Turkey is a transcontinental country, consisting of the Anatolian region of West Asia, and Eastern Thrace on the Balkan peninsula in Europe.
These lands are separated by the Turkish Straits (Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara, and Dardanelles). Surrounded by the Black Sea (north), the Aegean Sea (west) and Mediterranean Sea (southwest), Turkey borders Bulgaria and Greece to the west, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to the northeast, and Syria, Iraq and Iran to the southeast. Although most of the country is situated in Asia, many Turkish people consider themselves to be Europeans. Turkey offers a wealth of destination varieties to travellers: from dome-and-minaret filled skyline of Istanbul to Roman ruins along the western and southern coasts, from heavily indented coastline against a mountainous backdrop of Lycia and wide and sunny beaches of Pamphylia to cold and snowy mountains of the East, from crazy “foam parties” of Bodrum to Middle Eastern-flavoured cities of Southeastern Anatolia, from verdant misty mountains of Eastern Black Sea to wide steppe landscapes of Central Anatolia, there is something for everyone's taste whether they be travelling on an extreme budget by hitchhiking or by a multi-million yacht. (Picture © Credits to istock/Xantana)