- the Mediterranean region
- Aspendos Antique Theatre, Serik Antalya
- Duden Waterfall, Kepez
- Kaputas Beach, Kas Antalya
- Patara Beach, Kas Antalya
- Heaven and Hell Caves, Silifke Mersin
- Maiden’s Castle, Erdemli Mersin
- Egirdir Lake, Egirdir Isparta
- Kuyucak Village, Isparta
- Salda Lake, Yesilova Burdur
- Antakya Archeology Museum, Antakya Hatay
- Side Ancient City, Manavgat Antalya
- Manavgat Waterfall, Manavgat Antalya
- Damlataş Cave, Alanya Antalya
- Santa Claus Church, Demre Antalya
- Karain Cave, Antalya
- Taşköprü, Yuregir Adana
- Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Tarsus Mersin
- Eastern Anatolia Region
- Aegean Region
- Ephesus Ancient City, Selcuk Izmir
- Pamukkale Travertines, Pamukkale Denizli
- Bodrum Castle, Bodrum Mugla
- Oludeniz, Fethiye Mugla
- Dilek Peninsula National Park, Kusadasi Aydin
- Cunda Island, Ayvalik Balikesir
- Kaz Mountains, Çanakkale and Balikesir
- Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park, Eceabat Canakkale
- Saklikent Canyon, Seydikemer Mugla
- Sirince, Selcuk Izmir
- Cesme, Izmir
- Ulubey Canyon, Ulubey Uşak
- Southeast Anatolia Region
- Central Anatolia Region
- black Sea region
- Marmara Region
Our country offers many places to visit with each of its 81 cities. Each region and city has its own beauties, traditions, cultures and cuisines. Wherever you go, you can find a place where you can admire its natural beauties or take a historical trip. Well, when this is the case, it becomes very difficult to make a list of places to visit in Turkey. Wherever you write, the other person remembers or you think how can I forget to write here. I divided this list into 7 regions and wrote the must-see places in Turkey. Let’s start.
the Mediterranean region
Aspendos Antique Theatre, Serik Antalya
Located about 8 kilometers from Serik, Aspendos Antique Theater was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD. Among the theaters built by the Romans in Anatolia, it is the oldest theater that has preserved its stage until today. Therefore, it is among the places that receive the most visitors in Antalya. The theater, which has the capacity to host 12 thousand people, still hosts important events such as the International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival.
Duden Waterfall, Kepez
Antalya Düden Waterfall, located on the borders of Antalya’s district Kepez, is one of the most visited spots in Antalya. There are areas where you can have a picnic around the waterfall, which you can choose to listen to the sound of the water flowing from an altitude of about 40 kilometers and to cool off a little in the heat of Antalya. Even if you went without preparing for a picnic, don’t worry, there are restaurants around the waterfall where you can eat.
Kaputas Beach, Kas Antalya
I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say Kaputaş Beach is the most beautiful beach in Turkey because it finds its place even in the lists prepared by the world press. Although it is a bit challenging to reach the beach by descending 186 steps, you can be 100% sure that it will be worth it. The water of the beach, where you can see a shade of turquoise that you have never seen before, is formed by the infiltration of underground waters. Therefore, it is cooler than other beaches of Antalya. How about buying an Antalya flight ticket to leave yourself in the arms of the cool waters ?
Patara Beach, Kas Antalya
Patara Beach, which is 12 kilometers long, can be reached by making a journey through the ancient city of Patara. Besides, you can hit two birds with one stone and visit the ancient city. Afterwards, you lie down on the fine sands of the beach and enjoy the sun. The most important feature of Patara Beach is that it is the beach where the caretta carettas lay their eggs. For this reason, it has been taken under protection and the beach is open to the public until 20:00. Afterwards, the owner of the beach, the caretta carettas, are enjoying the beach.
Heaven and Hell Caves, Silifke Mersin
The Heaven and Hell Caves, 25 kilometers away from Silifke, are actually two big pits that collapsed when the underground waters melted the limestones. A ladder with 452 steps is used to descend into the heavenly depression. On the 300th step you can see the Church of the Virgin Mary. At the south end of the collapse is the Temple of Zeus. You should definitely see the temple when you have descended so many steps. When you leave the Heavenly Rift and go 75 meters north, Hell’s Ripe greets you. It is not possible to go down into the depression, but there is a terrace that you can see from above.
Maiden’s Castle, Erdemli Mersin
The Maiden’s Castle, which was built on an island 600 meters from the coast, is the subject of many legends. There is a church and a cistern in the courtyard of the castle, which is protected by 8 bastions. Although its connection with the land has been cut off over time, it also gives its name to the neighborhood and the beach. After enjoying the sea at the Maiden’s Castle Beach, you can go for a tour of the castle with the fishing boats on the shore. If you say “I’m confident, I can swim to the castle”, that’s up to you.
Egirdir Lake, Egirdir Isparta
Egirdir Lake, Turkey’s second largest freshwater lake, has an average depth of 12 meters. There are apple and peach orchards and beaches around the lake, which has different views at different times of the day. Bedre Beach, located in the northwest part of the lake, and Altınkum Beach, located in the İstasyon neighborhood, are the two most beautiful beaches to swim around the lake. There are also two small islands in the lake. Can Ada and Yeşilada are connected to the shore and to each other as the lake waters have decreased in recent years.
Kuyucak Village, Isparta
Kuyucak Village, which is about 50 kilometers away from the city center of Isparta, can be called Turkey’s lavender paradise. The village, which is likened to the Provence region in France, is actually a product of the Future is in Tourism project of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. If you want to see the lavender fields in the village known as the lavender-scented village, you should go in late June or early July at the latest. I suggest you take the side streets to see the best lavender fields.
