Best Places to Visit in Turkey

Turkey is a beautiful and fascinating country with warm hospitality, delicious cuisine and lots of other things to see and do. Here are some places you should definitely not miss if you are planning to visit this amazing country.

Ankara

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Ankara is the capital city and the second biggest city in Turkey. It is a modern town in which independence and western values have a high importance. Therefore it is a symbol of modernity in Turkey. The most famous figure in this city is Atatürk. He was a revolutionary and the founder of the Republic of Turkey. If you want to learn more about his legacy, you should go to the Mausoleum of Atatürk. Also, don’t forget to visit the historical Old Quarters of the city. Walking around on cobbled streets surrounded by old Ottoman houses is definately worth an experience.

Istanbul

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Turkeys largest city is Istanbul. It stretches around a narrow strait, that connects Asia and Europa making it the only city in the world including two continents. Its impressive architecture, wild nightlife and exotic atmosphere are making this city to one of the best places to visit in Turkey. Of course, there are many historical sights as well. Hagia Sophia, a former Ottoman mosque and now a museum is only one of the many remarkable buildings you can have a look at. Furthermore, Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace are also places you should not miss.

Bodrum

Bodrum is an elegant seaside gateway, which is visited my millions of tourists every year. It is located at Turkey’s southwest coast at the Aegean Sea. It offers beautiful beaches, historical sites and an astonishing nightlife. One of its most famous sights thrones in the center of the city, the Castle of St. Peter. A couple of decades ago it was only a ruin. However, thanks to an extensive restoration, you can again marvel at its complete magnificent. The castle is also home to the Museum of Underwater Archaelogy where you can see lots of artifacts, which were recovered from several Bronze Age shipwrecks. In addition, just behind the castle is the old town, which is one of the few places in Bodrum, where you can still feel the small fishing village. It also has a lot of charming cafes that invite you for diner after a long day.

Pamukkale

This town in western Turkey is known for its mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down the hill. The result of this are beautiful and surreal looking pools, that form a travertine terrace. And yes! You are allowed to swim in it, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit. The best way to avoid the crowds is to spend the night in the village and to go there early in the morning.

Ephesus

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Come to the Ancient City of Ephesus and imagine how life must have been in the Roman Age. This ruin is one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Mediterranean area. It has a lot of colossal monuments you can have a look at. If you really want to explore this city, plan enough time for your trip. You can either take a guided tour or go on an adventure on your own!

Sumela Monastery

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The Sumela Monastery is one of the world’s oldest monasteries. In fact, it is so old, that there is no exact record of when it was built of by whom. It is located outside the City Trabzon and is standing on a steep cliff on the Zigana Mountains. To reach the entrance you have to climb a long and narrow staircase, but it is worth the effort. After you have made it to the top, you have the chance to get amazed by the whole complex. This includes a rock church, chapels, libraries, a fountain and more!

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is in Central Anatolia, right in the middle of the country, some 700 kilometers from Istanbul. There are several small towns where hotels and restaurants are concentrated. The most charming are Göreme and Uçhisar. Many people prefer to stay in Ürgüp, which completes the crack of the most popular. Who has never seen a photograph of the blue sky of Cappadocia full of balloons flying over its rocky area and did not imagine flying there too? Hard to resist that desire. This is one of the main activities to do in Cappadocia and it is truly an unforgettable experience, something unique in life! In the summer, there are dozens of colorful balloons in the sky and being able to see the sunrise from above, with such a beautiful place underfoot is indescribable. The balloon flight is extraordinary and a must see!

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