Istanbul is, without a doubt, the first destination to visit when you are in Turkey. However, many other places in the country are worth seeing. Here we have selected the five goals that we think are essential to understand in Turkey.
After Istanbul, the region of Cappadocia is undoubtedly an essential place in Turkey. His landscapes are breathtaking by their beauty and originality. Located in the heart of Anatolia, this area has been on UNESCO’s protected heritage list since 1985.
No less than 150 sites and 3000 chapels are inside this space. Among these sites, the best known are the Göreme Valley and the troglodyte dwellings of Nevsehir. The underground cities of Kaymakli, Özkonak and Ürgüp, are also unusual places of Cappadocia to visit.
Located on the shores of the Aegean Sea, Bodrum is a pleasant place to relax. This seaside resort is often nicknamed the “Turkish Saint-Tropez”. With around 90,000 inhabitants in the off-season, the city and its surroundings host hundreds of thousands of people in summer. Note that the 15th century Château de Saint-Pierre is one of the best-preserved monuments of the medieval age.
Bodrum is also an ideal place to practice various underwater activities, such as diving. The underwater world of the region is actual of exceptional beauty and diversity. Bodrum is also an essential place for lovers of nightlife.
Very popular with international and local tourists, the city of Antalya does not lack in interest. It lies at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea and in the heart of the Turkish Riviera. Antalya has the distinction of combining a rich cultural heritage, with its old historic centre, and ultramodern seaside infrastructures.
In addition to bathing in warm, warm water, cruises to the many nearby islands make Antalya a premier summer destination. Besides, a few dozen kilometres from Antalya are reachable archaeological sites such as Aspendos Theater.
The Black Sea region
The Black Sea region is relatively unknown to the international public. However, with its exceptional landscapes, ranging from its immense beaches, its many forests and its mountain chain, this region of more than 100,000 km² can not leave anyone indifferent. This space differs from other parts of Turkey by the omnipresence of vast natural areas of great diversity.
For example, you can discover Trabzon, the largest city in the region, known for its Byzantine monuments. For rock climbing and tea lovers, Rize is an excellent choice. At 1200 meters altitude, Ayder is a perfect place for hiking and hot springs.
The city of Edirne is not usually placed between as an essential destination in the guides on Turkey. However, Edirne, which is both 10 km from Greece and 20 km from Bulgaria, can become your favourite. Edirne was the third capital of the Ottoman Empire between 1361 and 1453 when Istanbul became the capital.
Today, the charm of Edirne lies in its rich heritage inherited from the Ottoman era. The Selimiye Mosque, built by the famous architect Mimar Sinan, is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of Ottoman art.