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Turkey Travel Guide

A family reunion brought us to Istanbul, Turkey. Before arriving, we had plans to travel throughout the country. However, our plans quickly changed, because we didn’t want to leave Istanbul. We compiled 2-month’s worth of travel tips and favorite experiences into this Istanbul Travel Guide.

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Turkey Travel Guide

Turkey Travel Guide Overview

  • Turkey Travel Basics
  • Where to Go in Turkey (Map)
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Şakirin Mosque, Istanbul

Turkey Travel Basics

Official Name: Republic of Turkey

Capital: Ankara

Government: Presidential governmental system

Regions: Marmara Region, Black Sea Region, the Aegean Region, the Mediterranean Region, the Central Anatolia Region, the Eastern Anatolia Region, and the Southeastern Anatolia Region. 

Population: 79.5 million

Language: Turkish (official), Kurdish

Currency: Turkish Lira

Payment Culture: Cash and credit cards. When buying food and goods from street vendors, markets, and bakeries, you’ll typically pay in cash. If you’re at a restaurant or bar, you can usually pay with a credit card.

Tipping Etiquette: Only tip in cash. In restaurants and cafés, you can tip 5-10%. In Taxis, you don’t have to tip; simply round up the bill. In hotels, you can tip porters and room service 5 TL. Read more about tipping in Turkey here.

Water Quality: Drink filtered water only.

 
Buying Kestane in Istanbul

Where to Go in Turkey

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Lokanta Food, Istanbul
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  • Gran Canaria.

We‘re so excited to put on our hiking boots once again and hike in the Canaries.

If anyone is looking to escape the cold winter in mainland Europe, consider a trip to the Canary Islands. The hiking season here runs from November until May.

We have a bunch of Tenerife guides on the blog and soon we‘ll have a series on Gran Canaria. 

Have you been to Gran Canaria? If so, what was your favorite trail, beach, restaurant, town?

📍Tamadaba Natural Park
  • Ra Gusela - one of the most iconic towers in the Dolomites. 

📍Belluno, Italy
  • Sunrise captures of Lago di Braies/Pragser Wildsee in the Braies/Prags Dolomites in Northern Italy.
  • We’re going hiking! 

Can you guess where? 

Hint 1: Scenes from season 1 of the Witcher were filmed there. Anyone else love Yennefer???? 

Hint 2: It’s an island. 

Hint 3: It’s in a 7-island archipelago.

📍View of Lagazuoi near Passo Falzarego
  • Three things I wish someone told us before we stayed at the Aqua Dome Hotel in Tirol, Austria.

1. You can check-in to the hotel as early as 9 am. Though you won’t have access to your room until 3 pm, you will get full access to the Therme. The reception will give you a spa bag with a towel, bathrobe, and flip flops.

2. Swim in the floating basins and pools between 7 am and 9 am, before the public opening. 

3. Enjoy the Spa 3000 on your day of arrival. You won’t have access to it on your day of departure.

For more tips, read our full guide: 
www.moonhoneytravel.com/aqua-dome-hotel-austria/

📍Ötztal Valley, Tirol, Austria
  • Tofana di Rozes burning like fire during sunset. 

📍Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno

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