The best places in Turkey for travelers

The Best Places to Visit in Turkey

Turkey is one of my favorite countries on earth: It is home to some incredible nature, long history, unique culture and hands-down one of the best cuisines of this world. If you haven’t visited Turkey yet, you should definitely change that as soon as possible! In this blog post, I will tell you the best places to visit in Turkey for travelers, tourists and basically everybody visiting Turkey.

To have an excellent overview of the best places to visit in Turkey, I’ve asked some of my fellow travel bloggers to tell me their favorite places in Turkey – and put them together in this list. It contains famous Turkish tourist hotspots as well as some more unexplored places in Turkey.

After the list of the best places to see in Turkey, you can find also some additional Information that could be helpful for your trip to Turkey. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me on Instagram.

Updated: May 2019

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Best places to visit in Turkey

Akyaka

The town of Akyaka is a must-visit destination for those visiting Turkey. This idyllic seaside town is situated between the two more popular tourist destinations of Bodrum and Marmaris.

Having joined the ranks of the Cittaslow slow towns in 2011, Akyaka has vowed to ‘slow down’ in order to improve quality of life and to preserve the town’s features. With this in mind, spending 3 days in Akakya is perfect for some relaxation and recuperation.

Akyaka is split into three distinct areas, the beachfront, the riverfront and the upper town. Each area has its own unique features and are all worth a visit. The beachfront is full of shops, cafes, and bars and has the most going on.

To get away from the crowds, head to the eastern end of the beach. From here follow the edge of the river about 2km until you reach West Café and Bistro. This café is situated out over the water and has delicious meals, friendly service, and wonderful views.

Alternatively, the western end of the beach opens into a large green-forested area complete with weaving paths. Spend an afternoon wandering through the forest and marveling at the private beach coves that pop up between trees. During the summer months, there is a campground here perfect for budget travelers.

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Akyaka, Turkey

Ankara

Turkey’s capital, Ankara, might not be on the radar for many travelers planning their trip in Turkey. And it’s a pity, as the town offers lots of exciting places to explore. Here, you’ll find Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman, and Hellenistic architectural sites. The historical part of the town has well preserved white houses of Ottoman reign along with the remains of the Roman period including Roman Baths and Temple of Augustus and Rome.

If you are a museum lover, there are plenty of museums to explore, such as Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ethnography Museum of Ankara, War of Independence Museum, Ulucanlar Prison Museum, and Ankara Air Force Museum, to name a few.

One of the most famous landmarks to visit in Ankara is Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the republic. The tomb is quite big and includes a garden, museum, and a burial area.

The museum is well laid out showcasing Ataturk’s memorabilia starting from his birth certificate to personal library and his Lincoln car of 1935.  Other parts of the museum display all the reforms he did to create the republic and developed country. The place is exciting and even not big museum fans will enjoy a visit here. Plus, there’s no entrance fee!

Another museum that we loved was Rahmi M. Koc Museum showcasing the development of every technology, be it a calculator, airforce machinery, engines of all sorts, or all types of vehicles. It displays the private collection of Rahmi Mustafa Koc, the Turkish businessman. The artifacts and exhibits here are absolutely mind-blowing! You never expect what you’ll see in another room. For instance, you’ll see wooden propeller used in WWI, steam engines of the 19th-20th centuries that still work when pushing the button, and the predecessor of rickshaws, to name a few. There are much more impressive items displayed in this three-floor museum.

Additionally, the city is very green with lots of parks to have a walk and relaxing evening after a long day of exploration. And getting around is quite easy with well laid metro and bus lines. Overall, Ankara is definitely one of the best places to visit in Turkey, especially when visiting other nearby locations.

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Antikabir in Ankara, Turkey

Antikabir in Ankara, Turkey

Aphrodisias

For visitors seeking Unesco sites in Turkey that are truly stunning, a visit to Aphrodisias, which is not as well known as Ephesus, is a great idea and an awesome experience. What visitors will find in this small Hellenistic city about a four-hour drive east of Ephesus is a well preserved ancient site dedicated to the Greek goddess of Aphrodite.

Inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage site in 2017, you’ll find stunning Greek architecture, including the temple of Aphrodite, a very ornate Sebasteion, a large intact stadium, a Bouleuterion or council house, and an elaborate gateway into the city.

Even though there is good signage in English, I would suggest taking a decent tour with a guide that can give insight to the various structures, history, culture and day to day life in this time period and place.

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Aphrodisias, Turkey

The historical site of Aphrodisias

Ballikayalar

If you’re looking to do something a bit more sporty on your tour around Turkey, Ballikayalar (Honey Crag in Turkish) offers baklava-sweet climbing an hour outside of Istanbul.

To go here is to steep in the history of rock climbing in the country as Ballikayalar, or Balli for short, was one of the original crags to be developed. The early pioneers helped mentor many of the country’s leading climbers today, many of whom have gone on to develop climbing in other parts of the country, including Geyikbayiri and Kos.

On-site, you’ll find over 70 sport routes on the two limestone cliffs, one on either side of the stream. The style ranges from pumpy jugfests to technical face climbing, with lines that range from 7 to 35m tall. Climbers at the intermediate level will have the most fun as many of the routes fall within a difficulty rating of VI to IX- in UIAA (6a to 8a). Need a climbing partner? Be sure to stop by one of the three bouldering gyms in Istanbul.

Balli is situated on a nature preserve and also offers beautiful hiking trails. You can pack a lunch, or pick one up in town, and enjoy a quiet rest high on the cliff passes or down by the water, playing with the band of local pups. Before you leave, be sure to have some traditional çay at the park entrance and talk with the family that runs the campground. For a less touristy experience, Ballikayalar is one of the best places in Turkey – and will make for an amazing experience.

| Submission by Aaron Gerry

Ballikayalar, Turkey

Ballikayalar, Turkey

Bodrum

Nestled in the gorgeous west coast of Turkey is the marvelous city of Bodrum. It boasts many great activities that will keep you entertained for a day or longer. It’s worth noting that there are two sides to Bodrum. One is the hectic touristy side that provides you with some great nightlife. The other provides bustling local markets and quaint seaside restaurants, serving up local Turkish delicacies such as kebabs and mezze delights.

My absolute favorite thing to do in Bodrum is to visit the castle. It’s located on a small peninsula and provides stunning views over the city. Just bear in mind, many parts of the castle close during lunchtime. You are still allowed to access the castle but will be unable to visit certain exhibitions.

After a visit to the castle, head to the nearby markets to try your luck at haggling. There are, also, many boat trips you can take from the harbor in Bodrum to explore the area by sea. Make sure you book a small boat to avoid the ‘party boats’, blasting music to the horror of any families on board!

Bodrum is easily visited by public transport. It has an international airport that you can fly straight into. It’s also possible to arrive by ferry from the neighboring Greek islands. Local buses run between Bodrum and neighboring towns and cities, for ease of transport.

When talking about the best places to see in Turkey, Bodrum has to be on the radar.

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Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum, Turkey

Buyukada (The Princes’ Islands)

When the ferry docks in Buyukada, hundreds of Istanbulites swarm out across the town.  There’s a light-hearted holiday atmosphere as the day trippers purchase novelty hats from the stalls surrounding the ferry terminal.  The ice cream parlors fill quickly and stands serving freshly fried Turkish doughnuts are queued down the street.  Once they’ve bought their snacks and souvenirs, the tourists whizz off in horse-drawn carriages on tours of the island or heading for the beaches.

The main road out of town is lined with wooden mansions, many perfectly kept with well-manicured gardens.  Leon Trotsky lived on Buyukada for a while.  His house is still a popular sight but it’s now a roofless brick shell filled with rubble.

