Turkey

About

Turkey has a strong national identity heavily influenced by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey. You’ll see his likeness everywhere – grand statues, on money and in pictures. Your familiarity with his name will be very well received by locals.

 

While Turkey is nominally secular, the vast majority of the population identify as Muslim and Islamic holidays like Ramazan (Ramadan) and Eid are widely observed and recognised with public holidays.

Destinations

Instanbul

Experience the true flavour of Istanbul – a city vibrant, lasting and diverse, forging itself as the world’s most spectacular intersection of cultures, cuisine and continents. Explore the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. Eat with a local family, sharing tea and nargile and discover the hidden treasures of this historically rich landscape.

Ankara

Experience the true flavour of Istanbul – a city vibrant, lasting and diverse, forging itself as the world’s most spectacular intersection of cultures, cuisine and continents. Explore the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. Eat with a local family, sharing tea and nargile and discover the hidden treasures of this historically rich landscape.

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At a Glance

Capital city: Ankara (population approximately 6 million)
Population: Approximately 82 million
Language: Turkish
Currency: TRY
Time zone: (GMT+02:00) Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Calling code: +90
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Culture

Travellers will find Turkish people to be polite and quite formal in their greetings, kind and hospitable as hosts and friendly as new acquaintances.

Frequenting hamams (Turkish bathhouses) and coffee houses are popular pastimes for Turkish people, although contemporary hangouts like bars and nightclubs are the standard entertainment for most young people in the big cities, with Istanbul having one of the world's hottest nightlife scenes.

Turkey Food

Food

Home to some of the tastiest produce you can get your hands on, traditional cooking methods and influence from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Turkey’s food is surprising, delicious and delightful.

Many Turkish favourites are already non-meat. Gozleme, simit and cig kofte are all vegetarian and easy to find in markets, street corner food stands and restaurants. Turkey has an abundance of markets selling fresh produce, bread and extras like hummus and fava bean dip. With a little planning, vegans will be able to assemble meze-style lunches when pre-made options aren’t available.

Food & Culture

Culture

Travellers will find Turkish people to be polite and quite formal in their greetings, kind and hospitable as hosts and friendly as new acquaintances.

Frequenting hamams (Turkish bathhouses) and coffee houses are popular pastimes for Turkish people, although contemporary hangouts like bars and nightclubs are the standard entertainment for most young people in the big cities, with Istanbul having one of the world's hottest nightlife scenes.

Culture and customs_turkey_istanbul_traditional-tea-coffee

Food

Home to some of the tastiest produce you can get your hands on, traditional cooking methods and influence from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Turkey’s food is surprising, delicious and delightful.

Many Turkish favourites are already non-meat. Gozleme, simit and cig kofte are all vegetarian and easy to find in markets, street corner food stands and restaurants. Turkey has an abundance of markets selling fresh produce, bread and extras like hummus and fava bean dip. With a little planning, vegans will be able to assemble meze-style lunches when pre-made options aren’t available.

Turkey Food