Our pick of the 22 most beautiful places in Turkey

The most beautiful places in Turkey

Turkey is a huge treasure trove of beautiful, impressive and eerily interesting places. We tell you about the most beautiful places.

We have vacationed in Turkey more than once, and the last trip we made a big road trip around the country – experienced beach all inclusive and Other Turkey. During this time we have seen so many wonderful things that we decided to make a selection of the most beautiful places in Turkey in our opinion.

Istanbul

The most unforgettable city in Turkey, which in each trip opens a new side to us. The city with its tea houses, oriental bazaars, ancient sights, antique stores and bohemian quarters. We advise you to visit at least once!

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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Cappadocia

Probably the most beautiful place in Turkey! Cappadocia is worth a visit. It will conquer you with its fantastic landscapes, ancient frescoes in rock churches, multistory underground cities and cave hotels right in the rocks. And, of course, flying in a hot air balloon will never be forgotten.

We went to Cappadocia on our own, but you can go with an all-inclusive tour for 2 days from Istanbul or resorts: Antalya, Alanya, Side, Belek, Kemer (you will see the right tour on the links).

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Uchhisar Fortress in Cappadocia.

The Dunes of Patara.

Did you know that there are dunes in Turkey? The beautiful dunes are near the ancient Lycian city of Patara and the beach, so you can combine 3 in 1: swim, have a photo shoot in the sands and learn about Lycian culture. Go to the dunes early in the morning or at sunset for good photos. We were on the dunes in the afternoon, and the sand burns your feet.

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A woman in the sands.

Kaputash beach

Kaputas is the most beautiful and Instagrammable beach in Turkey. There are so many people here in the summer! We were lucky enough to see it completely deserted. If you want the same, then come in the off-season.

Kaputas Beach. Caputas beach.

Perge

We just couldn’t help but include this grand and impressive ancient city in our selection of the most beautiful places in Turkey. It is powerful and graceful at the same time. We haven’t seen so many columns and fountains anywhere else. Everything is big and beautiful. In general, even people indifferent to the ruined architecture will be amazed by the scope of the city. It is easy to get here – Perge is close to Antalya, Belek and Side.

If you like antiquity, take a look at our selection of 18 of the most beautiful ruins in Turkey.

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Perge – the city of columns and fountains.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale is the oldest spa resort. Imagine, it is about 2200 years old! The ancient Greeks and Romans came to the waters to improve their health: to drink healing water and lie in a warm “bath” of white travertine. Now people come here mostly for the juicy photos for Instagram. The place, though hackneyed, but one of the most beautiful in Turkey. Do not forget to visit after Pamukkale the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is mentioned in the Bible. Read our guide to Pamukkale.

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We went to Pamukkale on our own by car, but you can go with a 1 day tour from Antalya, Alanya, Side, Belek, Kemer (you will see the right tour on the links).

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The chain of travertine pools of Pamukkale is clearly visible in this photo.

It’s a charming town in the Greek style: white houses, twined with bougainvillea, descend to the sea. Cozy restaurants, trendy bars, stylish stores. In general, a mini-Europe in Turkey. There are few sights in the town, but it is memorable for its romantic atmosphere. You can come here to rest or take a day trip from Antalya, Kemer or Fethiye.

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The streets of Kas.

Aquarium

The Aquarium is a beautiful vacation spot in Turkey. Aquarium is called a few wild beaches on the peninsula near Bodrum. An easy hiking (3-5 km depending on the beach), and you enjoy privacy, beauty and clear azure water!

There are no tourists here yet, only locals. Except the beaches are wild, and there is no infrastructure, and plenty of trash left over from picnics. However, these deficiencies are overcome by the beauty of nature. The entrance is stony, so rubber slippers will be useful.

View of the islands near the Aquarium. Do you agree, the scenery reminds of Greece and Cyprus? The beach and the Aquarium bay near Bodrum.

Ephesus is an impressive ancient city. If you have only one ruins to choose from to explore the ancient heritage in Turkey, go to Ephesus without a second thought. One bad thing – these are Turkey’s top ruins, so you can’t avoid the crowds of tourists. Even during the pandemic, there were quite a few people there.

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The Celsus Library in Ephesus is the most beautiful building and a tourist attraction point.

Turkish Maldives

The island of Suluada is often referred to as the Turkish Maldives – not to be confused with Lake Salda, which is named exactly the same. In Turkey they like to call something Maldives, but to us these places around the uninhabited island reminded us more of Italy and Greece. The water is so clear and turquoise that you want to swim in it, and the pictures come out very juicy. To get to the uninhabited island, we took an excursion. Tourists are taken here from Kemer and Antalya.