Salda Lake, Yesilova Burdur
Salda Lake, which is only 4 kilometers away from Yeşilova district center, is known as Turkey’s Maldives because it offers the most beautiful form of turquoise to visitors. Salda, a crater lake, turns indigo blue at its deepest. Since it was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption, it has a depth of 184 meters. With this ratio, it is among the deepest lakes in Turkey. Magnesium, soda and clay found in the water of the lake are also frequently preferred for health tourism as they are good for health problems.
Antakya Archeology Museum, Antakya Hatay
Located in the Antakya district of Hatay, which has a very rich cultural history, the Antakya Archeology Museum hosts the artifacts unearthed as a result of research and excavations that started in the early 1930s and lasted until the end of the 1940s. The main wealth of the museum is the mosaics unearthed during the excavations around Harbiye, Narlıca, Güzelburç and Samandağ. In fact, this museum is among the largest mosaic collections in the world with its mosaic collection.
Located 7 kilometers from Manavgat and 80 kilometers from Antalya city center, Side Antique City has hosted many empires as it is the most important port city of Pamphylia. The ancient city, where traces of Lydians, Persians, Romans and Byzantines can be seen, stands out as the first known metropolis in history. Within the borders of the Ancient City of Side, there is an ancient theater with a capacity of 17 thousand people, the Temple of Apollo, the city gate opening to the city, the baths and the Vespasianus Fountain. Side Museum, located right next to the city gate, is one of the places you should visit while you’re here. You can examine the artifacts belonging to the Hellenistic Period, Roman Period and Byzantine Period in the museum.
Manavgat Waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of our country, is located 3 kilometers from Manavgat and 72 kilometers from the center of Antalya. Flowing from the cliffs at an altitude of about 5 meters, Manavgat Waterfall is an ideal spot for those who take a vacation in Antalya Manavgat hotels and want to cool off. There are many places to eat and drink tea or coffee around the waterfall. You can also prepare picnic materials and have a picnic in the areas around the waterfall. You can also experience water sports such as rafting or canoeing at Manavgat Waterfall, or you can join jeep safari tours.
Damlataş Cave, Alanya Antalya
Located in the west of Alanya Castle, Damlataş Cave is flooded by local and foreign tourists as it cures many diseases. Damlataş, which is the first cave opened for tourism in our country, offers an ideal environment especially for the treatment of asthma, thanks to its carbon dioxide content, which is 10 times more than normal, and its humidity. If you want to go to the cave for your asthma problem, you need to get a report from your doctor first. This report allows you to enter the cave before it opens to tourists. The treatment method, which includes various exercises, has been applied since 1954. After visiting the cave for sightseeing, you can enjoy the fine and clean sands of Damlataş Beach right in front of it.
Santa Claus Church, Demre Antalya
Nicholas Church, known by many as Santa Claus Church, is located in Demre. St. Nicholas, who was born in Patara in the 3rd century BC and became a bishop in the city of Myra, became an important religious authority in Anatolia when Myra became the capital of the Lycian region. The church, which was built in Demre in the name of St. Nicholas, who is known as Santa Claus in many cultures, is an important structure of Byzantine architecture and is among the most beautiful examples of Middle Byzantine Period art.
Karain Cave, Antalya
Karain Cave, the largest natural cave in our country, is located 30 kilometers northwest of Antalya. As a result of the excavations carried out in this cave, remains of 500,000 years ago were found. With the examinations made in the ruins, it was discovered that this cave was the settlement of people, and after this discovery, Karain Cave became the largest cave where human life was seen in Turkey. Today, you have to pay an entrance fee of 12.5 TL to visit the cave. After visiting the cave, which is closed on Mondays, you can also see the Karain Museum, where artifacts from the excavations are exhibited.
Taşköprü, Yuregir Adana
Combining Seyhan and Yüreğir, Taşköprü is located on the Seyhan River. The bridge, which is thought to have been built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, is one of the landmarks of Adana, home to many civilizations. 14 of the 21 arches of the bridge, which is 319 meters long, are still standing. The bridge, which has been renewed many times over the years, continues to be used today. For this reason, Taşköprü is famous as one of the oldest bridges still in use in the world.
Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Tarsus Mersin
The Cave of Eshab-ı Keyf, mentioned in the Qur’an, is considered sacred to both Islam and Christianity. The cave is known as the Cave of the Seven Sleepers due to the legend it is the subject of. The legend that guides the name of the cave is quite interesting. At that time, the Greek ruler Dakyanus wanted his people to adhere to the religion of paganism. Seven young Christians, namely Yemliha, Mekseline, Mislina, Mernuş, Sazenuş, Tebernuş and Kefeştetayuş, believed in one God and refused to return to idolatry. Hearing this, the ruler threatened them with death. Seven young people took shelter in this cave and the god put them to sleep for 300 years. When the first one to wake up went to buy food, he attracted the attention of the public with old money in his hand and the people wondered where it came from. On top of that, the young man showed the cave, but there were only seven baby birds in the cave.
Eastern Anatolia Region
Ani Ruins, Kars
Ani Ruins, located approximately 45 kilometers from Kars city center, is actually the part of Ani Ancient City that has survived to the present day. The Ani Ruins, first mentioned in historical documents in the 5th century, are thought to date back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The ruins, which have been a bridge for merchant caravans as they are in an important position in terms of the trade route between Byzantium, Iran, Syria and Central Asia, have the architectural features of different civilizations. You can use it for your winter holiday, especially in winter, as it is the scene of wonderful views with a white cover.
