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Turkey

Turkey really is the tale of two cities, one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Making this a must destination for any family willing to explore what this amazing country has to offer. There are plenty of family resorts and enchanting beaches along the Turkish coastline.

Discover History on the Aegean coast, with ancient ruins like Ephesus, or the pine covered mountains in Marmaris offering a wide variety of outdoor activities, from adventurous kite surfing, to lazing on the deck of a boat with a barbecue prepared for you on board.

Turkey is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. Ankara is the capital of Turkey, but Istanbul remains the country's largest city for cultural and commercial. English is widely spoken.

Fun for all the family

If you’re a big fan of Troy look no further, the city of Troy is a fun filled ruin with a large wooden horse that would make the perfect climbing frame for the children to climb up and play. If medieval times is more your thing, then then old town in Bodrum is a must see for its medieval castle. The children can run around playing with imaginary arrows and playing king and queen for the day, the fun is endless.

Family fun is never ending in Turkey with something for the whole family.  A great destination for a memorable family holiday, so don’t delay and book today.

Time Zone: GMT+2

Capital of Turkey:  Ankara

Language: Turkish

The Currency: Turkish Lira

Climate: Transitional climate

Flight time from England: 3 hours, 37 minutes

Visas:  Any visitor to Turkey must apply online for a visa. Passport holders are required to have visa to enter Turkey. Visas can be obtained for a three month-multiple entry from Turkish diplomatic representations abroad or on the website www.evisa.gov.tr.

Vaccinations: You do not need to have any vaccinations to visit Turkey.  But the following are recommended: Tetanus, Polio,Typhoid, Hepatitis A. You probably have protection for most of these, but you might need a booster. If in doubt seek medical advice before you travel.

 

Health and Safety:  The FCO advise against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanlurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces.

Road travel

Take care when travelling by road throughout Turkey, particularly at night. Approach checkpoints slowly and follow the instructions of security personnel. Roads between the major cities are generally in excellent condition, but can be poor in remote rural areas.

Emergency Numbers

  • Ambulance: 112 (all over Turkey)
  • Police: 155 (all over Turkey)
  • Tourism Police: (0212) 5274503 (Istanbul only)
  • Gendarmery: 156 (all over Turkey for rural areas)
  • Coast Guard: 158 (all over Turkey)
  • Fire: 110 (all over Turkey)
  • Forest Fire: 177 (all over Turkey)
  • Yellow Pages: 11818 or 11811 or 11880 (all over Turkey)
  • Tourism Info: 170 (all over Turkey)

Festival Days and Events

  • 30th August Victory Day: Victory Day is a national holiday celebrated in Turkey on August 30 each year. Turkish flags and images of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
  • 29th October Republic Day: Republic Day of Turkey is one of the most important public holidays and national festivals in Turkey, commemorating the proclamation of the republic on October 29, 1923.
  • 23rd April World Children’s Day: National Sovereignty and Children's Day is held on April 23 each year. Solemn ceremonies and children's dance festivals take place throughout Turkey on this day. Ataturk dedicated the Turkish Republic to children.
  • Ramadan Festival: Ramadan Feast (Sugar Feast) is an official holiday that continues for three days in Turkey. Celebrating the Ramadan Feast after a month of fasting is one of the earliest and most important traditions of Islam.
  • Festival of Sacrifice: Festival of Sacrifice is a four day religious festival. Traditions include sacrificing an animal in a special ritual, visiting relatives and helping the poor. The feast is one of the oldest Islamic holidays in Turkey.