Turkey – one of the world’s most historically significant countries – is a land rich in culture, cuisine, travel adventures and above all, beauty… Straddling two continents (eastern Europe and western Asia), Turkey not only has a unique geographical positioning (giving it the best of both worlds) but it also offers incredible history, architecture and trips too.
It is a treasure trove for travellers, offering everything from breathtaking ballooning in Cappadocia to delicious, authentic Turkish delight, Turkish baths and even the fallen city of Troy…
Here is what you need to know when planning a visit to gorgeous Turkey:
Applying for an E-visa Turkey
To visit Turkey, you will of course need a Turkey visa, which is an official Turkish government-approved travel authorisation. Thankfully applying for an e-visa Turkey is a quick and effortless online process!
The visa application process takes about five minutes to complete. Thereafter, payment (£29,95 per person) can be safely made through PayPal, MasterCard, Visa or American Express… whichever is most convenient for you!
Once your application has been processed, your official visa for Turkey will be emailed to you. (For urgent applications, this can be done in as little as 14 minutes.) Then, happily equipped with your e-visa, go enjoy Turkey from the sky, land or sea!
Best Things to Do in Turkey
Turkey offers so much for travellers to enjoy… In some ways, it’s almost difficult trying to narrow down the travel list. But, as with every travel destination, there are always a few unmissable attractions and experiences to tick off!
For a start, foodies and coffee connoisseurs should definitely take some time out to enjoy Turkey’s mouth-wateringly good, authentic Turkish Delight – and if you’re keen, why not pair it with a deliciously special brew of Turkish coffee? After all, Turkish coffee is an experience all on its own!
For culture vultures and modern travellers, be sure to visit popular cities like Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Eskisehir to name just a few. Each of Turkey’s cities is as beautiful and unique as the next, with plenty of varied travel adventures to enjoy!
If you wish to enjoy a quintessentially Turkish encounter, why not treat yourself to a true Turkish bath experience? It will certainly help to get you into holiday mode, while also immersing you in Turkish culture.
Another life-changing, oh-so-romantic experience is embarking on a balloon ride in Cappadocia. Here, the landscape is mesmerising with its diverse, semi-aridness and tall, cone-shaped rock formations – but more than that, this fiercely beautiful place is hands-down one of the best places in the world to go for a balloon ride.
If you prefer to do something more unique and historically-focused, head out to the fallen city of Troy. While most of the city was famously destroyed, the site has a replica of the infamous Trojan horse… and visitors can even climb inside! To get there, you can travel from either Tevfikiye or Çanakkale but day tours also run from Istanbul.
For some WWI history, travellers can also visit the important battlegrounds and war cemeteries of the Gallipoli Campaign.
Of course, if you plan to see any of Turkey’s architectural landmarks, then Hagia Sophia and The Blue Mosque (The Sultan Ahmed Mosque) are two you simply cannot miss out on. Both found in Istanbul – one of Turkey’s most popular and famous cities – these two buildings will surely render you breathless when you behold their architectural beauty and learn about their fascinating past and present.
The last unmissable attraction – especially for the outdoor addicts – is a trip out to the Kekova Island Sunken Ruins. This once-great city now lies beneath the crystal clear, dreamy aquamarine waters so not only is this a fascinating part of Lycian-era history but it is also a truly stunning location. With imposing cliffs and gorgeous waters, few settings could be more ideal for a memorable holiday adventure.
Boat trips, cruises and sea kayak tours allow visitors to experience the wonder and beauty of this place first-hand… And best of all, while in the region, you can also visit nearby Byzantine castle, Simena.
When to Visit
Turkey is viewed by many as a summer destination but it’s ideal for visiting year-round, depending on which season you would most like to experience.
For cooler weather, you can visit from late October to March, while for warmer weather, any time during April, May, September or October is ideal. If you really want to enjoy the sizzling temperatures, visit during summertime (June – August).
Conclusion: Whenever you visit and whatever you decide to do in Turkey, one thing is guaranteed: you will enjoy thoroughly memorable travel adventures in this incredible country!