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10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey


Myriads of historical monuments, ancient ruins, and cultural sites, Turkey has been blessed with a fair share of history. The country has long been a center of importance and is ruled by iconic figures of historic Empires- including the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, all have left their prints on the soils of this beautiful land. Whether you want to explore the great city of Istanbul, where the east meets the west, embrace the ancient ruins of the Ephesus, watch the city of Cappadocia unfold, or relax in the Mediterranean waters, Turkey has more than enough to offer. Here’s a list of things to see and do in Turkey.

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1. Antalya

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -2 This enchanting resort city is located in Turkey's southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast. The city is known for its blue waters and the bustling old harbors and beaches. There are numerous resorts and restaurants nested against the scenic backdrop of the magnificent mountains and beaches. The city also has beautiful ancient remains from the time when Antalya was a major Roman port. Some of the most famous once are Hadrian’s Gate and Hidirlik Tower which offer beautiful harbor views. Antalya offers various recreational activities such as mountain climbing and sightseeing and is a perfect escape for families as well as solo travelers.

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2. Cappadocia

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -3 One of the most photographed cities in the world, there is no way that the magical city of Cappadocia has missed your eyes. Located in a semi-arid region in central Turkey, the city is famous for its tall, cone-shaped rock formations, famously called the fairy chimneys. Cappadocia is also famous for carvings in the valley walls by the cave dwellers and is a must-visit attraction when traveling there. The city has preserved the age-old carvings of the humankind on the bronze age homes and ancient churches. The best time to go to Cappadocia is from the end of April to June and September and October. The weather is less windy making it optimal for hot air balloon rides, which is an activity one must participate when traveling to Cappadocia.

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3. Istanbul

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -4 Located on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is the city where east meets the west. The city displays an amalgamation of different cultures which were brought here through the many empires that ruled this city in the past. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia, which was once a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral and later became an Ottoman imperial mosque, is a classic example of this amalgamation. The city inherits impressive culture, unusual architecture, and food which truly defines the union of Europe and Asia. When traveling to Istanbul, make a point to visit the blue mosque and the Topkapi palace museum to fully immerse yourself in the history of this city. Also, make visit the grand bazaar to shop for leather items, jewelry, and souvenir.

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4. Hagia Sophia

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -5 The Hagia Sophia is known as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and it is not only the top attraction of Istanbul but also the whole country. The architecture marvel carries a lot of history, it was constructed as a Cathedral by the Romans, but later it was converted into a mosque when the Ottoman Empire captured the city of Constantinople and at last, 1935, the Republic of Turkey announced it as a museum. It is an ultimate masterpiece of Byzantine architecture and has been an inspiration for many other famous such as the blue mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque.

5. Ephesus

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -6 Ephesus was one of the largest cities during the golden age of the Roman Empire and boasts one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, The Temple of Artemis. The colossal monuments and historic ruins are still preserved. A half day tour would be enough to give you a perfect sight of this still-standing Roman city. Not to be missed, the Temple of Hadrian and the spectacular Celsus Library, that was built to preserve more than 12,000 scrolls. There’s also exists ruins of a massive theatre which has the capacity to hold more than 25,000 spectators. A visit to Ephesus would be a great cultural experience.

6. Pamukkale

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -7 The Greco-Roman spa town is in everyone’s bucket list for its travertine terraces, which are naturally created by the hot spring that flows down the hillside. The place is also called ‘Cotton Castle’ for its bright white colored slopes placed amid the green landscape. The place is most photogenic at the dusk when the calcite hills glow beautifully as the sun passes the horizon. Near Pamukkale lies the city of Hierapolis, a spa town for the Romans and Byzantines, which also has many architectural monuments and ruins.

7. Topkapi Palace

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -8 The Palace of Topkapi near Bosphorus Strait has been the center of myriads of historical events of the Ottoman Empire. The Topkapi Palace is a museum now but less than 100 years ago it was the home of a sultan, his harem, and his many guests. The Palace complex has four main courtyards and many other smaller buildings. One look at the Palace’s opulent design, jewel-filled treasury, and sprawling harem gives you a glimpse of the life of the Sultan and his family.

8. Bodrum

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -9 Located in the Bodrum peninsula, stretching from the southern coasts of turkey to the Aegean sea. It’s a beautiful coastal town and millions of tourist flock to the city for its beaches, boutiques and vibrant resorts. Today, the town is famous for a trendy summer beach vacation but still, it has not lost its history. Bodrum once was home to the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Worlds and people still visit its ruins that are well-preserved. Another historic marvel is the Castle of St. Peter, also known as the Bodrum Castle which is the city's jewel.

9. Marmaris

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -10 Marmaris is a Mediterranean resort town along the Turkish Riviera and it is one of the most popular seaside towns. The setting of the town makes it very picturesque, it sits between pine-forested mountains and crystal clear waters. The stunning town is popular for its vibrant nightlife, amazing open-air bars, and sandy beaches. The place also offers various boat tours to nearby villages and picturesque islands.

10. Cruising the Mediterranean

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions In Turkey -11 Turkey has many historic sites and beautiful places to visit and admire, but for some tourists, it’s only about diving into the waters and basking in the sun while embracing the gorgeous views. Cruising on a yacht is a popular activity in Turkey for all good reasons. As the cruise sails, you’ll have plenty of time for snorkeling, swimming, or lazing around in the sun. You can also explore different barren islands surrounded by crystal clear Mediterranean waters.

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