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Where to go in Turkey

On the west coast, bordered by the Aegean Sea, where most tourist go, are beautiful beaches and famous places with great history as Ephesus, Troy and Bergama. Another region to discover is Cappadocia with its high plateaus, located at more than one thousand meters of altitude, its caves and canyons and its troglodyte villages and cave churches. The Lycie coast at the south has many coves and turquoise waters, there are also ancient ruins to discover in the beautiful hilly landscapes. In the centre of the country, high up, is the city of Konya, with its beautiful mosques and a museum dedicated to the whirling dervishes; the Mevlâna Museum. In Istanbul you can't miss St. Sophia’s Cathedral, the famous Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

Road conditions / restrictions

Turkey’s road network continues to improve, with four-lane motorways (otoyol) connecting major cities, and well-surfaced modern highways elsewhere, However, further east and in rural areas, roads may be less well surfaced. Standards of driving can be poor, and serious accidents are common. You will have to pay tolls for some motorways. Petrol (leaded and unleaded), diesel and LPG are readily available.
The speed limit is 50kph in built-up areas, 90kph on open roads and 120kph on motorways.

Where to camp

Free camping is permitted everywhere in Turkey. Most of the campgrounds are located along the coast, in the interior there are only a few, many of them are open only in summer.

 

Driving license

You can drive in Turkey with EU, US or International driving licence.

Visa

Visitors to Turkey must obtain a visa from one of the Turkish diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the 120 countries and territories that are either visa exempt or whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival. There is also an online visa facility. Effective from 1 January 2015, passports will have to be valid for at least 60 days beyond the permitted stay.
Turkey even requires visas from certain EU member states – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom as well as Norway. However all visitors who are from EU Countries to Turkey can obtain a visa through a simple electronic visa system or a visa on arrival so they do not have to apply at the embassy or consulate.

 

Emergency telephone numbers

Health Emergency :110
Police: 155
Fire: 110
Registration for International calls: 115
Emergency: 112
Tourism Police: (0212) 527 45 03
Tourism Info (all over Turkey):170

Best time to visit

Summers are very hot and humid in some areas. Away from the sea, temperatures can be scorching. At altitude, however, the nights are cool. On the Black Sea Coast, the climate is almost tropical in some respects and the vegetation is very dense.
 
Winters are harsh inland, more humid on the coast. Best time to discover the country is in spring (April till June) or in autumn (September and October).

Language

Turkish is the official language of Turkey and is one of the official languages of Cyprus.

 


 

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