Currency is the lira. Time is 3hrs ahead of GMT and flights take 5 hours. The cost to carbon-offset is £7.08. Visit climatecare.org.
Pegasus Airlines operates regular flights from London Stansted to Ankara Esenbog˘ a International via Istanbul. flypgs.com
Turkish Airlines has daily flights from London Heathrow to Ankara with a short stopover in Istanbul. turkishairlines.com Resources
Go to Turkey is the national tourist board’s online resource and is bursting with information and inspiration. gototurkey.co.uk
Seven Houses by Alev Lytle Croutier (Simon & Schuster, £16.99) tells the story of Turkey’s transformation over the last century through the medium of a family saga.