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October 23, 2021

Turkey as a favourite tourism destination

Being a cradle of civilizations throughout history, Turkey possesses a rich historical and cultural heritage. Many civilizations ranging from Hittites to Lydians, from Phrygians to Romans, have all left their footprints in Turkey. Therefore, numerous cultural properties scattered all around the Anatolian peninsula make Turkey almost an “open air museum”.  The eleven properties listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List thus reflect only a small portion of Turkey’s rich cultural and natural heritage. Furthermore, the amalgamation of various peoples over time has translated into rich variety of customs, traditions, cuisine and different types of architecture.
Moreover, the Anatolian peninsula has, ab initio, been home to different cultures. Thus, besides the outstanding Islamic works of art and architecture, Turkey embodies many holy sites for various religions. Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, the masterpiece of Sinan the Architect; the impressive Aya Sophia in Istanbul; the Akdamar Church in Van and the Saint Nicholas Church in Demre, Antalya are just a few examples.
Turkey offers almost all kinds of tourism facilities such as summer tourism, including yachting, surfing and diving; winter tourism, as well as golf, culture, health and congress tourism. Turkey has breathtaking mountains and surrounded by beautiful long beaches. Plenty of holiday resorts are dotted along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. The summer season is long as the climate is pleasant from April to October. All the seven geographical regions of Turkey, from the Marmara region to the Mediterranean; from the Black sea to the Eastern Anatolia thus offer wide-ranging opportunities for fun and discovery. Therefore, it is not surprising that Turkey attracted almost 35 million visitors in 2013. Turkey, which is among top 10 countries in terms of tourism income as well as number of foreign tourists, aims to rank among the top five tourism destinations in a decade’s time.
The number of Romanian tourists visiting Turkey is also on the rise. Thanks to 39 flights per week between Istanbul and Bucharest operated by the Turkish Airlines, Tarom and Pegasus as well as 3 Turkish Airlines flight per week between Istanbul and Constanta, Turkey is one of the top holiday destinations for Romanians. Each year, almost 400.000 Romanian tourists visit Turkey. The geographic proximity also paves the way for Romanians to travel to Turkey by private cars and tour busses. Touring several destinations in Turkey such as Istanbul, Çanakkale (Gallipoli), Antalya, Bodrum and Kusadası by bus under an attractive holiday package has turned out to be highly popular among Romanian tourists over the last years. Turkey is expecting more and more Romanian visitors in the coming years to enjoy its unique natural beauty, rich history and culture.

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