The Cradle of civilization, the land where history, legend and nature have knitted a bridge between Europe and Asia, a land unlike any other in the world. A glorious past of 10,000 years, the relics of seventeen different civilizations, a very temperate climate, surrounded on three sides by turquoise waters, miles and miles of beaches either in their natural state or developed to suit the needs of travelers, a people generous by nature, one of the three most acclaimed cuisines in the world and the traditional Turkish hospitality.
In a single moment, it can take you back to the way of life thousands of years ago. Your memories remain with you for hours. You breathe the air of ancient times and live the life of those who lived then. And in the evening, you are back again in the modern comfort of the 21st century. It makes one feel as if events of the day were all a dream.
The population of over 80 million on its 296,503 sq. miles of which 96.88 percent lies in Asia and 3.12 percent in Europe, Turkey is characterized by the variety of its landscapes and the widely differing climates. On its coasts of Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, hot and dry summer is extremely convenient for swimming, the springs and long autumn days are always pleasant. Their mild winters present an "all year round" traveling possibility to the tourists among the historic and natural beauties. The region of Thrace offers distinct winters, warm and pleasant summers. As you move east across Anatolia, winters become considerably more severe due to the high altitude where summers are cool and mild. Seasonal events that attract foreign visitors to Turkey 365 days a year include a full program of festivals, folklore events, all sorts of sports and many other cultural attractions.