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Turkish territory has soaked up so much history and events that can make even the most seasoned of travellers could start feeling a little dizzy. Archaeological and architectural monuments, different cities, alluring culinary heritage, and a mixture of religious sentiments – you’ll need more than just one trip to see it all. Add two seas (the Black Sea and the Mediterranean), rocky shores, beaches, mountains, valleys, and islands, and we get a truly remarkable country.

The city of Istanbul is located at the very tip of Turkey. It’s a modern, cosmopolitan, yet minaret- and ancient palace-filled city. It is one of those large metropolises where one can truly feel the flourishing of different cultures and civilizations over the ages. The East and the West, skyscrapers and mosques, high fashion and traditional Muslim clothing, objects trampled to the ground by crowds of tourist and thousands of interesting streets, fast foods snack bars and Turkish restaurants... different sights, smells and sounds all blend into one, comprising the city of Istanbul. This city will inspire you to create, enjoy and be curious.

And yet, most tourists come to Turkey for its pleasant climate, excellent resorts, beautiful nature and good service. Antalya and Marmaris are the best of all Turkish resorts. However, the coastline of Turkey is so long that driving just a dozen kilometres to the side you’re sure to find your own corner by the Mediterranean Sea. And if you ever get tired of the southern coast, you can always go to the Black Sea, where you’ll find even more exotic cities and less foreign tourists.

Cappadocia, a marvellous rocky hummock and a cave city, is yet another symbol of Tukey. Air balloons over variously-shaped rocks, trips on horseback and rafting in the country’s many rivers – enthusiasts of entertainment in nature will find plenty to do here.

Turkey’s eastern border with Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria holds the promise of yet more varied cultural experiences. Snowy mountains, the large Lake Van, ancient settlements, the heritage and traidtions of the Kurdish nation – even though it’s not exactly a land of tourism, that doesn’t make it any less intriguing. However, due to the civil war in Syria and the problems Iraq is currently having with Muslim radicals at the moment, the border with these countries is fairly dangerous.

In Turkish culture, food is, first and foremost, an opportunity for the family to gather together at one table, so there’s a large variety of dishes. Arguably, the most important ingredients are dairy products and the Turkish ayran, minced meat steak with spices (kebabs), lots of salad, and olive oil. For desert, you’ll never find yourself too far away from baklava – a sweet pastry with nuts and honey.

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