Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye) is a Mediterranean country located in West Asia’s Anatolian area, with a tiny portion in Southeastern Europe. It is divided from Asia by the Turkish Straits (Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara, and Dardanelles). Turkey is bounded on the north by the Black Sea, on the west by the Aegean Sea, and on the southwest by the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered on the west by Bulgaria and Greece, on the northeast by Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, and on the southeast by Syria, Iraq, and Iran. While the majority of the nation is physically located in Asia, the majority of Turkish people believe themselves to be Europeans.
Turkey offers travelers a plethora of destination options: from Istanbul’s dome-and-minaret-filled skyline to Roman ruins along the western and southern coasts, from Lycia’s heavily indented coastline against a mountainous backdrop to Pamphylia’s wide and sunny beaches, to the East’s cold and snowy mountains, from Bodrum’s crazy “foam parties” to Middle Eastern-flavored cities.