Turkey cities, attractions and photos

Turkey travel guide

The Republic of Turkey is situated in Eurasia: between the Anatolian Peninsula and the Balkan region. The country borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. In addition, Turkey has an outlet on the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea. Located in the Ankara province, the city of Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the second largest city in the country. The capital has a population of more than 4.7 million people. Other large cities include Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, and Adana, among others.

It is best to visit Turkey in April, May, September, and October. Istanbul, the Mediterranean and the Aegean coastal lines will offer pleasant and warm weather. The period between April and September is the best time for holidays on the Black Sea coast. Apart from its famous beaches and sea resorts, Turkey is well-known for its ancient sites such as Troy, the Lycian ruins at Myra and Xanthos, the Roman remains at Anamurium, and the Armenian city of Ani. Another prominent feature of the Turkish cityscape is the market or the so called bazaar such as the Kemeralti bazaar in Izmir and the Sanliurfa's bazaar. The lovely Covered Bazaar of Bursa extends among a labyrinth of 15th century arcades.

The country boosts many beautiful mosques and other places of religious worship. Some of the most prominent mosques are the Blue Mosque, the Ortakoy Mosque, the Selmiye Mosque, and the Yeni Mosque, among others. The Ottoman period palaces are grandiose and exquisite. The Turkish Empire was ruled from the world’s famous Topkapi Palace, the Dolmabahce Palace, and the Yildiz Palace. In addition to the architectural masterpieces, Turkey features many intriguing museums such as the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara, the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology, and the Izmir Ethnography Museum.

Istanbul: a city on the crossroads of Europe and Asia.