Turkey

Turkey

Etymology

The name of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye) can be divided into two components: the ethnonym Türk and the abstract suffix –iye meaning “owner”, “land of” or “related to” (originally derived from the Greek and Latin suffixes –ia in Tourkia (Τουρκία) and Turchia; and later from the corresponding Arabic suffix –iyya in Turkiyya (تركيا).) [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Adana Entrepreneurship & Innovation Meetup Group – This meetup group, the first in Adana, intends to bring together diverse perspectives on a common goal: how to make the world a better place to live through entrepreneurship and innovation. Therefore it is for everyone interested in informal exchange of knowledge and experience on this common goal. [meetup]

Ankara Doing Something New or Different Meetup – More smile Planned before but you havent found time to do. Sometimes you bored. Lets spend a little time together, planned or spontaneously, enjoyable. One day lets go tree planting, one day iceskating, playing games. [meetup]

Ankara Outdoors Meetup – This is an internation group of people that like to hike,travel,outdoors….. İf you like to do all these activities then join us. [meetup]

Antalya Live Music Meetup – I wanna make music especially acoustic… or we listen music until morning with beers. etc etc… [meetup]

Beginners’ Running Group – This is a group for anyone interested in running (beginners, in particular) in Istanbul. I believe that running should be an enjoyable and relaxing activity with follow-up socializing and extra benefit of making new friends. We run on both Asian and European sides of Istanbul. If you want to host a run somewhere in your area, send me a message. [meetup]

Forró Istanbul – Forró İstanbul is the group for forró lovers in Istanbul and open to all forró travellers. [meetup]

İstanbul Adventures Biking Camping Climbing Hiking – This is a group for anyone interested in hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking, biking, etc. All skills levels are welcome. I started this group because to meet other outdoor enthusiasts. Looking forward to exploring the outdoors with everybody. [meetup]

International Sales and Marketing Meetup – Online Marketing, Online Sales, E-commerce, Online Travel Systems (OTA – Booking.com, Expedia, HRS etc.) Internet Marketing, E-mail marketing, Search Engine Optimization etc. Aims to exchange information on topics. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Arablounge.com – Arab Lounge is a smaller dating site catering to Arab men and women around the world. Arab Lounge is part of the World Singles Network and lets its members extend their search for matches to other sites in this network. Though the user-base is smaller than many other sites, with about 30,000 visitors a day, overall I found the site well-designed and easy to navigate and use. Highly detailed profiles make it easier to find great matches, but if you’re serious about meeting someone on here, you’ll have to pay for a Platinum membership. [visa hunter]

Siberalem.com – Siberalem.com is the only site that comes close to Arablounge.com. This site is another great option, but you will need to speak or understand Turkish to navigate around the site. Siberalem has been around for a really long time (since 2000), making it a popular option for locals of Istanbul and Ankara. Even though the site has been around a while, they have evolved with the times and have apps for every smartphone platform (Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and Windows). [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Ankara Walking Tour – It’s the most supersonic walking tour ever. We’re going to walk for 12 kilometers and discover whole Ankara just in 3 hours. Th mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Grand National Assembly of Turkey are just few landmarks we’ll see during the walking tour. [tounat]

Efendi Travel – Efendi Travel provides personalized travel itineraries and services including tours, hotel reservations, guides, flights, airport transfers, and vehicle rentals. It is part of Fatih Seyahat (founded in 1993), one of Turkey’s most experienced and reliable travel companies RECOMMENDED by Turkey Travel Planner. [efendi travel]

Istanbul Walks – Istanbul Walks is a travel agency with a full liscense”A Group No 6174” of the ministry of Culture and Tourism. Our company is member of the Association of Travel Agencies of Turkey. We are part of Antonina Turizm and Travel Company Group -Turkey’s number one specialist in Cultural Tourism. [istanbul walks]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Archaeological Site of Troy – With its record of 4,000 years of history, the Archaeological Site of Troy shall surely not be overlooked. Immortalized by Homer in his memorable Iliad, this site is a real treat for the history buffs truly interested in archeology. The extensive remains including altars, mounds as well as temples and numerous fortifications are of great significance in the understanding of the early stages of European civilization. [open travel]

