Our travel guide to Turkey, offer you all the necessary things that you need to know while planning to travel to Turkey.
Travel to Turkey, the country where you will find your happiness. A land steeped in history, refined cuisine, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and landscapes alternating white sand beaches and majestic peaks.
Travel to Turkey is to follow in the footsteps of historical figures. After having driven out the last heirs of Byzantium the great, the Ottoman sultans lived in the opulence of the Topkapı palace in İstanbul, surrounded by riches from an empire that extended from Budapest to Baghdad.
Let's begin our travel guide to Turkey with some important travel information.
1. Formalities of entry to Turkey
Entry to Turkey requires obtaining a visa, and you must make sure that your passport has a validity of 6 months from the date of entry to the country so that you do not face a problem at the airport, and you can know that your stay in Turkey as a tourist only reaches 3 months.
2. When to go to Turkey?
The spring season between April and May is considered the most suitable for tourism in Turkey as it is characterized by a pleasant climate, and we recommend visiting Istanbul and its surroundings during this period.
In the summer, tourists resort to either the beaches, and the most famous coastal cities of Turkey mention, Antalya, Marmaris, and Bodrum, or to the cool green highlands in the cities of northern Turkey.
The fall in Turkey extending between September, October, and November is the best way to visit the tourist places in Turkey, where the weather in them is fairly moderate and becomes suitable for hiking and going out.
3. Travel guide to Turkey; Accommodations
Different options are available for accommodation in Turkey;
The hotel structure is comfortable, mainly on the Aegean coast, the Mediterranean coast, Cappadocia, and Istanbul. Buffet breakfast is generally included in the price.
For some, it remains the best in price-quality-opportunity and contacts with the Turks. There may be supplements like using heating or air conditioning.
They are in good general condition, and in general, breakfast is included.
Municipalities in many cities have set up campsites at the edge of built-up areas, but they are often poorly shaded. You can sometimes rent a bungalow there.
In tourist areas, especially near the beaches, some restaurants offer pitches with a shower available. In general, they are cramped and rudimentary.
4. Travel guide to Turkey; where to eat?
Turks often eat very quickly, in cafeterias, which are cheaper than traditional restaurants in general.
- Snacks: There are snacks serving kebabs everywhere.
- Lokanta: The lokanta offers dishes mainly in sauce, already prepared and which often have the disadvantage of being already cold, which makes the dishes lose interest. Besides, in Lokanta, the choice is more limited, and there is no service since you choose your dishes as in a cafeteria.
- Traditional restaurants: In classic restaurants, the prices are a little more expensive, but at least the dish is hot, made on time, and perhaps a little more suitable for tourists. Traditional restaurants have the advantage of making you better discover the essentials of Turkish cuisine, but also some less known culinary specialties.
5. Travel guide to Turkey; Transportation
Means of transportation vary between taxis, subways, buses, trams, and others.
In town, take a taxi with a taximeter (taksimetre) and check that the meter is set correctly. Same price day and night.
Buses are one of the best and most popular means of transportation in Turkey, which is widely used by locals, and it is an inexpensive means of transportation between different cities if you are traveling on a limited budget.
You must buy your ticket in advance from any bus station or kiosks and offices that you find next to the stations, for two pounds, which gives you freedom of movement in Turkey without costing much.
Another great and fun way to get around in Turkey. Not all cities in the country include this type of transportation, only; Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, and Ankara.
It is a simple and fast mode of transportation, but you must check the road map located next to the ticket counter to see which train you board.
Some metro stations require you to purchase a navigation code for seven liras, which is placed on the edge of your ticket.
Now that you know about the means of transportation let us move to the other part of our travel guide to Turkey and give you a list of the most visited places.
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6. Travel guide to Turkey; Istanbul
Tourism in Turkey starts from Istanbul, as it is the first stop for tourist trips to Turkey from all over the world.
What to visit in Istanbul?
- Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Sultan Ahmed Mosque is considered one of the most beautiful tourist places in Istanbul, in which the splendor of Islamic and Ottoman designs are in harmony to paint the best paintings of the ancient history of Turkey, as well as dazzling designs and undermining in blue and gold colors.
- Hagia Sophia Museum
The museum is located on the Bosphorus Strait. It is one of the best tourist places in Istanbul, Turkey, where you find the splendor of Ottoman designs and architecture with walls and reliefs that combine both Islamic and Christian religions, where they ranged from a church to a mosque and then a museum.
- Topkapi Museum
Topkapi Museum is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Istanbul due to its great historical importance as a residence for many of the sultans of the old Ottoman Empire, in addition to its distinguished location and its rich historical heritage.
- Island of Princess; Istanbul
One of the most important islands in Istanbul. The island is located on the coast of the Sea of Marmara and is characterized by the beauty of its nature and its wonderful atmosphere to spend enjoyable times in calm and relaxation. This island is suitable for honeymoon trips and romantic cruises.
- Istanbul Aquarium
The aquarium is an official member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It occupies a distinguished position globally as one of the water masterpieces of the city of Istanbul. The aquarium contains different types of fish and marine creatures, as it is considered among the best places for families.
- Istiklal Street, Istanbul
It is one of the most famous streets in Istanbul because it is located in the most famous place in Istanbul, it is a division of Taksim and is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Istanbul, which matches the most important European streets. The street contains commercial stores for all products, along with cafes and restaurants.
7. Travel guide to Turkey, Antalya
Antalya is one of the best tourist places in Turkey in summer; it contains the most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean Sea and also includes many other tourist attractions.
What to visit in Antalya
- Antalya waterfalls
One of the most important reasons for tourism in Antalya is its beautiful waterfalls. The Dudan waterfall, the beauty of the Kurshunlu waterfall, or the Manavgat waterfalls, all waterfalls are served by restaurants, cafes, and activities and is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Antalya, Turkey.
- Old City
Kaleiçi is located in the heart of the Turkish city of Antalya and is also called Old Antalya. It is characterized by a fascinating historical charm that contains the most important monuments of tourism in Antalya, which attract tourists from different countries of the world.
- Köprülü Kanyon Valley
It is considered one of the most charming tourist areas in Antalya. The valley is famous for the beauty of its nature and its wonderful Roman ruins such as the ancient Roman bridge, which is still in use to this day, there are many wild animals in the region such as deer, bears, rabbits and mountain goats.
8. Travel guide to Turkey, Izmir
Izmir is one of the most important tourist destinations in Turkey called the Aegean bride or the pearl of the Aegean Sea as he wants it to be called by everyone who visited Izmir's beaches and passed through its markets and wandering in its beautiful neighborhoods.
What to visit in Izmir
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- Remains of the Agora Izmir Museum
The remains of agora Izmir are located in the Turkish city of Izmir, which are huge historical monuments dating back to the Greek and the Ottoman period. You can enjoy the beautiful beauty and architectural splendor of this place. It is considered one of the most important places for tourism in Izmir, Turkey.
- Kadivikale Castle
One of the most prominent tourist places in Turkish Izmir is the Kadifekale Castle dating back to the Roman era. It is located on top of a mountain bearing the same name, which formed a strategic location due to its supervision of most parts of the city and Izmir Bay, Turkey.
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Originally published on Live Positively.