When it comes to Turkey, where do you start? Turkey is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. There is something for everyone - ancient history, adventure activities, significant religious sites, mouth watering cuisine, unique landscapes, battlefields, stunning beaches and coastline, plus much much more. Just when you think you have enjoyed the best of Turkey, you turn the corner, arrive at the next destination and there is something just as magical as the last site. The diversity of Turkey is nothing short of magnificent. With history spanning all of time, when you visit Turkey you can't help but becoming immersed in the mystery and mystical atmosphere of the country. Whilst travelling through Turkey you will meet many locals from various backgrounds and the warm Turkish hospitality will leave you feeling right at home.
We have added as many destinations and true local experiences as we can, so you can use this website to immerse yourself into what will make up your holiday here in Turkey. You can read about each site, town, city to get an idea of what is install for your exciting new adventure.
Interesting Facts About Turkey
- Two of the seven wonders of the ancient world are found in Turkey – Temple of Artemis and Halicarnassus.
- The oldest known evidence of human life is located in Catal Hoyuk (7500 BC) in central Anatolia.
- Turkey introduced tulips to Holland.
- Noah’s Ark ‘allegedly’ landed on Mt Ararat, in eastern Turkey.
- St. Nicholas, who famously became known as Santa Claus was born in Patara, and became the Bishop of Demre on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast.
- Turkey introduced coffee to Europe.
- The Virgin Mary is believed to have passed away near Selcuk, on Turkey’s Aegean coast.
- St. John’s gospel is said to have been written in Turkey.
- Julius Caesar proclaimed the famous words ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’ or ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’ in Turkey.
- The first man-made church was constructed in Antioch, in Turkey’s south. It was named after St. Peter.
- Cherries were first introduced to Europe from Giresun, in Turkey’s black sea coast.
- Anatolia is home to the seven churches of Asia.
- Istanbul, the only city to span two continents also has a 560-year-old covered shopping mall covering 64 streets, over 4,000 shops, 22 entrances, 40,000 workers and nearly 500,000 visitors daily. It’s now called the ‘Grand Bazaar.’
- Anatolia hosted the first ever known beauty contest between Hera, Aphrodite and Athena. It was judged by Paris of Troy, and according to mythic narrative was the cause of the famed Trojan War.
- Turkey supplies the world with almost 70% of the world’s hazelnuts.