Blue Cruise – Once the Turkish writers realized how powerful an inspiration can be derived from a voyage along the Turkish Riviera, they successfully introduced the concept to literature and even gave it a name – The Blue Cruise. Once the Turkish Tourism Industry realized that the men of letters had bred the hen that lays the golden eggs, they incorporated the term to offer what is now a unique boating experience with connotations in art and history. [open travel]

Cemberlitas Hamami – If you belong to those who put culture exploration over any other benefits that stem from traveling, you can’t be closer to the heart of Turkey than that. There’s nothing like Adam and Eve nudity plus a good scrub in an age-old hamam. It may take a bit of self-inhibition breaking, but is definitely held by non-Muslim tourists to be the most authentic and revelatory experience ever. [open travel]

Çoruh River Valley – Kayakers feel like riding the white waters of the Çoruh River to no end, hikers don’t want the meandering trails to end, and nature buffs tread carefully not to miss a single species of extraordinary flora. Smelling of orchid, universally recognized as one of word’s few biodiversity hotspots, and brimming with opportunities for outdoor endeavors, the valley is a wild alternative to the sandy-emerald vistas of the Turkish Riviera. [open travel]

Goreme National Park (Goreme Milli Parklar) – Why don’t you feed your travel bug with some moon dust this time? Set in the deep heart of the country, Cappadocia will have you agape and bewildered with its spectacular lunar landscape. With white volcanic ashes sprinkled over ‘fairy chimneys’ and other astonishing rock formations it does make you think of space exploration rather than trekking the good old Earth. [open travel]

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsisi) – Do prepare for the visit to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul for the biggest and most vibrant shopping experience awaits you! Just plunge into the world of jewelery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Let the jostling vibe of its labyrinthine streets lead you through a myriad of colors and a symphony of sounds. [open travel]

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) – Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia was the largest cathedral in the world for over a thousand of years. First a patriarchal basilica later converted to a mosque is today a magnificent example of Byzantine and Islamic art alloy. With its majestic body crowned with an enormous dome it makes you feel small and humble in the presence of God. [open travel]

Ibrahim Pasa Palace (Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts) – Housed in the restored 1524 palace of Ibrahim Pasha, the museum boasts a near comprehensive collection that covers all historical periods and includes notable examples of all fields of art that has ever played a role in the formation of the broadly defined Turkish culture. [open travel]

Lake Van – If you’re looking for wilderness and stark beauty, this is where your path should lead. Bordered by high mountains to the south, by plateaus to the east, and by a complex of volcanic cones to the west, dotted with uninhabited islands connected to the land by small boats’ service, and so salty that only a species of herring can handle it, Lake Van is this kind of place where earthly problems seem to melt away. [open travel]

Lycian Way – Put your hiking boots on and off we go! The 500 km way-marked trail will make you meander past spectacular mountain and coastal scenery and numerous historical remains from the Lycian and Roman periods. Let the footpath walk you through pine forests, olive groves and tiny picturesque villages to experience a bit of the traditional rural way of life and local hospitality. [open travel]

Mamure Kalesi – Sandwiched between the highway and the Mediterranean coast, the place is so impressively well preserved one may think it is a modern reconstruction. In fact, Mamure Kalesi rests on 3rd-century foundations, and was continually rebuilt or innovated due to various twists in its history. Home to the Romans, Crusaders, and Ottomans, the castle reveals most exquisite craftsmanship and the extremely elaborate fortifications reflects its rich history as a formidable defensive center. [open travel]

Mount Ararat – For a true trekking experience head for the Mount Ararat, the huge inactive volcano towering above the arid steppes of Eastern Turkey. The supposed final resting place of the Noah’s Ark, the mount has fascinated mountaineers, geologists and Ark hunters for decades. As the area is a military one you will need appropriate permits and remember, only group climbing is allowed. [open travel]

