Turkey has hosted many different civilizations throughout history. Moreover, Turkey is one of the most important transit routes in the world with its geographical location.
There are many beautiful places to visit in Turkey. Here are the 50 best attractions in Turkey from east to west, north to south.
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THE SPACE OF THE GODS: NEMRUT
There are giant sculptures up to 7 meters between the lion and eagle statues in the national park, which is located in the Kahta district of Adıyaman and contains the ancient city of the Commagene Kingdom. The region is ideal for history buffs.
A TOWN WITHIN NATURE: AMASRA
Amasra, one of the charming towns of the Black Sea, is an ideal place for those who want a quiet holiday.
In addition to its natural beauties, you can also take a historical tour with its castle, museum, and Genoa castle.
RIVER BEAUTIES OF AMASYA
There may also be things that will surprise you in a Central Anatolian city.
For example, the Amasya houses, lined on the edge of Yeşilırmak that passes through the city center and have all the characteristics of the traditional Ottoman house, are an excellent reason to see this city.
SEE HISTORY AND MYSTERY TOGETHER IN LYCIA
You can have a natural and mysterious holiday in Olympos, which are historical buildings from the Lycian, Roman, and Byzantine civilizations.
In Çıralı, you can see the fire that has been burning for 3 thousand years, and you can swim on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Uluabat Lake, which is 34 km away from Bursa, provides feeding and sheltering opportunities for hundreds of thousands of water birds of different species.
In addition, there are 21 types of fish in the lake, which has a rich structure for aquatic creatures.
ŞİRİNCE: A GREEK VILLAGE IN AEGEA
It is 8 km from the Selçuk district of İzmir, famous for its Ephesus ruins. Şirince is a historical Greek village surrounded by vineyards, peach, and olive groves in the east. Şirince houses built here reflect 19th-century Anatolian architecture.
BREATHING PLACES IN ISTANBUL
If you live in Istanbul, you want to escape to nearby places.
The cute place between two streams, Ağva, or the Anatolian Lighthouse located at the entrance of the Black Sea on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus, are areas we can recommend.
OTTOMAN VILLAGE CUMALIKIZIK
2 km from Bursa. Cumalıkızık is one of the villages that Orhangazi built before entering Bursa.
If you go to the town where the most beautiful examples of Ottoman architecture are presented, the waters flowing from the narrow streets will welcome you.
BOTH SPA BOTH GREEN: OYLAT
Everyone prefers different places on holiday. If you favor the spa option, it is 27 km from İnegöl. You can choose the Oylat Hot Springs that are away.
The place in the forest offers you both the most beautiful green and healing waters.
THE LAST SUNSO OF THE SUN: GÖKÇEADA
Kaleköy experiences the latest sunset of Turkey, Zeytinli. If you want to drink coffee and eat sweets.
Suppose you want to go for open sailing. Then, visit Greek villages one by one.
35 km from Tortum. The waterfall at a distance of 48 meters is known as the largest waterfall in Asia and Europe, and the third-largest in the world.
SURF PARADISE ALACATI
Alaçatı is one of the places where surfers from all nations flock.
It allows you to surf with its wind at all times of the year and awaits you with its natural beauties, architecture, and natural products grown.
The city, whose history goes back 4,000 years as a port city, has many different features you can choose from.
For example, you can go to the thermal springs in Sultaniye village and on a safari in Yayla village and Gökçeova.
HISTORICAL SINOP PRISON
Sinop Prison, built during the Seljuk period, continued to exist as a prison where political prisoners were sent until 1997.
Names such as Refik Halit Karay, Sabahattin Ali, and Necip Fazıl Kısakürek remained in jail, converted into a museum.
You can swim 25 km from the center of Datça, fish in its transparent waters, and take a boat tour to nearby places in Palamutbükü.
The village, determined as a protected area, offers a good holiday opportunity for those who love the sea and nature.
