Turkey is a vast country with a total area of 814,578 square km. Apart from the Russian Federation, Turkey is the only country that is located both in Europe (Thrace) and Asia (Anatolia). Turkey offers all the characteristics of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries intermingled with the peculiarities of the Balkans and the trans-Caucasian countries. The country is a genuine paradise for historians and archeologists. As is shown by the thousands of photos on this website, Turkey is virtually filled up with the remains of the ancient civilizations that flourished here. Hattis, Hittites, Assyrians, Urartians, Phrygians, Lydians, Lycians, Ionians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Armenians, Seljuk and Ottoman Turks, all came and left their mark.
Present day Turkey is a fascinating country full of contrasts and contradictions. It carefully balances between the East and the West, between the past and the future, between secularism and Islam, between wealth and poverty, between chaos and serenity. These fascinating contrasts combined with Turkey's thousands of kilometers of a magnificent coast with fine beaches, the guaranteed sunshine, and the excellent Turkish cuisine have turned Turkey into an increasingly popular tourist destination.
For more than 35 years, I have been fascinated by Turkey and its people and I spent many vacations touring around Turkey. During my vacations in Turkey, I encountered a hospitality that has become rare in other parts of the world. In addition, the excellent public transport system makes traveling around Turkey not only very comfortable but actually a real pleasure. This website is primarily intended to share my travel experiences in Turkey and to show my photo albums with the thousands of pictures that I shot. An additional goal of the website is to guide fellow travelers who plan to spend their holidays in Turkey, be it by traveling around the country or by just spending a beach vacation in a seaside hotel. In either case, it is worth being informed about the country's rich history and culture. Above all this website is to honor the generous people that I met when traveling through Turkey.
In 2002 I started the original website (anatolia.luwo.be) which has now been transferred to a proper domain.
How to use this website
This website contains information and pictures of a large diversity of places scattered all over Turkey.
Individual web pages can be accessed thru the Destinations menu, but this can be slow.
A much better way is to locate the cultural region in Turkey (see above map), and select the Region app on the bottom of the page.
In the Travel Reports, the different itineraries contain links to the specific destinations.
Finally, there is the direct search that is implemented in the Site Search menu.