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What You Should Know More About Turkey

  • Q. When is the best time to visit Turkey?

    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.

    • High season: Mid May to Mid-September. Temperature at its most favorable and the prices at their highest, attract enormous crowd during these months. Christmas, New Year and Easter are also busy times for Turkey.
    • Low season: October end to Beginning of April. However, it is high season for ski resorts in this area.

  • Q. How to reach Turkey?

    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.

  • Q. Do I need a visa for Turkey? How does one get a Turkey visa?

    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.

  • Q. What is the currency of Turkey and where can I get my money exchanged?

    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.

  • Q. Which are the major tourist attractions in Turkey?

    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.

    • Istanbul city- The base city you can totally settle for while in Turkey. This is also called the Old city of Sultanahmet.
    • Topkapi Palace
    • Blue Mosque
    • Egyptian Obelisk
    • Rustem Pasha Mosque
    • Kariye Museum
    • Sumela Monastery- Ancient highlight on the Black Sea coast
    • Basilica Cistern
    • Caves of heaven and hell in Narlikuyu
    • Grand Bazaar of Istanbul
    • Hagia Sofia
    • Suleymaniye Mosque
    • Cappadocia- characterized by Fairy chimneys and hot air balloon rides
    • Alacati- wind surfing, horse riding and hot air ballooning

    And many more intriguing sites of historical and geographical significance will keep your days in Turkey active and thoughtful.

  • Q. What are the things to do in Turkey?

    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.

    • City walks are a must to fathom the various traits of this whimsical land.
    • A full day coach ride in Istanbul. This is one of the best ways to get introduced to the city life around the Old city of Sultanahmet.
    • Go cruising to explore the Mediterranean Sea or set on a sunset cruise.
    • Explore the spice bazaars of Turkey.
    • Take as many photo walks as possible if you have some time in hand.
    • Group trips to Cappadocia and Ephesus
    • Watch the traditional dance performance of ‘Sema’ by whirling dervishes at the emblematic Hodjapasha Dance Theater in Istanbul.
    • Shopping in Turkey can be an enriching experience. You will get to learn a lot about the local culture while you shop.
    • Private guided tours to monumental sights.
    • Must try a great cup of Turkish coffee in one of the cozy cafes.

  • Q. What is the local food of Turkey? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    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:

    • Bebek Balikcisi: Bebek, Istanbul is known for its grilled fish and Meze.
    • Memedof at Bodrum: This restaurant is known for its scrumptious seafood meals.
    • Yeni Lokanta: This place in Istanbul is a favorite destination for gourmet food lovers. The tasting menus are heavenly.
    • Karakoy Lokantasi at Kemankes, Istanbul: The joint is popular for its traditional Turkish home-food fare during lunches and in the evenings the menu turn towards Meze, fresh seafood and lots of Raki.
    • Orfoz at Bodrum: They are really good with their seafood preparations. The tasting menu floats around smoked eel, fresh clams with lemon & fresh mussels.
    • Hunkar at Mim Kemal Oke, Istanbul: Is talked about for its fresh menu. Do try the Kuzu incik (lamb wrapped in eggplant, cooked to perfection) and Kadinbudu kofte (deep fried meatballs) here.

  • Q. What is the best public transport to commute around Turkey?

    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.

  • Q. What is the local language in Turkey and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Local language: Turkish

    Commonly used greetings:

    • Hello= Merhaba
    • Good morning= Gunaydin
    • Good Night= Iyi geceler
    • Thank you= Tesekkur ederim
    • Goodbye: Allahaismarladik

  • Q. Which are the best shopping places in Turkey and what are they famous for?

    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:

    • Grand Bazaar, Istanbul: Located in the heart of the old city of Istanbul, this is one of the largest covered markets in the world. It is closed on Sundays. Other days are largely chaotic with a footfall of around 2 to 4 lacs. This place is famous for jewelry, carpets, spices and antique shops.
    • Egyptian spice bazaar: This area offers an alluring list of spices, jams, dry fruits, coffee, tea, nuts, and handicraft items. This is one of the oldest market set ups of this land.
    • Terra City in Antalya: This is a grand shopping complex located in Lara, the poshest area of Antalya. It houses many international brands and restaurants/ cafes to keep you entertained. There are around 150 stores and 30 restaurants and cafes in the food court. Turkey’s new age solution to consumerism are these malls that have come up recently and are driving the crowd insane with tremendous choices.
    • Anka Mall in Ankara: It is an amazing place in Turkey to visit with your family. It offers an array of 320 brand stores and a movie theater. This is also the second biggest mall in Turkey after Cevahir Mall in Istanbul. Brushing up a bit of your bargaining skills, will only help you strike better deals in markets like Grand Bazaar.

