Turkey’s 25 most beautiful places to visit

Turkey’s 25 most beautiful places to visit

Turkey has always been a country of confluence of all cultures . In fact, Turkish territory has been known since ancient times as Asia Minor, an area cherished by the Greeks and Romans and then placed on the right path of the Silk Road. This rich and complex history, as well as the dominant role it played in building European civilization, make this cultural center a privileged place for those who want to travel. So we have chosen the most beautiful places to visit in Turkey.

1. Çoruh, Erzurum.

This beautiful river in the northeast of the country has one of the most powerful currents in the world. The wild and remote location allows the more adventurous people coming to Turkey to go rafting or kayaking.

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1. Çoruh, Erzurum.

2. Ephesus, Smyrna

In ancient Ephesus are the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You can also discover the impressive Celsus Library and other breathtaking sights!

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2. Ephesus, Smyrna

3. Nallihan Bird Paradise, Ankara

If you’re looking for things to do in Turkey, you can stop at this protected nature reserve with its colorful hills that are home to hundreds of bird species! Located right on the Silk Road, this area is definitely a must-see for tourists in this country.

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3. Nallihan Bird Paradise, Ankara

4. Göreme National Park, Nevşehir

Right in the center of Cappadocia, the Göreme Valley offers many traces of Byzantine civilization as well as impressive troglodyte villages and numerous museums for anyone who wants to improve while visiting Turkey.

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4. Göreme National Park, Nevşehir

5. Muradiye Falls, Van

The famous Muradiye Falls are an impressive natural attraction located less than 100 kilometers away from Van. To get to this fabulous place, you will have to cross a suspension bridge; prone to vertigo, please refrain!

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5. Muradiye Falls, Van

6. Enice Forests, Çanakkale

Yenice Forests is an ideal place to enjoy the joys of camping; in addition, this protected area offers all nature lovers looking for something to do in Turkey exceptional biodiversity.

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6. Enice Forests, Çanakkale

7. Oludeniz Beach, Mugla

The famous Oludeniz beach is like drowning in a lagoon with crystal clear water, dotted with mountains and islets. Although it is not free, but with a little effort you can get to many coves.

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7. Oludeniz Beach, Mugla

8. Kure National Park, Kastamonu

The Kure Mountains, located in the heart of the national park of the same name, south of the Black Sea, are popular with tourists from all over the world: many trails allow you to visit Turkey in complete tranquility.

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8. Kure National Park, Kastamonu

9. The Ancient City of Hierapolis, Phrygia

The ancient spa town of Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason: it testifies to a Greek and Roman presence that goes back more than 2000 years. We advise you not to miss the ruins of its famous theater.

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9. The Ancient City of Hierapolis, Phrygia

10. The Cotton Fortress of Pamukkale, Denizli

Located a stone’s throw from the ruins of Hierapolis, this place is quite extraordinary if you want to know what to do in Turkey: the hill is covered with pristine white limestone derived from the region’s hot springs, which gives this totally unusual place an almost unreal look.

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10. The Cotton Fortress of Pamukkale, Denizli

11. Nemrut Dagi National Park, Adıyaman

In this protected area you can climb Nemrut Mountain and its 2100 meters high, and discover the heads of the statues of the burial shrine dedicated to the Persian and Greek gods: famous all over the country, it would be a shame not to visit it if you come to Turkey!

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11. Nemrut Dagi National Park, Adıyaman

12. The fabulous chimneys of Cappadocia, Nevşehir

The rocky columns formed by the erosion of Cappadocia, also called “hooded maidens,” are one of the main tourist attractions in the colorful landscape. Here you can see strange troglodyte dwellings built into the rocks!

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12. The fabulous chimneys of Cappadocia, Nevşehir

13. Aspendos Theater, Pamphylia

Head to the Aspendos Theater, one of the most beautiful Roman theaters in the world. This monument, almost 1900 years old, has an amazing feature: it is in excellent condition and gives a unique moment to those lucky enough to discover it.

