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Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in southwestern Asia and the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. Turkey borders eight countries. Turkey also contains the Sea of Marmara that is used by geographers to mark the border between Europe and Asia, thus making the country transcontinental.
Turkey has a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of the Og(uz Turkic, Ottoman, Western as well as Islamic cultures and traditions. This mix is a result of the encounter of Turks and their culture with those of the peoples who were in their path during their migration from Central Asia to the West.
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ISTANBUL Hotels and Accommodation
Istanbul, historically known in English as Constantinople, is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country.
It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The Historic Areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.
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ANKARA Hotels and Accommodation
Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. It was formerly known as Angora. Ankara also serves as the capital of the Province of Ankara.
Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is the center of the Turkish Government, and houses all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the center of Turkey's highway and rail network, and serves as the marketing center for the surrounding agricultural area.
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ANTALYA Hotels and Accommodation
Antalya is located on the Gulf of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Situated on a steep cliff, Antalya is a picturesque city surrounded by mountains, forests, mediterranean sea and many ancient ruins; with one notable archaeological museum. Recent developments in tourism sector, starting in the 1970s, have transformed the city into an international resort centre. With its airport and central location, it is a gateway for Turkey's coastal resorts which earned it the title of "the capital of Turkish tourism".
Today the city of Antalya has been transformed into a cultural and touristic hub with thematic hotels and historical sites in and around the city. Kaleici, the rustic ancient town where historic Turkish and Greek houses are under protection, is the most popular center in Antalya.
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BODRUM Hotels and Accommodation
Bodrum (formerly Halicarnassus) is a Turkish port in Mug(la Province. It is on the Bodrum Peninsula, near the northwest entrance to the Gulf of Gokova, and faces the Greek island of Kos. Today, it is a center of tourism and yachting. It is the ancient Halicarnassus of Caria, renowned for the mausoleum of Maussollos.
The town is very popular tourist resort for northern Europeans due to its attractive coastline and active night-life (Bodrum has been humorously referred to as the "Bedroom of Europe"). It can safely be said that every year at least a few hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Bodrum. In the town there is also a football team called Bodrumspor founded in 1931.
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CANNAKALE / GALLIPOLI Hotels and Accommodation
Cannakale / Gallipoli is a town and seaport in Turkey, in the southern (Asiatic) coast of the Dardanelles (or Hellespont). Canakkale is the second province (first one is Istanbul) in Turkey that has lands on two different continents. There are ferries to cross to the northern (European) side of the strait.
Canakkale is the nearest major town to the site of ancient Troy. The wooden horse from the 2004 movie Troy is exhibited on the seafront. Canakkale was originally an Ottoman fortress called Kale-i Sultaniye (Fortress of the Sultan) and it later became known for its pottery, the origin of its current name (Turkish: canak meaning "pot," and kale meaning "fortress").
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CAPPADOCIA Hotels and Accommodation
In ancient geography, Cappadocia (or Capadocia) (from Persian: Katpatuka meaning the land of beautiful horses) was an extensive inland district of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). In the time of Herodotus the Cappadocians occupied the whole region from Mount Taurus to the Euxine (Black Sea).
The area is a famous and popular tourist destination, as it has several cone-shaped geological formations. After the eruption of Mt. Erciyes about 2000 years ago, the lava formed soft rocks in the Cappadocia Region. People of Goreme, at the heart of the Cappadocia Region, realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. Goreme became a monastic center between 300-1200 AD.
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IZMIR Hotels and Accommodation
Izmir is the third most populous city of Turkey and the country's largest port after Istanbul. It is located in the Gulf of Izmir, by the Aegean Sea. The city is one of the oldest settlements of the Mediterranean basin.
The term Old Smyrna is generally used to describe the urban settlement in Tepekule, Bayrakli, in order to make a distinction with Smyrna re-built later on the slopes of Mount Pagos (Kadifekale today). The most important sanctuary of Old Smyrna was the Temple of Athena. The most ancient ruins preserved to our day date back to 725-700 BCE
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KUSADASI Hotels and Accommodation
Kusadasi is a resort town on the Aegean coast of Turkey, near the ancient city of Ephesus, 90 km south of Izmir and a short distance across from the island of Samos. It is extremely popular as a tourist destination, both for its many beaches, and as the port for cruise ship passengers heading to Ephesus. Kusadasi has a residential population of 50,000 which rises to over half a million during the summer due to local and foreign tourists.
Near to Kusadasi, there is a national park full of beautiful beaches just 1 km before the town of Guzelcamli. Also, several aqua-parks are located near the town: the largest are Aqua Fantasy and Aqua Land.
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MARMARIS Hotels and Accommodation
Marmaris is an important port city and a tourist destination on the Mediterranean coast, located in southwest Turkey. Marmaris' main source of income for the city is tourism. As opposed to Bodrum, or similar Turkish coastal towns, its traditional architectural tissue has been less vividly preserved due to a construction boom of the 1980s, but Marmaris still retains its charm due to the exceptional natural beauty of its location.
It is also a major center for sailing, possessing two major and several smaller marinas. It is a popular wintering location for hundreds of cruising boaters. There are regular ferry services to the Greek island of Rhodes, and large cruise ships call at the port.
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TURKEY TOURS, TRAVEL AND ACTIVITIES
Check your Midnight Express stereotypes at the door - Turkey is a rapidly modernizing country with one foot in Europe and one in the Middle East. It's not all oriental splendor, mystery, intrigue and whirling dervishes but it is a spicy maelstrom of history knocking up against a fast-paced present.
The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline is a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles
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