Mount Nemrut (Nemrut Dağı) – As it usually happens, places of unique beauty are remote and not too easy to reach. Undoubtedly, Mount Nemrut confirms this theory. But the unforgettable sight of huge carved monuments and giant heads of the Ancient gods watching you combined with the breathtaking scenery make the long escapade worthwhile. [open travel]

Nargile Bars – Nargile is yet another brick in the wall of Turkish adventure. And just like a wall will still stand with one brick missing, your visit will too remain valuable without a puff of Turkish tobacco from the communal hookah pipe, but neither the wall nor your experience can then be called complete. Dating back to the 17th century Ottoman Empire, the interest in nargile calming vapors currently sees its revival the world over. [open travel]

Pamukkale Thermal Pools – Leave your skis at home for this is not a glacier or any snow formation. No skiing down the slope or speedy slaloms; what you can enjoy instead are healing sessions in thermal pools. The amazing frosty landscape of dazzling white calcareous castles has been formed by limestone-laden thermal springs which let the calcium deposits grow into potholes, stalactites and cataracts. [open travel]

Parks of Ankara – It may be the capital, it may have amazing mosques and museums, but it definitely comes second after Istanbul in the popularity race. Let it be, but there’s something that the city has got and Istanbul cannot boast, namely the parks. With numerous delightful open spaces and vast well-landscaped parkland areas whose history goes back to the early days of the Turkish Republic, Ankara has something for virtually everyone. [open travel]

Pergamon – Usually too short a stop down the trail of Turkey’s tourist attractions, Pergamum does deserve a bigger interest. Sitting atop a high hill and overlooking fertile plains, it once was an important capital city of the ancient times. Looking for the greatest of monuments and the most spectacular of views, don’t you forget that Pergamum is a home of Turkey’s two most celebrated archaeological sites, the Acropolis and the Asklepion, one of the first medical centers of spa kind, built in honor of Asklepios, the god of healing. [open travel]

Ruins of Ephesus – Asia Minor, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a large port in the past, today Ephesus is the most visited antic site of Turkey. With its biblical association with the Virgin Mary and the Evangelists along with immense archaeological remains, it represents a great treat to archeology bums and religious travelers. [open travel]

Sultan Ahmed Mosque / Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) – Seeing the Sultan Ahmed Mosque from afar, with its ascending system of domes and sky-cutting minarets, is already much of a thrill, but come inside and this initial excitement will instantly melt away giving way to speechless admiration and awe. [open travel]

Sumela Monastery – Guided by a black icon of the Virgin Mary to a high spot on the cliff of Mt Mela, two monks, Barnabas and Sophronius started what is now a large monastic complex. Known as the Sumela Monastery, the building clings tenaciously to the rock and seems to defy gravity. The climb of 1200 m might be a strenuous one but it’s surely worth the effort. [open travel]

The Bosphorus Ferry Ride – One magnificent palace rubs shoulders with another, giant Rumeli fortress casts a grave shadow onto a smooth body of water, historical waterfront houses flank its sides, the Maiden’s Tower rises from its depths, and the inspiring Galata Bridge spans the Golden – the Bosphorus is not just one of the world’s most strategic waterways, connecting the Black sea to the Mediterranean, and splitting Istanbul into the Asian and European part. [open travel]

Topkapi Palace – Once inside the vast Ottoman palatial complex, there are myriad directions to follow, including spacious grounds, lofty chambers, four courtyards, and a magnificent Treasury, but funnily enough, most visitors rush straight to the Harem. What they’ve known from oriental tales about sultans and their beautiful concubines can now be experienced first-hand in authentic settings that far outplay what the readers have imagined. [open travel]

Whirling Dervishes – What a spectacle of color and spirituality it is! You may not be able to understand the purpose behind sema – a Sufi ceremony aiming at a mystical union with God and religious purification – but you will certainly be hypnotized with the whirling fabric, communal recitation, controlled ecstasy, and spiritual fervor that’s the inevitable part of the rite. [open travel]

