50 Must-See Places in Turkey

Each one more beautiful than the other...

Planning a trip to Turkey? Here is a list of the 50 spots you won’t regret seeing in Turkey.

Nemrut – The site of giant statues

There are gigantic statues of up to 7 meters in the national park, which hosts the ancient city of the Kingdom of Kommagene, in the Kahta district of Adıyaman. These include statues of lions and eagles. The region is ideal for those with an interest in history.

Mount Nemrut, Adıyaman, Turkey
Mount Nemrut, Adıyaman, Turkey

A small town nested within nature

Amasra, which is one of the cute small towns of the Black Sea region, is an ideal location for those seeking a peaceful holiday. As well as its natural charms, you can also take a historical tour to its castle, museum and Cenova chateau.

Amasra, Bartın, Turkey
Amasra, Bartın, Turkey

The river charms of Amasya

There may be things which surprise you in a city in central Anatolia. The Ottoman style houses of Amasya, lined up side by side on the shores of Yeşilırmak running through the center of the city, are a good reason to see this city.

Houses in Amasya, Turkey
Houses in Amasya, Turkey

See history and mystery at the same time

You can spend both a natural and a mystical holiday at Olympos, with its historical structures which remain from the Lykian, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. You can see the flame which has been alight for 3 thousand years, and take a swim in the sea off one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world.

Olympos, Antalya, Turkey
Olympos, Antalya, Turkey

Together with the fish and the birds

Ulubat Lake, which is 34 km from Bursa, offers nutrition and sheltering facilities to hundreds of thousands of aquatic birds due to its very nature. The lake also has a wealthy habitat for the fish with 21 different varieties.

Ulubat Lake, Bursa, Turkey
Ulubat Lake, Bursa, Turkey

Şirince: a Greek village in the Aegean

Şirince – a historic Greek village, surrounded by vineyards and peach and olive groves, 8 km to the east of the district of Selçuk – which is famous for the ruins of Ephesus – in Izmir. The houses of Şirince also reflect 19th century Anatolian architecture.

Şirince, İzmir, Turkey

Şirince, İzmir, Turkey

Places that allow Istanbul to breathe

If you live in Istanbul, you will want to escape to nearby places. Here you have the historical Polonezköy. Ağva, a beautiful location situated between two streams, and Anadolu Feneri, which is on the point of entry to the Black Sea, on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus.

Ağva, İstanbul, Turkey
Ağva, İstanbul, Turkey

The Ottoman village Cumalıkızık

Cumalıkızık, which is 2 km. from Bursa, is one of the villages commissioned by Orhangazi before entering Bursa. Waters streaming down narrow roads will meet you if you go to the village, which is comprised of the most beautiful examples of Ottoman architecture.

Cumalıkızık Village, Bursa, Turkey
Cumalıkızık Village, Bursa, Turkey

Both the hot springs and the green

Everyone prefers different places on holiday. If you are one of those who favor hot springs, you may prefer the Oylat Hot Springs, which are 27 km. from İnegöl. The location within the forest, offers you both the most beautiful greenery and its curative waters.

Oylat Hot Springs, İnegöl, Turkey
Oylat Hot Springs, İnegöl, Turkey

The twins of the Aegean

If you want to experience the last sunset of Turkey in Kaleköy, wish to drink ground coffee and eat the sweets of Hristo in Zeytinli, set sail for Gökçeada. Take a tour around each of the Greek villages, one by one.

Sunset in Gökçeada, Turkey
Sunset in Gökçeada, Turkey

A waterfall in Erzurum

The waterfall having a height of 48 meters, 35 km. from Tortum, is known as the biggest waterfall of Asia and Europe, and the third biggest in the world.

Tortum Waterfall, Erzurum, Turkey
Tortum Waterfall, Erzurum, Turkey

The surfers of the world are here

Alaçatı is at the top of the places where surfers of every nationality flood into. It both enables surfing throughout the whole year with its winds, and also awaits you with its natural charms, architecture and its cultivated natural produce.

Alaçatı, İzmir, Turkey
Alaçatı, İzmir, Turkey

Köyceğiz, history and nature

The city – one which dates back 4 thousand years as a port city – has numerous different features which may appeal to you. For example, you can go to the hot springs in Sultaniye village, or go on safari in Yayla village and Gökçeova.

Köyceğiz, Muğla, Turkey
Köyceğiz, Muğla, Turkey

A place of the tribulations of the masters of the pen

Sinop prison, which was built during the Seljuk era, continued to house political prisoners until 1997. The jail, which has been converted into a museum, accommodated well-known names such as Refik Halit Karay, Sabahattin Ali and Necip Fazıl Kısakürek.

Sinop Fortress Prison, Sinop, Turkey
Sinop Fortress Prison, Sinop, Turkey

A quiet holiday within nature

You can take a swim in the sea at Palamutbükü, which is 25 km. from the center of Datça, or fish in its translucent waters and take boat trips to nearby areas. The village, which has been declared a protected area, offers a good holiday opportunity for those who have a love of the sea and nature.

