15 Highlights of Turkey for Beginners

With thousands of years of history, Turkey is home to many interesting locations to visit. We accumulated 15 highlights of Turkey that come to mind when Turkey is mentioned.

İstanbul

Istanbul, the capital of civilizations, will be your first destination with its historic peninsula. Suleymaniye, Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, the Bosphorus view, the Golden Horn coast, and dozens of different historic structures are waiting for you.

Sariyer Garipce Rumeli

Cappadocia

Nevşehir and the surrounding area called ​​Cappadocia should not be missed. Ürgüp, Göreme, Zelve, Ihlara Valley, Uç Hisar, and Underground Cities are worth a visit for a few days.

Hot air balloon flying over spectacular Cappadocia.
Hot air balloon flying over spectacular Cappadocia.

İzmir

Izmir center, Kordon, the clock tower, and Ephesus Ancient City with 4000 years of history are waiting for you. Virgin Mary Church, Seven Sleepers Cave, and many other ancient cities are in Izmir and its surroundings. Şirince is also indispensable for photography enthusiasts with its historic background.

Traditional Izmir Boyoz, round borek.
Traditional Izmir Boyoz, round borek.

Yedigöller (Seven Lakes) – Bolu

One of the most beautiful areas in Turkey that you can choose for trekking and photographs is Yedigöller. It presents a wonderful atmosphere that will refresh you with its flora and fauna.

Autumn landscape in (seven lakes) Yedigoller Park Bolu, Turkey.
Autumn landscape in (seven lakes) Yedigoller Park Bolu, Turkey.

Antalya

Antalya is the capital of summer and sea tourism. At the same time, the ancient city of Olympos, Aspendos, and the ancient city of Side are worth visiting. With the Köprülü Canyon, Manavgat Waterfall, and Karain Cave, you can have a different activity every day in this region where nature is bountiful.

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Antalya – Olympos

Trabzon

Sümela Monastery and Uzun Lake are found in Trabzon, a historic Black Sea city. With its magnificent views and immaculate atmosphere, Trabzon is ideal for getting away from stress.

15 Highlights of Turkey for Beginners
Famous touristic place in Trabzon, Uzungol

Ağrı

Rising in vast nature, Mount Ararat, Ishak Pasha Palace, and Noah’s Hill are ideal places for authentic atmosphere.

15 Highlights of Turkey for Beginners
İshak Pasha Palace

Amasra

Amasra is a charming city of the Black Sea. Since the time of Mehmet the Conqueror, its natural beauty, untouched texture, and buildings such as the Genoa Castle provide. An environment that is reminiscent of a fairytale.

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Amasra district of Bartin province of Turkey.

Gökçeada – Bozcaada

For those who love the sea and Aegean cuisine, Gökçeada and Bozcaada are great islands in northern Aegea. Turkey’s westernmost wines are produced naturally in the villages on those islands, and fabulous seafood dishes are cooked in the beachfront restaurants there.

Bozcaada Wine Harvest Festival
Bozcaada Wine Harvest Festival

Gelibolu – Çanakkale

The Gallipoli Peninsula, which is important not only for Turkish history, but also for European and world history, will entice you with its beautiful atmosphere and coastline, as well as its historic significance. You can visit the war monuments and museums and enjoy the breathtaking scenes.

15 Highlights of Turkey for Beginners
Anzac Military Cemetery in Gallipoli Peninsula.

Pamukkale – Denizli

Well known with its white travertine, Pamukkale is a great destination with ancient pools and the ancient city of Hierapolis.

15 Highlights of Turkey for Beginners
Carbonate travertines the natural pools during sunset, Pamukkale, Turkey.

Zeugma Ancient City – Gaziantep

The ancient city of Zeugma in the town of Nizip in Gaziantep hosts millions of tourists every year who are drawn to its Roman mosaics.

15 Highlights of Turkey for Beginners
Zeugma Mosaic Museum

Safranbolu – Karabük

The historic district of Safranbolu, which is described as living history, is located within the borders of Karabük and is home to beautiful houses of Ottoman architecture.

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Traditional ottoman houses in Safranbolu, Turkey.

Hasankeyf – Batman

See the ancient town of Hasankeyf, which is within the waters of Tigris River. 

15 Highlights of Turkey for Beginners
Old bridge and Tigris river at Hasankeyf, Batman, Turkey.

Mardin

The old city of Mardin, which integrates different cultures, religions, and cuisines, awaits you to share its rich heritage.

15 Highlights of Turkey for Beginners
Kasimiye Madrasah, Mardin, Turkey.