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Turkey : When and where to go?
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Turkey: Climate & Weather
The climate in Turkey is influenced by its eastern location and by the sea that surrounds it. Summers are very hot and humid in some areas. As soon as one moves away from the sea, temperatures can be scorching. At altitude, however, the nights are cool. On the Black Sea Coast, the climate is almost tropical in some respects and the vegetation is very dense.
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What to do in Turkey
Straddling the two continents, Europe and Asia, Turkey goes well beyond the clichés expected by many tourists: It is a multi-faceted country with likeable people; it will appeal to you in many ways.
Istanbul, vibrant and dynamic, modern yet rich in history, it will take you into another world: St. Sophia’s Cathedral, the famous Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, these are obviously all places you should visit. Do not miss one of the many excursions available on the Bosphorus with its beautiful shoreline.
The west coast, bordered by the Aegean Sea, is totally dedicated to tourism, and you will find beautiful beaches there and famous places with many vestiges of antiquity such as Ephesus, Troy and Bergama.
Another region to discover is Cappadocia and its high plateaus, located at more than one thousand meters of altitude, its caves and canyons and its troglodyte villages and cave churches.
The Lycie coast at the south will satisfy those who appreciate coves and turquoise waters, there are also ancient ruins to discover in the beautiful hilly landscapes.
In the centre of the country, high up, is the city of Konya, with its beautiful mosques and a museum dedicated to the whirling dervishes; the Mevlâna Museum.
Turkey : The basics
Many airlines fly to Turkey departing from several European capitals.
A visa is not required for the majority of European citizens.
The currency in circulation since 2009 is the Turkish lira.
The required budget is fairly low: Less than €40 for an average double room (a little more in Istanbul), and less than €15 for a decent meal. Do not forget to include the entrance fees for museums and other sites you may wish to visit which can be quite expensive.
In relation to health, avoid drinking tap water and eating seafood and vegetables. Protect yourself from the sun.
For transportation within the country, the bus is widely used and quite cheap for long journeys, minibuses are more convenient for shorter journeys. A rental car is ideal for exploring the whole country but is quite expensive. In town, taxis are quite numerous and affordable.