Turkey

Turkey is located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, bordered by eight countries. This “Eurasian” country is probably the most oriental of the Western countries and the most occidental of the Eastern ones. Being in between Central Asia and Europe, bordering eight countries, it has a unique mixture of influences from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Balkans. Its location has always been of strategic importance, which resembles in its rich history and culture. There are many archaeological sites, from Hittite to Roman and Byzantine, which result into ancient cities with Islamic monuments, mosques, churches and bazars, but also in ancient monuments and remote hilltop fortresses.

Turkey is a fairly liberal country, although lately the government shows various signs of decreasing this, such as limiting the freedom of press. It is a young population with half of the population under 30.The religion is mostly Islamic; varying from conservative to fairly liberal. Officially Turkey is a secular country with no declared state religion.

Turkey has a coastline of over 8,000 km and is facing the sea on three sides. Turkey is a typical family destination, since there are many (non-diving) activities to explore, including numerous historical sites.
Especially the Turkish Riviera in the southern coastline has become popular. Coastal towns like Alanya, Antalya, Bodrum, Fethiye, Marmaris and (to a lesser degree) Kaş have transformed from small fishing villages to major tourist hubs with numerous (ugly) hotels and resorts. They are mostly value destinations that cater to the masses. Outside the resorts, food, drinks, taxis, etc. are not expensive.