Ishak Pasha Palace, Dogubayazit Agri
Located 5 kilometers away from Doğubayazıt, İshak Pasha Palace is the last great structure of the Ottoman Empire during the Tulip Era. The construction of the palace, which was built on an area of approximately 7600 square meters, was completed in 99 years. For this reason, it has an important place in terms of examining the architecture of the period. The view of Mount Ararat seen from the palace is quite impressive. Ishak Pasha Palace is the scene of fascinating moments when the sun starts to set. That’s why I recommend you to see the palace at sunset.
Tortum Waterfall, Uzundere Erzurum
The waters of Tortum Waterfall, which is 21 meters wide, pour down from a height of 48 meters. With this height, it is among the highest waterfalls in the world. A rainbow is formed as the waters of the waterfall, which is formed when the valley where Tortum Stream flows, is closed due to landslides. It is very peaceful to watch this magnificent view from the viewing terraces. If you want, you can go down under the waterfall by following the stairs, but you can get a little wet in the spring, let me tell you from the beginning.
Akdamar Island, Gevaş Van
There are islands on Lake Van, Turkey’s largest lake. The most touristic one among these islands is Akdamar Island. The spring months when almond flowers bloom on the island, which is the scene of a different beauty in every season, is another beautiful one. Akdamar Church, located on the island, exhibits one of the most beautiful examples of medieval Armenian architecture. To go to the island, you can come to the Gevaş district and use the boats departing from the shore. Thus, you will enjoy the Van Lake.
Nemrut Crater Lake, Tatvan Bitlis
Nemrut Crater Lake, Turkey’s largest and the world’s second largest crater lake, is located 15 kilometers away from Tatvan town centre. The lake, named after the Babylonian King Nemrut, offers unforgettable views with its natural beauties. The surroundings of the lake, which is filled with green grass and flowers in spring, combined with the color of the blue water, becomes the number one address for nature photography. As it is home to many bird species, you can be sure that you will find peace among the chirping of the birds.
The history of Harput, the historical city of Elazig, dates back to ancient times. Harput, which has been used as a settlement since the 20th century BC, is almost an open-air museum. The ancient city, which was under the domination of many civilizations before and after Islam, still bears the traces of these civilizations. Harput Castle, the oldest artifact that has survived to the present day, is also the symbol of Elazig. The fact that the castle, which was built in the 8th century BC, was built on steep cliffs, contributed to the protection of the castle. After starting your tour with Harput Castle, you can continue with the Syriac Ancient Virgin Mary Church, one of the oldest churches in Anatolia. Dabakhane, famous for its thermal waters, the most famous tomb of the city, Fatih Ahmet Baba Tomb, Harput Ulu Mosque, Şefik Gül Culture House, Sara Hatun Mosque, Arap Baba Tomb,
Arslantepe Mound, Battalgazi Malatya
Located 7 kilometers from the center of Malatya, Arslantepe Mound is among the oldest ancient cities of Eastern Anatolia. Arslantepe Mound, which has been used as a settlement by many civilizations since 5000 BC, is located very close to the Euphrates River. It has gone down in history as a fertile settlement area with its soils and wetlands that provide the ideal environment for agriculture because it is close to the river. With the remains unearthed as a result of the excavations made here, it was discovered that Arslantepe Mound was the first city-state of Anatolian lands. Arslantepe, which was included in the tentative list in 2014, was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2021.
Mount Ararat, Agri
Mount Ararat, located in the middle of Iğdır and Ağrı provinces, is the largest mountain in our country. The mountain, which is 5137 meters above sea level, is the highest point of Turkey as well as the highest peak of Europe. The snow never melts on the mountain, which consists of two mountains, Little Ararat and Great Ararat. The summit of the mountain is always covered with glaciers. For this reason, it is very challenging to climb the mountain, especially in winter. If you are interested in climbing, July, August and September are the best times to climb Mount Ararat.
Lake Çıldır, Kars
Located within the borders of Ardahan and Kars provinces, Lake Çıldır is spread over an area of 123 square kilometers. With this size, it is the largest freshwater lake in the Eastern Anatolia Region. Since it is located 1956 meters above sea level, the lake and its surroundings experience very cold weather conditions in winter. Lake Çıldır, which freezes at the end of November, remains frozen until the beginning of April. Since the locals make a living by fishing from the lake, they pierce the ice and fish in the winter. If you are someone who likes to fish, you can experience fishing on pierced ice when you visit the lake. Apart from fishing, walking on the frozen lake and sledding turn into a unique travel memory.
Ephesus Ancient City, Selcuk Izmir
If we were to choose only 3 places to visit in Turkey, the Ancient City of Ephesus would be one of them. Since Selçuk is one of the most fertile regions of Anatolian lands, the Ancient City of Ephesus has been a place where many civilizations lived throughout history. The ancient city, which includes the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the world, is a place frequently visited by not only local but also foreign tourists. In addition, the House of Virgin Mary, which is about 9 kilometers away from the ancient city, receives a lot of visitors because it is a place where Christians perform their pilgrimage. After buying a flight ticket to Izmir and visiting Ephesus, I suggest you stop by the House of Virgin Mary.
Pamukkale Travertines, Pamukkale Denizli
Pamukkale Travertines, which can be included in the top five of the list of places to visit in Turkey with the ancient city of Ephesus, is a white feast formed by thermal waters. Travertines, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, consist of spring waters containing carbonate minerals. Since it has many health benefits, it also comes to the fore in health tourism of our country. Cleopatra Pool and Hierapolis Ancient City are among the places you must see when you go to see Pamukkale Travertines. You can start your plans by buying a Pamukkale bus ticket to see the white landscape.
