Turkey, the transcontinental country straddling Europe and Asia, was one of the world’s earliest settled regions and the seat of the Byzantine Empire.
Filled with ancient ruins, lush forests, tranquil lakes, and archaeological treasures, Turkey has much to offer holiday-makers. Join us on this journey to the most beautiful places to visit in Turkey.
Lush Forests Of Koprulu Canyon
With its spectacular views and abundance of natural beauty, Koprulu Canyon National Park will be one of the highlights of your trip.
Situated high up in the mountains, this valley is a bit of heaven on Earth. Go snorkeling, rafting, zip-lining, or hiking. Or just enjoy the fresh air and stunning surroundings.
Feel at one with nature in the embrace of cypress, cedar, and pine trees. Explore the clear waters of the Kopru River, teeming with salmon trout. And walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on Bugrum bridge.
Turkish forests boast a rich diversity of flora, including medicinal, aromatic, and ornamental plants. They are the primary habitats for most species of Turkish fauna.
Dazzling White Cliffs Of Pamukkale
Another contender for your bucket list, Pamukkale is known for its dazzling white cliffs of calcite.
Over the years calcium deposits have formed steeply sloped terraces, some of which house shallow pools.
The Pamukkale Antique Pool is a spring situated between the Hierapolis Museum and the lovingly restored Temple of Apollo. Here the water remains warm year-round.
And if all of that is not impressive enough, you’ll also find the city ruins of Hierapolis including the amphitheater, still fairly intact and awaiting your exploration.
Sailing Paradise Of Marmaris
Marmaris, along Turkey’s Aegean coast, is one of Europe’s most popular sailing spots. Soak up some Mediterranean sunshine and indulge in all your favorite watersports.
The beautiful blue waters, secluded coves, golden beaches, and pine-covered hills beckon. So treat yourself to a vacation you’ll never forget with a yacht charter in Turkey and discover Marmaris.
This is the perfect combination of a rich culture with the splendor of nature. Because Marmaris isn’t only a great spot for sailing and watersports. Outdoor enthusiasts will love camping or glamping in the Marmaris area.
The surrounding region is also home to the remains of several ancient cities and historical sites, including Pyskos on the Asar Hill to the north, and the ancient city of Kasara between Marmaris and Datça.
Not to mention the Marmaris Castle and Archeology Museum. This castle was built in 2000BC and in 1991 was turned into a museum.
Volcanic Landscapes Of Cappadocia
This spectacular landscape was formed by the forces of the elements and years of volcanic activity. And to truly experience its magnificence, you need to see it from above.
But that’s not a problem here. Cappadocia is just as famous for its hot air balloon rides. Float through the skies in a fire-driven hot air balloon, and see the city of Cappadocia at its best – from the air.
When you get back down to Earth, be sure to visit the village of Göreme, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. There you will find masterful rock-hewn churches, their frescoes a pictorial record of Byzantine religious rites.
Fancy a hike in this awe-inspiring terrain? Go on a hike through the Red Valley. And if you want to go deeper into Turkey’s history, a tour of the underground city of Derinkuyu will take you there.
The Beaches Of Alanya
Thousands of visitors from around the world flock to the beaches of Alanya every year. Kleopatra Beach is probably the most famous, and also close enough to the city center to do some souvenir shopping.
According to legend, which we cannot confirm although it makes for a beautiful story, Alanya was the site of the famous Roman commander Mark Antony and Cleopatra’s nuptials. And the city of Alanya was his wedding gift to his new bride.
Hence the name, Cleopatra Beach. True or not, it is a beautiful spot to enjoy some fun in the sun on the beach with your one true love. But Alanya has even more to offer.
An excursion to the old town district will delight you with Alanya Castle, a remnant of classic Byzantine architecture. Back then, this place was a favorite hideout of pirates.
The castle is open for public viewing, and boat trips can be booked here. These will take you on a short journey of discovery of caves with fanciful names like the Pirate Cave and the Lovers Cave.