In the first place the value for money
is incredible, then there's the people, a more charming bunch than you will
meet anywhere in the world. Turkish food is mouth-wateringly delicate and
beautifully presented, forget about kebabs you get in Britain, to eat Turkish
style is to chose a series of small dishes, or meze. Start with borek, little
parcel's of filo pastry usually stuffed with goats cheese, and Turkish pizza
is also something of a specialty. Wash it all down with the local wine or
the obligatory Efis beer. Shopping in Turkey is remarkable, with only one
word to sum up prices - "Cheap". Local specialties include leather, jewellery
and carpets. in bigger resorts, look out for genuine designer clothes too.
Don't be afraid to haggle - the shopkeepers expects it. and one last point
worth remembering, Turkey is not yet a member of the European Union, so
stock up on those duty frees!
Turkey is blessed with some of the finest beaches to be found anywhere in
the Mediterranean; long stretches of white and golden sand, often un crowded,
lapped by warm shallow waters perfect for swimming and water sports. Some
of Turkey's finest beaches are to be found at Dalyan, Olu Deniz, Alanya,
Facts about Turkey
known as the Cradle of Civilization. In fact, many civilizations were already
here as far as 9000 B.C.
Turkey borders three major seas : the Black
Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
Turkey was known as Asia Minor; the Asian side
of Turkey is known as Anatolia.
Turkey is where Alexander the Great cut the
intricate Gordian Knot; literally a phrase used for shortcut to Solving
Turkey is the birthplace of Kind Midas, who
turned everything into gold.
Turkey was the centre of two of the major empires
in history : the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.
Turkey provides 70% of the world's hazelnuts
: probably the nut in your chocolate bar was grown in Turkey.
Turkey has a 650-year old covered shopping
mall of 64 streets, 3500 shops, 22 entrances and 25000 workers : the famous
Turkey is the birthplace of St. Nicholas, popularly
known as Santa Claus.
Turkey is the origin of the names of Paris,
Philadelphia and Europe.
Turkey is where Noah's Ark landed : at Mount
Agri (Ararat), Eastern Turkey.
Turkey is the location for two of the Seven
Wonders of the World : the Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
Turkey has historical relics pertaining to
three of the world's major religions : Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Turkey has the most valuable silk carpet in
the world in the Mevlana Museum (Konya) : 144 knots per sq. Cm - 13th century.
Turkey is said to have provided the water for
the Garden of Eden from its 2 great rivers : the Euphrates and the Tigris.
Turkey is the birthplace of St. Paul (Tarsus).
Turkey is uniquely in two continents : Europe
Turkey gave the English language many words
such as turquoise, parchment, yogurt, meander, angora.
Turkey is the location of the city of Troy
in the west of the country, where the Trojan War was fought.
Turkey had the world's first female Supreme
court Judge and gave women the right to vote in 1934.
Turkey is the location of the first known beauty
contest, judged by Paris, with Aphrodite, Hera and Athena as leading participants.
Turkey has a city, Mardin, which is one of
the few places where you can hear the native language of Jesus Christ -
Aramaic. The final home of Virgin Mary, to which she traveled with St. John,
is located nearby.
Turkey was producing wine as early as 4000BC.
Turkey has the first temple built ever (Urfa
- between 9000 and 8500BC) and the first church built ever (St Peter's in
Turkey first introduced tulips to Holland and
today still supplies tulips to the world.
Turkey reputedly has one of the world's 3 greatest
Turkey has more ancient sites than any other
Turkey was the first to produce and use coins
2700 years ago.
Turkey is the location of the Seven Churches
Turkey is one of the safest countries in the
world according to comparative statistics.