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Welcome to Turkey Holiday information; the complete online reference guide to Turkey. Firstly, we invite you to take a few of minutes out to sit back and relax with Rebecca Braden from WatchMojo.com as she shows you all the sites you can see whilst on holiday in Turkey, including; The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, The ancient City of Troy, Hagia Sophia, Pamukkale and Topkapi Palace. It is certainly worth visiting all of these places, but I would be inclined to disagree with her that these are the top five 'must see' places when holidaying in Turkey. It would in fact take a several months holiday in Turkey to visit and see all of the very interesting and extremely memorable places in Turkey.

Turkey offers the perfect holiday experience whatever your nationality is. If it is a quite holiday, relaxing in the hot sun by the pool or on the beach, or a much more adventurous outdoor activity holiday, or a party all night action holiday then Turkey has the perfect holiday resort just for you.

Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye) is situated in the Anatolian region of West Asia, on the Mediterranean Sea, with a small area in southeastern Europe which is separated by the Turkish Straits - The Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles with the Black Sea to the north and the Aegean Sea on the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the southwest. In 2010, Turkey attracted more than 28.6 million foreign tourists who arrived mainly through Istanbul, Antalya and Dalaman airports. Tourists and holidaymakers visiting Turkey can enjoy a variety of historical sites and seaside resorts along its Aegean and Mediterranean coastline. In the past few years, Turkey has also become a very popular holiday destination for culture, spas, yoga and other health related tourism.
 Tourism in Turkey

In recent years, Turkey has now become the premiere holiday destination for British, Dutch, German, and Russian holidaymakers looking for a sun-soaked Mediterranean holiday in Turkey to get away from the all too often cloudy, wet and cold environment of northern Europe. People from these different countries usually tend to congregate in the same holiday resort destinations which are frequented by other people from their same country. For example, the British people love the holiday resorts like Dalyan, Fethiye, Hissaronu, Kalkan and Marmaris. Russians, on the other hand, tend to prefer holiday resorts like Antalya, Tekirova, and Kemer. Whereas German travelers enjoy holiday resorts like Sarigerme, Cirali, Camyuva, and some of the other smaller holiday resorts which are found close to Antalya. Dutch people seem more drawn to holiday resorts which offer a lot of outdoor activities such as diving, hiking and other more physical outdoor pursuits activities. The French are fascinated by Cappadocia, the Finnish seem to have taken on Camyuva and the Americans never seem to get much further than Istanbul. Holiday resorts like Bodrum and Kaş also tend to attract a very good international crowd plus quite a lot of the more affluent Turkish people from cities like Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul.

The south coast of Turkey is a gardener's paradise and especially for all nature lovers. The hot summers and very mild winters of the Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing almost everything. This comprehensive guide to gardening in Turkey shows you all of the information that you will need to plant your own Turkish garden or it can simply be an interesting visual reference guide to all the different and varied flowers, trees and vegetables which are commonly found in Turkish gardens... See more

 A Turkish Garden

 Turkish Book Store

Our Turkish bookstore contains everything from beginner's phrase books to language courses which will give visitors to Turkey at least a very basic knowledge of the local language including useful phrases for people who are visiting Turkey for the very first time. Also guide books and a cookery book with 200 different Turkish recipes plus lots of photographs of Turkish cooking. We've included some novels by Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel Prize winning Turkish author, plus a selection of other interesting books and novels for anyone who loves Turkey or is planning a holiday to any one of the beautiful Turkish holiday resort destinations... See more

The truly amazing and breathtaking scenery of the Turkish beaches, bays, and coves all along the coast of Turkey offer holiday visitors a whole myriad of pristine beaches and secluded bays hidden away in coves. There are also a great number of beautiful beaches which can be found directly adjacent to holiday resort city centres. If your ideal holiday is one simply sat soaking up the sun on a chair or sun lounger, taking romantic boat tours to exotic islands or, for the much more adventurous, para-sailing over crystal clear blue waters then the beaches of Turkey are the ideal holiday destination for you... See more

 Turkish Beaches & Bays

 Weather forecast for Turkey

If you are contemplating a summer holiday vacation in Turkey then the chances are that the weather is going to be excellent, but this does depend upon what time of year you you plan to stay in Turkey and which particular areas you want to visit the most. Nearly all of the main Turkish holiday destinations are located either on the Mediterranean or Aegean coastal locations and there you find that the climate and temperatures are warm and acceptable. Even during the winter months the weather in Turkey is mostly pleasant yet mild and there is very little rainfall, except during the winter months... See more

A great time to visit Turkey is when the Istanbul fashion week is on. You can attend catwalk shows from famous Turkish and European designers surrounded by models, celebrities and other fashionable holiday makers partying at many of the local bars, clubs and restaurants that Istanbul has to offer. Enjoy seeing all the latest fashion designers creations whilst experiencing the fast-passed nightlife and amenities that only Turkey's old and historical capital city Istanbul has to offer the discerning Turkish holiday visitor... See more