Palamutbükü, Datça, Turkey
Palamutbükü, Datça, Turkey

Unique sea and nature

In Fethiye, you can go swimming in Oludeniz, off the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world, see the Valley of Butterflies or the Isle of the Ships, and go paragliding off Babadağ.

Ölüdeniz, Fethiye, Turkey
Ölüdeniz, Fethiye, Turkey

A surprise voyage on the canyon

The 18 km. long Saklıkent between Fethiye – Antalya, is a valley which offers us extraordinary charms. The location, where you will need to climb rocks to progress, will present you with a different experience.

Saklıkent, Fethiye, Turkey
Saklıkent, Fethiye, Turkey

Time to tour the islands

The islands must be at the top of the locations which need to be visited and seen in Istanbul – in particular Büyükada. Summer is the most suitable season to visit the islands.

Büyükada, İstanbul, Turkey
Büyükada, İstanbul, Turkey

Not without seeing Konya

With its historical and cultural heritage, Konya is a veritable outdoor museum. Those wishing to feel the climate of Mevlana, and experience it must take a trip to this city.

Konya, Turkey
Konya, Turkey

Before Uzungöl becomes spoilt…

Uzungöl is a veritable fantasy garden, which is hidden among the mountains. A thousand and one tones of green, colorful flowers, the coolness of the plains… Make sure to visit Uzungöl before the numbers of buildings increases.

Uzungöl, Trabzon, Turkey
Uzungöl, Trabzon, Turkey

Cappadocia cannot be described; it must be experienced

Are you among those who look at photographs of the balloon tours in Cappadocia and wish to be there? If that is the case, set aside a part of your holidays this summer to see the fairy chimneys.

Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey

Harran – City of tales

Harran, which is 45 km. to the south east of Şanlıurfa, is an important port of call which brings together Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. It dates back 5 thousand years, and has been an important cultural center since the first ages.

Harran, Şanlıurfa, Turke
Harran, Şanlıurfa, Turkey

Selimiye – the masterpiece of Sinan

The Selimiye Mosque in Adrianople is one of the masterpieces of the architect Sinan. At the same time, it is the peak point of Ottoman – Turkish architecture. Each of the tiles, lines, marbles and engravings inside the mosque are a separate work of art.

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne, Turkey
Selimiye Mosque, Edirne, Turkey

The white pearl of the Aegean

You can visit the region in Denizli, which plays host to the Ancient Pool, Ancient Theatre and Archaeology Museum, as both a wonder of nature and a historic location.

Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey
Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey

Both Seljuk and Ottoman

The 116 room İshakpaşa Palace, which was established on steep cliffs 5 km. from Doğubeyazıt, confronts us as a structure which combines the architectural features of Turkistan together with those of the Seljuks and the Ottomans.

İshakpaşa Palace, Doğubeyazıt, Turkey
İshakpaşa Palace, Doğubeyazıt, Turkey

Ancient beauty Aspendos

Aspendos is an ancient city which is famous for its amphitheater. It is located 49 km. to the west of Antalya. The theatre, which was built by the Romans in the 2nd century A.D., is among the best preserved ancient structures, with its 15 thousand capacity.

Apendos, Antalya, Turkey
Apendos, Antalya, Turkey

Internationally renowned Demre

In the internationally renowned Demre, the places worth seeing are the Church of Saint Nicholas and the rock graves of the ancient city of Myra, which have been masterfully carved on to the mountain. Demre is 40 km. from Kaş.

The Church of Saint Nicholas, Demre, Turkey
The Church of Saint Nicholas, Demre, Turkey

See Ordu from Boztepe

Ordu is one of our cities where all of the charms of nature are generously exhibited. It has the cleanest sand and the longest shoreline of the Black Sea. You can never get enough of the pleasures of watching the city, where blue embraces green, from Boztepe.

Boztepe, Ordu, Turkey
Boztepe, Ordu, Turkey

A historical voyage at Söğüt

Söğüt, which was the first capital city of the 700 year Ottoman State, is 29 km. to the east of Bilecik. You can visit the mausoleums of Ertuğrul Gazi, Dursun Faki and Sheikh Edebali, by going to Söğüt.

Söğüt, Bilecik, Turkey
Söğüt, Bilecik, Turkey

The world knows Kültepe

The oldest written sources in Anatolia have been found at Kültepe, 8 km. to the east of Kayseri. The excavations at Kültepe are a work being closely monitored by the whole world.

Kültepe, Kayseri, Turkey
Kültepe, Kayseri, Turkey

Set aside a day for Iznik

If your journeys take you to Bursa, you must see Iznik. This beautiful district, where Seljuk and Ottoman works are side by side, is just one hour from Bursa. And its ceramics are world famous.

İznik, Bursa, Turkey
İznik, Bursa, Turkey

The seven colored Lake Eğirdir

The views of Lake Eğirdir, which is situated within the boundaries of Isparta, are magnificent throughout every season. The lake, which is generally the color of pine beetles, takes different colors on certain days and at certain times, and is therefore referred to among the public as having seven colors.

Lake Eğridir, Isparta, Turkey
Lake Eğridir, Isparta, Turkey

Feed the sacred fish

Balıklıgöl (the Lakes of Aynzeliha and Halil-ur Rahman) is known as the place where the Prophet Abraham fell when he was thrown into the fire. These two lakes are the places which draw the most visitors in Urfa.

