Turkey is friendly, beautiful, rich in culture, and a great value. It is the eighth most visited country in the world with over 30 million tourists each year. If you’re still uncertain about Turkey travel, the diverse tourist opportunities will help you make a decision.
Turkey’s history of human habitation goes back more than 25,000 years. Some of the earliest human communities are also from Turkey, including the Hittites, Phrygians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Seljuks, Mongols, Ottomans and others. Each of these cultures has left their mark with works of art, architecture and culture throughout Turkey. Additionally, the world’s first temple was built in the Neolithic era at Göbekli Tepe.
Turkey has been located in the center of several thriving cultures for thousands of years, which lead to numerous ancient ruins and landmarks from a variety of cultures who found themselves in Turkey. One of the most historic sites in the world, Ephesus, dates back to the Roman era, where its inhabitants and travelers passing through visited the Temple of Artemis. Little remains of the temple today, but tourists can still visit today and see the wonderful history and architecture surrounding Ephesus – just one of the ancient cities in Turkey.
Turkish cuisine is considered one of the world’s greatest culinary traditions. Many of Turkey’s culinary traditions date back nearly 1,300 years with a variety of Balkan, Middle Eastern, and central Asian influences. The abundance of Turkey’s farms, orchards, flocks, and fishing boats is exceptional, and Turkish chefs take full advantage of the availability.
Turkey is also famous for some it’s beverages, like Turkish tea and Turkish coffee. Turkish tea is hot, fragrant, and available any time, any where. The tea is brewed from leaves grown on the mountains of Turkey’s eastern coast on the Black Sea. Traditionally, the tea is brewed with a small pot of strong tea, that is later mixed with hot water to its desired strength.
Turkish coffee is world-famous is made from fresh roasted medium roast beans in a mortar and pestle, or grinded very fine in a cylindrical brass coffee mill. Turkish coffee is made by inserting a teaspoon of coffee powder into a cezve (special pot with a wide bottom, narrower neck, spout, and long handle), then adding sugar and cold water. The coffee is then heat to frothing three times. Next, a small amount of the froth is poured into each cup, frothed a fourth time, and ready to be poured.
You won’t want to miss out on what Turkish cuisine, Turkish tea, and Turkish coffee have to offer.
Turkey is known for its crystal blue coastline and stunning beaches, making it a popular destination for beach resorts. However, Turkey is also famous for its natural structures inland as a result of a unique and active geologic past including landscapes and scenery like you’ve never seen before.
Cappadocia (in central Turkey), is one of the exquisite destinations, filled with a gorgeous landscape with various fairy chimneys, which are unique to Cappadocia. Cappadocia is just one of the many cities in Turkey with stunning, natural landscaping.