Turkey’s Best Tourist Destinations

For a country with such diverse landscapes, rich culture, and a long and storied history it shouldn’t surprise no one that Turkey is blessed with a wealth of delights for visitors to enjoy. From the unique rock formations of Cappadocia in central Turkey, to the white sands of the Turkish Riviera, to the ski slopes of Eastern Anatolia, country is filled to the brim with wonders waiting for your discovery.

Cappadocia

Offering an otherworldly geology with its magical “fairy chimneys” Cappadocia is like nowhere else. The unique rock formations draw visitors from all over, and the manmade caves and building carved into the rock, especially in the town of Göreme are a beguiling sight. The best way to see them is by hot air balloon, of which there are multiple tour operators in the area.

CappadociaPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Cappadocia by lwy

Izmir

As the country’s third largest city, Izmir is not short of things to do and see. With a long and colourful history, there are plenty of historical sites to explore. Most notable is the ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, site of the world’s first public library and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

IzmirPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Izmir by lwy

Pamukkale

One of Turkey’s unique tourist attractions, the Pamukkale hot springs have doubled as a spa for 2,000 years. Containing the ruins of the Greco-Roman city Hieropolis, Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage site and hot spring. Its name means “cotton castle” and this refers to the brilliant white limestone “castle” that makes up the site. Containing many hot pools, visitors can take a dip just as visitors did in the days of Hieropolis.

PamukkalePhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Pamukkale by sonofgroucho

The Black Sea

Turkey’s southern shores may have the better beaches, but the country’s northern Black Sea coast has its fair share of treasures. Far removed from the developed tourist resorts in the south, the Black Sea offers a much quieter destination. The ancient Byzantine town of Amasra is worth the trip for its beauty and seaside charm.

Black Sea near DzhanhotPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Black Sea by fruitsofkarma

Bodrum

A very popular beach front resort, Bodrum greets a million tourists each year. With a beautiful harbour, replete with its own castle to greet the many yachts that dock each day, the city is a seaside marvel. Thanks to the influx of tourists, the city boasts countless top-quality restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, meaning there is no shortage of fun on offer.

TurkeyPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Bodrum by abster35

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