30 Best Places to Visit in Turkey (Plus Things to Do!)

Turkey is a country that has so much to offer its visitors. Spanning across both Asia and Europe, it has a combination of exotic flavor mixed with cosmopolitan flair.

It is the 37th largest country in the world and because of its sheer size, it has such a diverse topography. Apart from its natural beauty, Turkey is bursting with history and culture.

1. Istanbul


In a city like Istanbul, you’ll find that east meets west, creating a beautiful dance of culture, history and modern flair.

2. Ancient City of Ephesus – Selcuk

Built by the Greeks in the 10th century BC, it was once the trade and commercial center of the ancient world.

3. Ancient City of Troy – Canakkale

It is a place of so much mystique and wonder as it was thought of as just a myth for so many years.

4. Anitkabir – Ankara

Anitkabir is the mausoleum of the great Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey.

5. Village of Karahayit

Just 5 miles from the center of Pamukkale is the village of Karahayit. Here you can experience one of Turkey’s most well-known religious ceremonies.

6. Cirali

The beaches in Cirali are largely undiscovered by tourism, so it’s the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. The town also offers some great hiking along the coast.

7. Goreme

Staying in Goreme is a memorable experience because not all of the historic dwellings are museums. Some still serve as homes, hotels and even restaurants.

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