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Turkey Shopping, Culinary, and Accommodation




The Kapali Carsi Bazaar in Istanbul offers a wide range of jewelry, carpets, ornate lamps, hookahs, and antiques. Also textiles, embroidery, leather goods, bags, calendars, inlaid work, hand-painted ceramics and tiles. In all major cities and in tourist areas, souvenir hunters will find what they are looking for at flea and street markets.

Opening hours

Shop opening hours: Mon-Sat 09.30-13.00 and 14.00-20.00. Shopping centers in the big cities are open from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Istanbul Grand Bazaar is open Mon-Sat 08:00-19:00.

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In almost all major cities there are cinemas and nightclubs with European and oriental music. In Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara you can visit theater and concert events. Numerous restaurants and hotels organize entertainment evenings. In the holiday resorts, the choice of discotheques and bars is quite large.



Almost all hotels have a restaurant. Local products such as fruit, vegetables, meat and fish are freshly processed. Lamb is on all menus, e.g. B. as shish kebab (grilled lamb skewers) and doner kebab (lamb on a skewer). Fish and shellfish are also very fresh, specialties include barbunya (mullet) and kilić baligi (swordfish). Dolma (grape leaves stuffed with nuts and raisins) and karniyarik (eggplant stuffed with minced meat) are also worth trying. Drinks: Ayran (a refreshing drink made from yoghurt), apple tea served in glasses and strong black Turkish coffee are widely available. The consumption of alcohol is not prohibited, during the fasting month of Ramadan, however, one should take into account the customs and customs of the country and not drink alcohol. The local beer and wines are excellent. The national drink raki (aniseed liquor) becomes milky when you add water and is therefore also called “lion’s milk”. Drinking raki is a ritual, usually accompanied by a variety of meze (appetizers).



All major cities and tourist centers have a wide range of accommodation of all categories and types: from 5-star hotels to simple guesthouses, there is a wide choice for every budget and taste. There are numerous all-inclusive resorts, boutique hotels, spa hotels, apartment hotels, motels and campgrounds in the coastal towns and tourist areas. The Turkish Hotel Association TUROB (Türkiye Otelciler Birligi), a member of the European Hotel Association HOTREC, lists all hotels and accommodations that are recognized TUROB members. Categories: Hotels have 1 to 5 stars (1-5 Yildizli). Motels and holiday homes are either 1st class or 2nd class (1/2 Sinif).


There are numerous campsites of all categories, many of which are privately owned or attached to restaurants or hotels. Wild camping is prohibited in national parks and nature reserves. Before pitching your tent on a green space in an urban area, you should ask the municipality for permission. Bungalows, (yurt, bedouin, safari, round) tents, boarding houses, deluxe wooden houses can also be rented at campsites. RV parks are proliferating in the western half of Turkey and are now forming a chain along the coast. Overnight stays in motorhomes are permitted at rest areas along motorways and expressways.

Other accommodation options

Holders of an international youth hostel card get discounts in youth hostels and in numerous hostels that can be booked through Hostelworld. Hostelz.com has an extensive database of hostels in Turkey. If you want to keep to yourself, you can rent a holiday home or choose accommodation such as village houses and guesthouses. The choice is large and varied: Whether it’s a villa with a pool by the sea, a village house in the country or a mountain hut, there is suitable accommodation for every taste in every region. A stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia is certainly unique, not only because the indoor climate is very good even in very hot summers, but also because the partly luxuriously furnished accommodations in the bizarre rock formations are several hundred years old. Some former residences in Safranbolu, built in the Ottoman Middle Ages, are now hotels. Guests can marvel at the medieval architecture inside and out.



Islam (99.8%, mostly Sunni); Christian and Jewish minorities.

Social Rules of Conduct

Manners: When greeting someone shakes hands. Turks are very hospitable. Visitors should respect Islamic customs and customs. Dress code: Casual clothing is acceptable, but bathing suits are required on the beach. Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in all public buildings such as hospitals, shopping malls, sports stadiums, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, bars, discotheques, cafés or on public transport. Tipping: Hotel bills include service charges. Maids and porters, however, expect a tip. Tipping is generally expected everywhere in Turkey for service. A 15% tip is customary in the restaurant. In the taxi, the fare is rounded up.


Best travel time

The climate in Turkey varies depending on the region. The areas on the coasts of the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of ​​Marmara have a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. In Inner Anatolia, the continental climate brings hot and dry summers and cold and snowy winters. Although the period from April to November is considered the best travel time for all of Turkey, Istanbul and the Turkish Mediterranean coast are popular travel destinations all year round.

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84,339,067 (Source: homosociety)

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