Dating back to 1455, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. It boasts over 3,000 shops and can attract up to 400,000 visitors per day!
Aya Sofia, Istanbul
10. The weather in Turkey is generally lovely.
The Turkish enjoy a temperate climate, with hot dry summers and mild wet winters.
11. What do people speak in Turkey?
The official language of Turkey is Turkish, although Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian and Greek are also spoken here.
12. Speaking Turkey is an interesting affair!
Turkish is a phonetic language, so words are pronounced the same way that they are read – at least that makes things a little easier!
Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
13. UNESCO loves Turkey!
As a country steeped in culture and history, Turkey has a total of 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!
14. Fancy an oil wrestle?
Fancy taking part in the national sport? Well, you’ll have to strip off to the waist and douse yourself in oil! That’s right, oil wrestling is the national sport of Turkey! In fact, it’s the oldest continuously running sporting competition in the world, dating back to 1362!
15. It’s wonderful for flora and fauna lovers.
With more than 10,000 plant species and 80,000 animal species, Turkey is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots!
16. Head to the exchange!
Turkish Lira is the official currency here; make sure you stock up if you want to buy one of the many beautiful lanterns in the Grand Bazaar!
17. Turkey’s exports are wide and varied.
Turkey grows cotton, tobacco, olives and grains and rears livestock.
Its industry consists of textiles, food processing, mining, steel, petroleum and automobiles.
Turkey also exports foodstuffs, apparel, textiles and transport equipment.
The crowded streets of Istanbul
FAQs about Turkey
Are Turkish people friendly?
Yes, very much so! In fact, many Turkish people love asking questions, so don’t be shy!
Is Turkey safe to visit?
On the whole, yes, Turkey is safe to visit as a tourist, but usual safety checks apply.
Is Turkey expensive to visit?
It’ll cost you more than $1,000 to visit Turkey, on average, with a family of four people - though this may vary!
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