Olive trees on a hillside in Turkey.

Turkish Olives and Olive Oil

Learn about the history of olive oil, what makes Turkish olives so different from those cultivated elsewhere, & where the best Turkish olive oil is made.

Turkish Angora cats are known for their heterochromatic eyes.

Wildlife Native to Turkey

Turkey’s native wildlife includes over 80,000 species and subspecies from migratory birds to ancient species of lions to two almost extinct sea creatures.

Clear turquoise water on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Turkey’s Regional Climates

Turkey’s climate varies greatly by region. Here’s what kind of weather to expect year-round in the Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean, and Anatolian areas.

A pair of tinted aviator sunglasses on a table.

The Reality of Traveling Solo as a Woman in the Middle East

My elbow nudges the covered woman next to me as we sit shoulder to shoulder on the front seat of a cramped Turkish dolmuş (shared taxi). Our bodies sway and jolt on the unforgiving pothole-infested roads of the remote Biga Peninsula as we leave the Aegean coast behind. In a moment of awkwardness our eyes meet and we share an apologetic smile.