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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Website review -

For those wanting to visit Turkey a visit to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Website is a must. Simply visit

The site is jam packed with information and is available in the following languages - Turkish, English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. For the purposes of this review I have used the English version!

The home page has links to all the following topics:
Atatürk - 14 sections of content about the first President of Turkey (1881 - 1938)
History - 8 sections, details the history of Turkey including the Ottoman Empire and the truth abour Armenia
Ministry - 4 sections about the government of Turkey and ongoing projects/works
City Guide - Provides information about 80+ Turkish cities, all with their own separate page. Why not visit Batman province? - Clicking on a link then provides further drilldown information about that city/province
Culture - 15 sections of content covering a wide variety of information about Turkish cultures. For example landmarks, folk dances, costumes, romany culture and much more..
Tourism - 12 sections of content about Tourism. Aimed specifically at the tourist, this section provides information on subjects such as activities, destinations, regions and again much more..
Art - 4 sections of content covering topics such as visual arts, auditory arts and traditional arts - well worth a read.
Archaeology - 9 sections about the wonderful history of Turkey. This covers topics such as museums, historic places (e.g. Ephesus), archaeology, world heritage list, etc - this is a must visit for the would be traveller to Turkey!
Publications - Read through the list of official publications of the Ministry
Stolen Works - Regrettably Turkey has suffered with many items being stolen. Learn all about these items in this section, maybe you can help to get them recovered?
Virtual Tour - Click this to see 39 virtual tours, providing a vast array of information about Turkey and its treasured tourist attractions
Photograph Gallery - Literally hundreds of photographs, such as this photo of Aydin
News and Announcements - General news and announcements, which are broken down and analysed by year
Useful Links - Some links to the most important Tourist websites, relating to Turkey

Also contained towards the bottom of the home page are links to:
- The European Culture Portal
- Culture and Tourism TV
- Tourism Development Regions
- Culture Music
- Promotional Films of Turkey
- T.E.D.A. Translation Subvention Project
- Frankfurt Book Fair
- Tourism Strategy of Turkey
- TTN Tim Trade Net
- Foreign Economic Relations Board
- Tourism Statistics

This website is very heavily recommended for all visitors to Turkey. Certainly give this website a visit in preparation for your next trip to Turkey.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Turkey/Turkish Flag and Country Information -

Welcome to my review for today, this is the site - and their Turkey page. First of all a confession, I run this site! I know this is a bit of shameless promotion but I think this site does offer value to the traveller to Turkey.

The site offers information for over 240 countries, so you can also look-up other destinations too.

Here is a summary of what you will find on the Turkey page:
- The formal name of Turkey
- The local name
- The local formal name
- The region / continent
- Associations / Memberships
- Capital City
- Main Cities
- ISO Code
- Population
- Area (size in km²)
- Currency
- Languages
- Religions

You can download a small version of the Turkish flag:

Or if you prefer something larger, you could try downloading a large flag:

The page finishes with some information about the Turkish flag itself, you can find:
- Date flag first adopted
- Description - Explaining what the flag looks like

I definitely think this page will be of interest to the traveller to Turkey. Why not take a look and decide for yourself?

> There are also links to main menu items, you can find flags and country information from 240+ countries through these links-
A-Z - An A (Abkhazia) - Z (Zimbabwe) listing of all the countries in the world,
Area & Region - The size in km² and continent of each country,
Blog & News - A link to the Blog and latest flag news,
Capital Cities and Populations - A list of all the capital cities in the world and country populations,
Currencies - Listing of all the currencies in use by country,
Flag Terms - Explaining flag terms used throughout the site,
Home Page - A link to the home page,
ISO Codes - A list of all the ISO country codes,
Languages - a list of common languages in use by country and
Religions - a list of popular religions by country.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

HomeAway Holiday Rentals - Turkey Website review -

The HomeAway Holiday Rentals site is a great place to visit to find villas and self-catering accommodation in Turkey. The website can be found at -

Villas Dream and Star Villa in Kalkan

The site is operated by HomeAway, who are a global leading villa and accommodation rental organisation, with over 220,000 villa listed worldwide. The villas aren't owned by HomeAway, instead they are an agent and they list villas privately owned.

Duggan Holiday Apartment in Oba

For the country of Turkey, they have a large selection of 868 (as at 29/03/2011) villas, these are available all across Turkey. For individual locations, click these links:
> Akbuk - 8
> Alanya - 47
> Altinkum - 9
> Aydin - 14
> Antalya - 46
> Ayvalik - 1
> Belek - 30
> Black Sea Coast - 1
> Bodrum - 146
> Bursa - 2
> Calis Beach - 6
> Central Anatolia - 3
> Cesme - 1
> Dalaman - 25
> Dalyan - 32
> Datca - 8
> Fethiye - 74
> Gocek - 21
> Hisaronu - 12
> Istanbul - 71
> Izmir - 18
> Kalkan - 137
> Karaburun - 1
> Kas - 53
> Kayakoy - 19
> Koycegiz - 1
> Kusadasi - 15
> Manavgat - 8
> Marmaris - 24
> Mugla - 7
> Oludeniz - 11
> Olympos - 1
> Ovacik - 20
> Turunc - 3
> Uzumlu - 15

For each property you can see details such as property id#, rental rate, location, property type, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, number of people the property sleeps, size of property in m². Also you can view facilities such as whether the apartment has a private pool, communal pool, garden, terrace, is it suitable for children, are pets allowed?, air-conditioning, satellite, cable, internet access, dishwasher.

When you are viewing multiple properties there is a useful compare option, where you can see summary detail of each property, side by side.

You can view images of the property (the quality and number varies per property), there is also a map of how to find the property too. Travel details to each property are provided (e.g. nearest airport, nearest ferry, nearest beach and whether a car is necessary).

There is an overview description of each property, explaining its charms and also you can see a calendar so you can see, which weeks are still available to book. A list of rental rates are provided, these tend to vary by week, so make sure you read the prices for the week you are interested in.

There are contact details of the owner, normally phone/e-mail. You will for most properties find a full itinerary of what is included in the property - try clicking as an example and view the contents.

There is a lot to read, so if you want to know more, it is advisable to view the site.

The Hisar Holiday Villa in Ovacik

About this site -


I've created this blog, to bring you a range of interesting websites all relating to travelling in Turkey.

Each day the aim is to bring you a new site. I will review the site, tell you what is good (and maybe what is bad!) about the site. You can use these reviews to fast track your research ahead of your next trip to Turkey.

We will be featuring all of the major destinations such as Marmaris, Istanbul, Cappadocia, Fethiye, etc We will also be featuring attractions, places to go/visit, etc

The key to this site though will be that we will feature a different site each day, so this could be about a specific location (e.g. Altinkum), about a specific activity (e.g. diving) or about an aid to tourists (e.g. a Vacation Rentals, Hotels or Car Rental site, maybe).

If you have any comments i'd be delighted to read them, but please no spam, I will only delete it! If you want your site listed, please contact me and I will review the site and there are no guarantees but it might get included at some future date.

Above all enjoy Turkey!