Turkey with huge swath of land situated between two continents, Asia and Europe, has one of the world’s best cities and is famous for its unique and magnificent scenery from white-sand beaches to soaring mountains.
Its history has encompassed several thousands years of human evolution and civilization. The accomplishments and influences of people who had resided in the land can be seen all over the country such as the ruins on Meditterarean beaches left by the mysterious Lycians, whirling dervishes gyrated with Sufi mysticism, Ani’s churches on the Anatolian steppe built medieval Armenians, and the Curetes Way at Ephesus. Byzantine Christians cut cave churches into Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys and hid in underground cities from Islamic armies. During Ottoman Empire, the Sultans luxuriated in İstanbul Topkapı Palace surrounded by fawning courtiers, harem members, eunuchs and the riches from an empire stretching from Budapest to Baghdad.
Hence, Turkish culture is the mixture of the East and the West and yet posseses its own characters.
Landscapes & Activities
The most surprising impression that every first-time visitor has about Turkey , other than its stereotypes of kebaps, carpets and moustachioed hustlers in the bazaars, is the vast diversities found between the west coast and the east regions. Evening entertainments such as night clubs as well as cruising through markets are common in westernized metroplises such Istanbul and Izmir. In Cappadocia and the southwestern coasts outdoor sports and water sports are enjoyable and most popular, just as is the meze-savouring fun time on a panoramic terrace. Then there are the less-frequented eastern quarters, where honey-coloured outposts overlook the plains of ancient Mesopotamia, and weather-beaten relics add lashings of lyricism to mountain ranges. It’s hardly surprising Turkey has attracted so many folk over the centuries. Come and discover their legacy for yourself.