50 Must-See Places in Turkey! Part 1

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If you are planning a Trip to Turkey, probably you should already have prepared your own list of the best places to visit in Turkey. Here is the 1st part of 50 Must See Places in Turkey. The list contains various landmarks or attraction points from different provinces and regions, so you can pick your favorites on your route. Turkey’s tourism offers a variety of choices and we are sure that you will reconsider your travel plans for this year; Turkey holidays will not disappoint you.

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Here we go :

1-NEMRUT: Place of Giant Sculptures

Sunset at Nemrut Mountain
Sunset at Nemrut Mountain

Nemrut is an ideal place for history fans. It locates in Kahta town of Adıyaman. In this area there is a national park which includes traces of Kingdom of Commagene an ancient civilization. There are gravestones and giant sculptures of lion and eagle head in 7 meters height.

2-AMASRA: A small town in nature

If you who want a peaceful holiday then you will become a big fan of Amasra. It is one of the most charming towns in Black Sea Region. In addition to its natural beauties also a historical tour which involves Historic Genoa Castle, castle and museum of Amasra are waiting for you.

3-AMASYA: A city of river beauty

There may be some surprising things in a middle Anatolian city. Sight the houses which hold the distinction of being a Traditional Ottoman house, by Yeşilırmak river running along the middle of the city is a good reason to visit Amasya.

4-OLIMPOS: A town contains history and mystery

In Olympos which has traces of ancient Lycia, Rome and Byzantine Empire you can have a nice holiday full of history and mystery at the same time. You can see the fire that has lighten for 3 thousand years in Çıralı and enjoy the most beautiful beaches in the world.

5-ULUABAT GÖLÜ: A lake home of fishes and bird

Uluabat Gölü is in 34 km distance from Bursa. Its composition provides the suitable environment to different species of waterfalls which have a number of nearly 100 thousand. It is also an excellent place for aquatic species and harbors 21 different kinds of fishes.

6-ŞİRİNCE: A Romanian village of Aegean

It is a historic Romanian village in 8 kilometers east of Selçuk famous with ruins of Ephesus. You can find lots of vineyards, peach gardens and olive groves in there. You can also visit Famous Şirince houses which have built by Anatolia architecture of 19. century. Hospitable people of Şirince have you taste famous wine.

7-POLONEZKÖY and AĞVA: Lungs of İstanbul

If you visit İstanbul it definitely recommended seeing Polonezköy a historic place and Ağva a cute place between two rivers or Anadolu Feneri where locates Anatolian side of the Bosphorus.

8-CUMALIKIZIK:  An Ottoman village

Cumalıkızık where Orhan Gazi had set up before capture Bursa is in 2 km distance from Bursa. There are gorgeous houses built by Ottoman architecture. You can enjoy the rivers that run through the narrow streets of the village and be surprised at that how hospitable people meet you.

9-OYLAT KAPLICALARI: Thermal springs that have both spa and nature

There are different options for holiday. If you choose thermal springs then Oylat Kaplıcaları is one of the most suitable choices for this. It is in a very green forest 27 km far from İnegöl/Bursa and offers both the most beautiful green and the most healthy waters of nature.

10-GÖKÇEADA: Twins of Aegean

If you want to experience the last sundown of Turkey, energize by drinking Dibek Coffee in Zeytinli and taste delicious deserts of Hristo you should make sail to Gökçeada. It is worth traveling the Romanian villages individually.

11-TORTUM ŞELALESİ: A fall in Erzurum

Tortum Falls is 35 km far from Tortum. It is 48 meters in height. This amazing fall was the longest fall in Turkey. Since the hydroelectric dam completed, it falls in winter and spring due to the water level of the lake. If you visit the east region of Turkey you should definitely come over Erzurum and Tortum falls and Tortum Lake.

12-ALAÇATI: A place where all surfers of the world arrive

Alaçatı is known as one of the most frequent place visited by the surfers from all nations. It provides an excellent wind that makes surfing in all seasons possible. Also, it has a wonderful nature, architecture to see and delicious natural products to taste.

13-KÖYCEĞİZ: It is history and nature..

