Map of Turkey
Map and regions of Turkey
Turkey is split into 7 regions. Each has its own distinct climate, landscape and traditions. The first four are named according to their adjacent seas (the Black Sea, the Marmara, the Aegean and the Mediterranean Regions). The other three in relation to their location in the whole of Anatolia (Central, Eastern and South East Anatolia Regions).
As a Country, Turkey spans two continents (Europe and Asia) and boasts some 8,000km of coastline. Whether you are fond of art, history, archeology, nature or if your idea of bliss is a relaxing beach or sailing holiday, there really is something for everybody in Turkey.
Turkey has been home to twenty fascinating civilizations, spanning over 10,000 years of history, and many of her ancient secrets have still to be uncovered. Fascinating sites include statues of gods and goddesses, temples, theatres, agoras, churches, mosques and palaces.
Arguably the most beautiful of Turkey’s coastlines, the Aegean Region is perhaps best known for its turquoise sea and the enviable “blue cruise” route. The Aegean is littered with ancient sites, including two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and King Mausolus’ Tomb in Bodrum.
Stretching from the south of the splendid Taurus Mountains, Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is awash with sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, secluded coves and fascinating ancient sites, including the amazing Aspendos Theatre. The region also boasts an enviable climate of long, hot summers and mild winters.
Istanbul and Marmara Region
This region uniquely straddles both Europe and Asia and the two continents are separated by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles. Istanbul is undoubtedly the jewel of the Marmara Region, but don’t miss the Ottoman cities of Edirne and Bursa.
South East Region
High mountain ranges, plunging valleys, expansive plains and vast lakes, East and South East Turkey is a region of contrast and colours. Adorned with the unique architectural samples of Turkish culture, attractions include the impressive Ishak Pasa Palace and the imposing Mount Ararat, thought to be the landing point of Noah’s Ark.
Black Sea Region
Among the most fertile regions of the country, the Black Sea area is famed for verdant plateaus, traditional villages with a way of life unchanged for generations and fields of tea, hazelnuts, tobacco and corn.
Central Antolia Region
Home to Ankara, Turkey’s capital and political centre, Central Anatolia also boasts the fascinating City of Konya, the country’s spiritual heart, as well as the expansive natural wonder that is the region of Cappadocia.