 Turkish Fashion

 Turkish Pop Music

Turkish pop music was virtually non-existent up until the early 60's but this then very very quickly changed and became very popular. The pop music scene in Turkey began to grow and was initially heavily influenced by pop icons from the west but was very soon blended with a generation of Turkish youths adding in their own cultural music overtones along with other influences from both American and British pop music. This resulted in an explosion of new and very talented musicians creating a unique and distinct Turkish pop music scene. While you are on holiday in Turkey you are bound to discover the wonders of their pop music which will surely remain with you for a very long time, even after you have returned back home from your holiday in Turkey... See more

The Antalya Film Festival (Turkish: Uluslararası Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festivali) is by far the most popular and prestigious film festival each year in the whole of Turkey. Participants in the festival are rewarded with the 'Golden Orange' for outstanding performances in different categories including; the best actor & actresses, the best directors and the best films produced. Yesilçam street in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul is exactly the same to Turkish Films as Hollywood is to American Films. Turkish films originally started on Yesilçam Street which is where all of their studios, actors and directors are located. Turkish films are gradually gaining in both popularity and recognition as Turkey continues to promote its place amongst the international arts community... See more

 Turkish Films & festivals

 Cuisine of Turkey

When planning your holiday in Turkey, the wide selection of local Turkish cuisine is one of the many great attractions. The Turkish don't have one particular set national dish associated with Turkey, like the French have pate and the Italian's have pasta; instead they have traditional regional specialties associated with the many different regions that reflect the amalgamation of many different cultures and the history of that particular regions agriculture. Every region has its own unique specialties depending upon which ingredients are most widely available. In most Turkish holiday resort areas there is an abundance of lamb, fresh fish and fresh vegetables... See more

In Turkey, the roots of the Turkish belly dance go right back to the ancient Arabic tribal religions as a dance to the goddess of fertility in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Dances from the surrounding Arab empires were adopted by the Ottoman Empire combined with the added influences of nomadic Romanis and traditional local wedding dances. Turkish belly dancing arose from these various different styles of dancing and were performed as a form of entertainment. You can see stone carvings depicting belly dancing as far back as the time of the great Pharaohs. Egyptian belly dance is noted for its restraint and elegance whereas, in contrast, Turkish belly dancing is far more uninhibited and playful... See more

 Turkish Belly Dance

 Turkish Ceramics

As far back as the 15th century, in the pursuit of quality ceramics that would be acceptable to the ruling sultans who were enamored with Chinese ceramics at that time, production was finally perfected in Iznik in northwestern Turkey. Through their endevours to recreate these Chinese ceramics, the Inzik artisans ended up in developing their own unique style of of ceramics which became famous and much sought after. This style became known as Iznik ceramics and even today, centuries later, the tradition is still kept alive by the ceramic producers in Kütahya which is situated just to the south of Istanbul. There holiday visitors can visit the numerous shops and see the artisans hard at work making their ceramics.... See more

The name 'Blue Cruise' was derived from the title of a 1957 book by Azra Erhat. Turkish writers and artists like Cevat Sakir Kabaagaçli, author of The Fisherman of Halicarnassus, Sabahattin Eyüboglu and artists such as Azra Erhat who was the translator of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey into Turkish. These were the Jack Kerouacs of the 1950's and 1960's in Turkey and the Blue Cruise was an expresssion of the freedom that was sought by the artists, writers and intellectuals in every generation and location. A Blue Cruise was always representative of a means of getting rid of the blues... See more

 Turkish Blue Cuises

Turkey Airport Information

Turkey's number one international airport is Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport. In comparison, Ankara's Esenboğa Airport handles only a relatively limited number of international flights but it connects with all the domestic airports. During the peak summer holiday season, there are also many charters flights available which fly directly to the Mediterranean holiday resort destinations via the other main Turkish airports in Dalaman, Bodrum and Antalya. Istanbul's second airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport, can be of special interest to people traveling on low-cost carriers but please bear in mind that it is quite a way from Istanbul's main Ataturk Airport so be sure to leave plenty of time if you are planning to meet a connecting flight. Sabiha Gökçen Airport is situated approximately 50 kilometers east of Istanbul's Taksim Square on the Asian side of Istanbul. The main airlines which service this airport include; EasyJet, Pegasus, Condor, Germanwings, Turkish Airlines (THY) plus many more. Adana Şakirpaşa Airport is a fairly small airport which serves Adana which is the fourth largest city in Turkey on the Çukurova plain which is about 30 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean Sea. Adana Şakirpaşa Airport serves more than 2 million passengers from all around the world each year via at least a dozen different airlines.

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