With almost no motorized vehicles on the island, the best way to get around Buyukada is by phaeton, traditional horse and carriage or bicycle. Charging off at breakneck speed, with neither suspension nor seatbelts, can be hair-raising but it is great fun. A ride to Luna Park, a couple of kilometers out of town, is a good way to escape the crowds.  From the phaeton stop, it’s a short walk uphill to the top of either of two peaks.  The views across the Sea of Marmara and the rest of the Princes’ Islands are worth the effort.

To reach Buyukada, you can take ferries from many of the ports in Istanbul, for example in Eminonu or Besiktas. There are two types of ferries, one taking almost 2 hours (cheaper), one being a bit faster. The ride costs less than 15 Turkish Liras.

| Submission by Maddy and Chris, Adventure O’Clock

The prince's islands in Turkey (picture)

Buyukada, Princes’ Islands

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is probably one of the most famous and best places in Turkey – especially if you are traveling across the country. Cappadocia is full of interesting history, is home to crazy caves and underground cities – and you can explore incredible landscapes wherever you go.

One of the best things in Cappadocia is to just hike across one of the many valleys, and dig into the beautiful and sometimes otherworldly landscapes across the region.

If that is not enough, every morning dozens of balloons fly over Cappadocia, which does not only look super beautiful but is also one of the bucket list activities number one for many. Unfortunately, I was not able to do it on my own due as my flight got canceled due to bad weather – but just seeing the hot-air-balloons floating over the horizon of Cappadocia was an incredible experience. To enjoy the best sunrise views in Cappadocia, I can recommend staying in the Koza Cave Hotel, which has a terrace with the highest location in the city!

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Sunrise in Cappadocia

Magic sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey

Dogubayezit

Dogubayezit in the far eastern corner of Turkey may be remote and few people make it this far in the country. However, Dogubayezit is a great place to visit in Turkey, especially if you love mountains and off the beaten path destinations. There are plenty of reasons to make a rewarding journey to Dogubayezit.

Dogubayezit is a welcoming town with a lively bazaar where you can easily spend an afternoon drinking tea with friendly and curious locals. The highlight of the town is the beautiful abandoned Ishak Pasa Palace, high up the hill overlooking the city. Its a glimpse into the grandeur of the Ottoman empire, but it’s the location that is most impressive.

From the Ishak Pasa Palace, you can see the real reason to visit Dogubayezit. The mountains surrounding the city are stunning and offer plenty of hiking opportunities. From gentle beginner hikes to challenging trails. The city is at the foot of famous Mount Ararat. On a clear sunny day, the snow-capped peak is visible from the city.

Don’t think Dogubayezit is too far. Getting there is part of its appeal. The daily Dogu express brings you in 24 hours to Kars from where it is a short bus ride to Dogubayezit. This train is not only the longest in Turkey, but it is also one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. While crossing the Anatolian highlands you get to see some of Turkey’s most beautiful landscapes that are otherwise hard to get to. Dogubayezit is for sure one of the most unexplored places in Turkey – which makes it even more interesting.

| Submission by Ellis, Backpack Adventures

Dogubayezit, Turkey

Dogubayezit, Turkey

Ephesus

One of the greatest cities in history: Ephesus was founded on the coast of Turkey in around 3000 B.C.  It was located on the Royal Route of trade to the east and was reputed to have been founded by the Amazons.

Archaeologists have been excavating Ephesus for the last 140 years which began when they started to search for the Temple of Artemis. The Ephesus site spreads over approximately 12 kilometers, only a 10th of which has currently been excavated.

The Roman influence at Ephesus is the strongest, with Roman baths, public toilets, and a full sewer system. The outstanding Library of Celsus, a Basilica and Odeon, and a Grand Theatre that seated up to 25,000 citizens. The white marble road that runs through Ephesus is one of the wonders of the site. It has been pieced back together over the past 100 years and stands as a stunning reminder of the glory of Ephesus. It is this road that was walked on by Antony and Cleopatra.

