Surprising Facts about Turkey

    Despite the appearance of camels at holiday resorts, there is no desert in Turkey and no native camels

    Turkey was amongst the some of the first countries to give women the right to vote. (Before America and most European countries)

    Turkey introduced coffee to Europe in the 1500's

    It was the Turkish people that gave the Dutch their famous tulips

    Julius Caesar uttered his famous words, "I came, I saw, I conquered" in Turkey when he won the Pontus, a vast kingdom in the Black Sea region

    The average Turkish person drinks 10 cups of tea a day

    Jelly beans were started as an American form of Turkish Delight

    Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, considered the world's largest shopping mall dates back to 1455. Over the centuries it has grown into a warren of 61 streets lined by more than 4,000 shops and currently occupies a nearly incomprehensible 333,000 square feet. It was voted the world's #1 attraction in 2014, drawing over 91 million people.

    It is believed by some scientist and scholars that Turkey was the landing place of Noah's arch. The story of mass flooding on earth appears in the bible and the specific location that Noah landed the arch has been determined as Mount Ararat which is 5165 meters' high

    Turkey is responsible for 80% of the worlds hazelnut exports

    More than 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Turkey.

    There are hundreds of beaches and marinas with a "Blue Flag" in Turkey on the Mediterranean and Aegean. "Blue Flag" is a European award that only the best and cleanest beaches can get.