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13. Aspendos Theater, Pamphylia

14. Ishak Pasha’s Palace, Agri

In the heart of the desert, over 2,000 meters above sea level, the palace of Ishak Pasha seems to tower over the visitor from the top of the cliff on which it was built in the 17th century! Its striking architecture will impress you as much as the splendor of the surrounding scenery.

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14. Ishak Pasha’s Palace, Agri

15. Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey’s capital and gigantic metropolis, is divided in two by the Bosphorus: the border between two seas and two continents. If you come to Turkey and find yourself in Istanbul, you’re likely to head for the shores of this mythical strait.

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15. Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul

16. Ruins of Troy, Çanakkale

Troy, the mythical city of antiquity, is located in Hissarlik and is a must visit if you are looking for things to do in Turkey. The ruins can be visited, and if you turn on your imagination, you can imagine what life must have been like in this majestic and timeless UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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16. Ruins of Troy, Çanakkale

17. Patara Beach, Antalya

This is actually one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey: Patara beach is almost twenty kilometers long and borders a famous archaeological site, which is freely accessible and whose ruins are still being explored. There are no hotels nearby, this place is a bubble of nature on the Turkish Riviera.

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17. Patara Beach, Antalya

18. Hattusa Ruins, Çorum

Hattusa is the ancient capital of the Hittite Empire: today it is a beautifully preserved archaeological complex, and tourists from all over the world come to discover its majestic gates that seem to lead to other times. A must when visiting Turkey!

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18. Hattusa Ruins, Çorum

19. Uchisar Village, Nevşehir

Uchisar Village is located a few kilometers from Joreme; a giant rock rises above it and its special feature is that it is dug into the rock: tunnels that allow the different houses to communicate with each other as in a building, making it one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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19. Uchisar Village, Nevşehir

20. Divrigi Doors, Sivas

What to do when visiting Turkey in Anatolia? Divrigi is a town of 15,000 people located at an altitude of 1,200 meters, famous for its hospital and the Great Mosque of the 13th century, built by a wealthy emir and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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20. Divrigi Doors, Sivas

21. Lake Van, Bitlis/Van

Lake Van, located in the center of the province of the same name, is the largest lake in Turkey: it is located at an altitude of over 1700 meters above sea level in the eastern part of the country, near the border with Iran. Numerous hiking trails offer hikers an unforgettable experience in this beautiful area of Turkey.

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21. Lake Van, Bitlis/Van

22. Datca Peninsula, Mugla

The Datca Peninsula is a wilderness a thousand miles from what you might imagine in Turkey: it’s full of sights, there are Roman ruins, beaches preserved from mass tourism, and luxurious centuries-old villages and traditional hammams scattered along the turquoise coast.

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22. Datca Peninsula, Mugla

23. Mount Ararat, Agri

Mount Ararat is a bit like Mount Everest in Asia Minor: Turkey’s highest peak at 5,165 meters offers visitors plenty of sights and typical mountain activities to make you feel like you’re in the Alps! This perpetually snow-covered volcano rises in the Armenian Highlands and will attract trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts, but a permit from the authorities is required to reach the summit.

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23. Mount Ararat, Agri

24. Kekova Island, Antalya

This small uninhabited island is located near the village of Simena. There are beautiful beaches here, as well as the remains of the ancient city of Apollonia, which was destroyed by an earthquake over 1800 years ago and is now underwater. Scuba diving is strictly forbidden in this protected area to avoid looting of this unique place, but it will be very nice to warm up on the sand and go around the island by boat or even by kayak.

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24. Kekova Island, Antalya

25. Düden Waterfalls, Antalya

This place is quite unique because the Düden Falls, popular with locals and known all over Turkey, flow down from a cliff into the Mediterranean Sea.

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25. Düden Waterfalls, Antalya

Numerous restaurants surround this very touristy area and you can enjoy your meal while enjoying the sound of the waterfall.

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