The white marble road leads to Hadrian’s Gate and connects the Library of Celsus to the Theatre. It is on this road that you will find the oldest advertisement in the world. There is a distinct imprint of a foot that leads the way to a house which was apparently a brothel. On the slab, there is a cross, a woman, a library, a heart, and a hole. Interpretations have varied over the years but the message is the same.

Ephesus is a place where you can dig into in ancient history, walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra and wonder at the grandeur of these Roman ruins. Overall, Ephesus is one of the best places to see in Turkey.

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White Marble Road, Ephesus

White Marble Road in Ephesus, Turkey

Fethiye

With magically secluded beaches, enchanting natural treasures, and one of the best places to go paragliding in the world, Fethiye is a magical place to visit in Turkey. Situated on the country’s southwestern coast, the area of Fethiye is both a district and a town, and there is plenty to do and see.

The most popular place in this area is Ölüdeniz, which was made famous in James Bond’s Skyfall. While we didn’t love the town itself, which seemed to be exuding “spring break resort” vibes, it is a fantastic place to try paragliding for the first time (or for the hundredth time!). Your jaw will drop as you soar over forested bays that jut out into water so blue you won’t believe your eyes. If you decide to spend a bit more time in this town after landing safely on solid ground, spend the afternoon at one of the nearby beaches. The Blue Lagoon beach is worth a visit if you are seeking tepid turquoise waters and don’t mind a bit of a crowd.

If you want to go somewhere truly magical, plan to do a day trip to Butterfly Valley. From Ölüdeniz, it’s just a 20-minute boat ride to this enchanting valley. Walk along tranquil paths to hidden waterfalls and relax by the beach in a hammock. You can even spend the night there in basic accommodation or your own tent.

Neither the beaches in Ölüdeniz or Butterfly Valley compare to one that is just a bit further south. We took the advice of a Turkish friend and booked a night in the tiny village (if you can call it that) of Farayla, where we slept in a teepee perched high on a cliff with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. From here, it is just a 20-minute hike down the cliff to Kabak Beach, a hidden gem that few visitors to this region see. Spend the day soaking up the sun, eating at one of the few restaurants in the little valley, and enjoying wine from the only market near the beach.

| Submission by Katie, Two Wandering Soles

Paragliding in Fethiye, Turkey

Paragliding in Fethiye, Turkey

Fethiye, Turkey

Fethiye, Turkey

Gallipoli

Gallipoli in Turkey is a place that many Australian and New Zealanders visit. The ANZAC forces in WWI (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) were allied with Britain and fighting at Gallipoli against soldiers of the Ottoman Empire. The Republic of Turkey didn’t come into being until after the war, at the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.

Britain and her allies refer to the fighting as the Battle of Gallipoli or Dardanelles Campaign, while to Turks call it the Çanakkale War. Popular Gallipoli sites for Australians are Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery plus the New Zealand and Turkish memorials at Chanuk Bair.

You don’t need to be a military geek to enjoy Gallipoli – it is a great place for everyone to visit. The views vary from parched grassland to green forests and the roads are excellent. I found it nostalgic and a little sad, but not gruesome at all. It is historically interesting and inclusive with memorials for all the nations involved.

Although Turkish soldiers won the Battle of Gallipoli, they did sustain a great loss of life and Turkish people also visit the peninsula in great numbers.

You can drive or catch a bus from Istanbul along the north shore of the Sea of Marmara to Eceabat on the peninsula. If taking the longer route along the southern shore, you will arrive first at the vibrant university town of Canakkale before boarding the car ferry across the Dardanelles to Eceabat on the peninsula. Gallipoli is a lesser visited tourist spot in Turkey, yet, it is very interesting to visit.

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Lone Pine in Gallipoli

Gallipoli, Turkey

Ilhara Valley

If you’re planning a trip to the Cappadocia region be sure not to miss the Ilhara Valley. This lush green valley about an hour and a half from Göreme is often overlooked by tourists who prefer to stick closer to their hotels in Cappadocia, where hikes in the Love Valley and Pigeon Valley are some of the most popular choices.