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Just look at the impeccable purity of the water at Suluada island!

Oludeniz

Many tourists think that Oludeniz is the most beautiful seaside resort in Turkey, and I have to agree with them. Ölüdeniz is a holiday village with a beautiful beach, azure water and a quiet bay surrounded by green mountains. When we came to Oludeniz, we were struck by the color of the water. As if someone turned up the brightness in the settings of the screen! It’s a pity, it is hard to reproduce this color of water on the photo.

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You can live in Oludeniz, there are enough good hotels and restaurants. Some tourists stay in Fethiye and drive to the beach from there.

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Kumburnu beach on the Blue Lagoon spit in Oludeniz.

Green Canyon

The Green Canyon is one of the most beautiful natural places in Turkey. It is a malachite kingdom among the rugged Taurus Mountains. The water in the reservoir changes shades of green depending on the light, from a rich opaque green to azure and even milky turquoise. The canyon is so narrow and the mountains so high that even a wide-angle lens cannot capture this entire grandiose landscape in one frame. It’s a very beautiful place, very impressive. And other than from the water, these stunning views just can’t be seen, so take a tour of the canyon and enjoy.

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Lyosha in Green Canyon.

Saklikent Canyon.

A very beautiful place in Turkey is the Saklikent Gorge. High, narrow, long and impregnable. Only its small part is equipped with bridges, and to see all the beauty, you need to cross the stream, climb over the rocks, and in some places to walk on the water. Alas, the water was too cold in the spring, and we saw only the beginning of the gorge.

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Saklikent Gorge.

Temple of Apollo in Didim

To feel like a midget, come to Didyma. Here the giant columns and the size of the Temple of Apollo might shock you! It was the largest temple in Ionia, but it was never finished. It was also famous for its oracle, which was as good as the Delphi temple.

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This is me standing among the columns of the Temple of Apollo in Didim – appreciate the scale!

More beautiful places in Turkey

All of the above wonders we have already visited. However, there are a few more beautiful places in Turkey that we haven’t gotten to yet, but we will definitely go there later:

  • Bafa Lake .
  • The bays of Gökova and Hisaroniü in Marmaris are popular spots for boat trips.
  • The canyons of Köprülü and Tazy are very popular places, where tours from Antalya, Alanya, Belek, and Side are actively taken.
  • The Altyn Beşik Water Cave is a little-known sight in Side area.
  • Gazipasha Bay Delik Deniz – a wonderful place near Alanya.
  • Karadeniz and the Kackar National Park – the most beautiful places on the Black Sea coast of Turkey.
  • Nemrut Dag Mountain is a wonderful place in eastern Turkey, away from the resorts. You can fly here on your own or take a convenient two-day excursion from Antalya.

Write in the comments what you most want to see, and where have you already been?

Turkey’s 25 most beautiful places to visit

Turkey has always been a country of fusion of all cultures . In fact, the Turkish territory has been known since ancient times as Asia Minor, an area cherished by the Greeks and Romans and then placed on the right path of the Silk Road. This rich and complex history, as well as the dominant role it played in building European civilization, make this cultural center a privileged place for those who want to travel. So we have chosen the most beautiful places to visit in Turkey.

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1. Çoruh, Erzurum.

This beautiful river in the northeast of the country has one of the most powerful currents in the world. The wild and remote location allows the more adventurous people coming to Turkey to go rafting or kayaking.

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1. Çoruh, Erzurum.

2. Ephesus, Smyrna

In ancient Ephesus are the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You can also discover the impressive Celsus Library and other breathtaking sights!

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2. Ephesus, Smyrna

3. Nallihan Bird Paradise, Ankara

If you’re looking for things to do in Turkey, you can stop at this protected nature reserve with its colorful hills that are home to hundreds of bird species! Located right on the Silk Road, this area is definitely a must-see for tourists in this country.

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3. Nallihan Bird Paradise, Ankara

4. Göreme National Park, Nevşehir

Right in the center of Cappadocia, the Göreme Valley offers many traces of Byzantine civilization as well as impressive troglodyte villages and numerous museums for anyone who wants to improve while visiting Turkey.

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4. Göreme National Park, Nevşehir

5. Muradiye Falls, Van

The famous Muradiye Falls are an impressive natural attraction located less than 100 kilometers away from Van. You will have to cross a suspension bridge to get to this fabulous place; prone to vertigo, please refrain!

