with a box full of Turkish warmth and attractions. If your heart spots beauty around every place you visit, you can never grow old and it is rightly said so. Visit these magnanimous places when you are in Turkey. These places will only extend some love and give you stories for a lifetime.
And many more intriguing sites of historical and geographical significance will keep your days in Turkey active and thoughtful.
Be ready to get enthralled by Turkey. You have to leave back your inhibitions and travel like a bird. Do not hold yourself from trying new things when in Turkey.
Turkish cuisine is royal in every sense. It is largely the modern style of Ottoman cuisine. Turkish cuisine is unique and has a lot of regional associations which is why you get to eat different set of delicacies in different parts of Turkey. Some of the food items that pretty sums up the Turkish menu for you are: Shish Kebab, Biryani, Kofta, Menemen, Kuzu Tandir, Lahmacun, Borek, Baklava, & Meze. Few best places to taste the traditional flavors are mentioned below:
Buses/ coaches are the best modes of public transport in Turkey. The bus rides are cost effective, easily accessible because of the large network, time bound and convenient. You will find buses going to the remotest areas of Turkey.
Local language: Turkish
Commonly used greetings:
Turkey will compel the shopaholic in you to surface each time you travel to any of its open air markets or the entertaining bazaars. You will find yourself amidst a garden of old historical shops and markets and modern day shopping malls and arenas. You cannot avoid going to the following markets:
The following are few of the famous names you can check out while discovering the wild side of Turkey.
Water sports are a ‘must try’ once in your lifetime. It gives you a feeling of oneness with nature and you will only be left speechless by the end of it. Some really energetic and thrilling day-outs in water are named here for your information:
Some of the exotic honeymoon experience in Turkey are listed below:
Sightseeing in Kusadasi: Pigeon Island near the port, striking ruins of Ephesus, beaches like Pamuk, Silver Sands beach, Long beach, visit the Kalamaki National Park for some wildlife spotting, unimaginably elaborate fruit wine tasting sessions in Sirince. The nightlife here is energetic and full of life.
Sightseeing in Marmaris: Find yourself a cozy corner in one of the sandy beaches like Icmeler beach, a boat ride to Dalyan will end for you at its glittering beach of Iztuzu, sea turtles and the ancient city of Kaunos, how can you not visit the Marmaris Castle and the museum inside it?, lastly, you can spend a day exploring the village of Turunc for its green forests and cerulean sea.
Sightseeing in Istanbul: Rustic shopping at Grand Bazaar, book your tickets to a one day excursion with Bosphorus Cruise, get closer to Istanbul with city walks to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye Mosque, trendy evenings at local pubs and bars in the much alluring Bebek and Ortakoy, check out the stunning sunsets on the Galata Bridge and lastly gather yourself some warmth and relaxation at one of the traditional Turkish Baths (Hamams).
Sightseeing in Pamukkale: A refreshing dip in the Travertines, an educational walk around the ruins of the Hierapolis city, the picturesque Temple of Aphrodite, mineral rich hot spring water of the Antique natural Pool of Pamukkale and an enchanting photo walk in the ancient Pamukkale Castle.
Sightseeing in Cappadocia: A hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, an unimaginably comfortable stay in a cave hotel of Goreme, unravel the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli.
Turkey has designated areas for some high-spirited nightlife. Istanbul has the most to offer in terms of clubs and pubs. Other party zones are in the coastal towns of Marmaris and Bodrum. Discos of Bodrum are grand and pull a lot of crowd. Enjoy the divine spreads of Meze and seafood accompanied with a local drink named Raki. As the sun sets, Turkey wakes up to the call of the dark.
Cruising is a perfect chapter added to your travel diary. Some of the popular destinations for cruising are as below:
Turkey is home to several gorgeous islands like Bozcaada, Cunda, Buyukada, Gokceada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedir, Marmara and Imbros or Imroz.