But the Ilhara Valley offers an offbeat excursion into a different side of Turkey’s beautiful nature, alongside the beautiful Melendiz River which snakes its way through a gorge. There are several hikes along the Ilhara Valley you can do, ranging in length from 5 kilometers all the way up to 14 kilometers. You can make stops along the way at cute riverside tea shops, or explore Belisirma village or Selime Monastery at the end of Ilhara Valley.

You can do a short 5-kilometer walk as part of a Green Tour circuit from Cappadocia, or if you’re renting a car, you can do this independently and take however long you like, even making a whole day of it. If you want to get away from the tourist crowd while in Cappadocia, Ilhara Valley is a fantastic lesser visited place in Turkey.

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Ilhara Valley Cappadocia

Ilhara Valley, Turkey

Istanbul

There are only a few other cities in Turkey that can rival Istanbul for its beauty, history, and significance. Istanbul is located at a crossroads – the city is literally built on two continents: Europe and Asia.

Istanbul’s history goes back thousands of years, and it is displayed throughout the city by its majestic architecture and landmarks. It has been the center of several empires, including the mighty Byzantine and the Ottoman empires.

Today’s Istanbul offers a unique culture, traditions, as a bustling, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan capital. Two landmarks you shouldn’t miss in central Istanbul are the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque – they are next to one another. Hagia Sophia was once a majestic cathedral that was converted into a mosque and then a museum. It is one of Istanbul’s top landmarks.

The other, the Blue Mosque, is also a unique experience. It is still an active place of worship, and visitors must adhere to several rules to enter the mosque. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in Istanbul.

Head to the Sultan Ahmed Square, a popular public square whose origin can be traced back to the year 324. It was built by one of Istanbul’s most famous residents, Emperor Constantine, as a horse racing track. Although it no longer serves as one, you’ll notice that shape and landmarks are still standing to this very date.

And to experience the great local culture, head out to the Grand Bazaar to try some of the famous Turkish coffee. Here, you can find a bustling market and stalls that have been the Istanbul highlights for hundreds of years. Istanbul might be an obvious choice when traveling to Turkey, but it is, without a doubt, one of the best places to see in Turkey.

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One of the best places to visit in Turkey: Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Konya

Konya’s attractions might not have the same obvious magnetism of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys or the ruins of Ephesus, but it’s a city wholly deserving of your time. The main attractions center around the great Persian mystic and poet, Celaleddin-i Rumi, who founded the Sufi Mevlevi Order there in the 13th Century.

The Mevlevi Order is best known for the sema religious ceremony, which involves white-robed practitioners spinning in a mystical trance-like meditation. You probably know this better as a whirling dervish ceremony. And while it’s easier to see one in Istanbul, that’s exactly what it is – a performance enacted by dancers. If you’re looking for authenticity, head to the city of Konya.

Start by exploring the Mevlana Museum and the mausoleum of Rumi to get a better understanding of Sufism. Originally the tekke (a Sufi mosque without minarets) of the whirling dervishes, it’s now dedicated to the life and teachings of Rumi. You can wander through its many rooms examining the extensive collection of Mevlevi artifacts, before ending your visit at Rumi’s final resting place. There, you can stand under a majestic green dome and admire the masterly Seljuk carvings that cover his wooden sarcophagus.

Be sure to time your visit to Konya for a Saturday night, so you can see a truly authentic whirling dervish ceremony performed by members of the Mevlevi Order. This was undoubtedly the highlight of my 3 week trip to Turkey. You’ll find it at the Mevlana Cultural Centre, 1 kilometer away from the Mevlana Museum. The sema starts at 7 PM. No reservations are required and it’s free to attend.

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Konya Sema Ceremony

Konya Sema Ceremony

Lycian Way

One of the best places to visit in Turkey is the Southern coast.  And the best way to do see the length of it is to hike at least part of the 500km Lycian Way.  The Lycian Way is a network of trails that winds along the coast and through the lands of the ancient Lycian people.

