Turkey has a long history and a landscape that includes beaches and high mountains have been the gateway between Europe and Asia for thousands of years. As a place of commerce and cultural exchange, Turkey has become a diverse country. The place where the East and West meet, the rich culture and the extensive influence have left their mark and are shown in the delicious gourmet landscape of the country and countless religious sites and archaeological sites.
Once the capital of the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul has a prominent position in most travel plans, but there are more destinations. Here you can stay in a boutique hotel in a cave, float on a tropical balloon in the extraordinary landscape of Cappadocia, stay in the Greek-Roman world of Ephesus, or bathe in a luxurious beach resort along the Aegean coast. We have created a list of some of the Best Places To Visit In Turkey, take a look on it:
Turkey’s capital Ankara, is a large and modern city, home to government buildings, commercial companies, universities and foreign embassies. Located in the heart of the country and the Anatolia region, Ankara is an important transport hub that connects passengers with other important destinations in Turkey. The city itself has a vibrant artistic and cultural landscape and a large number of museums, including the Museum of Anatolian Civilization.
The former capital of the Ottoman Empire and the Byzantine Empire, Istanbul is today the largest city in Turkey and one of the largest cities in the world. Istanbul extends on both sides of the strait that connects Asia and Europe, making it the only city in the world that spans two continents. Stunning architecture, historical sites, restaurants, shops, nightlife and exotic atmosphere make Istanbul one of the best tourist attractions in Turkey. The old townhouses most of the city’s impressive historical sites, such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
Mardin is located on a strategic hill overlooking the plains of Mesopotamia, in southeastern Turkey, the capital of the Mardin province. Mardin is one of the oldest settlements in the region and is known for its cultural diversity and the sandstone architecture of the ancient city along the slopes. You can easily access the old town of Mardin on foot. The winding labyrinths of the streets lead visitors as well as terraced houses and popular attractions such as the Deyrü’z-Zafaran Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, and the medieval Sultan Isa Medresesi monument, once used as an astronomical observatory.
Located in the centre of Anatolia, Cappadocia is known for its fairytale landscapes, which resemble chimneys, cones and peaks. Natural processes such as ancient volcanic eruptions and erosion have formed these peculiar forms in these ancient stories. Thousands of years ago, humans added an incredible side to the landscape by carving houses, churches and underground cities from soft rocks. The Hittites were the first to excavate a complex of underground tunnels, seeking to invade the Persians and the Greeks. Much later, Christians sought refuge in the tunnels and caves of Cappadocia. Today, some of the caves in the area are hotels that cater to tourists.
Konya is one of the oldest cities in the world and is known for its remarkable Seljuk architecture and the rotation of Islam, a large city in the centre of Anatolia, Turkey. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, Konya became the capital under the rule of the Seljuk dynasty. Today, you can still see buildings from that era, such as the Aladdin Mosque and the ruins of Seljuk Palace. Konya is also the home of the Persian theologian and Rumi suffered the mystery. His mausoleum is a must-see attraction in Konya. Rumi’s followers created the Mevlevi Medal, known as the rotating dervishes for their religious ceremonies, who wore white robes with wheels to rotate on their left feet.
Ephesus is the most complete classical metropolis in Europe, located in the Aegean Sea of Turkey, an ancient site. In the 1st century BC, Ephesus was one of the largest cities of the Roman Empire, with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. The site of Ephesus is well preserved and is located within a large archaeological site, which makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Turkey. Its attractions include the huge theatre, the Hadrian’s Temple and the magnificent Celsus Library, a two-story building with capacity for more than 12,000 reels.
Located on the beautiful Turkish Riviera on the Mediterranean coast, Antalya is a vibrant and large city that welcomes visitors and has many resorts, hotels, bars and restaurants. The spectacular views make up the beautiful beaches and lush green mountains of the city, dotted with ancient relics from swimming and sailing to hiking, tourism and family entertainment, and Antalya offers something for everyone. Stroll through the old town of Kaleiçi, overlooking the ancient history of the city, with ancient walls, Roman doors, labyrinthine streets and historic buildings, including the clock tower.
Located in the Aegean region in southern Turkey, Bodrum was once the tomb of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today, its charming ruins, its stunning beaches and its cliff resorts attract people from all over the world. If you do not visit St. Peter’s Castle (also known as Bodrum Castle), then visiting Bodrum is not complete. It was built by Hospital Knights 1402 and now functions as a museum. On the east side of Bodrum, visitors will find a beautiful beach overlooking the blue waters. There are many cafes, bars and discos near the beach. On the west side of the city are the marina, shopping centres and restaurants.
Marmaris is one of the most popular spas in Turkey, with pine-covered mountains, white sand beaches, turquoise waters and historic buildings. Located on the Turkish Riviera in southwestern Turkey, this stunning cruise port is a tourist paradise with unique opportunities for tourism, water sports, adventure, wonderful restaurants and a lively nightlife. A variety of boat trips allows visitors to explore the picturesque bays and surrounding villages. If this is not enough, then there are several days of travel from Marmaris to Lean, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cleopatra.
Today it is an important part of the former Panfilia, occupied by Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC. It is a picturesque city with classical ruins and a modern complex overlooking the white sand beaches. Located on a small peninsula, the Side offers excellent sightseeing, restaurants and nightlife. Its main attractions are the ruins of the ancient Greek and Roman, including the huge amphitheatre and the remains of several temples. The charming city of Side has narrow streets and lovely gardens and offers many restaurants, including delicatessen and pizzerias, as well as exclusive restaurants with a variety of cuisines.