Bodrum Castle, Bodrum Mugla
Bodrum Castle, the symbol of Bodrum, was built on an island by the Knights of Saint John in the 15th century. The island on which the castle was located later became a peninsula by connecting to the coast. Stones from the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the 7 wonders of the world, were used in the construction of the castle. The castle, which has 5 towers and 7 gates, welcomes its visitors as Underwater Archeology Museum today.
Oludeniz, Fethiye Mugla
Ölüdeniz from Turkey is definitely included in the list of places to visit in the world press. Oludeniz, which is 11 kilometers away from Fethiye town center, is truly a place that one can never forget with its natural beauties and sea. With its calm and warm water, it wraps you in its arms and you never want to leave. When you go to Ölüdeniz, don’t come back without stopping by the Butterfly Valley. You will find the peace of silence in the Butterfly Valley, where you can go by boat from Fethiye and Ölüdeniz. If silence and tranquility appealed to you right now, let’s start researching Ölüdeniz hotels .
Dilek Peninsula National Park, Kusadasi Aydin
Dilek Peninsula National Park is actually the name given to the peninsula where the Menteşe Mountains meet the Aegean. Dilek takes its name from Dilek Hill, which is 1237 meters high. While crossing the pine-scented roads, you witness the dance of blue and green with squirrels, turtles and wild boars. It is possible to watch wonderful views from the viewing terraces located in different parts of the park. You can also enjoy the beautiful waters of the Aegean Sea on the beaches of İçmeler, Aydınlık, Kavaklıburun and Karasu in the park.
Cunda Island, Ayvalik Balikesir
Cunda Island, a peaceful corner with its cobblestone streets, gummy ice cream and delicious fish, is a place you won’t want to return to when you’re gone. Whether you go in spring or summer, every season is beautiful. When you wake up in Cunda hotels with sea view, you will say that you are glad you came. Taksiyarhis Church, Moonlight Monastery and Lovers Hill, which has a view of Cunda from the hill, are among the places you can visit in Cunda. You can also go to Ayvalık and visit the Devil’s Table and eat Ayvalık toast.
Kaz Mountains, Çanakkale and Balikesir
You should breathe in the clean air of Kaz Mountains, located on the borders of Çanakkale and Balıkesir, even for once in your life. You can stay in a tent or caravan and go for nature walks in the oxygen reservoir Kaz Mountains National Park, but you should pay attention to camping and hiking where allowed by the officials, as the national park is under protection. I recommend you to visit Sarıkız Tomb, Adatepe Village, Yeşilyurt Village, Zeus Altar, Adatepe Olive Oil Museum, Hasanboğuldu and Sütuven Waterfall.
Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park, Eceabat Canakkale
The Gallipoli Peninsula, where the violence of the battle in Çanakkale during the First World War was at its highest and we lost many of our soldiers for the sake of the country, was declared as a national park in 1973. Çanakkale Martyrs’ Monument takes you on a sad journey through time with museums and cemeteries where the bodies of British, Australian, New Zealand and French martyrs are buried. The fact that the bodies of the soldiers who lost their lives in the same war are here together gives a message of brotherhood to the world.
Saklikent Canyon, Seydikemer Mugla
Although Fethiye Ölüdeniz comes to mind first in Muğla, the city that offers the most options in terms of tourism in our country, Saklıkent Canyon is also a very popular destination. Saklıkent Canyon, located in Seydikemer, which was previously a district of Fethiye but later became a district, is approximately 45 kilometers away from the center of Fethiye. The average height of the canyon, which is 18 kilometers long, varies between 200 meters and 600 meters. You cannot see the sky at these points, as some points of the canyon are narrowed to 2 meters. After entering Saklıkent Canyon, you can walk carefully from the piers and come to the area where the cafe is located. However, after the cafe, you have to cross the canyon to continue walking, but this journey can be a bit challenging because both the water is very cold and the rocks are very slippery. Therefore, it is impossible to walk the entire canyon by yourself. If you want to walk the whole canyon, you should definitely act with a professional team.
Sirince, Selcuk Izmir
The history of Şirince, which became widely known and popular with the apocalyptic prophecies that emerged in 2012, dates back to before Christ. Şirince was a village where wealthy families lived in the 5th century BC. The villagers, who love the place they live in, named it Çirkince so that its beauty would not be discovered and spoiled by many. The governor of Izmir, who visited the village in 1924 when the Turks, who were immigrants from Thessaloniki, settled in the village, named it Şirince, thinking that this name was unfair to the beauty of the village. With the visit of Sevan Nişanyan in 1995, the face of the village completely changed. Nişanyan contributed to the restoration of the village and brought it to its present beauty. The streets of Şirince, decorated with restored Greek houses, are so beautiful that you will have a great time while touring these streets.
Cesme, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Turkey, welcomes hundreds of local and foreign tourists every year. Refreshing with its cool breezes in the sweltering heat of summer, Çeşme’s white sands and blue flag beaches can swim until the first days of November. Besides beaches such as Ilıca Public Beach, Altınkum Public Beach, Boyalık Public Beach, Delikli Bay, Pırlanta Bay, Alaçatı Public Beach, it also hosts many beach clubs. Çeşme is a district famous not only for its beaches but also for its colorful entertainment life. Especially Alaçatı offers unforgettable evenings to holiday lovers with its entertainment venues. When you go to Çeşme, you will swim a lot and get hungry a lot. You must be hungry anyway, because you can’t come back from Çeşme without eating a dove and a boyoz. You should definitely try seafood and delicious olive oil dishes.
Ulubey Canyon, Ulubey Uşak
Ulubey Canyon, located in Uşak, is a natural beauty with a length of approximately 77 meters and a depth of 140 to 170 meters. Considering its length, it is known as the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in America. Well, when this is the case, the view of the canyon is quite fascinating. For this reason, it is among the favorite addresses of nature photographers. The most wonderful views of the canyon are viewed from the glass terrace built after the tourism activities. Let me warn you in advance, if you have a fear of heights, going up to this glass terrace can be a bit of a challenge.
