It’s bold, beautiful, and exotic many times over: uniquely positioned between Europe and Asia, Turkey has been the scene of many great clashes and meldings of civilization. This country is a feast for the senses, the mind, and the spirit.
Flights to Turkey
The main international gateway to Turkey is through Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST). It’s the busiest and biggest airport in the country: serving more than 51 million passengers every year. IST is a hub for Turkish Airlines Atlasjet, and Onur Air. All in all, over 70 airlines operate in Atatürk, including the major airlines Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.
Out of Atatürk Airport’s four terminals, only two are in regular commercial use. Terminal 1 serves mainly domestic flights, while Terminal 2 is dedicated to international flights. There’s an ongoing (long term) expansion and renovation project in Terminal 2, but it shouldn’t affect passengers.
If you’ve found cheap flights to Turkey from Europe, there’s a good chance your destination may be Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Located on on the asian side of Istanbul, it is popular with budget airlines, and acts as a hub for Turkish Airlines, Borajet, and Pegasus Airlines. In total, SAW serves 18 million passengers each year.
What to Do in Turkey
Above all, Turkey is a place to revel in history. From ancient ruins to incredible architecture, a never-ending parade of great civilizations and empires have made their mark on the country: Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Byzantines, the many indigenous people, and visitors from around the globe. The entire country is littered with priceless artifacts and mind-blowing archeological sites, but the wild and wonderful capital city of Istanbul is a great place to begin. It’s home to Hagia Sophia, the Topkapı Palace, and the Blue Mosque, just for starters.
Advice to Tourists Visiting Turkey
There’s a long list of nationalities who are required to pay a modest visa fee in order to enter Turkey, North Americans and EU citizens included. Turkish is the official language here, but the levels of English fluency are high, especially among workers at tourist-aimed businesses. Taxi drivers can be another story, so prepare to write down directions. A phrasebook or translation app is likely to come in handy at some point.
The Turkish Lira (TL) is the currency, though a few places will also accept. Euro and USD. The very best time to visit is between September and November. You can expect amazing weather (temps in the 70s and clear skies) and you’ll save on accommodation. For the very best deals, try Skyscanner’s free hotel price comparison tool.
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