Yalıboyu Houses in Amasya – Endowed with historical and cultural abundance as well as rich natural beauty, a perfect inland climate and unique fertility, Amasya welcomes its visitors with juicy apples, cherries and peaches. But it also pleases the eye with great examples of the Ottoman architecture, the Yalıboyu Houses. [open travel]

Yerebatan Sarayi (Underground Cistern) – James Bond rowed through it in From Russia With Love, and now you have a chance to follow in his footsteps. The first thing you notice when you enter the Basilica Cistern, across the street from the Hagia Sophia, is the soothing, subterranean coolness that revives your body and mind battered with the summer heat. [open travel]

Festivals

Festivals

Ankara International Film Festival – If you plan to be in Ankara in the spring months during your trip to Turkey, make sure to check the Ankara International Film Festival program while planning your trip. Local and foreign movies played in the festival halls of Ankara’s central district Kızılay, promise a feast for movie lovers and should not be missed. The festival especially aims at supporting promising new artists by bringing their eligible works of art to the audience, and contributing to the increase of international presence of the Turkish cinema. [turkey]

Sarıgerme Kite Festival – Muğla, which hosts famous tourist destinations of Turkey like Bodrum and Marmaris, also has a less known beach, Sarıgerme, as dazzling as others, that offers an annual Kite Festival. During the festival, organized on the long beach of pure sand, hundreds of kites fill the sky, while colorful vendor stands and other activities offer entertaining moments to the participants. The Festival, in which kite contest winners are presented small presents, attract the attention of not only local people but also the tourists. [turkey]

Zeytinli Rock Festival – However if you prefer a more active festival, you can choose the Zeytinli Rock Festival, organized in Baikesir on the Agean coast. This summer between 20-23 August Turkey’s most famous rock musicians and groups, such as Şebnem Ferah, Duman, Teoman, Feridun Düzağaç, Pentagram will perform at Zeytinli Dalyan Coast. [turkey]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – For most city buses you must buy your bilet (ticket) in advance at a special ticket kiosk. Kiosks are found at major bus terminals and transfer points, and sometimes attached to shops near bus stops. The fare is normally around ₺2. Private buses sometimes operate on the same routes as municipal buses; they are usually older, and accept either cash or tickets. [lonely planet]

Dolmuşes & Midibuses – As well as providing transport within cities and towns, dolmuşes (minibuses) run between places; you’ll usually use them to travel between small towns and villages. Some dolmuşes depart at set times, but they often wait until every seat is taken before leaving. To let the driver know that you want to hop out, say ‘inecek var’ (someone wants to get out). [lonely planet]

Local Dolmuş – Dolmuşes are minibuses or, occasionally, taksi dolmuşes (shared taxis) that operate on set routes within a city. They’re usually faster, more comfortable and only slightly more expensive than the bus. In larger cities, dolmuş stops are marked by signs; look for a ‘D’ and text reading ‘Dolmuş İndirme Bindirme Yeri’ (Dolmuş Boarding and Alighting Place). Stops are usually conveniently located near major squares, terminals and intersections. [lonely planet]

Metro – Several cities have underground metros, including İstanbul, İzmir, Bursa and Ankara. These are usually quick and simple to use, although you may have to go through the ticket barriers to find a route map. Most metros require you to buy a jeton (transport token; around ₺2) and insert it into the ticket barrier. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Turkish taxis are fitted with digital meters. If your driver doesn’t start his, mention it right away by saying ‘saatiniz’ (your meter). Check your driver is running the right rate, which varies from city to city. The gece (night) rate is 50% more than the gündüz (daytime) rate, but some places, including İstanbul, do not have a night rate. [lonely planet]

