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Information About Turkey

Turkey Airports Informations
Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST):
Location: The airport is situated 15 miles (23km) west of Istanbul. 
Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October). 
Contacts: Tel: +90 212 465 5555.

Facilities: Banks, ATMs and bureaux de change are available. A pharmacy, children's playroom, hairdresser, florist, newsstand and medical services are available. Facilities for the disabled are good, but those with special needs should make prior arrangements with their airline. Other facilities include tourist information and hotel reservations, bars, restaurants (very overpriced), duty-free shopping, a conference centre, post office and 24-hour left luggage. 

Antalya International Airport (AYT):

Location: The airport is situated six miles (10km) from Antalya. 
Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October). 
Contacts: Tel: +90 (0)242 330 3600.

Facilities: Bureaux de change and ATMs are available in Arrivals and Departures. Cafes, a variety of take-aways and a pub offer snacks, meals and drinks. Other facilities include duty-free shopping, a business lounge, public telephones, baby care facilities, medical facilities, travel agencies and a post office. There are also good facilities available for those with special needs. 

Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB):

Location: The airport is located 11 miles (18km) from Izmir. 
Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October). 
Contacts: Tel: +90 (0)232 274 2626.

Facilities: Foreign exchange can be found in both Arrivals and Departures. Shops are available, including duty free, and cafes, restaurants and bars exist throughout the terminal building. Other facilities include public telephones, a post office, ATM, hairdresser, tourist information and hotel reservations. Facilities for those with special needs are good. 

ATM Dalaman Airport (DLM):

Location: The airport is situated about four miles (6km) from Dalaman. 
Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October). 
Contacts: Tel: +90 (0)252 792 5555.

Facilities: Banks and exchange bureaux are available. There are a variety of duty-free shops in arrivals and departures, as well as food court, which offers a variety of takeaways, restaurants and bars. Other facilities include places of worship, baby care rooms, a post office, Internet access and public telephones. 

Esenboga International Airport (ESB):

Location: The airport is located northeast of Ankara, 17 miles (28km) from the city centre. 
Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from March to October). 
Contacts: Tel: +90 (0)312 590 4000.

Facilities: There are banks with exchange facilities in both arrivals and departures, three duty free shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and snack kiosks. In addition there is a hairdresser, shoe-shine kiosk, a florist and bookstores. Public telephones are freely available. The airport is accessible for the disabled. 

Top Ten Survival Phrases in Turkish Language

1 - Merhaba (Mer-ha-ba) - Hello

2 - Evet (Eh-vet) - Yes , Hayır (H-eye-uhr) - No

3 - Lütfen (Lewt-fen) - Please

4 - Tamam (Ta-mam) - OK

5 - Bira lütfen, (Bee-ra Lewt-fen) Beer please

6 - Su (Soo) - Water

7 - Çok ucuz (Chok oo-juz) - Very cheap

8 - Çok pahalı (Chok pa-ha-luh) - Very expensive

9 - Teşekkür ederim (Teh-shek-kewr-eh-deh-reem) - Thank you !

10 - Anlamıyorum (An-la-muh-yo-room) - I don't understand

11 - Bu kaç Lira ? (Boo-kach-lee-ra) - How much is it ?


Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans over two continents. Europe and Asia. The city embodies mystery, intrigue, and glamour which left most other cities long ago. While the museums, palaces, great mosques, and bazaars seem inexhaustible, there’s also an unexpected natural beauty. From the shores of the Bosphorus at sunset, the red evening light reflects in the windows on the opposite shore and you understand what attracts people to this glorious city.

Shopping in Istanbul is most likely the least expensive in entire Europe, food is varied and exquisite combining unique tastes of European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines -thanks to the Ottoman Empire once spanned from eastern Europe to Northern Africa and desserts of Arabia-, and the seven million who live here mingle with a wide variety of humanity walking its streets.

Places To Visit

Ayasofya Museum, Archeological Museum, Topkapi Palace Museum, Museum of Turkish Ceramics, St. Irene Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Museum of Turkish Carpets, Mosaic Museum, Military Museum, Cartoon Museum, Sadberk Hanim Museum

Information about Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque -Sultan Ahmet Mosque-, Suleymaniye Mosque, Ortakoy Mosque, Fatih Mosque, Eyup Sultan Mosque, Zeyrek Mosque, Chora Mosque, Dolmabahce Mosque

Churches & Synagogues
Paganism flourished in Istanbul before Chistianty was established in the 14th century, when chuches began to appear. The fist churches in Istanbul ..

Palaces & Pavilions
Information about Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Þale, Yildiz Palace, Aynali, Ihlamur Pavilion ,Maslak Pavilions, , Malta Pavilion

Historical Sites
Information about Galata Tower, The ancient Hippodrome, Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, The Ahmet III Fountain, Valens Aqueduct, Istanbul city walls, Rumeli Fortress, Beyazit Tower, Leander’s Tower with high quality pictures

The Bosphorus
A stay in Istanbul is not complete without a traditional and unforgettable boat excursion up the Bosphorus, that winding strait that separates Europe and Asia.

The Golden Horn
This horn-shaped estuary divides European Istanbul. One of the best natural harbors in the world, the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial shipping interests were centered here.

The Environs of Istanbul
The Princes’ Islands, Sea of Marmara, Kinali, Sedef, Burgaz, and Heybeliada, Polonezköy, Üsküdar, Sile’s sandy beaches, Bayramoglu-Darica Bird’s Paradise and Botanic Park

Baths (Hamam)
Baths are very special buildings of Istanbul dating back to Roman and Byzantine periods. Apart from its natural aim, Baths have played an important role in social life of the Ottoman period. At weddings and

Bazaars in Istanbul
The Arasta Bazaar, also known as Sipahi Carsisi in Turkish, is located behind the Blue Mosque in the old city center, just next to the entrance of the Mosaics Museum. Despite The Grand Bazaar, Arasta Bazaar is a small and simple traditional market in Istanbul. There are about 40 shops lined on both sides of a street, selling traditional items.

Minia Turk
MiniaTurk is a miniature park in Istanbul. It was opened May 2, 2003. Miniaturk covers a total area of 60.000 m². It is the world's largest miniature park with its 15.000 m² model area. Miniaturk has 40.000 m² of open space, 3.500 m² of covered area, 2.000 m² of pools and waterways, and a parking lot with a capacity of 500 vehicles.