Turkey

Flag of Turkey

Turkey, or officially the Republic of Turkey, is a country located both in Europe and Asia - with a very small overall part (3%) located in South East Europe at the coast of the Black Sea and east Mediterranean and much larger part in the most western tip of Asia - Anatolian peninsula. Waters of the Turkish Straits (Marmara sea, Boshporus and Dardanelles) mark the border between Europe and Asia. Capital is located in Asia (Ankara) but the biggest city is metropolis of Istanbul with more than 13 million inhabitants. Turkey is a popular place to go and number of its visitors trippled between 1998 to 2008 (up to 27 million).

The country is located at the major historical, political and economic crossroads and together with its rich cultural heritage and continuous endeavours to establish and successfully maintain democratic, secular, unitary and constitutional republic with effective relations to both Europe and Middle East is a place to explore. Not only to come and see Istanbul, but also set visitor`s foot into the antiquity of Troy and Ephesus and not forgetting the natural wonders of Cappadocia or Mount Ararat in the eastern part of Anatolia or variety of coast to dip into various seas. At the same time, regardless whether on business or holiday trip, the richness of the culture, hospitality and excellent cuisine would make you wishing to stay longer.

Useful information

Where it is? country located both in Europe and Asia (97%) at east tip of Mediterranean sea
Country name (EN) Republic of Turkey
Capital Ankara
Area 783,562 km (302,535 sq mi)
Population 73.7 milion (2010 estimate)
Pop. density 94/km (about 240/sq mi)
Languages to use Turkish, Kurd, + English and German are widely spoken too.
Religion no official state religion, islam is dominant (99%) + christian
Climate continental (4 seasons change) in the mountains, oceanic/Mediterranean at the coast (hot summer and mild/wet winter)
Time zone UTC+2 (UTC+3 = day light saving time in summer)
Source Wikipedia

K+P AWAY specials

Length of the day up to 15 hours in June down to 9.5 hours in December
Electric power+plugs Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets.
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .tr
Calling code +90
Visited by K+P December 2010
Places visited Istanbul
Why to go? Istanbul: history and culture, delicious food, shopping

Visited places

Click on the places below and find where we have travelled to including many photographs.