Turkey is built on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, thus sitting between East and West, between Europe and Asia. This country’s culture and traditions are so diverse. Indeed, it embraces every extreme of Eastern and Western cultures. These improbable mixes make it a fascinating country to visit. In its vast territory, enjoy the flavors of a cuisine that blends Eastern and Mediterranean influences, take a walk in its fragrant bazaars and admire its breathtaking scenery, both in the city and in the countryside. Above all, enjoy every moment of the exquisite change of scenery that awaits you in Turkey!
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What to do in Turkey
Visit the sumptuous city of Istanbul and immerse yourself into history and at the same time discover a modern, cosmopolitan and effervescent metropolis. Of course, you will want to visit the monuments that have become the landmarks of the city: Topkapi Palace Museum, The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia (Sainte-Sophie)... Do not resist the urge to elbow your way through the crowded alleys of the Grand Bazaar or relax in the hammams. Make sure not to forget modern Istanbul. Discover the most famous avenue Istiklal Caddesi, in the Beyoglu District, where you can find many restaurants and shops that will be packed with tourists and locals alike. End your day with a mezze in one of the many bars and restaurants perched on the rooftops of Beyoglu or Besiktas along the banks of the Bosphorus river. The sunset is unforgettable.
The beautiful region of Cappadocia in central Turkey is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Visitors from all over the world come to this arid and surreal landscape where volcanoes and erosion have shaped the mountains to look like oversized sandcastles and fairytale scenery. In the spring, the valleys of the region are covered with flowers, making the landscape even more magical. Spend the night at one of the region's cave hotels, then discover the Göreme National Park and the fascinating Byzantine underground cities. For the ultimate Cappadocian travel experience, fly over the valley at sunrise in a hot air balloon. Be ready to capture the beauty of the site with both your eyes and camera!
Bathe in the Pamukkale pools
Close to the ancient city of Hierapolis is another geological miracle of Turkey: Pamukkale. At first sight, one could believe that it is an ice formation, but the water of these basins perched on the mountainside is hot and effervescent. The limestone gives the basins their immaculate whiteness. Take a dip in these natural thermal pools arranged in tiers while enjoying a superb view of the surrounding peaks. For more privacy, go at the end of the day. You will also have the chance to see the colors of the sky reflecting on the pools at sunset.
Discover the jewels of the Turkish Coast
The coasts of Turkey offer beautiful scenery dotted with picturesque villages and many seaside resorts where you can enjoy the sea. Departing from Istanbul, start with the Gallipoli Peninsula, then head along the Aegean Coast. Discover the breathtaking ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Further South, you will find Bodrum, the main seaside resort of the region. On the Mediterranean side, relax on Patara Beach, a peaceful stretch of sand bordered by dunes. It is also one of the stops of the Lycian Way, a hiking trail that runs along the coast for more than 500 km from Fethiye to Antalya. If the prospect of discovering the region on foot gets you out of breath, why not chartering a yacht and enjoy the splendors of nature from the sea.
Relive the past at Safranbolu
Nestled in the mountains, the city of Safranbolu is one of the best places in Turkey to observe Ottoman architecture. Explore Çarsi (Old Town) and Baglar areas, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will find beautiful wooden houses perched on hillsides, often former merchant houses. Many of these houses have now been converted into shops and restaurants. Mingle with the crowds in the bazaars or visit Safranbolu's various mosques to explore the city's rich past. Don't forget to take a dip in Hammam Cinci. You will feel as if you are going back in time in this authentic Ottoman hammam perfectly restored and still functional.
The country's official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY).
Turkish is the official language in Turkey.
You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in Turkey are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz.
Passport and entry & exit requirements
It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel.
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