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By: - at October 11, 2013

Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Turkey

Going for tours around the country of Turkey can be an unforgettable experience for any intrepid traveler. There are so many great attractions that the list of fantastic destination in Turkey is almost endless. Whatever places of interest you plan to include during your tour of Turkey, be assured that it will be most certainly a memorable experience. When traveling abroad to any country, you should have a well-researched plan to make the most out of your trip. Research can include choosing the right tour operators, knowing the best seasons to travel, getting the best value packages, and having a good knowledge of the local cultures, food, and transportation options. By conducting sufficient research, you will make sure your vacation to Turkey will be the best vacation possible.

Old Ankara, Turkey:
Old Ankara, Turkey

Turkey has fantastic contributions to culture, history, and civilization. Turkey, which is truly the gateway to Asia and Europe, is surrounded by the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea, and Black Sea. It is a crossroads into one of the world's richest areas with the opportunity to view historical sites and landmarks. Turkey has everything to offer for both locales and visitors alike. Tours of Turkey provide you with a wide range of amazing sights. This includes ancient towns with magnificent ruins, beautiful beaches along the Anatolian peninsula, seaside highways, excellent weather, vibrant cosmopolitan cities, Turkish delights, and gorgeous modern architecture.

map of turkey flag

Here are the Top 10 places to enjoy while vacationing in Turkey:


10)  Bodrum Castle
This magnificent castle, located in the city of Bodrum, is one of the best preserved monuments in the world. Bodrum Castle, built in 15th century medieval times, now operates as a museum with the focus on underwater archaeology that includes sailing crafts.

Historic Bodrum (Halicarnassus) Theater and Castle in Background:
Historic Bodrum (Halicarnassus) Theater and Castle in Background
By bazylek100 via Wikimedia Commons

Originally constructed as the Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum Castle was built by the Knights Hospitaller in 1402.

Castle of St. Peter or Bodrum Castle:
Castle of St. Peter or Bodrum Castle
By Ad Meskens via Wikimedia Commons


9)  Antalya
Antalya is a large, vibrant city that is located along the Turkish Riviera on the Mediterranean coastline. Gorgeous beaches and lush green mountains holding ancient ruins have made the city one of the hottest tourist destinations in the region.

Antalya Beach:
Antalya Beach
By دانقولا via Wikimedia Commons

Antalya offers something for everyone! Swimming, sailing and mountain climbing are just few fun adventures to enjoy. The city is also filled with numerous resorts, hotels, restaurants and cafés. Nearby are the upper and lower Duden Falls which ultimately empty into the Mediterranean Sea. 

Lower Duden Falls - Antalya, Turkey:
Lower Duden Falls - Antalya, Turkey
By Saffron Blaze
via Wikimedia Commons


8)  Marmaris
Marmaris is one of the most popular seaside resorts located along the Turkish Riviera. Its picturesque setting shows pine-clad mountains, breathtaking white beaches, historic architecture and many other beautiful sightseeing opportunities that have made it a tourist’s paradise. It is a stunning cruise port full of adventure, water sports, great food and a buzzing nightlife.

Marmaris, Turkey:
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris Harbor, Turkey:
Marmaris Harbor, Turkey
By Mstyslav Chernov via Wikimedia Commons


7)  Konya
Located in the central Anatolia region, Konya is one of the oldest cities in the entire world. The town prospered as a capital city of the Seljuk Dynasty during the 12th and 13th centuries. It is widely known for its remarkable Seljuk architecture. Konya is a large modern area but you can still see many of the historical buildings. Historical landmarks include the Alaeddin Mosque and the ruins of the Seljuk Palace.

Alaeddin Mosque Konya, Turkey:
Alaeddin Mosque Konya, Turkey
By Christian Mathis via Wikimedia Commons

Seljuk Palace Ruins Konya, Turkey:
Seljuk Palace Ruins Konya, Turkey


6)  Side
Side is another historic city which served as a major shipping port during ancient times and was famously occupied by Alexander the Great during the 4th century B.C. Today, Side is a modern tourist resort and beautiful destination. Side is a charming place made of classic ruins that sit among lovely beaches. Located on a small peninsula, Side offers great dining, nightlife and fantastic sightseeing.

Remaining Walls of the Ancient Theatre - Side, Turkey:
Remaining Walls of the Ancient Theatre - Side, Turkey
By KaHe via Wikimedia Commons

The prime attractions in Side are the remnants of the colossal amphitheater and the temples located in an excavated site of the Hellenistic and Roman ruins.

Temple of Apollo Ruins Located at Side, Turkey:
Temple of Apollo Ruins Located at Side, Turkey
By Saffron Blaze via Wikimedia Commons


5)  Aspendos Theatre
The Aspendos Theatre is a magnificent building with the ancient remains still well intact. It was built during the Roman Empire era and it had a seating capacity for about 20,000 spectators.

