An Interesting Guide to Turkey mainly the Aegean Sea Coast

Nicola By Nicola, 6th Mar 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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An Interesting Guide to Turkey mainly the Aegean Sea Coast

Aegean Sea Coast

The Republic of Turkey, spread over a width of 1,660 kilometers, is a transcontinental country between Asia and Europe. The Republic stretches across the Balkan region of South-eastern Europe and Minor Asia (Anatolian peninsula). Turkey shares its borders with eight nations. Towards east are Azerbaijan (Nakhichevan exclave), Armenia and Iran; towards west are Sea of Marmara and Aegean Sea and Greece; Georgia towards northeast, Bulgaria towards north-west and Syria and Iraq towards southeast. Apart from these, the borders of Turkey extend up to Black sea in north, Mediterranean Sea to the south and.

Turkey is the founder member of the United Nations. It is also member of the Council of Europe (since 1949), member of OECD, OIC, NATO and OSCE. Being Associate of European Union since 1964, Turkey is negotiating with the European Union for its membership.

The Republic of Turkey is spread over an area of 1,599 mi (2,573 kilometers). Turkey has the coastline of 8,333 kilometers inclusive of islands). Turkey is the 37th largest nation in world.

The Republic of Turkey is divided into seven regions namely, Aegean, Marmara, East Anatolia, Mediterranean, Southeast Anatolia, Black sea region and Central Anatolia. The north region, that resembles to a long narrow belt and runs along the Black Sea, comprises of about 1/6 of the total area of Turkey. The inland Anatolian plateau becomes more rugged as the plateau progresses towards east.

The various landscapes of Turkey have been shaped by the complex movements like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of the earth which tool place thousands years ago. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are still frequent even in present days.

The climate of Turkey is Mediterranean temperate in nature. The summers are hot and dry. The winters are wet and mild cold. The conditions are harsher in the arid interior. The mountains prevent the Mediterranean influences from spreading towards inland leading to significant seasons in the interiors of Turkey. Coastal areas are less extreme when compared to central Anatolian Plateau. The plateau region experiences more severe winters. At times the temperature falls down to -30 to -40 degree Celsius, especially in the eastern mountainous areas. The snow fall is so heavy that the snow remains for more than 120 days of the year. The summers in west are dry and hot and the temperature averages below 1 degree Celsius in winters. Malatya plain and Konya plain are the driest regions. These regions get less than 300 millimeter rainfall. Period of July-August is driest and May is the wettest.

The eastern region of Turkey is more mountainous. The rivers like Tigris, Euphrates and Aras flow in the various parts of Turkey. The highest point in Turkey is located at height of 16,853 ft.

Following are some of the important places/venues of tourist attraction in Turkey.
• Kanyon Shopping Mall in Levent
• Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
• Bosphorus Bridge and Levent skyline
• Museum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
• Izmir port
• Cumhuriyet Square
• Antalva Aspendos Theatre
• Sumela Monastery Trabzon
• Catal Hoyuk South Area
• Pamukkale Denizli (cotton castle)
• Altibeach park
• Mount Nemrut Adivaman
• The Lion Gate (Hittle)



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