Located at the north eastern end of the Mediterranean sea in south east Europe and south west Asia, Turkey covers just under eight hundred thousand square kilometres making it one of the biggest countries in Europe and the Middle East. It is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to the west, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and Azerbaijain in the east, Russia and the Ukraine in the north, Syria and Iraq in the south and both the Black and Aegean seas. The country itself is divided into seven geographic regions: Aegean (Ege), Blacksea (Karadeniz), Central Anatolia (Ic Anadolu), Eastern (Dogu), Marmara (Marmara), Mediterranean (Akdeniz) and Southeastern (Guney Dogu).
Turkey’s origins date back to as far as five hundred thousand years ago and in the vast number of years which have elapsed since then, it has seen thirteen different civilisations each of which have left their mark. In fact, Turkey is credited with having had the world’s first town where the Neolithic settlers at Catal Hoyuk in Konya between 8000 and 5000BC. Furthermore, evidence of each of the civilisations remains to this day in the wealth of artefacts and archaeological sites which are scattered throughout the country.
And as if the wealth of history on offer in Turkey wasn’t enough to occupy you during your stay, you also have the host of natural attractions on offer. Over a thousand kilometres of Mediterranean coastline, the country’s highest mountain Mount Ararat (the alleged resting place of Noah’s Ark), the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where the world’s first farmers worked the land, the calcium formations of Pamukkale and the list goes on.
Put simply, Turkey is like no other destination on earth and once you have arrived you will soon see that this statement is completely justified – but it has to be seen to be believed.