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Turkey is a land of myth, a cradle of civilizations, a canvas of nature's most aesthetic bounties & a confluence of varied streams of culture. Owing to its favourable position, Turkey is the bridging nation between the East & West (Europe & Asia) & therefore boasts a spicy blend of oriental & modern, splendor & sleekness, which makes diversity its other name. In Turkey every visitor can find something for themselves. The world-class cuisine, vibrant cities, warm hospitality, recreational facilities, historical attractions, cultural heritage & an unparallel natural beauty make Turkey an irresistible holiday destination for independent or small group travelers...

 

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The Aegean
Aegean coast of Turkey is lined by a succession of modern cities with palm-lined avenues and liberal attitudes, towns with old quarters that are filled with elegant turn of the 20th century neo-classical architecture, and ruins of what were once major powers of the Mediterranean in ancient times; all backed by fertile valleys and hills, sides of which are dotted with picturesque villages and large olive yards which help to make Turkey one of the biggest producers of olive oil in the world. It's little wonder that much of ancient art and philosophy from Aristotle to Homer, many were citizens of cities along this coast was developed in this land of wine and honey, which has a favourable climate year round.

Black Sea Region
The Black Sea region in northern Turkey, is a humid and verdant region renowned for its natural beauty thanks to the high precipitation levels distributed evenly throughout the year. The region is very mountainous and is heavily forested, while the highest parts of the mountains are covered with alpine meadows, glacier lakes and glaciers.
It occupies much of the country's northern (Black Sea) coast, while the rest of it is part of Marmara Region.

Central Anatolia Region
Being in the center of Turkey, Central Anatolian Region embodies assorted beauties. Having been witness to the transitions of important civilizations, today the region is the political center of Turkey. This central region is now the heart of modern Turkey's political life & has been the centre of many significant societies & civilizations throughout history. The main cities in this region are Ankara, Cankiri, Eskisehir, Kayseri, Kirsehir, Konya, Nevsehir, Nigde, Sivas, Yozgat. Ankara, the modern day capital, is located squarely in the middle of Central Anatolia & has been planned & developed for a contemporary society. The most visually impressive structure here is the Anitkabir mausoleum built for Ataturk, who founded the modern Republic of Turkey by winning the War for Independence & then made Ankara its capital.

The Marmara Region
Hills of various sizes, fields of sunflowers & vineyards as far as the eye can see. Trakya constituting the European side of Turkey. The region separated from Anatolia by Istanbul straits, The Sea of Marmara & the Dardanelles. A traveller from Europe on his/her arrival to Edirne first encounters the masterpiece of Mimar Sinan, Selimiye Mosque. This province boasts to have the most authentic works of Ottoman architecture. The Roman province of Trakya (Thrace) is separated from the rest of Turkey by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara & the Dardanelle Straits. Edirne, lying close to the borders of Greece & Bulgaria, is best known for the masterpieces of local architect Mimar Sinan, with wonderful examples from the Ottoman Empire. The area is also famous for the lush rolling fields, filled with vineyards & sunflowers grown for their seeds & oil. The cities in this region are Balikesir, Bilecik, Bursa, Canakkale, Edirne, Istanbul, Kirklareli, Kocaeli, Sakarya,Tekirdag & Yalova.

The Mediterranean Region
South of the majestic Taurus Mountains lie on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea with its beaches of fine sand, vistas of rare & rugged beauty, many ancient ruins, hidden coves & alluring vacation getaways. The region is bathed in sunshine 300 days a year & is a paradise for swimming, sunbathing & water sports. You can also explore important historical sites dating back thousands of years, set in a landscape of pine forests & citrus groves & learn about the mythology that is intertwined with the area. The Mediterranean coast is as full of antique artefacts as the Aegean. In the ancient Lycian region, west of Antalya, you can experience the beauty of the mountain cities of Termessos & Arikand, as well as the coastal towns such as Olympus, Kale, Kekova & Kas. The ancient cities of Perge, Aspendos & Side are located on the coastal plane east of Antalya, originally called Pamphylia.

East & Southeast Region
With its high mountain ranges, valleys, plains & lakes, streams & riverbeds integrated with colours of purple, brown, grey, yellow & red & adorned with the unique architectural samples of Turkish culture, East & Southeast Anatolian Region bring to the sight pleasurable panoramic views... With its high mountain ranges, remote plateaus splashed with colour, this region of Anatolia brings history to life. Sivas, Divrigi, Erzurum, Battalgazi, Harput & Ahlat, all cities in this region, were important centres of Seljuk art. In Eastern Anatolia are the cities of Agri, Bingol, Bitlis, Elazıg, Erzincan, Erzurum, Hakkari, Kars, Malatya, Mus, Tunceli, Van, Ardahan & Igdir, while in the southeast are the larger cities of Adiyaman, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Mardin, Siirt, Sanliurfa, Batman, Sirnak & Kilis. Travelling around the east is more challenging, with huge distances between towns, extremes of climate & fewer facilities, but this is amply compensated by the remote beauty, relatively unspoilt scenery & of course hospitality of the people.
 
 
 
 
 

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