Tram – Several cities have tramvays (trams), which are a quick and efficient way of getting around, and normally cost around ₺2 to use. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Data Istanbul – This is a group for anyone interested in Data and related technologies to drive future by crunching data. We want to share our knowledge around data engineering, data science, statistics, machine learning. [meetup]

Docker Denizli – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. [meetup]

Istanbul Coders – If you believe in Software Craftsmanship, Agile movement, DevOps movement, Continuous Delivery, and turning your ideas into steady startups, this is the right group for you. [meetup]

Istanbul Data Scientist Meetup – Data Scientists from various industries in Turkey are coming together. SAS, global leader in analytics, and Sabancı University, who has collaborated with MIT for Behavioral Analytics & Visualization Lab, are co-hosting the meet up. [meetup]

Istanbul E-Commerce Meetup – Istanbul E-commerce Meetup Group aims to get together e-commerce enthusiasts in Istanbul. In each meetup, there will be very short voluntary presentations by the participants, but the main aim is just to exchange ideas within the community and hopefully generate some synergy. Therefore, anyone involved or interested in this vibrant market is more than welcome to attend in this meetup. [meetup]

Javascript Ankara – Every month JS Ankara is a community in Ankara where we can meet and talk on JavaScript, Frontend, Web and Mobile Technologies. [meetup]

Men Techmakers – Men’s special tech club. Men Techmakers technology is founded by enthusiastic technology enthusiasts. We believe in the importance of the gaming industry for our sake. [meetup]

PostgreSQL Kullanıcıları ve Geliştiricileri Derneği – We are a community of people who use PostgreSQL in our professional lives, develop applications and critical systems on them, manage our databases with maximum performance, design and operate large structures. We set up the PostgreSQL Users and Developers Association to increase our knowledge and experience in a friendly environment. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Academic English and Turkish Language Club – This a group for anyone interested in practicing, speaking and writing in English and Turkish. We aim to improve our intermediate knowledge to academic level in both languages. We will write and than discuss about a specific topic every meetup. [meetup]

Ankara Spanish Language Meetup – Hello everyone! Now I am in Ankara for some days and I wanted to speak Spanish with the people available to improve my Spanish. [meetup]

Antalya Language Exchange – This is a language exchange meetup in Antalya. Come and talk with new friends. Practice new language. Arabic, English, Turkish, etc. [meetup]

Aydin English, Italian and Spanish Speaking Meetup – LGBT GroupsHi everybody 🙂 we’re two research assistants from Adnan Menderes University. We would like to organize a conversation club including languages of English, Italian and Spanish. We are planning to meet periodically, those who want to join us can be a member of this group and follow our announcements. [meetup]

English Conversation Club- Istanbul – We’ll gather in bars, pubs and cafes to play Taboo, Never have I ever, Consequences, Truth or Dare and many other interesting games to practice English language, we can also just have chat in English. The meetups will be in English only (no Turkish), since the aim of the group is to practice English and have fun at the same time. [meetup]

English Speakers Meetup Group – Ankara – This is a group for anyone interested in learning and speaking English, socializing and also having fun. All levels are welcome. I started this group because to meet other people who wants to practise their English. [meetup]

Istanbul Coffe, Cupcakes and English Conversation Meetup – Anyone interested in coffee, cupcakes and conversation in English about any and all topics including, living the expat life, romance and dating stories, travel, philosophy, fashion and culture. [meetup]

Sakarya Language Exchange Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in learning English, Turkish and Arabic language by language exchange, learning by talking, discussing about any topics, like cultures, cooking, food, sports…etc. All skills levels are welcome. I started this group because to meet other outdoor. Looking forward to exploring the outdoors with everybody. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Kaos GL – Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Studies and Solidarity Association (Kaos GL) aim to contribute to the development of social peace, peace and prosperity through the realization of homosexual existence and the support of individual, social and cultural life and behavior by adopting liberal values of female homosexuals and male homosexuals. [kaos gl]

LGBTIQA – To share knowledge and experience, Learn new ideas. To meet new people. Sharing your beautiful life. [meetup]

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