An Insider’s Guide to Turkey

By thinking a little less about your holiday destination prior to your trip, and taking some simple steps when you are there, you will be able to gain so much more from your holiday. You will also be able to make positive contribution to the people and the places you visit.

About Turkey 

· Turkey’s well-known coastline is boarded by three seas – the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the South and the Aegean Sea to the West.

· The coastal regions of Turkey are home a backdrop of mountain ranges and valleys, ideal for travellers who are looking to leave the beach behind and go exploring.

· With both Asian and European influences, Turkey has diverse and rich history with numerous interesting archeological sites to visit. Even though Turkey’s most well-known city is Istanbul, the capital is in fact Ankara, in central Turkey.

Learn a Little About The local Language

· In case you do not speak the language, try learning a couple of phrases.

· Making an effort to say some words in Turkish will be greatly appreciated by the local community.

Think Local Eat Buy Local and Local

· As a result of Turkey’s mild climate, great local produce is available all year round.

· Eat in the locally-owned restaurants which are serving local produce in order to experience a real taste of Turkey, and also help the local community to earn a living from the tourism that comes to their home.

· Specialties include meze (a selection of small hot and cold dishes, dolmas (vegetables which are stuffed with rice and minced meat.

· There are also several markets offering fresh, local produce.

Take Part in the Local Festivities

· The major religious festivals celebrated in Turkey are the Holy sacrifice feast and Ramadan.

· Ramadan is also called the Sugar Festival, where candy and chocolate gifts are exchanged.

· Along with these, festivals celebrating the culture are held in every single village, each with their own folk dance.

· There are also festivals celebrating good local produce like the Cherry Festival, the Honey Festival and the Apricot Festival, which are held through summer seasons in different villages.

Shopping for Souvenirs

· There are numerous souvenir shops in the holiday resorts, but avoid purchasing goods that are made outside the country.

· Support the local craftspeople and the jewelry makers by purchasing something that is made locally.

· Very traditional to Turkey are the blue glass eye beads. They are made all over the country and are believed to keep away the threat of the evil eye.

Explore the Country by Dolmus (Mini Bus)  

· Get around using the local dolmus service (pronounced as dolmush).

· These mini buses are available in almost every town and they are a wonderful way to get around the country.

· They are cost-effective and far much more environmentally friendly compared to hiring a car.

Help Conserve the Turtles on the Nesting Beaches

· Nesting beaches for the green and loggerhead turtles can be found on the western and southern coastlines.

· During the nesting season, May to September, you should avoid shining bright lights on the beach at night, minimize noise as much as possible and don’t touch the nesting turtles.

· In case you see the turtle hutching, you should watch this remarkable scene from a safe distance.

These are just some of the ways to spend your holiday in Turkey like a local. Following this guide will ensure that you make the most of your holiday period in Turkey and spend less just like any other local. Just make sure you apply for a visa for turkey prior to your trip.

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