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Planning a trip to Turkey?

Interesting facts and features of this fascinating travel destination

With a wealth of multicultural cities, historic sites to visit, beaches and arguably some of the best food in the world, Turkey offers almost everything the modern traveller could wish for.

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations... for now, we'll explore interesting facts and features about Turkey.

Turkey facts

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Ancient market place

Turkey is home to one of the world's oldest and biggest malls - Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, or Kapalı Çarşı, dates to 1455 and was established shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople.

Over the centuries it has grown into a warren of 61 streets lined by more than 3,000 shops, occupying 333,000 square feet.

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According to Travel + Leisure, the Grand Bazaar was the world's #1 attraction in 2014, drawing over 91 million people.

Ski destination

Even though Turkey is known for its stunning coastline it's also home to spectacular mountain ranges.

Wintertime visitors can hit the slopes at nearly a dozen resorts. Palandöken, in the eastern province of Erzurum, is Turkey's highest at 10,200 feet (3,125 meters) and claims Europe’s longest natural ski run.

If you like the sound of that, check that your travel insurance covers you for winter sports activities.

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More than 130 peaks reach over 9,800 feet (3,000 meters).

Second oldest Metro system

More than a century after a sultan dreamt of a rail link beneath the Bosphorus Strait, Turkey opened the Marmaray metro line in 2013.

The former imperial city is also home to the Tünel, a short funicular that’s the second-oldest continuously running underground railway after London’s.

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Istanbul may be Europe's largest city, but half of it actually extends into Asia.

Whether you're planning to see the Blue Mosque, or relaxing on the ‘Turkish Riviera’ buying LV= travel insurance is quick and easy

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