Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey is a historical melting pot where the ancient civilizations of the East and Western modernity meet. It has a rich historical, architectural and archaeological history and for thousands of years, Turkey has been a religious crossroads, not only of Islam and Christianity but of many others now long forgotten.
The most famous civilizations have each left their own distinct mark on these lands. Turkey is full of intact remains from the Hittites, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans which have all had their capitals on these soils and attract thousands of visitors each year. This all gives one the feeling of godliness together with the European atmosphere and the exotic mix of Asia.
Turkey has shorelines on three different seas (Mediterranean Sea, Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea), and Asian Turkey is separated from European Turkey by the famous Bosphorus river. This together with the irregular coastline of Antalya, showing of its rocky coves and sandy beaches, makes for a luxurious beach holiday.
Turkey is also blessed with the Köroðlu and Pontic mountain ranges to the north and the Taurus Mountains to the south. Eastern Turkey has a more mountainous landscape and is home to the sources of rivers such as the Euphrates, Tigris and Aras, and contains Lake Van and Mount Ararat, Turkey's highest point at 5,165m (16,946 ft) and, as legend has it, the final resting place of Noah’s Ark.
The Turks are a very friendly, hospitable people and make visitors from all over the world feel welcome and special.