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Turkey has long been a top travel destination. This is where east meets west. For over 1,000 years, any significant journey between Europe and Asia meant traveling through Turkey and crossing the Bosporus Strait. Christian and Islamic cultures have left indelible marks on the country. The skyline of Istanbul is dominated by massive mosques. And the Cappadocia region was home the some of the earliest Christian settlements.

Modern Turkey has molded itself into a world-class travel destination with a rich history, world-class gastronomy, and an amazing seacoast. Cappadocia is one of the world’s most unique places with its strange “fairy chimney” geological formations. Istanbul has been one of the most important cities in the world for centuries. The country is fashioning itself into a major player on the world stage. These recent moves have created growing pains, but the country can still be explored safely and cheaply. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Turkey.