Southeast Anatolia Region
Balikligol, Eyyubiye Sanliurfa
Located right in front of the Urfa Castle, Balıklıgöl is a natural beauty 150 meters long and 30 meters wide. There are many legends and rumors about Balıklıgöl. The most important of these is the Prophet, who has an important place for the three monotheistic religions of Balıklıgöl. Being the lake where İbrahim fell after being thrown into the fire. For this reason, it welcomes many visitors from every religion and every country. In addition, the carp in the lake, Hz. It is believed to be the wood of the fire in which Abraham was burned and is not eaten because it is considered sacred.
A part of Halfeti, a district of Şanlıurfa, was flooded in 2000 due to the construction of the dam. In Halfeti, which is called the Sunken City, due to this disastrous event, many people’s homes as well as historical artifacts were buried under water. Today, the submerged part is known as the Old City. As you walk the streets of the Old City, you feel a sense of bitterness. You can take a boat tour in Halfeti and see the structures still standing among the waters, such as the Great Mosque and the Greek Castle.
Göbeklitepe, Haliliye Sanliurfa
Şanlıurfa is really an important city in terms of cultural and historical richness. With the discovery of Göbeklitepe, which is believed to be the world’s first temple and the first settlement of people in recent years, thousands of people from all over the world want to visit this important city by buying a flight ticket to Şanlıurfa at the first opportunity. It is said that Göbeklitepe was built 7500 years before the Egyptian Pyramids. It is estimated that there are remains in a much larger area than what has been discovered now, and the excavations are still continuing. I think I would not be exaggerating if I say that Göbeklitepe, which has led to very important discoveries about the history of humanity, is among the first places to visit in Turkey.
Mount Nemrut, Kahta Adıyaman
Nemrut Mountain, located approximately 78 kilometers from Adıyaman city center, is at an altitude of 2150 meters. The monuments on this mountain, which is included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO, were built by Antiochos, King of Commagene. It is thought that the king also built a mausoleum on this mountain, but this tomb has not been discovered yet and excavations are still continuing. Mount Nemrut offers unforgettable sunrise and sunset views. If you are going to the mountain, I suggest you to coincide with these hours.
Zeugma Ancient City and Museum, Nizip Gaziantep
The mosaics in the Zeugma Museum, which hosts the famous Gypsy Girl mosaic, are artifacts found during the excavations in the Zeugma Ancient City. History BC. Excavations in the ancient city, which dates back to 300 years, still continue. With its extensive mosaic collection, the museum is among the largest mosaic museums in the world. When you go to Gaziantep, I definitely recommend you to go to this museum. The Gypsy Girl mosaic, whose gaze is likened to the Mona Lisa, is presented so beautifully that I still couldn’t get over it.
Mor Gabriel Monastery, Midyat Mardin
The history of Mor Gabriel Monastery, which is the oldest Syriac Orthodox monastery still standing in the world today, dates back to 1610 years. The monastery, which is about 23 kilometers away from the Midyat district center, is also called the Deyrulumur Monastery. You should definitely see the monastery, which fascinates with its terraces, domes, bell towers, gates and mosaics, on your trip to Mardin. During your tour, where you can witness the history of Mardin, you can feel the atmosphere better thanks to the Mardin hotels built in stone mansions. While you are in the city , I recommend you to see as many places as you can see in the list of places to visit in Mardin .
Harran Ruins, Harran Sanliurfa
Harran Ruins, 44 kilometers from Şanlıurfa, is home to an ancient city dating back to 5000 BC. Located in the heart of the Harran Plain, the ancient city is at the intersection of many different roads due to its location. Thanks to this strategic location, it served as the cultural and religious center of the period. When you go to the ancient city, which has hosted many civilizations, including the Sumerians, Assyrians, Romans and Byzantines, you should definitely see Harran Castle, Harran Mound, Harran Great Mosque, Han El-Bağrur Caravanserai. I recommend you to visit the vault houses with conical domes unique to the region.
Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Artuklu Mardin
Deyrulzafaran Monastery, located at a point overlooking the Mardin Plain, 4 kilometers from the city center of Mardin, fascinates those who see it with its architecture. The monastery, which dates back to the 5th century BC, has a sacred significance for the Assyrians. Deyrulzafaran Monastery, which was used as the patriarchate center of Syriacs for 640 years in the past, played important roles not only in religion but also in education and culture. The first printing house of the region was established here and hundreds of books in Syriac, Ottoman, Arabic and Turkish were printed in this printing house. Some parts of the printing press that functioned for 50 years can still be seen in the monastery. I recommend you to see the beauty of sunset in the monastery, which consists of 4 separate parts: Mor Hananyo Church, Virgin Mary Church, Saints House and Sun Temple.
Malabadi Bridge, Silvan Diyarbakir
Malabadi Bridge, which is thought to have been built during the Artukid Period, is one of the most important works of the 12th century architecture of the Seljuk Empire. The bridge is considered a masterpiece, especially in the fields of engineering and architecture. The Malabadi Bridge, with its arch spanning 40.86 meters, is the largest stone bridge in the world that has survived to the present day. Since it is located on the road frequently used by commercial caravans, there are rooms for passengers on both sides of the arch.
Central Anatolia Region
Anitkabir, Cankaya Ankara
Anıtkabir, which is at the top of the list of places to see in Ankara, the capital of our country, is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Anıtkabir, whose construction was completed in 1953, welcomes its visitors free of charge every day. When you go to Anıtkabir, you should definitely see the Atatürk and the War of Independence Museum and the Lion Road. How about looking for an Ankara flight ticket to see Anıtkabir, which every Turkish citizen must visit once in their lifetime ?