Köyceğiz is known as an ancient port town and possesses history for 4000 years. There are many reasons to prefer this town. For example, you can have a bath in thermal springs in Sultaniye village and experience safari in Yaylaköyü and Gökçeova.

14-SİNOP CEZAEVİ: A place where expert writers suffer greatly

Prison of Sinop was built in the period of Seljuk Empire. It had used as a big school where people have political offense up to 1997. Refik Halit Karay, Sabahattin Ali ve Necip Fazıl Kısakürek some famous authors of Turkish literature were examples of a convict of Prison of Sinop. Now this place is used as a museum

15-PALAMUTBÜKÜ: A silent holiday in nature

Palamutbükü is a bay which has a distance of 25 km to center of Datça. You should visit Palamutbükü if you want to swim in a sea shining like a pearl, fishing in sparkling water and trip to close bays by yacht. This village located as Protected area is the right choice for sea and nature addicts.

16-ÖLÜDENİZ: Unique sea and nature

Ölüdeniz is a unique place in Fethiye. You can experience sea bathing in the most beautiful beach of the world and you can discover a natural treasure Kelebek Vadisi (Valley of Butterflies) after an amazing and unique journey. Also trying paragliding in Babadağ is another excellent option that Ölüdeniz offers.

17-SAKLIKENT: A surprising journey in the canyon

Saklıkent a valley which is 18 km in length locates between Fethiye and Antalya. It presents the extraordinary beauty of nature and in here to go ahead climbing is needed. You should definitely visit this place if you look for incomparable experiences.

18-ADALAR: Time for sightseeing

Islands lined up in Marmara Sea are at close quarters to İstanbul and they are at the top of the list of sights of İstanbul. Especially Büyükada should be seen, climbing up to hill by coach and riding a bicycle to discover the island should be definitely tried. Summer is the most appropriate season to see these islands.

19-KONYA: Do not go back without seeing  Sille

Konya a city in the middle of Anatolia is an outdoor museum with its history and culture inheritance. If you want to feel Hz. Mevlana (Rumi) and investigate his principles closely you should definitely visit this city.

20-UZUNGÖL: A dream garden consists of all colors of nature

Uzungöl a kind of dream garden hides among foggy mountains of Blacksea. You can find thousands of tones of green, colorful flowers and coolness of a wonderful plateau. You should see Uzungöl immediately before structures damage of its fibre.

21-KAPADOKYA:  Can not talk about just live…

Kapadokya cradle of civilization locates in the middle of Turkey. You can feel the magical atmosphere just after taking steps to the region. If you belong to the group thinking that flying is freedom then you should try balloon tour or if you just say that discovery of the region on foot is the best, you should try tracking in Ihlara Valley. is not important Whatever the reason to visit Kapadokya is not important this place chimney rock paradise is definitely should be seen.

22-HARRAN:  A city of fairy tale

Harran an important station that joins Mesopotamia and Mediterranean is in 45 km southeast of Şanlıurfa. It has a history of 5000 years. It is an important cultural center since prehistoric times.

23-SELİMİYE:  Masterpiece of Sinan

Edirne Selimiye Mosque is one of the most important masterpieces of Architect Sinan. Also it is the peak of Ottoman-Turkish architecture. Tiles, handwritings, marbles and hand works in the inner of the mosque are work of art in its own right.

24-PAMUKKALE:  White pearl of Aegean

Pamukkale is in the region which includes traces of an ancient civilization of Hierapolis. There are also an archaic pool, archaic theatre and archeological museum in this region. Tour to this place offers you both a wonderful nature and a historic place at the same time.

25-İSHAKPAŞA SARAYI: Both Seljuk Empire and Ottoman

İshakpaşa is a place set on rocky mountains in the distance of 5 kms of Doğubeyazıt. It has 116 rooms. It is a structure that holds characteristics of Turkestan, Seljuks and Ottoman architecture together.

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  1. I have been in Oludeniz in 2006. It was so amazing and i heard lots of good things about Olympos, i really wanna go there for this summer vac. i just missed Turkey.
    Seni seviyorum Turkey !

  2. “Tortum Falls is 35 kms far from Tortum. It is 48 meters in height. This amazing fall is the longest fall of Asia and Europe and the third longest fall of the world.”

    Why ruin your credibility with such retarded comments?


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