One of the most diverse and beautiful countries the planet knows. Located on two continents, between two seas and t(w)o many delicious foods! Of course there’s also beaches, incredible nature, impressive cities, amazing rock formations, unique attractions and did we say delicious food?
The local currency is Turkish Lira.
Here you find the current exchange rate.
Islam (mostly Sunni) 99.8%, other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews).
Turkish 70-75%, Kurdish 18%, other minorities 7-12%.
Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages.
Where is Turkey?
Turkey is at the northeast end of the Mediterranean Sea in southeast Europe and southwest Asia. To the north is the Black Sea and to the west is the Aegean Sea. Its neighbors are Greece and Bulgaria to the west, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania to the north and northwest (through the Black Sea), Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east, and Syria and Iraq to the south.
Is Turkey safe?
Yes, Turkey is a very safe place to travel to. Despite the potential threat of terrorism and despite potential political upheaval on the horizon you shouldn’t be afraid travelling to this amazing country.
Do I need a visa for Turkey?
It depends on the country you are from. Check here if you need a visa to travel to Turkey.
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Capital of the Kurds
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From genocide to rebellion
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History & myths in Turkey
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Faces in the mountain
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