Cappadocia, which is at the top of the list of places to visit in Turkey; It is actually the general and inclusive name of an old settlement that borders Nevşehir, Kayseri, Niğde and Aksaray provinces. It is possible to see the traces of many different cultures due to its location in a region where the Silk Road passes. Since Cappadocia is the name of a large area, I recommend you to spare at least 2 days for sightseeing. You should start with Göreme, the most tourist attraction of Cappadocia. If you are going to take a balloon tour, Göreme is the right address because you can watch the fairy chimneys from here. Ürgüp, where you can see Güvercinlik Valley and Uçhisar Castle, and Üç Güzeller and Asmalı Konak, are among the places you should definitely see. Do not return without visiting the Ihlara Valley, one of the most tiring places in the Cappadocia region. If you get on the balloon, the view you can see from above becomes even more beautiful as you walk. I especially recommend you to see Eğritaş Church, Sümbüllü Church, Yılanlı Church and Derinkuyu Underground City in the valley.
Mevlana Tomb, Karatay Konya
The mausoleum, where the tomb of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, identified with Konya, is located, was renamed the Mevlana Museum in 1954. You can find all kinds of goods and manuscripts about Mevlana’s life, the Mevlana Tomb, which is the first stop of your Konya tours. There are many artifacts in the tomb that will not only shed light on the history of Mevlana, but also the history of the Seljuk and Ottoman Empires. It is also a very important place for the Mevlevi culture. If you are interested in Mevlevi, I definitely recommend you to experience that atmosphere.
Odunpazari Houses, Odunpazari Eskisehir
The famous houses of Odunpazarı, the region where the oldest settlements in Eskişehir started, welcome thousands of visitors every year. Odunpazarı Houses, which is the first place you should see in Eskişehir, which is a very ideal city for day trips, is one of the best examples of civil architecture in the Ottoman Period. Restored houses for tourism; It is open to visitors as cafes, restaurants, museums and souvenir shops. “What would it be like to live in these houses?” In response to your opinion, I invite you to stay in Odunpazarı Houses, which have been restored as boutique Eskişehir hotels .
Çatalhöyük Neolithic City, Çumra Konya
Çatalhöyük Neolithic City, located in Çomra district of Konya, is known as one of the oldest settlements in the Neolithic Age. The finds discovered as a result of the studies carried out in Çatalhöyük, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012, date back to 7400 BC, and they shed light on the history of humanity in many respects. The most important finds in Çatalhöyük, where the first house architecture and landscape paintings were discovered, are the high relief mother goddess motifs. These finds are important in terms of revealing that religious belief was shaped through a strong goddess figure in the Neolithic Age. If you haven’t planned a trip to see Çatalhöyük yet, you should buy a Konya flight ticket immediately .
Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital, Divrigi Sivas
Divrigi, which has been a settlement since the Hittite Period, has hosted different civilizations over the years. While the dominance of the region was under Mengücekoğulları, Ahmet Shah had the Divriği Ulu Mosque built and his wife Turan Melek had the Darüşşifa built. None of the motifs embroidered in the building, which exhibits the most wonderful example of stonemasonry peculiar to Anatolian traditions, were repeated. The building was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1985, making it the first architectural structure from Turkey to be included in this list. It is not possible to see the architectural and engineering features of the Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital, which is shown as one of the most important examples of Turkish and Islamic architecture, in any other building.
Hattusha Antique City, Bogazkale Corum
Hattusha, the capital of the Hittite Civilization, the first great civilization established in Anatolian lands, later became the settlement area of many different civilizations. Included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1986, the ancient city of Hattusa has a very important place not only for the history of our country, but also for the history of the world. Since the cuneiform tablets found in the ancient city are home to information that sheds light on world history, these tablets have also taken their place in UNESCO’s Memory of the World List. When you go to Hattusa, you should see places such as the Lion Gate, King Gate, Yerkapi, Büyükkale Palace Complex, Great Temple, Room with Hieroglyphs, which have been preserved until today. I would also suggest you to see the Nişantepe Inscription, which contains the longest hieroglyphic surviving from the Hittites.
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Uzungol, Çaykara Trabzon
Uzungöl, which was formed by the closure of Haldizen Creek, is beautiful in summer and in winter. Uzungöl, whose surroundings remain lush with the rains throughout the summer, offers picturesque landscapes when covered with a white blanket in winter. The touristic options in the region, which has received a lot of visitors in recent years, are also improving. You can add different adventures to your holiday by paragliding, ATV tours, heliski, safari and trekking. Uzungol hotels also promise the most beautiful state of waking up to the lush green landscape.
Sumela Monastery, Maçka Trabzon
Sumela Monastery, which is built on the rocks on the outskirts of Karadağ, which dominates all the beauty of the Altındere Valley, has an imposing appearance. The monastery, which stands out among the clouds in the greenery, was founded in the name of the Virgin Mary. The 6-storey building is reached by climbing a narrow and long staircase. Although it is a bit tiring, the detailed frescoes and pictures you can see inside the monastery will attract your attention. You are only a flight ticket to Trabzon from the monastery where you can take wonderful photos .
Ayder Plateau, Camlihemsin Rize
Ayder Plateau, located 1350 meters above sea level, is an oxygen paradise covered with spruce and beech trees. Ayder Plateau, where you can see all shades of green together, is located at the foot of the Kaçkar Mountains. The Gelin Tülü Waterfall, formed by the water pouring through the mountains, adds a different beauty among these greenery. In addition to its nature, it contributes to health tourism with its hot springs. The thermal springs in Ayder Plateau are good for many diseases.