These people lived in Turkey and had an established democratic system; they were quite wealthy due to easy access to trade routes.  Eventually, Lycia was absorbed by the Roman Empire and Alexander the Great.

The trail begins in Fethiye and ends in Antalya, but it’s quite easy to arrange hiking smaller sections if you don’t feel up to biting off the whole thing.  If you don’t want to carry a tent you can arrange to stay in Turkish Pansiyons each night, allowing you to experience a bit more of Turkish culture.

The hike offers stunning views of the coasts, heads up small mountains, and passes through small Turkish villages where you can often get a delicious meal.  You will also pass through several ruins along the way, such as the stunning tombs in Myra and the ancient city of Patara.

If Turkey is in your travels and you enjoy the great outdoors or history, hiking a part of the Lycian Way is something you should consider!

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Hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey

On the Lycian Way, you are able to see many fantastic views

Mount Nemrut

If you want to head a little off the beaten track in Turkey, Mount Nemrut is definitely a place to put on your Turkey itinerary. I ended up there as part of a backpacking group tour, otherwise, I am not sure I would have known about it.

The mountain itself is a tomb-sanctuary which once had some 8 or 9 huge seats statues looking towards the sunset. They are 9-10 meters high (30 ft) and include various animals (lions, eagles) as well as ancient gods. At some point in the past, they were defaced and broken, so the heads are scattered about the mountain top and make for a chaotic yet somehow intriguing scene.

One of the best times to come here is actually at sunset. However, given that it is over an hour and a half away from the closest city, Adıyaman, that is quite a challenge. We actually stayed at a small lodge about a 20 minute below the peak. We hiked up for the stunning sunset and colors on the heads and then walked back in the dark. With a flashlight of course!

If you can manage to arrange this particular sunset option – I recommend it, but a day trip here is always worth it if you like archeological sites and great views! Mount Nemrut is for sure one of the best places to visit in Turkey.

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Mount Nemrut God Head, Turkey

Mount Nemrut, Turkey

Pamukkale

Pamukkale has to be one of the coolest places to visit in Turkey, not only is it beautiful, but it also has a historical point of view that goes all the way back to Cleopatra.

It has been a hot spot for ages, and many rulers and royals have come here to enjoy the healing powers of the thermal water. 

The meaning of the name in Turkish is “Cotton castle” and that’s what it looks like from a distance. It’s a well known thermal area that is famous for its white limestone and calcium-rich hot springs. 

The area is home to 17 different springs with hot water that have various temperatures ranging from 35 degrees all the way up to 100 degrees Celsius. You can come here in May or September if you want to experience Pamukkale without the crowds. It will then also be more pleasant outside as temperatures in Turkey easily can reach 40 degrees during summer. 

It also tends to get very crowded in July and August since many have their vacation during this period. 

As mentioned already, celebrities from various eras have come here as early as the antiquity until modern days. UNESCO even declared Pamukkale as a World Heritage Site. 

Nearby, visitors can also admire the ruins of Hierapolis as well, which is fantastic and shouldn’t be missed if you’re a history buff. You can get to Pamukkale quite easily on a guided tour or buses from all over the country. 

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Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

Safranbolu

If you love narrow rustic cobbled streets lined with little shops selling spices, soaps, and treats, Safranbolu is for you.

A lovely little town that, despite might not draw the crowds like Istanbul, a good 2-3 days here in this quaint little town relaxing and doing some window shopping might be what you need to get the best of Turkey.

The streets here are paved with stones, and you can peer into any little shop and get random things like soaps, Turkish delights, trinkets, olive and rose oil, and the main specialty – Safran. This is a highly valued and prized item for its health, beauty benefits, and you can find all kinds of things made with it, from teas to scented candles to Turkish delight toppings.

When you get a bit tired browsing and need a break, drop by any little cafe hidden in the little nooks and crannies in this town and get a cup of authentic Turkish coffee brewed right in front of you. Some of these alfresco shops have incredible ambiance with potted flowers, Turkish lamps, and intricate pattern artwork.

