Turkey is one of the most popular Middle Eastern countries for travellers. You’ll find amazing ancient architecture, unspoiled nature, great shopping in local markets, and surprisingly many pristine beaches. Here is a top ten list, this is not in order and is only our opinion, there are many other great things to do in Turkey that didn’t make this list.
10. Explore the Island of Kekova
This tiny little island, mainly known for it’s ancient ruins beneath it and crystal clear water, attract many day trippers from Antalya who come to relax and enjoy the unspoiled nature and ruins. You can spend the day boating or kayaking around the island, which is the best way to explore the island as well as the ruins.
9. Check out Ephesus
This ancient Greek city was constructed in the 10th century BC, it’s famous for the Temple of Artemis which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Sadly it is gone but there is a replica which tries to recreate the original.
8. Explore Istanbul
Once known as Constantinople this city had an important economic and cultural significance back in ancient times. Now it’s one of the most popular destinations in Turkey with stylish architecture, variety of shops and bazaars, restaurants and entertainment. An excellent way to explore the city is on a boat tour where you will see the city skyline come alive at night.
7. Climb Mount Nemrut
A surprisingly magical place, at the top of the 7000 ft mountain are ancient head statues scattered everywhere. They were built by Kind Antiochus I in 62 BC and the Persian and Greek influence is clearly visible in the craftmanship of these unique relics. The best way to visit this UNESCO world heritage site is on a guided tour from Adiyaman.
6. Bathe in Pamukkale Hot Springs
Another UNESCO world heritage site, Pamukkale or the “Cotton Castle” for obvious reasons features very strange and unique natural white terraces sprawled over the hill which are created from carbonate mineral left over by flowing water. Pools are formed with rich mineral water from the hot springs. It’s an amazing place to enjoy nature and relax in the natural spa which has been used by the Greeks since the 2nd century BC. The ancient ruines of Hierapolis is also a great place to can visit above the springs.
5. Go Paragliding in Ölüdeniz
Ölüdeniz is a popular beach destination, with an amazing beach, clear water nestled within forest covered mountains. The weather is always pleasant, and recently it has become very popular with paragliding which offers fantastic views of the lagoons the crystal clear blue ocean and the forests and hills below.
3. Go Hiking in the Saklıkent Canyon
One of the deepest gorges in the world, found in Saklıkent National Park this canyon is 300 m (980 ft) deep and 18 km (11 mi) long. During the summer the water levels drop and at this time visitors can enter the canyon, with amazing views of the steep cliffs up above.
2. Chill out in Antalya
This popular resort destination attracts millions of visitors every year. The weather is great, the beaches are soft and sandy and the warm water make this the perfect way to escape the typical countryside and bustling cities of Turkey. There’s also lots of bazaars with local traders selling their handcrated goods, don’t forget to haggle!
1. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia
Hands down the most famous attraction in Turkey, you cannot visit this country without taking a hot air balloon ride over this historic site. The settlements here date back to the 6th century BC. It’s also famous for the “fairy chimneys” a true natural wonder that you will only find in a few places around the world.