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Turkey: the land of mosques

Turkey still remains a pretty exotic holiday destination thanks to its roots in the Muslim culture and traditions. Even though it’s mostly considered a bridge that connected West and East, it is also a great showcase of top-notch architecture, fragrant cuisine, and ancient landmarks.

Turkish people come across as very amiable and you’ll be delighted with the great choice of many outdoor activities that can be found across Turkey. Its natural wonders range from stunning archaeological sites, historical regions of great beauty, and intriguing cities.

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Turkey: Road Trip highlights

Istanbul is considered one of the major attractions of Turkey. It will enchant you with beautiful vistas, unforgettable examples of architecture, and a number of top-notch restaurants where you’ll experience local cuisine. The must-see attractions include Haghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the famous Grand Bazaar.

At a stone’s throw away from the capital, you’ll find the scenic Sea of Marmara that will surprise you with a thousand of stunning views. Take a trip to the two shallow lakes, namely Uluabat Gölü and Manyas Gölü. Around them, you’ll find plenty of idyllic small villages and towns where you can immerse yourself deeper into the local traditions, for example in Cumal?k?z?k.

The lovers of beach life will be delighted with a trip to the Aegean Coast. Izmir will surprise you with great accommodation opportunities and top-rated tourist infrastructure, in Selçuk, you’ll find a starting point for Ephesus, and in Mu?la or Birgi, you’ll admire Ottoman architecture. Those who are interested in ancient sites should direct their steps to Şirince and Alaçat?, both perfectly preserved old Greek villages. In the near vicinity, you’ll also find the stunning lake of Bafa Gölü with the nearby Pamukkale, where you can bathe in thermal springs. 

Turkey / Istanbul / Photo by Rohan Reddy on Unsplash

Travellers who are more interested in urban environment should travel to Anatolia, where they will find plenty of provincial towns and small villages. Safranbolu will be an ideal starting point for the Black Sea Coast and its gems, Amasya is a showcase of Ottoman architecture, and Hattuşa is a treat for the lovers of historical landmarks and temples. Don’t forget to visit Divri?i and Sivas as well.

If you want to take a trip back in time, it’s best to head for the Euphrates and Tigris Basin. There’s plenty to choose from, including Gazientep, Birecik, Hilvan, and Yuvacali. Visit the sanctuary of Nemrut Da??, admire the vistas on the  Tür Abdin plateau, and learn more on religious architecture in the monastery of Mar Gabriel. 

Turkey: traffic rules

Regardless of whether you choose your own vehicle or a rental car while moving around Turkey, there exist a number of traffic regulations that should be followed in order to avoid unpleasant situations and paying unnecessary fines.

Don’t worry, most of these laws are in compliance with the European traffic rules so you won’t have to get used to a new traffic environment. In order to drive a vehicle, you need to be 18; however, many car rental companies may require you to be as old as 21 to rent a car.

As many as seven Turkish rods charge tolls; however, these aren’t expensive and will guarantee all motorists pleasant road experiences. Even the longest distances, like Istanbul-Ankara will require you to pay as little as EUR 12.50.

Turkey / Road / Photo by koraykonuk0 on Pixabay

In order to spare yourself paying any additional on the spot fines you should never use your mobile phone while driving. Those who have to make an urgent phone call in the middle of the trip should use special hands-free sets that won’t become an additional distraction while driving. What’s more, Turkey has zero tolerance for any blood alcohol level. It’s best to avoid situations in which you need to go to jail for one small drink that you had before hitting the road.

In case of emergency, you should always wait for a police car before leaving the scene of the accident. You should call 154 for traffic police. You can also use the international emergency number 112.

Parking in the Turkey

We’ve got some good news as parking is very often available almost anywhere in all parts of the country. There are also parking lots and garages available in larger cities for the visiting motorists. All areas where you’re forbidden to park are marked with yellow and red lines.

Turkey / Kas Beach / Photo by Serdar Dincer on Unsplash

Documents and speed limits in Turkey

While driving in Turkey, you should always carry your driver’s licence, liability insurance, ID or passport, and Green Card. When it comes to the Turkish speed limits, you are allowed to drive at a speed of 50 km/h in urban areas. When it comes to driving in rural areas and on motorways, you should observe the limits of 90 km/h and 120 km/h respectively. Speed cameras are a common phenomenon in Turkey and safety camera warning decides are seen as illegal.

Turkey / Hagia Sophia / Photo by niekverlaan on Pixabay

Turkey: car equipment

Obligatory car equipment includes: a fire extinguisher, a spare tyre, two warning triangles, and a first aid kit. It’s also worth carrying a reflective vest as you never know when it might come in handy.

Turkey / Istambul / Photo by Samueles on Pixabay

Facts for safer driving in Turkey

drink drive limit
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
56 mph
max speed highway
75 mph
headlights at daytime
fire extinguisher
seat belts
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