Proud of their culture, the Turks embody their national pride throughout the mountainous beauty of the country – hanging the prominent red and yellow flags wherever a space is available.
Concern with the safety of countries such as Turkey due to heightening terrorist fears are still apparent. Despite this, British tourists are still flocking to Turkey to the popular hotspots of Antalya, Bodrum, Marmaris, Ankara, Didum and Kusadasi to name a few. Although the Aegean earthquake striking the shores of Turkey (Bodrum) and Greece (in Kos) with a magnitude of 5.0, which killed two people, tourism is still strong in these areas.
Replica handbags, Ralph Lauren t-shirts and ‘genuine fake’ jewellery make a shopaholic’s heart melt with the range of clothes, shoes and bags available in a limited area. The stools, however, (especially in Kusadasi) are more expensive and are of a poorer quality than the shop counterparts. Haggling is also a massive factor when shopping in Turkey – the ‘best and last price’ the shopkeeper states never is, albeit the better value for money for these replicas are cheaper when you buy more. Confusingly, Pounds, Euros and Turkish Lira are all accepted (however you get more for less when paying in Pounds or Euros).
The locals – friendly, talkative and charming, especially those in the hotel. Always greeting as soon as you step into the room and making conversation. Making an effort with the Turkish language will always be appreciated – even the simple hello (merhaba) and thank you (tesekkur ederim) will be valuable during a visit to Turkey.
Historical ruins and attractions are also a huge element to tourism in Turkey. The top attractions include mud bathing then dipping into the healing properties of the sulphuric waters, the Ottoman era remains of Topkapi Palace, Pamukkale’s thermal spa and local ruins, Ephesus’ ruins and remains of the ancient city, and not to mention the golden sandy beaches.
Furthermore, thr is are evident cultural differences between the Brits and the Turks are also evident, particularly in hotels shared by all cultures. For instance, queuing – a typically British etiquette, is not a cultural norm for the Turkish; they’re not being rude, it’s just not a Turkish decorum.
Crucially, do not forget – before entering and leaving the country, purchasing a Visa is essential prior to your visit. Purchasing online saves the time and hassle of queuing for an eternity at the airport. Visas can be purchased online in the shape of an e-Visa within 2 clicks. E-Visas are priced at £20 for a 90 day maximum stay in a 180 day period.
Turkey has many military airports (such as Dalaman airport) so do not be surprised if you see a copious amount of men with guns the size of you wondering around the airport. It may be daunting at first, but knowing you’re safe in case of an act of terrorism conquers all fears.
Turkey is a wonderous country filled with culture and history. Whether it be a week or two holiday, it is certain that you will never forget it.