TURKEY TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

A mesmerizing mix of the exotic and the familiar, Turkey is much more than its clichéd image of a “bridge between East and West”. Invaded and settled from every direction since the start of recorded history, it combines influences from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, the Balkans and Central Asia. A richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste, stunning scenery from beaches to mountains and, of course, the great city of Istanbul.

 

The Turkey of today is modern, westernized and trendy but its exotic and esoteric face exists in tandem - the whirling dervishes and bewitching belly dancers, caliphs on carpets and amazing amulets, bustling bazaars and spicy smells. Discover the cosmic duality of Turkey that stands with one foot in the Christian European West and the other in the Islamic Middle East ....and happily straddles the east-west divide.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Turkey has now lifted most of its COVID-19 travel restrictions, but travelers who are not Turkish residents or nationals may not enter Turkey if arriving from Afghanistan or Bangladesh.All travelers are required to wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights to and from Turkey.They are also required to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey.All arrivals into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. Travelers with symptoms will be required to undergo a PCR test. Travelers who test positive will be provided with medical treatment at a facility determined by the Ministry of Health or, if preferred, at a private medical facility in Turkey at their own expense.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Ankara
  • Currency: Turkish Lira
  • Area: 783,562 km2
  • Population: 82 million (2019)
  • Language; Turkish (official); Kurdish, Zaza, Arabic, Azeri, Laz
  • Religion: Muslim (Sunni majority and Alevi minority) majority with small minorities of Eastern Rite Christians, Jews, Agnostics, and Atheists.
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 23 April, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
  • 1 May, Spring Day
  • 19 May, Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day
  • 30 August, Victory Day
  • 29 October, Republic Day

BEST TIME TO VISIT

As Turkey experiences hot summers and cold winters, Spring (April, May) and Fall (mid-September to mid-November) are, generally speaking, the best time to visit. During these seasons, skies are likely to be sunny and temperatures pleasant, it’s unlikely to be too crowded, and you will have a better chance at finding discounted airfare and accommodation.

 

Istanbul and the Sea of Marmara shores have a relatively damp, Balkan climate, with muggy summers and cool, rainy winters, (although seldom snowy) - with the popular Aegean and Mediterranean coasts uncomfortably hot during July and August - especially between İzmir and Antakya. During spring and autumn, the weather in this area is a lot more bearable and crowds thinner. From late October into early November you might experience the idyllic pastırma yazı or “Indian summer” - a pleasant period of unseasonably warm, dry weather. That said, even during winter, the Turquoise and Mediterranean coasts can still be fairly pleasant (outside the rainy periods of January and February). The Black Sea is an anomaly in all the above, with exceptionally mild winters for being located so far north - with rain likely during the coolest months and subtropical humidity during summer.

 

Central Anatolia is mostly semi-arid steppe - cut off from the coast by mountains – warm but not unpleasantly so in summer, cool and fairly dry in winter, which is from late November to late March. Cappadocia makes a colourful, quiet treat during spring and autumn with its rock formations dusted in snow.

 
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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Turkey is from December until April with ski areas at 1800-2500 meters altitude.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Turkey is from April to October, although July and August can be hot in some areas.

BEACH:

Turkey has some beautiful beaches with the peak summer beach season stretching from July to September

WIND:

Turkey has good kitesurfing conditions from April to October, with the most consistent winds from May to September.

For more details on kite surfing in Turkey expand this section!

SURFING:

Despite the cooler temperatures, Turkey has about 20 surfable days per month from December to April.

 
 

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