Turkey – a real vacation paradise!
The 250 km of coast between Antalya and Anamur in southern Turkey is called the Turkish Riviera. Besides Antalya being a major tourist hub, Alanya, Belek, Kundu, Side, and Lara are the most important tourist areas. Between these areas one can find rugged landscapes. The beaches and swimming bays along the Turkish Riviera are among the most beautiful of the entire Mediterranean. Turkey’s southern coast has many sports possibilities to offer, e.g., golfing, sailing, tennis, and diving. The Turkish hosts are known for their hospitability. Many locals speak a foreign language. Those tourists, who speak German or English, will easily get by when vacationing on the Turkish Riviera.
The Turkish Riviera is surrounded by the fascinating Taurus mountain range, which features mountains of a height between 2000 and 3000 m. The flora and fauna in the north is very charming and is regarded to be the most diverse of all Turkey. Nature on the southern coast is as multifaceted as the people living in that area. Many archaeological sites show that the Turkish Riviera is one of the longest-inhabited regions of the world. Situated along the Turkish Riviera, tombs, amphitheatres, churches, ruins, and museums bear witness of long-bygone historical cultures. Numerous peoples and civilizations such as the Greeks, the Byzantines, the Seljuks, and the Ottomans have been leaving their traces since the Ice Age.
Turkey is a democratic republic. It was founded by Mustafa Kemal Pascha – also called Atatürk (father of all Turks) after WWI, after he had ended the Ottoman sultanate. The republic of Turkey was founded after a Western paragon: Turkey has a unicameral parliament (Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi) with 550 parliamentarians, who are elected every 5 years by direct vote.
Part of the charming Turkish culture are (among other things) the traditional folk dances, which are performed at important events such as weddings, engagements parties, births, and circumcision ceremonies. Similarly, belly dance, which is also called Oriental dance, is part of every major party.
Turkish decorative arts were influenced by the numerous peoples and cultures that settled in Anatolia. Nowadays, Turkish arts and crafts present themselves as an impressive, colorful mosaic of ethnic singularities. Turkey’s most traditional and oldest decorative crafts include rug making (hand-knotting and weaving), leather processing, basket weaving, the production of musical instruments and felt, embroidery, and the production of lace.