Why Take a Trip to Turkey?

Last Updated on February 20, 2024

It's friendly, beautiful, culturally rich and good value for moneyIt's modern enough to be comfortable yet traditional enough to be interesting.

Turkey is the 6th most popular travel destination in the world, welcoming 42 million visitors per year.

History, Culture & Art

Turkey's history of human habitation goes back more than 25,000 years. The world's first temple was built in Neolithic times at Göbekli Tepe. Some of the earliest-known human communities are here. HittitesPhrygiansGreeksRomansByzantines, Crusaders, Seljuks, Mongols, Ottomans and others have all left their works of art, architecture and culture in what is now the Turkish homeland.


Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey
Library of Celsus, Ephesus

Turkish cuisine is now world-famous, and rightly so. The abundance of its fields, farms, orchards, flocks and fishing boats is exceptional, and Turkish chefs take full advantage of this bounty. Everyone comments on how good the food is. Then there's Turkish tea....

Special-Interest Activities

Everyone wants to experience a Turkish bathWith nearly 8400 km (5200 miles) of coastline, beacheswater sports and yachting are big favorites. Hikingwhite-water raftingmountain-climbing and bicycling are all important and growing, as is skiing. My favorite of all is hot-air ballooningMore...

Good Times

Sit at a long table in a meyhane (taverna) in IstanbulKuşadasıBodrumAntalya, order a glass of beerwine or pungent rakı and join in the songs and stories. Turks revel in good food, good friends, good times, and good nightlife.

For stories of life and travel in Turkey, read the excerptsfrom my travel memoir Bright Sun, Strong Tea.

—Tom Brosnahan

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