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Respecting Local Culture and Customs While Sailing Turkey

By MedSailors Crew
on  December 06, 2013

Sailing Holidays In Cultural Turkey

As a holiday hotspot, Turkey is used to a steady flow of foreign visitors and it is certainly easy to forget you are in what is traditionally a conservative country when enjoying all the bars and nightclubs on offer along the Turquoise Coast! However, wherever you are travelling, it is a given that respecting local cultures and traditions will serve you well and Turkey is no exception.

Turkey is well known for its friendly and welcoming attitude – something that has undoubtedly played a role in the country’s enduring popularity with tourists – and whether on a city break or a beach holiday, there will always be people on hand to help you feel right at home.

Nevertheless, while you may feel at home, it is important to remember that you are not. Despite the beach and booze culture that buzzes along the country’s coastline, keep in mind that Turkey is at its heart a conservative nation and that there are certain liberties that should not be taken in public, especially if you are stopping off in one of the smaller island settlements along the Turquoise Coast while sailing Turkey.

Similarly, when it comes to public displays of affection, keep it discreet when out on the street, especially in smaller areas away from the more ‘Westernised’ towns and resorts,. It may very well earn you a disapproving glance or two! Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself – have fun, but just keep it out of the public eye!

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