Turkey is located at the very crossroads of Europe and Asia. The mysterious and beautiful city of Istanbul literally spans the two continents.
Just because Turkey has a lot of history, though, doesn't mean it's a dry or dusty place. Turkey has some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean, stunningly beautiful landscapes, cosmopolitan cities, picturesque fishing ports and exotic bazaars. Booking an all inclusive holiday guarantees that you will get a taste of everything Turkey has to offer.
Can you go clubbing in Turkey? Yes, you can. Although Turkey is an Islam country, and the Islam religion forbids imbibing alcohol, there is no legal restriction on either the sale or use of alcohol in Turkey. Many travelers do make a point of avoiding alcohol during the month of Ramadan as a courtesy to their Turkish hosts, but there is no hard and fast regulation that says they must.
Turkey's national drink is an anise-flavored aperitif called Raki that turns milky-white when it is diluted with water. Raki is often served with seafood or the small collection of appetizer dishes known as mezze. Anatolia and the northwest portion of Turkey are major wine producing regions, and the local beer has a wonderful, refreshing flavor.
Ankara may be the capital of Turkey, but Istanbul is Turkey's heart. The old city is dominated by the splendid Topkapi Palace and by the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine cathedral that was converted into a mosque in the Middle Ages. The city's Grand Bazaar is one of the most vibrant and active suqs in the world, but you'll find more modern types of shopping in Istanbul as well, including upscale boutiques and exclusive chain stores.
Turkey's southern coastline is known as the Turquoise Coast for the incredible azure hue of the Mediterranean along its shores. The Turkish Riviera is a repository of fascinating archeological relics, often side by side with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Every fishing village has its own relics and its own stretches of golden sand. The Lycian rock tombs overlooking the Dalyan River commemorate a people so ancient that they were old when Herodotus wrote about them.
A few miles inland, you'll find the Lycian Way, a footpath a little over 300 miles long that runs between the villages of Fethiye and Antalya. These may be the very paths that St. Paul walked over 2,000 years ago when he first brought Christianity to Asia Minor.