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What to do in Turkey
Turkey is a beautiful, culturally rich, and friendly country that welcomes over 40 million visitors and travellers per year. Being home to a fantastic cuisine, ancient ruins, architectural heritage sites, authentic shopping experience and more, Turkey will truly impress any traveller who is lucky enough to see it.
At the crossroads of civilizations, Turkey is chockers full of fantastic ancient ruins. Fly to Istanbul and see the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the breathtaking Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet), and the Basilica Cistern.
Go on a museum tour and stop by the Istanbul Modern Museum, the living tree museum at Ataturk Arboretum, and the Military Museum. Explore the open-air museum in Goreme’s cave-churches too.
Enjoy a weekend at the ski slopes of Palandoken in Erzurum to Erciyes in Kayseri. Have a dip in the Mediterranean in any of Turkey’s gorgeous beach towns. And for a more secluded time in the water, you should stop by Amasra for the Black Sea.
Climb the mountains of Nemrut’s peak for panoramic views of Anatolia, and then conquer the heights of Mount Ararat. Explore Turkey’s islands too, like the picturesque Akdamar.
Experience something amazing at the little towns of Cappadocia by riding a hot air balloon to catch the sunrise. Then enjoy a dip in any of the countless hamam (Turkish bath) around the country.
Have the absolute best time in Turkey and get travel ideas from BuzzFeed’s list of 27 reasons to drop everything and explore Turkey.
When to visit Turkey
The best time to visit Turkey is during shoulder season on May and September, when you can enjoy fewer crowds and warm temperatures during spring and autumn. You can also consider visiting Turkey during low season on October to April for cheaper accommodations and to enjoy skiing.
According to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you and your fellow Australians need to secure an e-visa to fly to Turkey and visit the country for 90 days. Turkey has also advised travellers to have a passport with at least 60 days validity, but Smartraveller recommends at least six months.
Travelling to and around Turkey
Your flight will be bound either to Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Travel around Turkey by plane, bus, train, rail, minibus, boat, taxi, bicycle, and on foot.