Geography of Turkey

Row sparked over battery electric vehicles on Istanbul islands

Local authorities in Istanbul have imposed a ban on battery electric vehicles on Princes' Islands, a cluster of nine islands in the Marmara Sea, in a bid to curb increasing accidents involving the vehicles and unauthorized parking at pedestrian-only venues.

The ban will come into force starting from Oct. 5 with exceptions for permanent residents who are below the age of 66.

Stone Hills introduced in Şanlıurfa

The Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Turkish Tourism Development and Promotion Agency (TGA) have introduced the Stone Hills, which host the first examples of settled life and social communities in the world, at an event held at the Şanlıurfa Museum.

The opening ceremony of the "Karahantepe and Neolithic Man" exhibition was also held during the event.

British tourists flock to sunny Turkish resorts

Some 10 planes carrying nearly 1,500 British tourists have arrived in Turkey's southwestern Muğla province since the U.K. removed Turkey from its COVID-19 travel red list, an official said on Sept. 24. 

Starting Wednesday, Britons are traveling to Turkey without compulsory hotel quarantine upon return, a move which eases travel and tourism between the two countries.

Watermelon weighing 45.5 kg ranks first in festival

A farmer who grew a watermelon weighing 45.5 kilograms has won the 11th Watermelon Festival organized in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, famous for its big and juicy watermelons.

"Due to drought, unfortunately, this year farmers could not grow bigger watermelons," Münir Karaloğlu, the governor of the province, said at the prize-giving ceremony on Sept. 22.

UNESCO officials, Moldovan team explore gastronomy culture in Turkey’s west

In an effort to promote an exchange of culinary culture between Moldova and Turkey, members of the UNESCO Turkish National Committee and a Moldovan delegation have come to Turkey's southwestern province of Afyonkarahisar to take delight in the region's world-famous gastronomic heritage.