Turkey has been in the global news frequently recently…and not always in the most positive contexts. Those who pay attention to current events may feel hesitant to visit the country given what they hear, read and see on television, radio and the web. Latent fears of danger will steer them towards ‘safer’ destinations instead.
The sensationalistic and sound-byte nature of global news often paints a misleading picture though and fails to provide proper context for the stories that are covered. It is true that the situation in South-East Turkey (near the Syrian border) presents security challenges for the country. That area is not safe to visit and the normally wonderful Abraham Path is a no-go zone at the moment. But it is important to remember that Turkey is a very big country and the situation in the South-East has not had massive impacts on Western Turkey, Central Turkey and North Eastern Turkey.
Life in rest of the country goes on as it always has. Aside from the South-East, the rest of the country is open and safe to visit. Tourist hubs in the South-West like the Lycian Coast around Antalya are especially safe. There have been no notable security incidents in the entire area in recent years. As long as you follow the normal personal security precautions that you would anywhere else in the world, you will be fine.
So feel free to come visit us. The weather is warm. The Mediterranean waters are crystal clear. The beaches are spectacular. The mountains are majestic. The food is mouth-wateringly delicious. The hospitality of the locals is overwhelming. We look forward to sharing this beautiful part of the world with you as you come and hike along one of our trails.