10 most beautiful tourist places in Turkey

10 most beautiful tourist places in Turkey
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Turkey's tourist attractions are diverse as it has many popular ones, suitable for tourists from around the world. With its geographical location, which houses the European and Asian continents, Turkey combines the charm of eastern and western beauty.

In addition, it has distinctive cities and architectures, picturesque nature, and beautiful resorts that attract tourists to Turkey. Explore the tourist wonders in Turkey in this article; we will show 10 of Turkey's most beautiful places to visit.

Top 10 Tourist Places in Turkey

1. Istanbul – Asia's and Europe's Jewel

Istanbul is one of the most important tourist places in Turkey and one of the oldest cities in the world. It was the first capital of the Byzantines and then the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The stunning beauty of Istanbul is seen in every neighbourhood, teeming with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries, and monuments. The most famous ones are Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Suleymaniye Mosque and the Blue Mosque.

Istanbul – Asia's and Europe's Jewel

2. Antalya – The Land of Legends

Antalya is one of Turkey's most fascinating tourist destinations and is famous for being a Turkish Riviera. It is one of the most stunning parts of Turkey's Mediterranean coast, combining the civilization of the past with the charm of the present, with many restored Ottoman palaces and boutique hotels scattered throughout the city. You can enjoy its green landscapes, visit Duden or Korsunlu Waterfalls, and have fun in the land of legends.

Antalya – The Land of Legends

3. Patara Beach

Patara Beach is one of Turkey's most beautiful beaches and the most attractive tourist places; it is like a wide and stunning smile carved on the landscape. Located in the southwest of Turkey near the Lycian city of Patara and Fethiye, it was once a major sea and commercial port in the Lycia region.

Patara Beach is a diverse biological park with 12 km of clean, soft sand suitable for relaxing and enjoying its stunning view. In addition, it has a range of historical monuments to visit, such as the old theatre and the Gate of Victory. It also houses many luxury tourist resorts. This beach has been voted one of the best beaches by Times Online.

Patara Beach

4. Ankara – New Turkey

Ankara is the centre of the Turkish government and the capital of Turkey, one of the largest Turkish cities after Istanbul. Historically, Ankara has been a vital hub for trade, with Ankara's historic centre on a rocky hill, 150 meters above the plain on the left bank of the Ankara Kayi River, a tributary of Sakarya River. Ankara is a beautiful, rural city famous for long-haired Angora goats and mohair threads made of precious wool.

Ankara – New Turkey

5. Temple of Hadrian

Excavations have revealed Hadrian's Temple in the ancient city of Kyzikos, which dates back 3,000 years, one of the largest temples in the world, and one of Turkey's oldest tourist destinations.

The temple's façade has 4 Corinthian columns (a pattern of Greek architecture), supporting a magnificent curved arch. The middle contains the inscription of Tish, a memo from that period, and a magnificent sculpture of King Hadrian. The pillars bearing inscriptions in front of the temple represent the bases of statues of the various emperors of that era, while there is a human image inside the temple above the door, it is based on the ornaments of the leaves of the acanthus (a large and stunning perennial plant).

Temple of Hadrian

6. Alanya – Turkey's Paradise

With its beautiful climate and scenery, Alanya has several beaches with soft sandy coastlines and many other attractions, including the Damlatas Valley, the Antiquities Museum and the Dim Cayi Valley, making it a great holiday hub and a beautiful destination for tourism in Turkey.

Modern hotels, cafés and high-quality fish restaurants are scattered across Alanya, meeting the needs of tourists and locals.

Alanya – Turkey's Paradise

7. Fethiye - Bride of the Mediterranean and the Valley of Butterflies

Fethiye is one of Turkey's finest tourist destinations, stretching along with a beautiful natural port on a wide bay. It has a very traditional lifestyle, attracts many visitors every year, and is an important centre for snorkelling and surfing on a bright and beautiful coast. One of its most famous beaches is Oludeniz, a tranquil beach with a bright turquoise colour.

Fethiye - Bride of the Mediterranean

8. Cappadocia – The City of Hot Balloons

Cappadocia is the capital of Nevsehir, one of Turkey's best tourist destinations. It is one of the most spectacular areas known for its rock formations, underground churches and cities, with hundreds of secretive buildings in the Cappadocia region.

Cappadocia – The City of Hot Balloons

We highly recommend not to miss the opportunity to enjoy the view of the city of Kaymakli, with eight levels deep, and Derinkuyu, about 55 meters below the surface and the rocky mountain called Peri Bacalari.

Top 10 Tourist Places in Turkey

9. Ephesus City

Ephesus is originally a historic Greek city. It was a major Roman site on the west coast of Asia Minor near the present city of Seljuk. Ephesus is famous for its 550 B.C. Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It now features some of the region's finest classical architecture examples, including the Old Theatre and the Celsus Library.

Ephesus City

10. Pamukkale – Cotton Castle

Pamukkale is one of the most beautiful natural wonders among Turkey's tourist attractions. The city is described as a cotton castle for its bright whiteness that some people even saw the snow in hot temperatures, 40°C!

Pamukkale is a hot spot as stunning white terraces of warm calcium-rich waters spread over the ground, flowing over low slopes like layers of white ice, making a magnificent landscape.

Pamukkale – Cotton Castle


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Edited by Safaraq Tourism

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