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Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to Turkey

  • Time ZoneGMT/UTC +2
  • Currency: New Turkish Lira (YTL)
  • Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellullar phone etc.)
  • Weights & measures: Metric
  • Country Dialing Code: 90

Must See - Properties on UNESCO World Heritage List 

Cappadocia Turkey

Cappadocia Turkey

  • Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
  • Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi
  • Hattusha
  • Nemrut Dag
  • Xanthos-Letoon
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  • City of Safranbolu
  • Archaeological Site of Troy

Turkish Basic Words

Yes = Evet (eh-VEHT)
No = hayır (HAH-yuhr)
Thanks = Teşekkürler. Sağ ol. Mersi. (teh-sheh-kewr-LEHR SOWL. mehr-SEE)
You're welcome = Bir şey değil (beer SHEHY deh-YEEL)
Please = Lütfen (LEWT-fehn)
Hello = Merhaba (MEHR-hah-bah)
Goodbye = Allaha ısmarladık (ah-LAHS-mahr-lah-duhk )
Good morning = Günaydın (gew-nahy-DUHN)
Good evening = İyi akşamlar (EE ahk-shahm-LAHR)
Good night = İyi geceler (EE geh-jeh-LEHR )
Water = Su (SOO)
Coffee = car ve (kahve )
Tea = Çay (CHAH-yee)
Ice = Booz (buz)
Where is the bathroom? - Tuvalet nerede? (too-vah-LEHT NEH-reh-deh)
What is your name? - Adınız ne? (AH-duh-NUHZ neh)
How are you? - Nasılsınız? (NAHS-suhl-suh-nuhz)
I'm fine, thank you - İyiyim, teşekkür ederim (ee-YEE-yihm, tesh-ek-KEWR)
Open – açık (ah-CHUHKMoney)
Closed – kapalı (kah-pah-LUH)
Money – Para (PAH-rah)

Some Turkish Dishes

Shish Kebab - lamb grilled over charcoal
Döner Kebab - roll of lamb on a vertical skewer turning parallel to a hot grill
Dolma- vegetables as grape leaves, cabbage leaves, and green peppers stuffed with spiced rice
Pilav - rice dish


southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia (that portion of Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria


69,660,559 (July 2005 est.)

81 provinces (iller, singular - il); Adana, Adiyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Agri, Aksaray, Amasya, Ankara, Antalya, Ardahan, Artvin, Aydin, Balikesir, Bartin, Batman, Bayburt, Bilecik, Bingol, Bitlis, Bolu, Burdur, Bursa, Canakkale, Cankiri, Corum, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Duzce, Edirne, Elazig, Erzincan, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Giresun, Gumushane, Hakkari, Hatay, Igdir, Isparta, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Karabuk, Karaman, Kars, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kilis, Kirikkale, Kirklareli, Kirsehir, Kocaeli, Konya, Kutahya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Mugla, Mus, Nevsehir, Nigde, Ordu, Osmaniye, Rize, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sinop, Sirnak, Sivas, Tekirdag, Tokat, Trabzon, Tunceli, Usak, Van, Yalova, Yozgat, Zonguldak

temperate; hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters; harsher in interior

Ethnic groups
Turkish 80%, Kurdish 20% (estimated)

Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)

Turkish (official), Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, Greek

Government type
republican parliamentary democracy

Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the People's Congress of Kurdistan or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives, but after the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey, mainly to northern Iraq. In 2004, KGK announced an end to its ceasefire and attacks attributed to the KGK increased. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community; over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy, enabling it to begin accession membership talks with the European Union.

Turkey Travel and Accommodation – Your Tips for Travelers

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Istanbul - city with Byzantium flavor by Teresa Szefler

Source: Central Intelligence Agency.
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