ABOUT TURKEY

WHY TURKEY ?

Turkey is the crossroad of creative exchange between Europe and Asia.

Turkey is an inexpensive country. Your money will strectc itself here more than any other place. Therefore shopping is a thrilling experience ...

Turkey is accessible from all corners of the world because its geographical location.

Turkey has built and is still bulding the world’s most modern touristic establishments and conference facilities.

Turkey is a model of democracy and a paradise for tourism.

Modern Turkey is a sprawling, metropolis, where old and new livein harmony together.

Turkey has modern, internationally acclaimed hotels.

Genuine warmth and generosity are characteristic of the hospitality extended to visitors since Turkish tradition declares that every traveller is guest of God.

Over the centuries, visitors have been enthralled by the delightfull tastes of Turkey’s unique cuisine.

Turkey offers state of the art meeting facilities

Turkey is an advanced country in the fields of telecommunications and publishing.

Turkey’s medical care system offers modern hospitals equipped with first class technology and excellent physicians that attract patients from neighboring countries.

Turkey is a shopping paradise.

Turkey is a kaleidoscope of cultures and history. The beauty of the land and the sprit of the people make it an attractive and rewarding country. It is an optimistic, progressive nation with a proud and gracious way of live.

















BRIEF ABOUT TURKEY

Location

Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is an Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in Southwestern Asia and the Balkan region of Southeastern Europe. Turkey borders eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Nakhichevan exclave of Azerbaijan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. In addition, it borders the Black Sea to the north; the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara to the west; and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

The Republic of Turkey is a democratic, secular, constitutional republic whose political system was established in 1923. Turkey is a member state of the United Nations, NATO, OSCE, OECD, OIC, The Council of Europe and a candidate to join the European Union. Due to its strategic location straddling Europe and Asia, and sandwiched between three seas, Turkey has been a historical crossroad between eastern and western cultures. It has been a keystone in the development of world civilization and the location of many great civilizations.
Language

The Turkish language is spread over a large geographical area in Europe and Asia. The Turkish spoken in Turkey represents the language group coming from the southwest branch of the Uralic – Altaic language family.
Climate

Althoug Turkey is situated in a geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate; the diverse nature of the landscape and the existence in particular of the mountains that run parallel to the coasts, result in significant differences in climatic conditions from one region to the other. While the coastal regions enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolia plateau experiences hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall. In Turkey, four seasons may be experienced.

Currency

The monetary unit is the New Turkish Lira ( YTL ); which comes in bank notes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 YTL.- . Smaller denominations come in coins of 1 kuruş, 5 kuruş, 10 kuruş, 25 kuruş, 50 kuruş and 1 YTL.- ( 1 YTL = 100 Kuruş )

ATMs can be found everywhere. All major credit cards or bank cards ( a strip of logos is usually displayed above the ATM ) are widely accepted while traveler’s checks are rarely accepted. Almost all ATMs have a language key to enable you to read the instructions in English.

Weight and Measures

Turkey uses metric system for wheight and measures.

Driving License

Most international driver’s licenses are recognized in Turkey. Car rental companies require for a valid national or international license. Remember to keep to the right – hand side of the road and wear your seat belt all times.

Time Zone

Turkish time is two hours ahead of Greenwich mean time ( GMT + 2 )

Electricity

The electrical current in Turkey is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current ( AC ) ; wall outlets take continental – type plugs, with two round prongs.

Wine & Dine

The Turkish cuisine, which is one of the richest in the world, appeals to the eye as well as the plate. Turkish food that is found today in Istanbul is truly a living synthesis of Eastern and Western cultures.

In addition to the many restaurants that serve traditional and international menus to satisfy the varied tastes of their guests, many nightclubs, cafes and bars offer fine menus along with a wide range of entertainment choices.

Kebab is a typical South Eastern Turkish food. It is a kind of food group which means; meat down with charcoal or wood fire. The recepies can be with vegetables or very hot pepper, again depending on the region. Rakı is a traditional alcoholic beverage made with anise and grapes. It is called “ Lion’s Milk “ by the locals, so give this combination a try in one of many kebab houses in IZMIR