Continent: Europe/ Asia
Population: 74.7 million
Size: 814,578 square kilometres
Language: Turkish – Merhaba!
Currency: Turkish Lira
National holiday: 29th October, "Day of the Republic" (declaration of the republic by Atatürk in 1923)
The best time to travel to Turkey is of course the summer. But beware! In August it can quickly reach 40 degrees or more at the coast.
Turkey spans two continents: three percent is in Europe, 97 percent in Asia. Istanbul is the country’s largest city and connects the two continents. By the way: The Bosphorus Cross Continental long distance swim has been taking place every year since 1989. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. The swimmers start in the Asian part of Istanbul and the finish line is in Kurucesme in Europe. The swimmers cover 6.5 kilometres between the continents.