Turkey Welcomes You!
Turkey, the site of two wonders of the ancient world, is a present-day marvel – the cradle of civilization, the very center of world history, and a modern Westward-looking republic. It is a country of fascinating contrasts, where antiquity is juxtaposed with the contemporary, the familiar with the exotic; where sun-swept beaches beckon less than an hour away from snow-capped mountains, and everywhere visitors are treated to the extraordinary warmth of the Turkish people.
The capitol of Istanbul has been an alluring destination for sophisticated travelers, and in 2005, the only city on earth that straddles two continents was named as one of the top ten greatest cities in the world to visit (third best in Europe) by the readers of Travel + Leisure. Istanbul, which was known as a capital of the capital cities, is headed for a modern future while still preserving its magnificent history with pride. With its museums, churches, palaces, mosques, bazaars, and natural beauty, you can see why people traveled to this extraordinary place centuries before – watching the reflection of the red at sun set from the houses at the coast.
Antalya was founded by Pergamum King Aktallos II, who ordered his soldiers to discover a retreat of heaven on Earth. Upon this command, the soldiers wandered around until they came to the place of now known as Antalya and exclaimed “This is heaven”. The city pf “Attalia” today enables you to feel like you are in heaven. Also stretching out along the coastline of Antalya are Alanya, Manavgat-Side, Kemer, Kaş, Finike, Serik, Demre and many other destinations for a holiday never to be forgotten.
You can claim that the Turkish coast along the Agean is one of the world’s most scenic vistas without fear of exaggerating. In the words of Heredotus, the Aegean coasts “have the most beautiful sky and the best climate in the world.” The bays and peninsulas, coves and golden beaches, stretch the length of these beautiful shores. This is the region where countless events of mythology took place. At almost every turn, you will encounter the theaters, temples and agoras of ancient cities like Bodrum, Fethiye, Marmaris, Kuşadası, Selçuk, Bergama, Foça, Çeşme, and Pamukkale.
The Cappadocian Region displays a beautiful combination of nature and history. The geographic movements formed the peribacalarini and, over the course of history, mankind settled and inhabited these natural wonders – fairy chimneys, carved houses, and churches inside these formations – and adorned these settlements with frescos, allowing us to trace thousands of years of civilization. The current Cappadocian Region is an area covering Nevşehir, Aksaray, Niğde, Kayseri and the more narrow rocky Cappadocian Region includes Üçhisar, Ürgüp, Avanos, Göreme, Derinkuyu, Kaymaklı, and Ihlara.
Public and private sectors are in place in Turkey to provide safe, clean, and inexpensive recreational areas and resorts in order to promote family tourism.