Turkey at a Glance
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The Most Popular Cities in Turkey

Istanbul is Turkey’s most popular city, and its cultural and financial center. It is also one of the largest cities in the world. It is the only city in the world which spreads over two continents: it lies at a point where Asia and Europe are separated by a narrow strait - the Bosphorus. The historic city of Istanbul is situated on a peninsula flanked on three sides by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Surrounded by 5th century Roman city walls and stretching over seven hills, Istanbul is adorned by the masterpieces of Turkish art, the great mosques of the Sultans that crown the hills. The city presents an exquisite, majestic and serene silhouette from all directions.

Cappadocia is an area in Central Anatolia is an extraordinary meeting of nature’s artistic splendor and humankind’s resourcefulness. It is one of those rare places that must be experienced. With soaring rock formations, uniquely-rippled landscapes, splendid walking trails, mysterious underground cities and rock-cut churches, Cappadocia is the must-see destination in Turkey. Located just one hour away from Istanbul or Izmir by plane, adding this wonder of nature & man to your Turkey Itinerary couldn’t be easier.

Antalya is the fastest-growing city in Turkey, and tourists from around the world are discovering its fabulous mix of great beaches and traditional Turkish culture. Kids will love the Beach Park, which features Aqua Land (a waterslide-fanatic's dream) and Dolphin Land (home to dolphins, sea lions and white whales). Make sure to explore the old town center and to see Hadrian's Gate.

Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. It is considered today the eighth wonder of the world. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water that is presumed was formed in the course of a process which lasted 15 thousand years.

Izmir - is a large metropolis in the western extremity of Anatolia and the third most popular city in Turkey. Izmir is also one of the fastest-growing cruise-ship ports of call on the Aegean and an excellent base for trips to nearby Ephesus and Pergamon. It is ideal to spend some lazy days browsing boulevards, walking elegant seafronts and visiting some of the most extensive Roman ruins.

The Climate: Turkey has seven distinct climatic regions, but from the point of view of most casual visitors, the most important distinctions are between the coast with its moderate winter temperatures and hot, humid summers, and the inland areas with their extremely cold winters and excessively hot summers. The further east you travel, the more pronounced these climatic extremes become, so that much of eastern Turkey is unpassable with snow from December through to April, with temperatures sometimes falling to around -12°C. In July and August temperatures rise rapidly and can exceed 45°C, making travel in the east very uncomfortable.

Currency: The Turkish lira is the currency of Turkey

Visa Formality: Should have a link talking it to the visa section page

How to reach: Currently travelers from India can fly both from New Delhi and Mumbai to Istanbul

Intercity Routes: Flights- Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Jet, Pegasus, Atlas Jet and Onur Air

Railways: www.tcdd.gov.tr
Ferry: www.ido.com.tr/en
Metro/Trams: www.istanbul-ulasim.com.tr/en
Bus: www.iett.gov.tr/en
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