Turkey is a land of extremes. Straddling Europe and Asia, Turks have long prided themselves on being like nobody else. It has huge mosques, roman ruins, fantastical landscapes and vast steppes, the legendary Mount Ararat, beach resorts and a young population and a future full of hope. The southwest of the country draws the majority of tourists. It is the site of Gallipoli, Ephesus and Troy.

The east is more difficult to visit and the scene of ongoing security issues and tensions with the Kurds. The father of the nation was the resolutely secular Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and Turkey remains remarkably secular compared to its regional neighbours.


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Why you should go:

For a gentle introduction to the Middle East.

Why you shouldn't:

You are extremely conservative in choosing your travel destination.

Map of Turkey