Storm Creek, Camlihemsin Rize
If you’re looking for a vacation where adrenaline is at its peak, Fırtına Deresi is just for you. It offers an unforgettable rafting experience with its 57 kilometers of running waters. The rafting track, which starts about 1 kilometer south of Çamlıhemşin, is 23 kilometers long. The track must be completed before the stream’s waters spill into the Black Sea. Since the bed of the stream is very stony, the course has very challenging points and extra care is needed to avoid dangerous situations. If you say “No, I’m afraid I won’t do rafting”, you can go to bridges such as Şenyuva Bridge and Timisvat Bridge, which overlook the Fırtına Stream.
Bandırma Ship Museum, Canik Samsun
The Bandırma Ferry, which played an important role in the start of the War of Independence and the establishment of the Turkish Republic, was turned into a museum in 2006 and opened to visitors. There are wax statues of Mustafa Kemal and his four comrades-in-arms in the cabin located inside the ship. Taking advantage of the vastness of the museum area, the National Struggle Park and the Open Air Museum were established in the area with the work of the municipality. After visiting the Bandırma Ferry, you can also visit this museum.
Sinop Historical Prison, Sinop
The castle in which the Sinop Historical Prison is located, which is called the “Alcatraz of Anatolia”, dates back to ca. It was built around 2000. Documents about the use of the castle as a prison show 1568 as the oldest date. It officially became a prison in 1887. It was closed in 1999 and restored as a museum. The prison, where many poets, politicians, writers and artists, including Sabahattin Ali, are imprisoned, is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Therefore, there is a huge moisture problem. There were even prisoners who lost their lives before the end of their sentence due to this humidity problem.
Yedigoller National Park, Bolu
There are 7 landslide lakes in Yedigöller National Park, which is the scene of views that are different in every season with its rich vegetation. These 7 lakes, namely Sazlıgöl, İncegöl, Nazlıgöl, Küçükgöl, Deringöl, Büyükgöl and Seringöl, offer a romantic image with the harmony of red, orange and yellow colors in the vegetation around them, especially in autumn. The park, which is among the smallest national parks in Turkey, is ideal for day trips. If you like camping, waking up to the view of the lakes is another pleasure.
Amasra, one of the most beautiful destinations of the Western Black Sea Region, has a history of approximately 3000 years. The town, which was used as the capital of many civilizations, is a place defined by Fatih Sultan Mehmet as “Çeşm-i Cihan”, that is, “the apple of the eye of the world”. Amasra Castle, Kemere Bridge, Çekiciler Bazaar, Amasra Museum and Crying Tree are the places you must see in Amasra, where you can discover all the peace of a seaside butcher with its warm atmosphere. However, Amasra tastes best when you eat fresh fish in restaurants with a sea view. If you go in season, I’m sure you will eat the best anchovies, turbot, whiting and mullet you can eat here. Along with the fish, of course, you should taste the famous Amasra salad. If you come in summer, you can also enjoy the sea at Amasra beaches. Big Harbor Beach, Small Harbor Beach,
Abant Lake, Bolu
Abant Lake, which is the first destination that comes to mind when autumn is mentioned in our country, is the ideal place for a great weekend getaway with its proximity to Istanbul and Ankara. Spread over an area of 125 hectares, the lake is a crater lake. It was taken under protection with the status of a nature park in 1988, as it hosts a wide variety of plants and animals with its surrounding area of 1150 hectares. Since it hosts so many visitors, the surroundings of Abant Lake are covered with hotels. If you want, choose among Abant hotels where you can spend time by the fireplace in winter , or set up your tent around the lake, it’s entirely up to you. If you want to explore the other natural beauties of Bolu while you are at Abant Lake, you can also go to Yedigöller, Sülüklü Lake and Mudurnu.
King Rock Tombs, Amasya
Bearing the traces of many civilizations, the King Rock Tombs in Amasya are among the most monumental tombs in Anatolia. It is also shown as important examples of the rock tomb tradition around the world. The King Rock Tombs, which were used as the tombs of the Pontus Kings in the Hellenistic Period, were built by carving the vertical rocks on the skirts of Amasya Castle. The largest of the graves is the one at the end of the road in the west direction. The entrance to the tomb built for King Pharnakes is higher than the others and is also known as the Great King’s Tomb. The tombs, which have a very impressive view, can be reached by crossing the railway through narrow streets. Although it is difficult to climb the stairs and paths carved into the rocks, it is worth all the tiredness.
Safranbolu Houses, Safranbolu Karabuk
Safranbolu, one of the most touristic places of our country, is home to Safranbolu houses, where Ottoman architecture has been preserved in the best way until today. Safranbolu, which looks like an open-air museum with the houses adorning every corner, welcomes hundreds of local and foreign tourists every year with these houses. 800 of more than 2000 houses in Safranbolu are under protection. Some of the houses were restored and Safranbolu hotelsas welcoming guests. For this reason, when you go to Safranbolu, you should definitely stay for 1 night because the details inside these houses are also very impressive. You will be surprised to see woodwork and different cabinet types. The most beautiful examples of this architecture are the District Governors, Kilerciler, Mümtazlar, Karaüzümler, Kavsalar and Sipahioğlu mansions. After seeing the mansions, you can go up to Hıdırlık Hill and watch the view of Safranbolu from above.
Selimiye Mosque, Edirne
The Selimiye Mosque, described as “my masterpiece” by Mimar Sinan, is a place admired by those who see it with its 4 minarets of 70 meters and its majestic dome. The mosque, which can be seen from many different places no matter how far it is with its minarets, is the symbol of Edirne. There is no column carrying the dome of the mosque, which is approximately 31.30 meters in diameter. Therefore, it has a very important place in terms of architectural history.
