Turkey in a Snapshot


79.5 Million People


A hotter, dry Mediterranean climate in the west. Cooler and more rain along the Black Sea and mountainous regions. Temperatures are more seasonally extreme in the east.


About the size of Texas and New Mexico combined, Turkey is blessed with various terrains. Boasting a long coast on the west, with stunning beaches, Turkey also has a vibrant, greener and cooler coast along The Black Sea. To the east, graceful mountain ranges preside over vast dry plains.

When to go

April through October are good times to visit the Black Sea coast down along the west and southern Aegean coasts. In eastern Turkey, as the winters can be cold, and the summers are hot, September through mid-November may be best.

National Food

Doner Kebabs

Fact File

Tulips were originally brought to Anatolia by the Turkic migration from Central Asia.  Turkish sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, a fan of tulips, gave some bulbs to a European ambassador resulting in the Dutch passion for tulips.