View of Aspendos Theatre from Upper Gallery:
View of Aspendos Theatre from Upper Gallery
By Ukiws via Wikimedia Commons


4)  Cappadocia
Cappadocia is famous for its unusual, yet stunning, landscapes. The landscapes portray the shapes of chimneys, cones, mushrooms and pinnacles. According to geomorphologists, ancient volcanic eruptions and years of erosion helped to shape these odd formations of landforms.

Cappadocia Region in Central Turkey:
Cappadocia Region in Central Turkey
By Mila Zinkova via Wikimedia Commons

You will see amazing houses hand-carved out of soft stones thousands of years ago.

Town and Local Dwellings Carved into Cappadocia Landscape:
Town and Local Dwellings Carved into Cappadocia Landscape
By Brocken Inaglory via Wikimedia Commons


3)  Ephesus
The ancient city of Ephesus, which is still close to its original state, was an important town during the Roman period. The ruins of this area, which flourished in the first century B.C., have been well-preserved throughout the years on large archaeological sites. The most popular destinations include: the Temple of Hadrian, The Celsus Library and The Great Theatre.

The Celsus Library Ruins - Ephesus, Turkey:
The Celsus Library Ruins - Ephesus, Turkey
By Benh LIEU SONG via Wikimedia Commons

Ephesus was once famous for the Temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven Wonders of the World. A mob led by the archbishop of Constantinople destroyed it in 401 A.D.

Ruins of Temple of Artemis - Ephesus, Turkey:
Ruins of Temple of Artemis - Ephesus, Turkey
By Adam Carr via Wikimedia Commons


2)  Pamukkale
Pamukkale is one of the best tourist attractions in Turkey. It is known to be a unique site for one of the natural wonders found in the world. It is a geological marvel which has been formed by white terraces. The terraces are sedimentary rocks deposited by water. The hot spring water flowing at Pamukkale is said to have therapeutic qualities.

Pamukkale
By Pvasiliadis via Wikimedia Commons


1)  Istanbul
Located in both Asia and Europe; Istanbul is considered a worldly and transcontinental city due to their inspiration in finance, trade, and politics. They are also said to have the most influential hubs in the country regarding culture and economics. There are numerous places of interest and amazing attractions to enjoy. The area has a variety of art galleries, museums, eateries, and fabulous bazaars that keep tourists occupied for hours.

Some of the notable areas in Istanbul are:

Hagia Sophia - The Cathedral of St. Sophia, famously known to the world as a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.

Exterior of Hagia Sophia:
Exterior of Hagia Sophia

Blue Mosque - A splendid architectural example of the Turks after they conquered Constantinople in 1453.

Courtyard of the Blue Mosque at Dusk:
Courtyard of the Blue Mosque at Dusk
By Benh LIEU SONG via Wikimedia Commons

Topkapi Palace - The famous museum which served as the headquarters of the Ottoman Empire.

Topkapi Palace and the Golden Horn at Sunrise:
Topkapi Palace and the Golden Horn at Sunrise
By Bjorn Christian Torrissen via Wikimedia Commons

The Grand Bazaar - One of the world’s biggest covered markets, filled with hundreds of quaint shops, private hotels, marketplaces, restaurants, and mosques.

The Grand Bazaar:
The Grand Bazaar
By Dmgutekin via Wikimedia Commons

The Ancient City of Pergamon

Temple of Trajan at Pergamon in Modern-day Turkey:
Temple of Trajan at Pergamon in Modern-day Turkey
By Carlos Delgado via Wikimedia Commons

Patara Beach - This is one of the longest beaches in the Mediterranean.

Patara Beach:
Patara Beach
By No More via Wikimedia Commons

Oludeniz - Extremely famous for its beautiful bay beaches and lagoons.

Oludeniz Beach:
Oludeniz Beach
By Hessam M. Armandehi via Wikimedia Commons


Reasons to Choose a Certified Travel Agency
You can save a lot of money, time and organizing if you use the services provided by a travel agency or tour operator when it comes to traveling amongst Turkey (and other desired places of interest). Here are some reasons why one should use a travel agency when planning a trip:

  • 100% flexibility which allows you to customize tour packages to fit your needs.
  • The advantage of being oriented to local customs and cuisines shown in native experienced guides.
  • 24/7 services at your disposal during your trip.
  • Exclusive offers at discounted prices.
  • Various family packages, customized to fit your needs.
  • Informative information on tours to the best destinations or sites of interest.

In Conclusion
Your tours of Turkey will be truly fascinating! Gorgeous sandy beaches, stunning seaside views, breathtaking landscapes, edible Turkish delights, ancient historical sites, and many more exciting things to do and see. It is essential that you book your holiday plans well in advance to get the best deals.

Your Thoughts
Have you ever traveled to Turkey? If you would like to share your impressions and/or experience with others, please feel free to tell us about it in the comment section below.


 

 

 

 

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