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Cheap Flights to Turkey

Officially the Republic of Turkey, Turkey is in the Mediterranean located in Western Asia bordered by eight countries including Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Iran and Iraq. Turkey offers a lot of destinations and sights for every traveler. Tourists will enjoy the scenery of the grassy mountains of the Eastern Black Sea to the varied grassland of Central Anatolia as well as the popular Istanbul skyline filled with beautiful domes and minarets. 

Turkey is a country to be experienced. It a country with an interesting mix of eastern and western culture. If you find yourself in the northwestern area of the country, you will feel like you’re in a Balkan country and find yourself in a somewhat Greek-influenced surroundings. In southeastern Turkey, you will find that the area has little cultural differences from its neighbors to the southern and eastern borders. Meanwhile, to the northeast would be influences from the Caucasus. It is definitely best to explore all parts of the country to enjoy this truly unique mix of cultures.

When planning your holiday in Turkey, here are some tourist destinations popularly recommended:

Sultan Ahmed Mosque – Locally known as the Sultan Ahmet Camii, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque’s interior is lined with blue tiles giving the name it is popularly known for, the Blue Mosque. Built in the 1600s, it contains the tomb of its founder, the Sultan Ahmet I, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still being actively used as a mosque until today so be aware that while the mosque is open to tourists, the mosque is closed to non-worshippers at pray time which happens five times a day.

Pamukkale – In Turkish, this natural site in the Denizli Province, literally means “cotton castle”. Pamukkale has hot springs and travertine which are terraces of carbonate materials left by the flowing water. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site with Hierapolis which is an ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city built atop of the white “castle”.  Traveling to Pamukkale can be done through Denizli’s large and active bus terminal, train station and airport.

Grand Bazaar – One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar has 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops. It is located in the Faith district of Istanbul and welcomes almost 400,000 visitors every day becoming one of the major landmarks in the country. The Grand Bazaar is open daily from 9 in the morning until 7 in the evening, except on Sundays and public holidays.

Getting into Turkey from overseas is usually done through Turkey’s main international gateway which is the Atatürk International Airport located in Istanbul. The Esenboğa Airport in Ankara serves a limited selection of international flights. For low-cost airline carriers such as EasyJet, Germanwings,

Condor and THY, these budget airlines mostly fly through the Sabiha Gökçen Airport located just 50 kilometers east of Istanbul’s Taksim Square.

Getting around the country is fairly easy as well. Major Turkish cities are served by domestic airline routes which are often cheaper than traveling by bus particularly for long distances. If you prefer to travel by land, Turkey has a good long distance bus network. These buses, at least the major bus operators, are air-conditioned with reserved seating and most offer good quality customer service. Bus travel is considered very convenient and you will often find bus stations offering routes to almost all domestic destinations. If not in a rush, Turkey also has the Turkish Republic State Railways (TCDD) which offers a cheap but slower option to travel within the country. However, many cities and tourist spots will still be out of rail coverage so it is best to check with the official offices before starting your trip.

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