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TURKEY            Middle East & Mediterranean Enquiry Form
   
     
 
                                                           

On the eve of her joining the European Community, Turkey clearly demonstrates her position as the crossroad where Europe meets Asia. Her unique blends of culture from Europe, the Middle East and beyond are found in the many historic sites and artefacts dating from Biblical times. Exquisite cuisine, architecture and religion originate with the many nations that crossed through Turkey throughout the centuries.

Istanbul with its picturesque minarets and mosques in the old city remind us of the past and Ankara, the capital, is a modern vibrant city, ready to take its place in modern Europe. Museums and art galleries portray the rich tapestry of Turkish life and history. Shopping abounds in the narrow, twisting streets and alleys where genuine Turkish handicrafts are available. Don’t overlook the bronze and copper ornaments, hand fashioned in the traditions of old.

Turkey holidays

Regions & Cities

Istanbul
Aegean Coast
Cappadocia
Meditteranean Coast Holiday Resorts: Altinkum, Antalya, Bodrum, Fethiye, Hisaronu, Icmeler, Izmir, Kas, Kusadasi, Marmaris, Oludeniz, Side

Turkey holidays
 
WEATHER                  Back to top

The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have very hot and dry summers, and wet, mild winters when the coastal towns more or less shut down between October and April. Winter in Istanbul and Cappadocia can be very cold with a dusting of snow. The peak tourist season is during high summer, roughly between July and September. From June the mosquitoes can be a problem. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit, as the climate is still hot, but not unbearable. Eastern Turkey should be visited during summer as roads and mountain passes may close due to winter ice and snow.

Istanbul

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

95

71

58

43

30

23

19

16

29

53

90

102

Rainfall (inches)

3.7

2.8

2.3

1.7

1.2

0.9

0.7

0.6

1.1

2.1

3.5

4.0

Min Temp (°C)

3

3

4

8

12

16

18

19

15

12

8

5

Max Temp (°C)

9

9

11

16

21

26

28

28

25

20

15

11

Min Temp (°F)

37

37

39

46

54

61

65

66

60

54

47

41

Max Temp (°F)

48

48

52

62

70

79

83

83

77

68

59

52



GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Approximation of what things cost?

  • Rates are in Istanbul. For Bodrum, Antalya, Marmaris, add 10 to 15%.:
  • Bottle of wine in a restaurant:            $10 to $25
  • Beer at hotels:                                 $3 to $4
  • Bottle of water 0.5cl:                        $1 to $2
  • MacDonalds etc:                        $4 to $5
  • Restaurant meals :                     $15 to $50

Time: Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.

Money: The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY) Currency can be exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions, but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as payment.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

TRY 1.00 =

USD 0.64

GBP 0.35

CAD 0.72

AUD 0.86

ZAR 4.58

EUR 0.50

NZD 1.05


Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.


Language:
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas.

Passport/Visa Note: All travellers to Turkey are required to hold documents for onward or return travel, and sufficient funds for the period of their stay. Entry may be refused to those of unkempt appearance.

Health: Numerous cases of bird flu have been reported in northern, eastern and central Turkey, but there is no evidence of the virus passing between humans. Authorities are taking stringent measures to contain the outbreaks. Visitors are unlikely to be at risk, but are advised to avoid close exposure to caged, domestic or wild birds, and to ensure that poultry and egg dishes are cooked thoroughly. There is a risk of malaria in the south-eastern part of the country, but not in the main tourist areas in the west and south-west of the country, although mosquitoes can still be an irritation in summer. There are no vaccination requirements. Most tap water in the larger towns and cities has been chlorinated, but bottled water is still recommended for drinking. Food from street vendors should be treated with caution. Medical facilities and standard of health care are not high in state hospitals and private health insurance is recommended.

Turkey holidays
Turkey holidays


Tipping: Tipping is a way of life in Turkey and it is customary to give some small change for most services, or a small percent of the bill. In bigger hotels and restaurants if a service charge is not added to the bill, it is customary to tip between 10 and 15%. For taxi fares it is enough to round up the bill. Attendants at Turkish baths expect to share about 15% of the total bill if service has been good.

Safety: Due to the current situation in neighbouring Iraq, travellers are advised to be cautious and check with their embassy before departure for a current update on the situation. Visitors are advised to be vigilant especially in the coastal resorts of the Aegean Sea. Visitors should avoid any public demonstrations. Street crime is relatively low although visitors should guard their valuables at all times. Many parts of Turkey lie on a major seismic fault line and are subject to earthquakes and tremors.

Customs: Religious customs should be respected, particularly during the month of Ramadan when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours should be discreet as it is forbidden by the Muslim culture. Dress modestly when visiting mosques or religious shrines. Do not take photographs of or near military and official institutions and always ask permission when taking photographs of people.

Communications: The international country dialling code for Turkey is +90. The outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). GSM 900 and 1800 networks cover most of the country. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.

Duty Free: Travellers to Turkey do not have to pay duty on the following items: 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 200g tobacco, or 200 cigarette papers, or 50g chewing tobacco, or 200g pipe tobacco, or 200g snuff tobacco. Alcohol allowance includes 1 litre or 700ml wine or spirits. Other allowances include 5 bottles perfume up to 120ml each; gifts to the value of €255.65; electronic articles to the value of €255.65; tea and coffee for personal consumption; jewellery and guns for sporting purposes permitted by foreign travellers. Tape recorders, record players and transistor radios have to be declared on arrival. Restricted items include playing cards limited to one pack.



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