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Turkey

General Information about Turkey

Arch of a Building in Istanbul

Turkey's geography is a mix of high plateaus, mountains, narrow coastal plains. It is surrounded on three sides by water, the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Countries on its borders includes Syria in the South, Armenia and Georgia in the Northeast, Bulgaria in the Northwest and Greece in the West. Turkey has the boundary between Europe and Asia through the East of the country. Its capital is Ankara and its population is 71 million. Turkeys climate is as varied as its terrain from very cold winters in the mountains to very hot summers on the Mediterranean coast.

As you expect from a country with such diverse history and spanning two continents and different religions there are many examples of religious buildings, churches, mosques throughout Turkey with the Blue Mosque in Istanbul being the only mosque in the world to have six minarets. On the Aegean Coast you can visit restored ruins from Roman times that may date back to the 13th century BC and there are many examples around the countryside reflecting on the diverse history. For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are some excellent climbs in the mountains, suitable for all levels of experience. The interior provides plenty of exciting opportunities for those who enjoy hiking and walking. The ski fields in the North and Western interior are easily accessible.

Accommodation is available throughout Turkey to meet all budgets. Hostels and campsites are common, as are small hotels, tree houses (log homes) through to five star hotels.

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Climate

Find Out About The Climate In Turkey

Along the coast of Turkey the climate is typically Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. July is the warmest month to visit with an average of up to 29 degrees. Winters in the north-eastern plateau regions are generally cold with lows of -12 degrees with heavy snowfalls. The weather in Istanbul is normally hot and humid and is considerably windy.

Geography

Geographical Information On Turkey

Turkey is situated in South-eastern Europe and South-western Asia with the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea on its Border. It is neighbours with Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece and Syria. Turkey has a coastline of up to 7,200 kilometres and a total land mass of 770,760 square metres. Its tallest peak is Mount Agri Dagi measuring up to 6,388 metres. The capital city is Ankara while its largest city is Istanbul and the population is over 71,158,647 people.

Economy

Learn About The Economy Of Turkey

Textiles and Clothing industry's are amongst the largest industrial sector contributing for up to one-third of the industrial employment. The service industry contributes over 50 percent of the country's economy with some of the main produces being textiles, food processing, mining including coal, chromite, copper, and boron. The agricultural industry is very successful accounting for over 30 percent of the economy. The official currency is the Lira.

Festivals and Events

Discover What's On In Turkey

From wine tasting to puppet shows Turkey has something for everybody throughout the year. In January wine lovers can visit Istanbul for the annual wine festival. Then in May there is the International Istanbul Puppet Festival which draws many children to see famous and international puppeteers. For the grown ups August is when the Formula One: Turkish Grand Prix is on and is an event not to be missed.

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