Currency: Turkish lira
Size: 302,535 square miles (783,562 square kilometers) - Slightly larger than Texas
Border countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbijan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria
National tourist office: www.goturkey.com
At a glance
Straddling Asia and Europe, Turkey is a fascinating and a welcoming blend of East and West. Istanbul represents the appeal of Turkey – the melding of ancient history with 21st-century amenities and attractions. Many go to Turkey to see the ancient ruins – testaments to Turkey's diverse and storied history and the influence of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. Religious iconography and art are plentiful in the country’s many stunning mosques, synagogues, and churches. Turkish architecture sets an exotic eastern tone with its many domes and vibrant mosaics, and its markets are full of colorful treasures waiting to be discovered.
Turkey's substantial coastlines along the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas give its beaches a Riviera-like ambiance. The crystal blue waters of Turkish beaches are reminiscent of neighboring Greece, but the port towns and seaside villages have a distinctly Turkish flavor.
Why cyclists love it
Turkey is popular for cyclists because bike tours allow them to access the hidden gems and remote ruins of ancient civilization and bygone empires. Bicycle tours through Turkey's inland landscapes – including deltas, rivers, and pine forests – offer relaxing rides with stops in historic villages. Turkish cycling holidays along the coast are always popular as well. Some bike tours follow coastal roads with views of the sparkling sea, always nearby for a quick, cool swim.
Another scenic perspective on Turkey's coastal region is from a bike and boat tour. Your "floating hotel" meets you at the end of each day of exploring the land by bike, and you can then enjoy looking back on the deserted bays and remote beaches from the relaxing boat deck. A Turkey bike and boat tour offers the maritime vantage point of this crossroads of East and West.
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