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Are you planning a trip to Turkey. It can be difficult to pick a destination. Your heart may be drawn to the beach but your mind will crave a historical place. Rarely do you find a place that has everything. Turkey is one of these rare gems. It has many key tourist attractions that cater to all interests, particularly those who are looking for enriching adventures. It boasts a beautiful coastline, charming villages and an unparalleled cultural heritage.
This is the ultimate list of the top tourist attractions in Turkey to plan your next vacation. Scroll down to learn all about places to visit in Turkey and share it with your friends!
The Pools Of Pamukkale
This extraordinary sight was created by the mineral springs that have poured down the hillside over thousands of years. A series of natural pools of pale, eau-de–nil water are encapsulated in shallow, organic-shaped basins made of gleaming white travertine. The water has been overflowing with mineral-rich spring water which seems to have frozen in time.
While the spectacle is popular with tourists, the ancient ruins and healing springs of Hierapolis, a Greco-Roman spa town, are often overlooked. Cleopatra can take a dip in her own hot tub, which was said to be a gift from Mark Antony. The pool, which is surrounded by flowers, was once covered by the Roman temple Apollo.
Blue Lagoon, Olüdeniz
The bay’s turquoise waters and its white sand that curves around it are so vibrant it is now a symbol of the Turquoise Coast. The sandy shores of Belcekiz Beach slip into the shallows creating Maldivian-esque swirling seascapes in blue and white.
These are protected by green-forested promontories that lie around it like sleeping Dragons. Paragliders can be seen flying over the sky, admiring the entire spectacle from the air.
The Fairy Chimneys Of Cappadocia
The Cappadocia landscapes, high on the Anatolian plateau look like a fairy tale world. The honey-colored rocks have been eroded into sculptures resembling magic mushrooms, minarets and Fairy Chimneys. Meanwhile, underground, settlers have been busy constructing cave houses, churches, monasteries, from soft volcanic rock since the Bronze Age.
You can take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise and sunset. Or, you could also see the spectacular from your cave hotel’s rooftop. This is one of the most romantic spots in the world.
The Bodrum Peninsula’s fishing villages were accessible only by water until the 20th Century. Today, boat travel is the best way to get around. Gumusluk is the most charming of all the fishing villages. Simple, ramshackle, driftwood-style shacks line the water’s edge. You can eat meze or just-caught fish right from the boat, while your feet are in the water. The smartest spot is Mimoza.
Handpainted in jewel tones, the gourd lanterns hang from the canopies and trees, creating beautiful shapes in the sun and making it look magical at night. This is also where you can catch the sunset in Bodrum.
The old fishing village Kas is far enough away from the main seaside resorts to be a haven for boho-chic Turks and hippie travelers. The streets are lined with traditional white-washed houses and wooden balconies, topped with billowing bougainvillea. It is surrounded by the most beautiful turquoise sea and rustic swimming terraces.
Daybeds are built on top of the water and covered with bright cushions and textiles. Kaputas Beach is the highlight of the village. It’s surrounded by stunning cliffs and is all bright white and blue. Nearby, on the island Kekova, you’ll find an underwater city with snorkels.
Patara Beach, which stretches more than seven miles, is one of the most beautiful and longest beaches in Turkey. It also has the lowest number of inhabitants. The beach is a deep, wide, and rocky stretch of pale sand. Along the other side are pine trees, dunes, marshes, and lagoons. This natural park is rich in birdlife and you’re surrounded by water, wildlife, and most importantly, endangered loggerhead turtles.
The beach is protected and unspoiled partly because of the turtles and the ruins at Patara (an ancient city built by Apollo’s son). These ruins lead to the beach, including an amphitheater and a parliament building, both of which were buried in the sand during the 1990s. Also, you can see the columns-flanked remnants of the main street. It is believed that Apollo’s temple may still be under the ground, but it has not been discovered.
The Domes Of Istanbul
The smaller Ortakoy Mosque, located across the Golden Horn, is one of Istanbul’s most beautiful. It is white in stone and marble with pink mosaics inside. It is situated at the water’s edge, beside the Bosphorus Bridge, and is stunning at sunset when it glows with golden light. Its mosques are some of Istanbul’s most stunning places.
All visitors are welcome to worship or simply gaze upon the magnificent golden dome. The sun shines through its stained-glass windows. Built in the Ottoman period, it has an interior made of handmade Iznik ceramic tiles.
Turkey is home to many ancient sites. Most of these sites are far less well-known than those in Italy or Greece. Ephesus, which is now UNESCO-protected by the United Nations Educational Space for Cultural Preservation, is undoubtedly the most grand of all. One of the Seven Wonders of the World was the Temple of Artemis, which was located in Ephesus’ ancient city. It is now a relic of a distant past, but the remains at Ephesus are still remarkable.
The settlement was built 9,000 years ago, and is located far from the Aegean coastline. You will find Roman, Christian and Ottoman, Hellenistic, and Greek monuments. There are colonnaded streets, temples as well as a large amphitheater. The Celsus library, with its carved façade, still exists today.
Butterfly Valley, Fethiye
The most rewarding thing about the Lycian Way for walkers is the stunning view above Butterfly Valley. A narrow bay with a narrow, blue-colored beach, the cove rises sheer and scrubby on either side. It fades to turquoise at the shore. The campsite is located on the beach’s toe, which can only be reached by boat. It has a bar and serves beers and grilled fish.
Yoga classes are held under the trees. The valley, which was used for centuries as a trade route, leads to the inland. It is lined with lush greenery, waterfalls, and, in spring, it is home to 100 species of butterflies.
Balat, Istanbul’s old Jewish quarter, is home to colorful pockets. These include brightly painted stairs (like those leading up to Incir Agaci Kahvesi café), street art and parasol-shaded streets.
There are also terraced wooden houses made of sugary pastels or rainbow colors (try Kiremit Caddesi). You can find surprises among the cobbled streets and vintage shops, live music venues, and art galleries in the edgy areas.
Here’s a list of top destinations you should visit while in Turkey. Don’t delay if you have the time and want to plan a true road trip through Turkey. You can travel from Istanbul to Kars and visit the most beautiful hidden places in Turkey, such as Alacati, Cappadocia’s natural pools, Nemrut Dagi Mountain, or Sumela Monastery, Macka.
Turkey offers incredible sights and insights. While you are checking off the top places to see in Turkey, don’t forget to take in the beautiful natural surroundings, taste the delicious local cuisine and soak up the sun at the beaches. Book your Turkey trip now!
FAQs about Turkey
What is Turkey famous for?
European elements, from traditional Turkish tea to the magnificent Hagia Sophia. It is also known for its carpets and hammams and bazaars, as well as destinations like Istanbul, Cappadocia and sweet treats such Turkish delights or baklava.
What is the best month to visit Turkey?
Turkey is known for its diverse mix of oriental and western cultures. The best time to visit Turkey is between April and May, September and October. These months are mild in Turkey, so you can explore the cities and outdoor ruins without having to worry about the heat.