Turkey the Country

Since this website is about travelling to Istanbul, it would seem remiss to not give at least a little background information on Turkey, so that Is what I will do in this post. About Turkey the Country Turkey was formed at the end of Ottoman Empire in 1923 with Ataturk being the first President. Ataturk […]

Since this website is about travelling to Istanbul, it would seem remiss to not give at least a little background information on , so that Is what I will do in this post.

About Turkey the Country

Turkey was formed at the end of Ottoman Empire in 1923 with Ataturk being the first President. Ataturk is widely cherished across Turkey and there are numerous statues & pictures most places you look. The Ottoman Empire, once one of the worlds superpowers in the 1400’s is celebrated in Turkey and there are many places to learn about the history of this time. In Istanbul for example, you will find in the Maidens Tower or Eyup scripts explaining the history and often find places to have your photo taken wearing traditional Ottoman clothes.

Capital City: Ankara
Largest City: Istanbul
Official Language: Turkish
Religion: Islam
:79,800,000 (as of 2017) (14,800,000 in Istanbul alone)
: Turkish Lira (Today, £1 is approximately 6.89₺)

 

Religious & National Holidays

The table below shows the dates of each holiday in Turkey for 2017 & 2018. Please note these dates change yearly as the Islamic faith follows the lunar cycle calendar and not Gregorian.

Holiday20172018Comments
New Years Day1st January1st January
National Sovereignty and Children's DayApril 23rdApril 23rdCelebrates the creation of the Turkish Parliment and highlights the importance of children in the country’s development
Labour Day1st May1st May
Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth & Sports Day19th May19th MayMarks the start of the war of independence in 1919
Ramadan Feast26th-28th June15th June
Democracy & National Solidarity Day15th July
Victory Day30th August30th AugustCommemorates a key victory in the Turkish war of independence in 1922
Kurban Bayrami1st-4th September22nd-24th AugustSacrifice Feast
Republic Day29th October29th OctoberHalf day holiday in the afternoon

The Turkish travel home on religious holidays so you generally find that Istanbul is much quieter on these dates. On Labour Day (1st May), busy places such as Sultanahmet, Taksim etc have demonstrations for workers right. These can be quite dangerous due to the atmosphere it creates and police will be deployed to calm any spontaneous riots. I would advise strongly against visiting busy places on this day.

Top 10 Holiday Locations in Turkey

  1. Istanbul
  2. Marmaris
  3. Antalya
  4. Bodrum
  5. Fetihye
  6. Cappadocia
  7. Dalyan
  8. Assos
  9. Icmeler
  10. Side

I will be writing a post on each of these soon!