About Turkey

Turkey is a country located in the Southeastern Europe, Western Asia. It was founded on October 29, 1923.

Turkey Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Turkey and find the best things to see, do and experience in Turkey even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
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Chora Church

Chora Church

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace

Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge

Galata Tower

galata tower

Golden Horn

golden-horn

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Ankara Castle

ankara-castle

Kocatepe Mosque

Kocatepe Mosque

Maps

Facts

History [Founded on October 29, 1923] • Capital [Ankara] • Government [Parliamentary Republic] • Currency [Turkish lira (TRY)] • Language [Turkish (official); Kurdish, Zaza, Arabic, Azeri, Laz] • Religion [Islam (Sunni majority, Alevi minority), Eastern Rite Christians, Jews, agnostics, and atheists] • Electricity [230V, 50Hz (NZ plug)] • Time Zone [UTC +2] • Country Code [+90] • Internet TLD [.tr] • Emergencies [Dial 155 for police, 110 for fire, 112 for medical]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri

April

– National Sovereignty and Children’s Day,  April 23, Sat

May

– Labour day, May 1, Sun
– Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day, May 19, Thu

July

– Ramazan Feast, July 7, Thu
– Ramazan Feast, July 8, Fri
– Ramazan Feast Holiday, July 9, Sat

August

– Victory Day, August 30, Tue

September

– Kurban Bayrami Holiday, September 11, Sun
– Kurban Bayrami Holiday, September 12, Mon
– Kurban Bayrami Holiday, September 13, Tue
– Kurban Bayrami Holiday, September 14, Wed

October

– Republic Day, October 29, Sat

Tipping

Hotel –  Porters 4-5 Turkish Lira per piece of luggage
Restaurant – 5%-10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – 5-10TL
Taxi Driver – Fare will be rounded up
Spas – 10%-20% of the bill.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

New Turkish Lira:  TRY with symbol : YTL =100 New Kurus (Ykr)
New Turkish Lira Notes denominations(YTL): 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200
New Turkish Lira Coin denominations(YTL): 1
New Turkish Lira Coin denominations(Ykr): 1,5, 10, 25, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. In Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0830-1200, 1330-1700