Turkey is fascinating not only for its striking ruins, beautiful coastlines and compelling history, but also for its connections…
It joins the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea, Europe to Asia, and shares its borders with many nations. Turkey’s geography is complex. It sits on the Mediterranean with a small section in southeastern Europe separated by the Turkish Straits. It shares borders with eight other nations. The Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus divide the country into Turkey in Europe and Turkey in Asia (Anatolia).
The country has more than 24,000 miles of coastline as well as peat bogs, heathlands, and steppes. About a quarter of the land is covered with forest, and it has some 10,000 plant species with one in three endemic to Turkey. It is also home to the amazing rock formations known as fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.
Turkey’s dramatic physical presence is only part of the story. It has seen a parade of cultures pass across its lands…Carian, Leleges, Persian, Dorian, Helen, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. It is the legendary final landing place for Noah’s Ark.
From Istanbul’s skyline of domes and minarets, to the first century Ionian city of Ephesus, to a luxurious spa on a private beach in Bodrum, Turkey has riches enough for everyone from the first-time visitor to the seasoned, repeat traveler.
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Explore Turkey's ancient and exotic Istanbul, the city known as the place where Europe and Asia meet . Investigate intriguing Cappadocia with its estimated 3,000 rock churches. Encounter the Ionian city of Ephesus, which dates from the 1st century B.C. Here, find the to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Discover the ancient Imperial cities and Berber culture of Morocco – Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakesh.