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[Entertainment and Shopping]


The entertainment and shopping concepts and habits have rapidly changed from old days to today. Turkey is a country having the characteristics of being one of the most significant entertainment heavens and shopping heavens of the world and that best keeps up with this change process and that has best harmonized yesterday and today. The markets and roofed bazaars of the past are vivacious and vigorous today as they were in the past. You can find whatever you want from every kind of jewelry, each of which is a hand-made artistic work to products made of leather, from the best carpets and rugs of the world to numerous touristic belongings and gifts.

The varieties of bazaars and markets of Turkey will charm you and turn your head with their quality and attractiveness of their products and their economical products. Choosing from the gift varieties ranging from the most modern clothes to various belongings for use, from handicraft products made of every kind of materials, especially of metal, wood, glass, marble, ceramic and valuable stones, to decorative belongings will cause you to decide in a great difficulty but it will be enjoyable at the same time.

On the other hand; modern shopping center where it is possible to do every kind of shopping all in one and families can have a good time and spend pleasant hours with their children and they can satisfy their social, cultural and entertainment needs have also prevailed in Turkey. New centers are constantly added to these great shopping centers in a large number. Taking the fact that people need not only shopping but also social and cultural activities as a requirement of a modern life as the departure point, these modern shopping centers offers their customers many common shared places and opportunities such as having a good time with their families, catering, taking part in social and cultural activities as well as shopping. Catering and entertainment shops such as cafes and restaurants, a great number of cinemas, theatre and exhibition halls, bowling and sport halls, various cultural and sportive areas here contribute to getting rid of the tiredness of shopping.

The exchange rates in Turkey are determined in free market and announced every day. Euro, cheques and travel cheques are adopted by banks without problems. It is possible to pay by credit cards such as Diner’s, Eurocard, American Express, Master and Visa in many shops and catering and entertainment places.

If you experience something unpleasant or a problem during your shopping, you can get across your complaints via post or fax to municipal police (Municipal Police, Tel: 153) or to the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Industry and Trade-General Directorate for the Protection of Consumers and Rivalry [T.C. Sanayi ve Ticaret Bakanlıgı, Tuketicinin ve Rekabetin Korunması Genel Mudurlugu], Tandogan/ANKARA, Tel: 0090-312-286 03 65, Fax: 0090-312-287 92 40.

When you want to go somewhere to entertain yourselves in the evenings in Turkey, you have numerous alternatives. If you wish, you can watch popular performances of domestic and foreign composers, authors and directors carried out by State Symphony Orchestra, State Theaters, State Opera and Ballet or performances sometimes carried out by foreign groups in Turkey with a great enthusiasm or if you wish you can join rich and colored entertainment programs prepared by night clubs and entertainment centers. If it conflicts with your holiday time, you should not miss watching artists popular all over the world who come for major festivals such as Istanbul, Cesme, Bodrum and Aspendos. In fact, for example, it is worth coming to Turkey in order to just watch plays such as Aida and Tosca successfully performed in the historical site of Aspendos Open Air Theatre.

You can have nights that you can not forget and get enough of them in the rich programs of popular discos, pubs, restaurants and cafes that are open till late hours at night even till the morning with live music and dance entertainments in big cities and touristic areas and you can attend boat cruises with entertainment programs. Especially musical, artistic and cultural festival usually held in summer months offer you entertainment opportunities that you cannot find anywhere else.

Everything (such as children playgrounds, children pools, special play entertainment programs peculiar to children, animations etc.) has been planned in order to make children happy in many hotels and holiday villages in Turkey. Moreover, big entertainment centers named as Tatilya, Aquapark, Miniaturk in big cities and important touristic centers attract adults as well as children.