Balıklıgöl, Urfa, Turkey
Balıklıgöl, Urfa, Turkey

Not without seeing Mardin

Take a trip to Mardin, where the religions and sects are combined together, in order to see the place of stone in the lives of people, and how human labors shape stone.

Mardin, Turkey
Mardin, Turkey

Sunset at Van Lake

With its cultural accumulation and natural charms, and its local texture, Van is a city which brings to life the motifs of Anatolia. The largest lake in Turkey is in this city. Van Lake also houses three islands. The most famous of these islands is Akdamar.

Sunset at Van Lake, Van, Turkey
Sunset at Van Lake, Van, Turkey

The Ayder plains for natural coolness

The plain, which is covered with the Ladin and Kayın forests, is 16 km. from the district of Çamlihemşin. As well as its wealthy flora, Ayder is among the most preferred holiday areas of the region, with its hot springs.

Ayder Plain, Rize, Turkey
Ayder Plain, Rize, Turkey

Visiting Ashab-i Kehf

The “Cave of the seven sleepers” receives a flood of visitors every year.

Ashab-ı Kehf, Tarsus, Turkey
Ashab-ı Kehf, Tarsus, Turkey

Damlataş is good for asthma

We can very comfortably say that Alanya is a town of caves. Its world famous cave is Damlataş. Together with its mystical beauty, the cave is also known for its atmosphere which is good for asthma.

Damlataş Cave, Alanya, Turkey
Damlataş Cave, Alanya, Turkey

Harput – an outdoor museum

The district of Harput, which is 5 km. from Elazığ, gives the sense of an outdoor museum. With its museum, castle, Ulu Mosque, Virgin Mary Church and Buzluk Cave, it is a center of tourism which is worth seeing.

Harput, Elazığ, Turkey
Harput, Elazığ, Turkey

The pearls around the neck of Bolu

The lakes which have been formed over time with the valleys between the mountains, and which are lined up side by side, are known as Yedigöller. This is an ideal location for those with an interest in nature.

Yedigöller, Bolu, Turkey
Yedigöller, Bolu, Turkey

History at the Gallipoli peninsula

The Gallipoli Peninsula, which saw the bloodiest conflicts of the First World War, gives the feeling of a veritable war museum. The cemetery in Çanakkale draws the attention of both local and foreign tourists, together with its numerous locations which are worth a visit.

Gallipoli Peninsula, Çanakkale, Turkey
Gallipoli Peninsula, Çanakkale, Turkey

A mystical voyage in an ancient city

The 4 thousand year old ancient city of Ephesus, close to the district of Selcuk, in Izmir, is among the most popular touristic locations with its churches, shopping areas, caves and fountains.

Ephesus, İzmir, Turkey
Ephesus, İzmir, Turkey

From the first civilizations to today

Karain caves are among the largest natural caves in Turkey, where people reside.

Karain Cave, Antalya, Turkey
Karain Cave, Antalya, Turkey

Mosaic city Zeugma

The ancient city, which is located within the Nizip district of the province of Gaziantep, is known for the mosaics remaining from the Roman era.

Zeugma, Gaziantep, Turkey
Zeugma, Gaziantep, Turkey

A dream in the lap of nature

Gölcük, which is reached by going up a winding road right next to Bolu, confronts us as a miniature lake. On the other hand, Abant, where a larger lake is located, is ideal for going for walks, cycling and taking a trip on a horse carriage.

Gölcük, Bolu, Turkey
Gölcük, Bolu, Turkey

A mosque and a church at the same place

The Ani Ruins in Kars, where the works which symbolize different civilizations are located, are one of the most inviting centers of tourism. The location, which contains mosques, churches, hostels and monasteries belonging to different civilizations, are exactly what history lovers are looking for.

Ani Ruins, Kars, Turkey
Ani Ruins, Kars, Turkey

Every village of Artvin is a plain

51 of Artvin is comprised of plains. In Artvin, you can see the Sahara Plains (Savsat), Bibilan Plains (Ardanuc) and Kafkasor Plains (Center). And the valleys come next, behind these.

Plains of Artvin, Turkey
Plains of Artvin, Turkey

History, oxygen and trekking!

Kazdağları, which are positioned between Çanakkale and Balıkesir, is a region which is worth seeing, with its lush green nature, historical ruins, streams and waterfalls.

Kazdağları, Çanakkale, Turkey
Kazdağları, Çanakkale, Turkey

Beautiful houses of Anatolia

Safranbolu, which is a Black Sea village tied to Karabük, is known for its houses which reflect classical Ottoman town architecture. It is one of the 9 cultural assets in Turkey, in the ‘World Heritage List’…

Houses of Safranbolu, Karabük, Turkey
Houses of Safranbolu, Karabük, Turkey

The crossing point of the cultures

Hasankeyf, which is situated between Mardin and Batman, is at the crossing point of the cultures in terms of its location.

Hasankeyf, Batman, Turkey
Hasankeyf, Batman, Turkey

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