Turkey is truly a place where east meets west. With strong Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and European influences, the culture is diverse and fascinating. Visitors flock to Turkey for a glimpse into ancient empires including the Byzantines, Ottomans, Romans and Hittites. You can explore medieval castles, stand in awe of opulent royal palaces, shop in bustling Turkish marketplaces or enjoy the sumptuous, spice-laden cuisines of this unique and varied nation.