40 Incredible Places to Visit in Turkey

Last updated on June 3rd, 2020 at 10:02 am

Turkey is a transcontinental country located in both European and Asian continents. It’s also one of the famous spots visited by tourists in the world, and that’s because of the beautiful places to visit in Turkey such as historical sites and beaches, great food, and friendly people waiting for you in this country.

Read here: Mini Guide to Turkey and Travel Guide to Turkey

Also read: Is Turkey safe to travel to? and Places to Visit in Europe this Summer

Best Time to Visit Turkey

The months of April, May, September and October are the warm months of Turkey, which make it the best time to go out and explore the beautiful outdoor tourist spots of the country. 

However, June through September are the worst and hottest months of the country so we don’t recommend going to Turkey on those months.

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How to Get to Turkey

If you are coming from the United Kingdom, there are daily flights coming from London, Manchester and Birmingham. The travel time is around 4 hours. You can get affordable flights for £100-120 from London with Pegasus Airlines.

There are also daily direct flights from Birmingham with Turkish Airlines, for £200 going to Istanbul. If you are coming from Manchester flights are more expensive with British Airways up to £300.

All the flights are going to Istanbul, one of the most popular destinations in the world. Istanbul is the most populated city, center for economy, culture, and history of Turkey.

Places to Visit in Turkey

1. Ankara

One of the most famous places to visit in Turkey is the second largest city, Ankara, the capital. Some of the things to do in Ankara are Anitkabir, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Kocatepe Mosque, and Altınköy Açık Hava Müzesi.

2. Istanbul

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There are two different parts in Istanbul: the old city and the new city. In the old city the most famous landmarks are Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. Catholic churches can also be found here.

Visit Taksim Square to taste the cuisine of Istanbul. Bars, restaurants and small eateries are available around here.

3. Pamukkale

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Pamukkale is a long way from Istanbul, however many tourists see it fit to be visited. It is a thermal pool naturally designed with terraces. It’s also a fine example of a calcium formation that’s proved to be aesthetic. It’s also the site of Hierapolis.

4. Cappadocia

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Many tourists also visit Cappadocia, the beautiful historic region of Turkey. Cappadocia is popular for the hot air balloons especially at sunrise, where you can rise up with the sun. Prices for the ride are worth £100 .

You should also go ahead to Gerome after the ride to visit the fairy chimneys at the Paşabağ Valley.

5. Lake Van

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Lake Van is the largest body of water in Turkey and the second largest in the Middle East. It is located in the east of Turkey in the provinces of Van and Bitlis. The view of the lake is incredible as it is huge. 

6. Mardin

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If you feel like visiting for the hunt of amazing architecture, the Mardin is the right place for you. The architecture of the houses in this area is beautiful. The designs of the places are really good in Mardin.

7. Antalya

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Antalya was a major port of Romans way back. Now, it’s filled with hotels and yachts. Many tourists visit this place to take a dip around the beaches.

8. Tortum Waterfall

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Tortum Waterfall’s pics always come out as strong and heavy, and that’s because Tortum Waterfall is the largest waterfall In Turkey. It’s fun and a little bit scary to swim though.

9. Amasya

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Turkish places have really some sort of historical background dating hundreds of years ago, Amasya is no exception. Amasya is the capital of the Amasya province in the Black Sea region. The place has some impressive rock formations.

10. Ephesus

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Another place dating back to antiquity is Ephesus. Ephesus still has the preserved Library of Celsus, the theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the famous Temple of Artemis.

11. Uzungöl

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Uzungöl is a lake located in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province. The area has been commercialized nowadays with establishments popping out to cater with the tourists needs. The lush scenery combined with the beautiful scenery of the lake is beautiful.

12. Düden Waterfalls

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Düden Waterfalls is Antalya, a waterfall situated at a magnificent landscape. Although not as big as Tortum, Düden Waterfalls still packs its own awe.

13. Blue Lagoon Öludeniz

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Blue Lagoon Öludeniz is located in the resort village of southwest coast turkey. The Lagoon has varying shades of Turquoise hued waters. Many tourists swim here in Summer.

14. Mamure Castle

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Mamure Castle is a medieval castle in the Anamur District of Mersin Province, Turkey. This castle dates back to the 13th century. The castle is really old as you can tell, but how well it shows you its age is amazing.

15. Aspendos

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Another ancient Greco-Roman city in Antalya province of Turkey. It’s an ancient theater with staggered chairs. The place is old but is sure to give you chills.

More Places to Visit in Turkey

16. Side

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Side, Turkey is a relaxing, family friendly resort on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast near Antalya Airport. You could also go to the Side Museum displaying mostly Hellenistic and Roman statuary.

17. Bodrum

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Bodrum City had a medieval fortress built partly with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Now, it is being dubbed as the St. Tropez of Turkey.

18. Hattusha

Hattusha, places to visit in Turkey
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Hattusha is a UNESCO site. It was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the Bronze Age. The ruins are near Boğazkale just 220 kilometers far from Ankara.

19. Sumela

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Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery built on the side of the cliff. It was closed recently because of threats regarding rock falls. Well, it’s nestled 1200 meters above ground, so it’s better to be safe.

20. Mount Nemrut

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Mount Nemrut (2552m) is located in southeastern Turkey, and above the Euphrates River valley. It is the site of extensive ruins of the tomb of Antiochos I. The place is a blend of eeriness and fascination with both the tomb and the mountain’s peak.

