Turkey Basic Information
In Turkey, there’s moustaches for everyone! If you’re follically challenged in the upper lip area, you can head to Turkey for a moustache implant. Get a Tom Selleck, a Merv Hughes or a Salvador Dali – whatever mo you can’t grow can be yours after a simple procedure! Moustaches are just the start of wonderful things in Turkey. Want to know more? Read on.
Australians will need a visa to enter Turkey, which you can obtain at the airport when you arrive or download an e-visa. Tourist visas allow you to stay in the country for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. If you’d like to stay longer, you’ll need to apply for a long-stay visa before you enter the country. Be aware this information is only a guideline - for all the latest visa requirement info, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Turkey.
In Turkey, you’ll use the Turkish Lira as currency. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Turkish Lira changes constantly, so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase the currency when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.
Turkish cuisine is a refined mix of Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Mediterranean influences with many regional variations. The dishes in Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa and the rest of the Aegean regions use lighter spices, rice, vegetables, stuffed dolmas and fish. The cuisine in the area surrounding the Black Sea is influenced by Slavic and Balkan cuisine, while the southeast is famous for its meze (small shared plates), kebabs and dough-based desserts. The Turkish are probably best known for their kebabs and delicious Turkish delight, but there’s much more to discover. Börek for starters. This delicious pastry is filled with cheese, potato, spinach and meat. They’re a good grab-and-go food you’ll find at most bakeries. If you’d like to try something a little different, look out for kokorec – barbecued sheep intestines. You’ll find the best kokorec in Istanbul. Another Istanbul fave is balik ekmek (fish sandwiches). Try one from the floating restaurants in Eminonu.
Whether traditional Turkish music or banging beats are your thing, you’re guaranteed a lively night out in Turkey’s cities and towns. Traditional music is still pretty popular here with Turkish-style classical music, Balkan-influenced fasil muis and Anatolian folk music played in many venues. If you want a truly traditional night out, start in a meyhane (tavern) where you’ll share meze and drink to live traditional music. There are also loads of hip nightclubs, bars and pubs cranking all your favourite tunes. In summer, shoot for the waterside open-air venues in coastal areas like Marmaris. This port town has a pretty epic nightlife with beachfront bars like Bar X and Turtles Bar, the daring Crazy Daisy Bar and a whole street dedicated to your drinking pleasure – Bar Street. Antalya also has a pretty colourful nightlife, particularly during the summer months, around the city marina plus bars, clubs, pubs and live music venues dotted around the city. The after-hours scene in Istanbul is massive – you can party in the city (Beyoğlu), by the sea (Ortaköy) or in the sea! The SuAda nightclub is on an island 10 minutes’ boat ride from the Kuruçeşme shore and boasts a pool, nightclub and 6 restaurants.
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