Maşukiye, Kartepe Kocaeli
Maşukiye, located on the outskirts of Kartepe in the east of Kocaeli, reminds once again how peaceful the nature gives by mixing the sounds of the water and the sounds of the birds. In Maşukiye, which is an ideal place to get away from all the stress of daily life and breathe in that clean air, Aygır Stream flowing from Kartepe peak and Kuzu Plateau, which offers a wonderful view of Sapanca Lake, are places you should definitely see.
Historical Peninsula, Istanbul
The historical peninsula, or in other words Suriçi, is the place where the oldest settlement was established in Istanbul; The name of the region surrounded by the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. Another reason why this region is called the historical peninsula is the many historical monuments in the region. Palaces, mosques, churches and obelisks from the Byzantine and Ottoman Periods are an important place to observe the history of the peninsula. You can start your historical peninsula tour from Eminönü Square. After seeing Sirkeci Station, Yeni Mosque, Spice Bazaar and Cağaloğlu Hamam, you can come to Sultanahmet Square. Blue Mosque, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Obelisk, Serpent Column, German Fountain, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Archeology Museum, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace are among the most important places you should see.
Prince Islands, Istanbul
The Prince Islands are actually the name given to all of the 9 islands under the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. There are settlements on Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada and Kınalıada, but there are no settlements in Sedefadası, Tavşanadası, Sivriada, Kaşıkadası and Yassıada. Among the islands, the most touristic ones are Büyükada and Heybeliada. Since they are only a ferry ride away from Istanbul, they are preferred as the address of calmness in spring and summer months.
Uludağ, one of the first places that comes to mind when skiing is mentioned in Turkey, welcomes thousands of local and foreign ski lovers every winter. For this reason, there are Uludag hotels that have developed themselves in terms of service . The mountain, which has a height of 2,543 meters, offers a pleasant skiing experience as it is covered with a dense layer of snow during the winter. Offering tracks for both professional and amateur skiers, Uludağ turns into a picnic area for those who want to escape the heat in the summer.
Maiden’s Tower, Uskudar Istanbul
The Maiden’s Tower, which forms the silhouette of Istanbul, is also one of the symbols of Turkey. The construction date of the Maiden’s Tower, located off Salacak of Üsküdar district, is not known exactly. There are many legends about the construction of the tower, which is thought to have existed since ancient times. The most well-known is the legend based on the fact that the king, who heard the prophecy that his daughter would be killed by a snake, built this tower to protect his daughter. Although the king closed the tower to protect his daughter, it is said that the snake that came out of the grape basket that came to the tower killed the girl. You may be thinking, “Oh, is this story again”, but when you say Maiden’s Tower, you can’t talk about legends. Since it is also the subject of romantic legends, the Maiden’s Tower offers the ideal atmosphere for marriage proposals and romantic dinners.
Cumalıkızık Village, Yıldırım Bursa
Cumalıkızık Village, located approximately 165 kilometers from Istanbul, is the region where the Ottomans first settled in Bursa. Like Safranbolu, Cumalıkızık also has houses with Ottoman-era residential architecture. The village, which has a total of 270 houses, 180 of which can be used today, was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2014. I am sure that you will want to take pictures while wandering the streets of the historical village lined with Ottoman houses. If you are going to the village to have a nice breakfast, it would be wise to be there early, because it is a popular place, so breakfast places can fill up early.
Uluabat Lake, Bursa
Uluabat Lake, which is about 30 kilometers away from Bursa city center, is a lake formed as a result of tectonic movements. The lake, which has many villages around it, is an important resource in terms of fishing. The people living in the surrounding villages earn their living by selling the fish they catch from the lake. The most popular of the villages around the lake is Gölyazı Village. Gölyazı, which was established on a small island on the lake, is connected to the land by a thin road. The village, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Apollo in the past, was known as a small fishing village where the Greeks lived for a long time. After the population exchange, it became a village where only Turks lived. I recommend that you start the day with breakfast in the village, which offers a warm atmosphere with its local people selling fish on the streets and spinning nets for fishing, and then eat fresh cranes and springs caught from the lake for dinner.
Iznik Lake, Iznik Bursa
Iznik Lake, Turkey’s 5th largest lake, is located in Bursa’s Iznik district. The view of Iznik Lake, which is a fresh water lake, is an unforgettable beauty. Especially at sunset, you encounter a landscape that you can see in works of art. If you go early in the day to visit the lake, I definitely recommend that you do not return without seeing the sunset. The surroundings of the lake are full of touristic facilities, breakfast places and camping areas. What you have to do when you come here is to take a canoe tour on the lake. So you can photograph the view of the lake even closer. When you come to Iznik, it is not possible to return without seeing the famous Iznik tiles. You can go to the tile workshops here, take lessons, paint your own tiles, or buy wonderful gifts for your loved ones.
Ulu Mosque, Bursa
Ulu Mosque, one of Bursa’s landmarks, is spread over a very large area in Orhan Gazi Park. The mosque was built between 1396-1400 by order of Yıldırım Beyazıd. The first imam of the mosque is Süleyman Çelebi, the author of Mevlid. Bursa Ulu Mosque has a special place as it is the most original work of the Ottoman period with its architectural features. The Grand Mosque, with its 20 domes, is the first of the multi-domed structures in Ottoman architecture and is known as the largest mosque in our country with its inner congregation area. Another important feature of this place is that the black cover hung high on the side of the east door next to the imam’s room is the Kaaba cover. When Yavuz Sultan Selim changed the cover of the Kaaba with the cover sent from Istanbul, he gave the old cover to the mosque and hung it with his own hands. However, due to the humidity problem of the mosque, the embroideries were lost.