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FAQ

The currency is Turkish Lira, and this is recognized by the symbol,  although you may still see some places using the old abbreviation of TL, and banks, credit card companies may also use TRY. Known as the new Turkish lira, it replaced the old currency that automatically made everyone a millionaire. Be aware that some old Turkish people still refer to millions of Turkish Lira purely out of habit.

Turkish lira banknotes come in six denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5. Each has their own colour but be careful because the 5 lira and 50 lira are remarkably similar. Coins known as kurus are in denominations of 5, 10, 24, and 50. It then progresses up to the 1 lira that is a coin.

The exchange rate fluctuates every day but currently foreigners are getting a good deal. I use Yahoo Currency Converter that shows up to date exchange rates as they happen. Avoid changing money at the airport in your home country because the commission rates are heavy, and you will get less than if you exchange money in Turkey.

So, when you get here, there are three options. Banks, currency exchange shops and occasionally jewellery shops or travel agents also do it. For the first two, you need to show identification, which is usually your passport, but these places generally offer a better rate. It depends on how much money you are exchanging as to whether it is worth your time to use them instead of the local jewellery shop or travel agent that are fast, open every day and are convenient.

Touristic shops, restaurants, and travel agents will accept most currencies. The Antalya region that is popular with Europeans even display prices in Euros while on the Aegean, prices are sometimes shown in pounds because it is popular with Brits. Touristic places in Istanbul seem to take any currency as long as it has value. Just bear in mind that these establishments will often use their own exchange rate if the bill is in lira.

Known in Turkey as bankamatik, it is far safer and easier to rely on ATMS / cash machines to withdraw Euros, USD, Turkish Lira, and British pounds. However, before you depart from your home country, inform your bank that you are travelling to Turkey otherwise they may block your account because of suspicious activity.

Likewise, also ask about charges for using your cash card abroad. Some banks don’t charge for foreign transactions while others do. The daily limit you can withdraw is still the same stipulation as in your home country.Some ATMs have the English language option on the keyboard, while others don’t and likewise, some cash machines do not give foreign currency.

Most importantly though is that some areas have a high case of fraudsters hanging around machines. Don’t accept help from anyone or let them see your pin number. Also, check the keypad to make sure it is not removable. Clever fraudsters are able to replicate a keypad that is placed on the original, and it records all your details including your card number and pin.

Avoid using traveller’s cheques in Turkey. They are old-fashioned, many places do not accept them anymore, and with the advance of cash machines, there just isn’t a need for them. Most places in Turkey accept credit cards (Visa, Master, and American Express) but likewise; notify your credit card supplier that you are travelling to the country. Establishments like hotels, shops, and restaurants have the swipe and pin number cash machines, as do travel agents, but while the former do not charge commission, some travel agents do, so check before booking.

Cappadocia is famous for its rich history, spectacular landscapes and mild climate. For most of the year, the climate is dry (not humid), sunny and pleasant for all outdoor activities. In summer months (June-September), the weather is very consistent – with mostly sunny skies, hot days and slightly cooler evenings. Rain during these months is rare – mostly in the first half of June and typically just a quick storm in late afternoon. Temperatures during the day range from 20-35 Celsius with the average around 30 degrees. During summer months, sunblock, light layers, sunglasses and hats are highly recommended as many valleys and sites do not have sufficient shade. Most hotel rooms are either cave rooms or constructed of quarried cave stone and stay comfortably cool during the day and evening. Winter (December-March) is a lovely time to experience Cappadocia – all major tourism sites remaining open 365 days per year. The weather changes from pleasant, sunny days – perfect for long walks in the valleys to blustery, wet days and powdery snow covering the valleys and dusting the fairy chimneys. The temperatures vary during these months with the averages during the day in 0-8 Celsius and much colder and icy at night. At times during winter – especially in January and February – the temperatures during the day can reach -15/-20 with very cold evenings.

Month Mean Temp °C Mean Min Temp °C Mean Max Temp °C
January
-2.2 °C -8.0 °C 3.8 °C
February
0.4 °C -5.4 °C 6.4 °C
March
4.9 °C -1.7 °C 11.8 °C
April
10.5 °C 2.8 °C 17.7 °C
May
14.8 °C 6.1 °C 22.3 °C
June
18.7 °C 8.9 °C 26.3 °C
July
22.1 °C 11.0 °C 30.2 °C
August
21.3 °C 10.0 °C 30.1 °C
September
16.5 °C 6.1 °C 26.4 °C
October
10.9 °C 2.6 °C 20.1 °C
November
4.8 °C -1.5 °C 12.8 °C
December
0.5 °C -5.0 °C 6.4 °C

Layers of warm clothing and shoes meant for cold weather are important as some of the cobblestone hills are difficult to maneuver when icy. All area hotels have central heating and the cave stone walls keep the heat at a very comfortable temperature. The spring months (March-May) are a mix ranging from amazingly sunny days, intense rain showers and an occasional snow fall well into early April – sometimes all three weather patterns in the same day! Autumn (October and November) are also a mixed bag regarding weather – with comfortable, sunny days and longer periods of rain. During both spring and autumn, layers are highly recommended as the temperatures can vary greatly within the day.

Cappadocia is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise – with amazing walking trails, incredible vistas overlooking stunning valleys and quaint villages. Most guests find casual, outdoor/sportswear the most comfortable for this region. For the hiking trails, good walking/hiking shoes are recommended and as many streets, especially around Goreme are cobblestone and with the steep hills – high heels or dress shoes are not as practical. Comfort is key in Cappadocia as most days are filled with walking and visiting different sites. Many local shops sell comfortable clothing for all seasons and for those traveling in the cooler months; the local women make beautiful hand-knit gloves, hats, scarves and socks.

Although Turkey is a secular nation, the predominant religion is Islam. In Cappadocia, the majority of locals dress more on the conservative side – especially in smaller villages, and non-tourism areas. If you will be visiting the open fruit & vegetable markets of Nevsehir, Avanos or Urgup, these markets are mostly non-tourist areas and conservative clothing is recommended. On the coastal areas of Turkey (Antalya, Side, Fethiye, etc) the locals have become more accustomed to tourist wearing beachwear. In Istanbul, as with most major European cities, many locals dress in modern city clothing. Cities such as Konya and anywhere in the Eastern areas of Turkey are still very much conservative in all aspects of daily life.