About Turkey



Turkey has been called "the cradle of civilization". The world's first town, a neolithic city at Çatalhöyük, dates back to 6500 BC. From past the present time Turkey boasts a rich culture that through the centuries has left a lasting footprint on modern civilization. Hattis, Hittites, Phrygians, Urartians, Lycians, Ionians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans have all occupied crucial places in in the historical background of Turkey, and ancient sites and ruins scattered throughout the country give proof to each civilization’s unique distinction.

Turkey has been called "the cradle of civilization". The world's first town, a neolithic city at Çatalhöyük, dates back to 6500 BC. From past the present time Turkey boasts a rich culture that through the centuries has left a lasting footprint on modern civilization. Hattis, Hittites, Phrygians, Urartians, Lycians, Ionians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans have all occupied crucial places in in the historical background of Turkey, and ancient sites and ruins scattered throughout the country give proof to each civilization’s unique distinction.

In addition to rich cultural heritage, it is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains and lakes that offers a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. From April to October, most places in Turkey have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches or enjoying the tranquility of mountains and lakes.

Turkish food is famous throughout the world. The range is enormous, from a number of soups to an astonishing variety of meze (appetisers), followed by meat and fish dishes, many famous Turkish sweets and pastries and Turkish coffee. The traditional breakfast is a scrumptious combination of tastes comprising bread, olives, tomato, cucumber, white cheese, butter, jam/honey, yoghurt, and sweet black tea.

Turkish is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas.

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