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Turkey Travel Guide

Delve into Turkey

Back home, Turkey is very much a holiday spot for Brits looking for a cheap all-inclusive holiday at a resort by the beach. So I guess that’s where my expectation began: commercialised. When we actually arrived and began to explore the country, we realised how wrong this assumption was. The country is rich in history and culture, has mind-blowing landscapes (I am not exaggerating with this word!) and warm, hospitable people. And surprisingly, it is relatively easy to get away from the crowds, even in Istanbul and Cappadocia.

The number of reasons to visit Turkey are endless and dramatically varied: head to the stunning coastline of Alacati, visit ancient Roman ruins of Ephesus, hike the wild landscapes of Cappadocia, find cave churches of Rose Valley, marvel at the most bizarre rock formations of Love Valley, see religious excavations dating back 12,000 years of Gobeklitepe, wander the ancient Armenian town of Ani, be amazed at the snow white travertine pools of Pamukkale; watch the sunset over the plains of Ancient Mesopotamia with a glass of pomegranate wine in hand in Mardin; the list could go on and on and on.

Vegetarian food across the country is varied and delicious! Spend a couple of hours eating your way through an entire table full of breakfast dishes, definitely grab yourself a cig kofte, try pistachio flavoured everything, eat all the sweets drenched in syrup, taste all the different variations of coffee, and have copious amounts of tea with all your meals.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Currency

TRY – Turkish Lira

Transportation

Buses and there are some train connections

Visa

No visa required for 90 days for UK citizens

Languages

Turkish – English is widely spoken in the Western Turkey

Cash or Card

50/50

ATM with no fees

Halk

Must Try

Çiğ köfte – bulgur with tomato, chilli, onion, herbs

Vegetarian Friendliness

7/10

Local Beer/Alcohol

Bomonti, Efes, Bremen, Varim, Raki

Tourist Sim Providers

Turkcell

Greetings

Hello: Merhaba

Thanks: Teşekkürler

Tea Town or Coffee Country

Tea Town and Coffee Country

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