FACT FILE — TURKEY

Turkey is a country with a lot to offer: tranquil sandy beaches, an impossibly turquoise sea, an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, a cuisine to die for and a vast array of delightful scenery with a host of animals, birds and greenery dotted with spectacular mosques and castles.

There are an enormous variety of things to see and do ranging from water sports to mountain trekking, archaeology to night clubbing and river rafting to raki drinking. Whether you leave Turkey with magnificent carpets, amulets to ward off evil, belly dancing tips, an appreciation of its history, or just a tan, you will want to go back for more and more.

Geography: Turkey is a large country of 780,000 square km (about the size of Texas USA) of which 97% is in Asia and 3% in Europe. It has 7,200 km of coastline on three different seas – the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.

Population: 69 Million

Religion: 99% Moslem. Turkey is a secular state with complete freedom of worship for non-Moslems.

Visa: All British passport holders are required to obtain a visa for entry in Turkey. Visas for tourist visits not exceeding 3 months are issued at all ports of entry in Turkey. The fee for each visitor is £10 (payable in sterling) and applies to every individual, even if travelling on a single passport. Other nationals are advised to check with the consulate or embassy in their country.

Health: Vaccination is not required by Turkish Authorities. The Turkish health care system is of a good standard, with many modern, clean hospitals. Walk in private clinics are commonly available which offer an exceptional level of service at a very reasonable price. Turkey is not in the EU so you MUST HAVE travel insurance. Most travel insurance companies cover Turkey under standard European policies. If you are looking for a Low Cost Travel Insurance policy visit our Insurance section

Currency: Turkish Lira. It is approximately 2.6 million TL to one GBP. Note: In January 2005 six zeros have been removed from the currency. Thus it will be approximately 2.6 TL to 1 GBP

International Dialling Code: + 90

Emergency Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card.

Electricity: 230v, 50 HZ Two pin continental plug

Weights and Measures: Metric

Local Time: GMT + 2

Vehicles drive on the RIGHT

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Drving in Turkey: More information Here

When to Go: Turkey is a great place to visit from spring through to autumn, with the peak season being from July through to mid-September. Turkey doesn’t really have a winter tourism season, with many of the airports closing to international flights and many tourist towns becoming empty

Costs: Turkey is a comparably cheap country with meals available from just a couple of pounds upwards. £10/€16 will buy a good two-course meal with drink. Tipping is customary in restaurants and is appreciated by the taxi drivers.

AltInkum & Kusadas This area is well known for its ancient ruins, the most important being Ephesus. Both towns are ideal for families with golden sand beaches and a variety of entertainment, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained into the night.

Antalya & Belek Antalya has all the activities of a large city but has managed to preserve it's peaceful old quarter. The city has a relaxed liberal air about it, with good restaurants and an active nightlife.Belek is a modern resort 35Km from Antalya and is well known for its golf, with championship golf courses. Belek also has great sandy beaches and is close to the Manavgat waterfalls.

Alanya Alanya occupies a point of land flanked by two great sweeping beaches stretching up to 8km.

The Bodrum area is very is very popular. Bodrum Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty and stunning diversity. The area has 32 islands and islets and 174 Km of coastline. Yachting, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are prime activities.

Bodrum itself is a charming and fascinating little port, 270 km. south of Izmir, on the Aegean coast of Turkey. The inhabitants of Bodrum are around 30.000 and earn their living by fishing, boat-building, agriculture, weaving (the village Mumcular is famous for its carpets, kilims and other weavings) and tourism, which has become the most important industry in the last few years. In recent times

Bodrum has become not only a tourist centre but also a visiting place for famous Turkish and foreign artists and also an art centre, which is a source of inspiration.

The heart of the town is around the harbour, where shops, bars and restaurants jostle together. Cafes and restaurants offer a cosmopolitan choice. To accompany your meal, try the light aniseed flavoured national drink Raki or locally produced wine. After sundown, Bodrum lights up with flashing neon and laser shows to pulsating throb of the latest dance music.

The new airport Milas-Bodrum, is now open and is now available for scheduled Turkish Airlines and International charter flights are now arriving regularly. The long transfer from Izmir or Dalaman now belongs to the past.

Kalkan & Kas Kalkan rises steeply from the harbor side spreading itself high around the bay. Meandering cobbled streets lend themselves to little shops and restaurants where you can while away the hours. Uninterrupted sea views are the order of the day in this little jewel of the coast. Kas is the quintessential Turkish seaside town. Life centres on the town square by the harbour, with its teahouses, restaurants, mosque and shops.

Kemer Kemer is an idyllic city by the Mediterranean ocean with beautiful marina, hotels and restaurants. Kemer has kept its beautiful clean beaches, the fantastic nature, calmness and quietness.

Marmaris, Içmeler, Turunç, Dalyan & Dalaman Ancient and modern combine to make Marmaris a stylish and sophisticated area. Turunc is one of the most beautiful bays along the Aegean coast.

Turquoise Coast: including Göcek, Çalis, Fethiye, Üzümlü, Hisarönü, and Ölüdeniz. This stretch of the Turkish coastline is known as the Turkish Riviera or Turquoise Coast and contains some of Turkey's most dramatic coastlines with crystal clear seas.

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