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Turkey

Our Destinations pages show the great diversity of the country and its neighbours. Divided by area, they cover the main cities and sights, museums and galleries and suggest hotels and restaurants. In the footsteps of Cornucopia’s intrepid correspondents, they also discover wilderness, curiosities and half-forgotten ruins. Readers are invited to send their own suggestions to feedback@cornucopia.net.

1 Istanbul

Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city, and its cultural and financial centre. Located on both shores of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, it bridges Asia and Europe physically and culturally.

2 Thrace

Istanbul’s European hinterland is full of surprises: Edirne’s Renaissance architecture, Gallipoli’s historic beaches, Kırklareli’s wonderful weekly market, fish restaurants on the Black Sea and the Dardanelles – and exciting new wines.

5 The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean coast, littered with archaeological sights, is in two halves: to the west the Taurus mountains dramatise the Turquoise coast. To the east the plains stretch towards less visited Tarsus and Antakya.

6 Western Anatolia

The Aegean coast of Western Anatolia was easily accessible to the ancient maritime peoples, but mountain ranges cut them off from much of the inland terrain.

7 Central Anatolia

Turkey’s heartland has some of the world’s earliest civilisations, Hittites, King Midas, the great Seljuk cities of Konya and Divriği as well as the capital of Ankara. The dramatic Lake District and fairytale Cappadocia are here too.

8 Eastern Anatolia

‘The Wild East’ is how it was described in the special 30-page feature in Cornucopia 24, with beautiful photographs by Manuel Çitak. Writer Min Hogg returned for Cornucopia 44 to write about this epic landscape.

Regional wine tours

Setting out from any of Turkey’s three largest cities, you will find a number of excellent vineyards, never too far away from the country’s natural and historical wonders.
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