Öludeniz – UNIQUE WITH THE SEA AND NATURE
In Öludeniz, connected to Fethiye, you can swim on the most beautiful beach in the world, see Butterfly Valley and Gemiler Island, and paraglide from Babadağ.
Saklıkent – HIDDEN CITY
This city is 18 km between Fethiye and Antalya. Long Saklıkent appears like a valley offering extraordinary beauty.
The place where you will climb the rocks to advance will provide you with a different experience.
Time to travel on the islands
Islands must be at the top of Istanbul’s list of must-see places. Especially Büyükada. Summer is the best season to go to the islands.
Konya is an open-air museum with historical and cultural heritage.
Those who want to feel the climate of Mevlana and live should make their way to this city.
Uzungöl is like a dream garden hidden among the mountains. A thousand and one tones of green, colorful flowers, the coolness of the plateau.
Take your way to Uzungöl before the development increases.
CAPPADOCIA IS UNPRINTED TO LIVE
Are you one of those who look at the photos of the balloon tour in Cappadocia and sigh? If your answer is yes, take part in your summer vacation to see the fairy chimneys.
HARRAN, A TALE CITY
45 km from Şanlıurfa. Harran in the southeast is a vital stopping point that connects Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. It has a history of 5 thousand years.
It has been an essential cultural center since ancient times.
SELİMİYE MOSQUE, ŞAHESARI OF MİMAR SİNAN
Edirne Selimiye Mosque is one of the masterpieces of Mimar Sinan.
It is also the culmination of Ottoman-Turkish architecture. The tiles, lines, marbles, and embroidery inside are separate works of art.
WHITE PEARL OF AEGEAN PAMUKKALE
You can visit the region in Denizli, which includes the Antique Pool, Ancient Theater, and Archeology Museum, as both a natural wonder and a historical place.
ISHAK PASA PALACE
Dogubeyazit 5 km. The 116-room İshakpaşa Palace, built on steep rocks away from it, appears as a structure that combines the architectural features of Turkistan, Seljuk, and Ottoman.
ANCIENT BEAUTIFUL ASPENDOS
Aspendos is an ancient city famous for its theatre. 49 km from Antalya.
It is located in the west. Built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, the theatre is one of the best-preserved old buildings with a capacity of 15 thousand people.
DEMRE – CHRISTMAS FATHER CHURCH
The church of Santa Claus in Demre, which has an international reputation, and the rock-cut tombs of the ancient city of Myra are worth seeing. 40 km from Kas.
LOOK AT ORDU FROM BOZTEPE
Ordu is a city where all the beauties of nature are exhibited generously. It has the cleanest sand of the Black Sea and the longest coastline.
You cannot get enough of watching the city, where green and blue embrace, from Boztepe.
A JOURNEY TO HISTORY IN SÖĞÜT
Söğüt, the first capital of the 700-year-old Ottoman Empire, is 29 km from Bilecik. East of. You can drop your way to Söğüt and visit the tombs of Ertuğrul Gazi, Dursun Faki, and Şeyh Edebali.
THE WORLD RECOGNIZES KÜLTEPE
The oldest written sources of Anatolia are 8 km from Kayseri. Found in Kültepe in the east. Kültepe excavations are a work that the whole world closely follows.
TAKE A DAY FOR IZNIK
If you happen to be in Bursa, you should see Iznik.
This charming district, where Seljuk and Ottoman artifacts are hand in hand, is an hour away from Bursa. Its tiles are also world-famous.
Eğirdi – SEVEN COLORED LAKES
The view of Eğirdir Lake within the borders of Isparta is lovely in all seasons of the year.
The lake is generally the color of pine; Because it takes on different colors on some days and hours, known as seven colors among the people.
FEED THE SACRED FISH IN ŞANLIURFA
Balıklıgöl (Aynzeliha and Halil-ur Rahman Lakes) is known as the place where the Prophet Abraham fell when he got thrown into the fire.
