Turkey is full of bustling cities, fantastic markets, and turquoise seaside escapes. As a country spanning across both Europe and Asia, there are so many great places to see. Here is a list of the most attractive destinations in Turkey you must explore. Now, let’s start with us!
Attractive Destinations in Turkey
Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today is the largest city in Turkey and one of the largest in the world. Istanbul stretches across both sides of the Bosphorus, a narrow strait that connects Asia and Europe, making it the only city in the world spanning two continents. Impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife, and exotic atmosphere all make Istanbul one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
The Old City is where most of the city’s impressive historic sites are found, which include the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Another important district is New City, known for its modern-day attractions, skyscrapers, and shopping malls. Beyoglu and Galata are popular zones for nightlife and entertainment, while the Bosphorus area is home to beautiful palaces, waterfront mansions, and urban parks.
There is no shortage of exciting things to see and do in Istanbul.
Situated in Central Anatolia of Turkey, Cappadocia is best known for its fairytale landscape of unusual formations resembling chimneys, cones, mushrooms, and pinnacles. Natural processes such as ancient volcanic eruptions and erosion have all sculpted these odd formations over the ages, with some of them rising as much as 130 feet (40 meters) high. However, thousands of years ago, mankind added remarkable touches to the landscape by carving out houses, churches, and underground cities from the soft rock.
While much of Cappadocia is located in the province of Nevsehir, some of the main towns in the region are Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, Ortahisar, and Mustafapasa. Many of these towns offer hotels, restaurants, nightlife options, and attractions such as museums, rock castles, fairy chimneys, underground tunnels, old Greek villages, monasteries, and handicraft markets. Some of the caves in the region are actually hotels and cater to tourists.
Not to be missed, the mighty ruin of Ephesus is a city of colossal monuments and marble-columned roads. One of the most complete, still-standing Roman cities in the Mediterranean region, this is the place to experience what life must have been like during the golden age of the Roman Empire.
A sightseeing trip here will take at least half a day to cover the major highlights and longer, if you really want to explore, so make sure you plan your visit so you don’t feel rushed.
Bodrum is a bustling town found in the coastal Aegean region of Turkey. Meander through the laneways, admire the street art, plants and blue framed windows. Enjoy the shopping in the Bodrum Bazaar and relax with a Turkish tea. Take in history at the Bodrum castle and look out upon the blue waters.
Climb uphill to find the restored ruins of 7 wooden windmills. Be sure to admire the accompanying panoramic view overs Bodrum. Once you have worked up a sweat, take a dip in the crystal clear coastline. Well known for the annual sailing competition, the Bodrum Cup, enjoy the expertise on a sailing trip! Anchor on quiet islands to swim, snorkel, or even kayak around.
Spend the summer cooling off on the beachfront and the winter skiing in the mountains above! In this unique city, you can visit waterfalls, ancient ruins, and find markets scattered throughout the winding streets.
Enjoy a stunning coastal walk from Antalya port to the Konyaalti beach. Here, soak up the Turkish rays at one of the dedicated beach clubs. Take a boat trip to discover waterfalls or enjoy a cable car ride to the peak of the mountain and admire the views.
Pamukkale is the natural ‘Cotton Castle’ where Mineral-rich waters drip down the white mountainside to create stunning blue-filled terraces. Legend has it these thermal pools have healing powers, so why not test it with a quick dip? Be sure to remove your shoes when visiting the area to avoid unnecessary erosion of the historical site.
Climb up the hill to explore the Hierapolis. It is arguably one of the best-preserved and most impressive amphitheaters in Turkey and often free of other tourists!
In conclusion, these are the most attractive destinations in Turkey to explore. Hopefully, you will have a great time in this beautiful country.