A succession of historical figures and empires — including the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans — have all left their mark on this former stopover along the Silk Road that is now Turkey. The county provides a unique experience of the legacy left behind by different empires and that range from the closeted quarters of the Ottoman sultans and their harem in Istanbul’s sprawling palaces, to the romantic and mysterious Lycian ruins on Mediterranean beaches. With scenic wonders, outdoor adventures and cultural enrichment, Turkey is an ideal travel destination that suits every temperament. Turkish culture is also reflected in the exploration of its various culinary specialties, ranging from mezze platters to kebabs and baklava. Since gathering to eat is an age-old ritual exercised by the social and family oriented Turks, the country’s cuisines provide an insight into the rich tradition and culture of this ancient and historical land.