Upon sunset, the place comes alive at night with a few small local bars and restaurants. Don’t miss out checking out some of their local live band bars where you get to hear traditional and fusion Turkish music and mingle with the locals and younger Turkish crowds. Safranbolu is definitely a great place to visit in Turkey.

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Safranbolu, Turkey

Safranbolu, Turkey

Salda Lake

When it comes to hidden gems in Turkey, Salda Lake is one of my personal favorites. While it is a famous attraction for Turkish people, it is still not very famous for foreign visitors.

Salda Lake is a mid-size crater lake and often referred to as the “Turkish Maldives”, due to its beautiful water. And the water of Lake Salda is truly beautiful and makes for an awesome dip into the water during the Summer months.

I visited Salda Lake during early spring and the water was too cold to think about swimming there, yet, it was still a great experience and I’d say that Salda Lake is one of the places you should see when visiting Turkey – especially if you visit one of closer attractions like Pamukkale.

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A great place to see in Turkey: Salda Lake

Salda Lake, Turkey

Troy

The ancient city of Troy, famous for being the basis of Homer’s Illiad holds a unique position in history and literature. Most likely most people know the name of Troy because of the story of the huge wooden horse, taken inside the ancient city, filled with enemy soldiers, who then descended from the horse and opened to gates to their colleagues.

The ruins are found now in the current day city of Hissarlick, Turkey and you’ll find a replica of the wooden horse there from a recent movie.

There’s a whole lot more history here than the story of the wooden horse – and the ruins are extensive – as the city was rebuilt 10 times over the centuries before finally being abandoned.  Many of the historic remnants are to be found in foreign museums, spirited away by explorers and archaeologists over the years.

This is a unique site, worthy of a visit to understand a little more about the history of the area and it’s well worth reading some of Homer’s literature while you’re in the area too.

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Ancient Troy, Turkey

Ancient Troy, Turkey

Tips for visiting Turkey

As promised in the beginning, I also want to share some general tips with you – that might be helpful for your own trip to Turkey.

How to get to Turkey

Getting to Turkey is super easy, especially by plane. Turkey is home to many airports in almost every region of the country. The easiest way is to fly into Istanbul (where you have one airport on the European & Asian side of the city) and from there take your further connections. I personally book my flights via Skyscanner to find the best deals.

Another option would be by car/train/buses – which is also easily possible, especially if you are coming from Europe.

Getting around in Turkey

Once you are in Turkey it is super easy to get around! Like said earlier, you can take flights to almost every touristic place in Turkey – from both airports. Another option would be to use the extensive bus network, hiring a car (the highways in Turkey are super modern) or even taking a train ride across the country.

Best time to visit Turkey

Generally, you can visit Turkey the whole year – however, my favorite time to visit Turkey is in spring (April-May) and Autumn (September-October), as temperatures are usually pleasant and there are way fewer tourists than during summer. Note that Turkey is a big country and some places have a completely different climate than others. For example, it might be a great idea to visit Cappadocia during early spring, while it is a much better experience to visit one of the many beaches with warmer weather.

General Turkey Travel Tips

  • Get some Turkish Lira! While you can pay with Euros or even US Dollars in some places, the rates are usually much worse.
  • Learn some basic Turkish words like “Tesekkürler”(Thanks) or “Günaydin” (Good Morning) – Turkish people love it when foreigner know some Turkish words.
  • If you want to find some hidden gems, just try to ask a local. Most Turkish people are super proud of their country and love to tell you great spots. But careful: They might also want to invite you for a coffee or tea! ;D
  • Take it easy: Having a rest and drinking Turkish tea (cay) is super relaxing, especially in the cities.

I hope you liked this post about the best places to visit in Turkey and could get some inspiration for your travels in this awesome country. If you have any questions or would like to tell me your own favorite place, please leave a comment down below. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.


 

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Hello guys! I am Michael, a freelance photographer and travel blogger from Switzerland. My goal is to inspire travelers all around the globe with my posts and images.