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    Travel Guide | Türkiye

    It’s been quite a while since I visited Türkiye, and I really want to go back and explore it some more. Türkiye is a multi-cultural country in both Europe and Asia that has lots of influences in it’s food and fashion.

    Intro & Culture

    Türkiye is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, is on the Bosphorus Strait. It is now called Türkiye (nee Turkey) due to it’s association with the bird and requested the name change in June 2022.

    It is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.

    There is a little confusion as to whether Türkiye is classed as Europe or the Middle East and it is technically both. One half of Türkiye is Europe and the other half is in the Middle East/Asia. I visited Istanbul quite a few years ago and I’d love to go back.


    In Türkiye, the main currency is Turkish Lira. I took quite a bit of Lira with me when I visited quite a few years ago. I usually use my Monzo card when purchasing things when I travel. Monzo is an app based bank account and contactless card (there are lots of similar ones to choose from though). It also alerts you once you’ve used the card and gives you the current exchange rate on purchases too.

    Cash is widely used, whilst cards may be accepted in hotels and restaurants. But make sure you have enough cash on you, especially for shopping in the bazaars.

    Download the app “Currency Plus” to get currency conversions on the go. It updates daily and when connected to WiFi or Network to give you the latest conversion and you can have multiple currencies shown in one go.

    Download here: Apple App Store // Google Play Store


    In Türkiye, they speak English and obviously Turkish and quite a few other Arabic dialects. If you know a little German, it really does go a long way. Even knowing Hello, Thank you and Please – it really does help. Below are some phrases to help you get by and to remember and how to pronounce them.

    • Hello –  Merhaba! – MARE-HA-BA 
    • Goodbye – Hoşçakal! (said by person leaving) – HOSH-CHA-KAL
    • Goodbye – Güle güle! (said by person staying) – GUU-LEH GUU-LEH
    • Good Evening – İyi akşamlar! – EE AK-SHAM-LAR
    • Thank you – Teşekkür ederi – TE-SH-QU-ERR ED-ERR-IM
    • Please – Lütfen – LUT-FEN
    • Yes – Evet – EV-ET
    • No – Hayır – HI-EAR

    Religion is quite a big thing in Türkiye especially as a large part of the country is Muslim. Islam is the largest religion in Türkiye according to the state, with 98% of the population being Muslim. The very small minority of the religions in Türkiye are Christianity, Judaism and other religions.


    Türkiye is in the time zone Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3:00) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2:00).


    The food is a huge part of Türkiye that I loved, especially the tagines and couscous dishes. There are lots of other cuisines around Türkiye for you to try and enjoy, so whichever one you fancy there will be something for you.

    Budget Tips

    Suggested Daily Budget – 24-28 EUR / 21-25 GBP (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

    01. When using public transport, buy an Istanbul Card – I have heard great things about the Istanbul Card and for using it on public transport. These are available from many kiosks around the city, which you can top up and use on public transport to save you some money as it gives you double what you pay for.

    02. Bargain lots in the bazaars and souks – We visited one of the main bazaars in Istanbul to do some shopping and you really have to bargain with them to get a good deal. Both my Dad and I bought fake Converse shoes which were amazing and we really bargained to get a good price.

    03. Eat at cheap but good restaurants – there are quite a few restaurants around that will serve really good food but at super cheap prices. If you are looking to save money, these are the ones to go for. They usually have a cafeteria style layout to them. I definitely recommend eating tagines and kebabs to try the yummy cuisine!

    04. Stay in hostels if you don’t mind that – If you don’t mind staying in a hostel, they are the best ways to save money on accommodation. Most of them in Türkiye are really nice, or if you are very lucky you can find a really good deal on a nice hotel.

    Travel Tips


    You do not need a Visa to visit Türkiye.

    Check if you need a Visa or other documentation here

    With iVisa, all of your travel document requirements are all in one place. They help give you that piece of mind when checking you have everything you need to enter a country without any hassle.

    You can apply for everything from visas, tourist cards, invitation letters and health declaration forms for COVID-19 differently from their website. It’s very quick and easy to use and they are very fast at processing your applications, some things can even be FREE for whichever travel document you need. You can even pay for speedy processing and delivery if you are in a rush.


    You do not need any injections to visit Türkiye.

    READ MORE: A Guide to Vaccinations And Visas Around The World


    The capital city of Türkiye is Istanbul, which is on the Middle Eastern side of the river. Türkiye has quite a lot of cities which include Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir, Ankara and many more. Türkiye has recently opened a suspension bridge in 2016.

    This creates a new link across the Bosphorus Strait, which divides Asia and Europe. The Galata Bridge in Istanbul is the most famous bridge, that is surrounded by fish sandwich restaurants and is known for the fisherman who work along the bridge.


    We stayed in a lovely hotel in Istanbul that wasn’t far from the Blue Mosque which is gorgeous and you can hear the morning and nightly prayers. There are so many hotels to book in Türkiye. These can vary from major hotel chains, AirBnB’s, homestays or hostels. Make sure you check out AirBnB and also TripAdvisor for booking your hotel or hostel.






    We didn’t drive whilst in Istanbul as everything was within walking distance but I know you can hire cars in other locations across Türkiye.


    You can flight to Türkiye from all of the major airports or via stopping over in another country. Be sure to search Skyscanner to find your best time to fly to Türkiye. You can either search Skyscanner using the link above or by using my widget in the sidebar.

    Istanbul is served by two airports: Istanbul Atatürk Airport in the European side and Sabiha Gökçen Airport in the Asian-Anatolian side. More flights fly in and out of Ataturk, as it is considered the city’s main gateway. It’s also much closer to the city center than Sabiha Gökçen.


    We didn’t need to use any public transport in Istanbul as everything was in walking distance. On the European side of Türkiye, you may need to hire a car or use any public transport available.



    Türkiye is a Muslim country so when visiting sites of worship or mosques you will need to wear appropriate clothing that doesn’t break any rules. Other than that you can wear whatever clothes you want depending on the weather. Türkiye has it’s hot and cold seasons that run parallel to most of Europe.


    The weather in Türkiye runs more or less parallel to most of Europe so depending on what month you visit will depend on the weather. During their summer months the weather can be amazing, and during the winter months the weather can be quite cold and sometimes wet.




    There is so much to see and do, depending on where you are staying. There are so many gorgeous mosques and places of worship that are well worth a visit.

    • • Hagia Sophia Museum
    • • Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmed Mosque
    • • The Galata Bridge
    • • Basilica Cistern
    • • Grand Bazaar
    • • Maiden’s Tower
    • • Vildiz Palace

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    Travel Guide | Türkiye