Therefore, these two lakes are the most visited places in Urfa.
THE PEARL OF MESOPOTAMIA, MARDIN
To see the place of stone in human life and how human labor shapes stone, make your way to Mardin, where religions and sects blend.
SUNSET ON LAKE VAN
Van is a city that can keep Anatolian motifs alive with its cultural heritage, natural beauties, and local texture.
Turkey’s most prominent lakes are in this province. Van Lake also has three islands: The most famous of these islands is Akdamar.
NATURAL COOL: AYDER PLATEAU
The plateau covered with spruce and beech forests is 16 km from the Çamlihemşin district. At a distance.
Ayder is one of the most preferred holiday destinations in the region, with its hot springs and rich flora.
ASHAB-I KEHF VISIT
The “Seven Sleepers Cave,” mentioned in Surah Al-Kahf of the Quran, is flooded with visitors yearly.
Many translations and interpretations of the Qur’an state that the Ashab-i Kehf cave is in Tarsus.
DAMLATAŞ IS GOOD FOR ASTHMA
We can easily call Alanya a city of caves. Its world-famous cave is Damlataş. Besides its enchanting beauty, the cave is known for its air which is good for asthma patients.
OPEN AIR MUSEUM: HARPUT
5 km from Elazig. Harput district, at a distance, looks like an open-air museum.
However, it is a tourist center worth seeing with its museum, castle, Ulu Mosque, Virgin Mary Church, and Buzluk Cave.
The lakes formed over time in the valleys between the mountains and lined up side by side are called Yedigöller.
It is an ideal place for nature lovers.
HISTORY IN GELİBOLU PENINSULA
Gallipoli Peninsula, where the bloodiest battles of the First World War took place, looks like a war museum.
The martyrdom in Çanakkale attracts the attention of both local and foreign tourists with its many visiting places.
EFES ANCIENT CITY
The 4,000-year-old Ephesus Ancient City, near the Selçuk district of Izmir, is one of the most exciting tourist attractions with its churches, bazaars, cafes, and fountains.
FROM THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS TO THE PRESENT: KARAIN
Karain Cave in Antalya. Turkey’s most extensive and also in the natural cave living among the people.
MOSAIC CITY: ZEUGMA
The ancient city, located in the Nizip district of Gaziantep, is known for its mosaics from the Roman period.
IN THE BOOST OF NATURE IN BOLU
Gölcük, which is reached by a winding road next to Bolu, appears as a miniature lake.
On the other hand, Abant, where a more massive lake is located, is ideal for a pleasant walk, cycling, and a horse carriage ride.
MOSQUE AND CHURCH ARE TOGETHER: ANI RUINS
Ani Ruins in Kars, where works symbolizing different civilizations, are one of the most attractive tourist centers.
Where mosques, churches, caravansaries, and monasteries belonging to different cultures are located is strictly for history lovers.
EVERY VILLAGE OF ARTVIN IS A PLATEAU
Plateaus make up 51 percent of Artvin. Here, you can see Sahara Plateau (Savsat), Bilbilan Plateau (Ardanuc), Kafkasor Plateau (Center). Valleys come after them.
HISTORY, OXYGEN, TREKKING: KAZDAĞLARI
Kazdağları, located between Çanakkale and Balıkesir, is a town worth seeing with its green nature, historical ruins, streams, and waterfalls.
SAFRANBOLU WITH OTTOMAN ARCHITECTURAL HOUSES
Safranbolu, a Black Sea town of Karabük, is known for its houses reflecting classical Ottoman urban architecture.
Turkey in the ‘World Heritage List is Located in one of the nine cultural assets.
THE JUNCTION POINT OF CULTURES: HASANKEYF
Hasankeyf, located between Mardin and Batman, is at the crossroads of cultures.
In a few months, Hasankeyf will be flooded by the Ilisu Dam, along with its 12,000-year-old history, homes of the local people, plants, and animal species.
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