I am wondering about proper dress for women visiting Turkey. Also the etiquette when visiting a religious building. Head covering required, etc. Any other tips to help with these types of things, please let me know.
You can take a look at these crowd photos from Istanbul
And here is a more specific photo:
This is again from Istanbul.
Where are you planning to be? Which city? This is a bit depends on the city. But generally you will not have any problem in major cities.
You can dress as usual. Of course, if you do not want to attract all eyes on you, then you should dress a bit more conservative :-)
For religious places/mosques: heads covered with a piece of cloth (mantilla). No footwear inside mosques.
And also it would be better not to have "low-necked" dresses. Better: all arms, legs are covered for respect.
You can write specific places and cities for specific answers.
Enjoy your trip and journey, almost 7 years ago
Ditto all the above. In tourist areas it's generally the same as most other countries, however, I probably wouldn't sunbathe topless although some do, but as a mainly Muslim country, it's disrespectful. Carry a light wrap so you can if ness, wrap around your top should you feel uncomfortable. I usually wear vest tops and shorts etc and haven't had any trouble but it does depend on where you are. Enjoy your holiday though and don't worry too much. It is a multi cultural society. almost 7 years ago
I have been to Turkey numerous times visiting tourist and non-tourist areas. On the whole in Istanbul and Ankara they have quite a western dress sense. Although because of the size of the 2 cities there are differences within the city with some parts being more conservative than others. I personally make sure that I don't wear low cut tops, see-through tops or really short skirts as people can stare and make you feel uncomfortable. However it does depend on where you are. I hope you have a wonderful trip, there is so much to see in Istanbul, you should go to Ataturk's Mausoleum in Ankara. almost 7 years agoAnswered by RVeli via WorldNomads.com