  • Q. Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Turkey?

    The following are few of the famous names you can check out while discovering the wild side of Turkey.

    • Marmaris National Park: Close to the town of Marmaris.
    • Historical National Park of Troy: Located at Canakkale.
    • Igneada Longos Forests National Park: Northern most portion of Marmara Region.
    • Ilgaz Mountain National Park: It is to the South of Kastamonu.
    • Aladaglar National Park: Nestled within the boundaries of Nigde.
    • Yedigoller National Park: Popular amongst the tourists as Seven Lakes National Park located in the north of Bolu Province, Turkey. You can spend at least a day camping in one of the National Parks where it is allowed to camp overnight. It will be a wild moment underlined by a delectable Turkish dinner and bonfire.

  • Q. Where can I do water sports activities in 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:

    • Fishing and Snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea.
    • Canyoning and whitewater rafting in the Koprulu Canyon National Park, Antalya.
    • Scuba diving and snorkeling for the first timers in Side, Turkey.
    • Diving for beginners in Marmaris, Icmeler, Alanya.
    • River rafting in Dalaman River from Bodrum.
    • Tranquil private boat tour to Kekova from Kas.
    • A full day boat trip with group of travel enthusiasts from Alanya. You can enjoy fishing, snorkeling, a lip smacking lunch and drinks over this trip.
    • White water rafting, canyoning with some superb food from Kemer.

  • Q. Which are the places to see for Honeymoon couples in Turkey?

    Some of the exotic honeymoon experience in Turkey are listed below:

    • Kusadasi: Stay in a gorgeous private yacht in this multicultural resort town.

    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.

    • Marmaris: This one is a sure romantic escapade. A fun filled night life completes your stay in Marmaris.

    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.

    • Istanbul: Istanbul is an obvious stop for your honeymoon. You will have so much to do in this ancient city where you will witness a confluence of east and west. It is an astonishing culture trip with a super vibrant night life.

    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).

    • Pamukkale: Too surreal to be real defines Pamukkale perfectly for honeymooning couples. This place will churn out the best of romance for the two of you. The natural formations and historical ruins only add to your joys on your holiday.

    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.

    • Cappadocia: For that unique touch of hot air balloons, splash of colorful days, attention-grabbing rock formations and remarkable valleys, a couple must walk into Cappadocia to receive an enigmatic side of soul. Bewildering moments will keep you longing for more.

    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.

  • Q. How is the nightlife of Turkey?

    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.

  • Q. What are famous destinations for Cruising in Turkey?

    Cruising is a perfect chapter added to your travel diary. Some of the popular destinations for cruising are as below:

    • Discovering Istanbul
    • Archetypical tours to Gallipoli
    • Ride to Ephesus
    • Soul stirring voyages to Troy and Antiquity
    • Sailing to Kayakoy
    • Cruising to Olympus on the Mediterranean

  • Q. What are the best islands to visit in Turkey?

    Turkey is home to several gorgeous islands like Bozcaada, Cunda, Buyukada, Gokceada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedir, Marmara and Imbros or Imroz.

  • Q. Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Turkey.

    • Do indulge in some ‘beauty time’ at one of the ancient Hamams of Turkey.
    • Walking and cycling are great options to explore the nearby attractions.
    • Carry great pair of shoes and light clothes.
    • Preferably exchange your money at local exchange offices.
    • Guided trips are more informative and entertaining.
    • Turkey has an ample list of ‘to- do’ activities for its solo travelers.
    • Careful about your belongings especially in crowded markets.
    • Turkey is awesome with street food. Try most of it as per your taste and appetite.
    • Pre-bookings are beneficial.
    • Know the driving rules before getting involved in self driven journeys.
    • Keep all the important documents with you. Do not lose any.
    • Do not forget to fearlessly embrace Turkey as it will affectionately smile back at you.