21. Myra’s Rock Tombs

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Yet another one of the most famous places to visit in Turkey is the Myra’s Rock Tombs. It’s a historical place in Antalya Province. You’ll be fascinated with the ancient tombs here in the form of statues.

22. Harran Beehive Houses

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Located in Harran, these astonishing beehive houses prove that Turkey has indeed one of the most unique architectural styles. These houses are shaped like beehives so the inhabitants can be protected from earthquakes, wind storms, and other natural calamities.

23. Fethiye

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Another one of the best places to visit in Turkey is the port city of Fethiye. Don’t forget to experience their natural harbor with clear, blue waters, and the rock tombs. 

You can also visit the Butterfly Valley Natural Reserve located in the southern part of the city.

24. Ani

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Ani is located in the eastern part of Turkey, and is known as the “the city of a thousand and one churches.” It was a ruined medieval city in the past, so in the present time, it looks like a ghost town. 

However, tourists can still visit this city and take pictures of The Monastery of the Hripsimian Virgins, Ruins of the Mausoleum of the Child Princes, the ruins of the Church of Saint Gregory of Tigran Honents, and many other historical ruins.

25. Kas

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When planning about the places to visit in Turkey, you should not miss visiting the town of Kas. It’s a small seaside town on the Mediterranean coast in southwestern Turkey. You can visit the famous Kaputaş Beach and the Old Amphitheatre in Kas.

26. Patara

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Another city in Turkey that you should experience is Patara. It’s home to the famous Patara Beach, with clear blue waters and fine sand. Patara is one of the most commercialized cities in this country.

27. Gaziantep

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Gaziantep is formerly known as Antep, but many locals still call the city Antep. It’s dubbed as the Gastronomy City of the country, making it to our list of places to visit in Turkey. You should try the famous delicacies here such as the Pistachio Coffee, Cheesecake Pistachio and Baklava.

28. Marmaris

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Marmaris is known as the Mediterranean resort town of the country, making it one of the most famous places to visit in Turkey. In fact, it’s a popular travel spot for beach lovers. You can visit the Dalyan Turtle Beach and other beautiful beaches in the town where you can relax, sunbathe, swim, dive, or even go on a cruise.

29. Pergamum

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This was once one of the most powerful and rich ancient cities in Mysia. In the present times, you can find a lot of old, historical ruins. 

30. Mount Ararat

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This dormant compound volcano in the eastern part of Turkey is a great view to see. Its volcanic cones are Greater Ararat and Little Ararat. Greater Ararat is the highest peak in Turkey with an elevation of 5 137 meters.

More Places to Visit in Turkey

31. Safranbolu

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Another town in the Black Sea region of northern Turkey is Safranbolu, known for places to visit in Turkey such as the Crystal Glass Terrace, Safranbolu Evleri History, Canyon of Tokatlı, and Bulak Mencilis Mağarası.

32. Hattusa

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Also known as Hatussha, this city was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1986 because of its beauty and rich cultural features. There’s a lot of preserved constructions here such as temples, royal residences, and fortifications. It’s home to the famous Lions’ Gate and Royal Gate.

33. Alacati

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Indeed one of the popular places to visit in Turkey is Alacati. It’s a town on the Çeşme Peninsula known for beautiful beaches, old stone houses, and the winemaking tradition.

34. Konya

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This city in Turkey is known as the pilgrimage spot for the Sufis because of the tomb of the founder of Mevlana order, Jelaleddin Rumi, in the Mevlana Museum. There are also other places to visit in Konya such as the Karatay Madrasa, Alâeddin Mosque, Konya Science Center, and many more. 

35. Hagia Sophia

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Yet another one of the most famous places to visit in Turkey is the Hagia Sophia. It was once a Greek Cathedral, that turned into an Ottoman Mosque, but is now a museum. It was once the world’s largest building and was known for its marvelous, gigantic dome.

36. Bursa

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If you want to relax and engage yourself to nature in Turkey, then the “Green Bursa” is a must-visit place. It’s the 4th most populous city in Turkey, but it’s rich in parks with lots of trees. It’s also known for its mosques and historical sites from the early Ottoman Empire. 

37. Mugla

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Mugla is the province in Turkey where the famous Marmaris is located. It has a lot of stunning beaches and resorts. One of the most famous beaches is the Blue Lagoon. You should also visit the Bodrum Castle, one of its historical sites.

38. Mersin

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This port city in the southern part of Turkey is known for its distance to Tarsus, a nearby pilgrimage site for Christians where St. Paul was born. Don’t miss to visit the Cleopatra Gate, one of the ruins of the old Roman defensive walls. There’s also the Mersin Museum where you can find archaeological artifacts and sculptures.

39. Black Coast

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Turkey’s Black Coast is where the Black Sea Region is located. There’s a lot of seaside towns and some undeveloped beaches in the region. If you are staying in Turkey for quite some time, then the Black Sea Region is one of the places to visit in Turkey. 

There are many tourist spots to visit, such as the city of Trabzon, Altındere National Park, Soumela Monastery, Sinop, Rize, Amasra, Karaca Cave, and a lot more.

40. The Blue Mosque

And last on our list of places to visit in Turkey is the famous Blue Mosque located in Sultan Ahmet, İstanbul. It’s also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque, a historic mosque that still functions today. It was believed to be constructed between 1609 to 1616.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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