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5. Muradiye Falls, Van

6. Enice Forests, Chanakkale

Yenice Forests is an ideal place to enjoy the joys of camping; in addition, this protected area offers all nature lovers looking for something to do in Turkey exceptional biodiversity.

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6. Enice Forests, Chanakkale

7. Oludeniz Beach, Mugla

The famous Oludeniz beach is like drowning in a lagoon with crystal clear water, dotted with mountains and islets. Although it is not free, but with a little effort you can get to many coves.

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7. Oludeniz Beach, Mugla

8. Kure National Park, Kastamonu

The mountains of Kure, located in the heart of the national park of the same name, south of the Black Sea, are popular with tourists from all over the world: many trails allow you to visit Turkey in complete tranquility.

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8. Kure National Park, Kastamonu

9. The Ancient City of Hierapolis, Phrygia

The ancient spa town of Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason: it testifies to a Greek and Roman presence that goes back more than 2000 years. We advise you not to miss the ruins of its famous theater.

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9. The Ancient City of Hierapolis, Phrygia

10. The Cotton Fortress of Pamukkale, Denizli

Located a stone’s throw from the ruins of Hierapolis, this place is quite extraordinary if you want to know what to do in Turkey: the hill is covered in pristine white limestone derived from the region’s hot springs, which gives this totally unusual place an almost unreal look.

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10. The Cotton Fortress of Pamukkale, Denizli

11. Nemrut Dagi National Park, Adıyaman

In this protected area you can climb Nemrut Mountain and its 2100 meters high, and discover the heads of the statues of the burial shrine dedicated to the Persian and Greek gods: famous all over the country, it would be a shame not to visit it if you come to Turkey!

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11. Nemrut Dagi National Park, Adıyaman

12. The fabulous chimneys of Cappadocia, Nevşehir

The rocky columns formed by the erosion of Cappadocia, also called “hooded maidens,” are one of the main tourist attractions in the colorful landscape. Here you can see strange troglodyte dwellings built into the rocks!

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12. The fabulous chimneys of Cappadocia, Nevşehir

13. Aspendos Theater, Pamphylia

Head to the Aspendos Theater, one of the most beautiful Roman theaters in the world. This monument, almost 1900 years old, has an amazing feature: it is in excellent condition and gives a unique moment to those lucky enough to discover it.

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13. Aspendos Theater, Pamphylia

14. Ishak Pasha’s Palace, Agri

In the heart of the desert, over 2,000 meters above sea level, the palace of Ishak Pasha seems to tower over the visitor from the top of the cliff on which it was built in the 17th century! Its striking architecture will impress you as much as the splendor of the surrounding scenery.

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14. Ishak Pasha’s Palace, Agri

15. Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey’s capital and gigantic metropolis, is divided in two by the Bosphorus: the border between two seas and two continents. If you come to Turkey and find yourself in Istanbul, you’re likely to head for the shores of this mythical strait.

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15. Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul

16. Ruins of Troy, Çanakkale

Troy, the mythical city of antiquity, is located in Hissarlik and is a must visit if you are looking for things to do in Turkey. The ruins can be visited, and if you turn on your imagination, you can imagine what life must have been like in this majestic and timeless UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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16. Ruins of Troy, Çanakkale

17. Patara Beach, Antalya

This is actually one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey: Patara beach is almost twenty kilometers long and borders a famous archaeological site, which is freely accessible and whose ruins are still being explored. There are no hotels nearby, this place is a bubble of nature on the Turkish Riviera.

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17. Patara Beach, Antalya

18. Hattusa Ruins, Çorum

Hattusa is the ancient capital of the Hittite Empire: today it is a beautifully preserved archaeological complex and tourists from all over the world come to discover its majestic gates that seem to lead to other times. A must when visiting Turkey!

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18. Hattusa Ruins, Çorum

19. Uchisar Village, Nevşehir

Uchisar Village is located a few kilometers from Joreme; a giant rock rises above it and its special feature is that it is dug into the rock: tunnels that allow the different houses to communicate with each other as in a building, making it one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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19. Uchisar Village, Nevşehir

20. Divrigi Doors, Sivas

What to do when visiting Turkey in Anatolia? Divrigi is a town of 15,000 people located at an altitude of 1,200 meters, famous for its hospital and the Great Mosque of the 13th century, built by a rich emir and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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20. Divrigi Doors, Sivas

21. Lake Van, Bitlis/Van

Lake Van, located in the center of the province of the same name, is the largest lake in Turkey: it is located at an altitude of over 1700 meters above sea level in the eastern part of the country, near the border with Iran. Numerous hiking trails offer hikers an unforgettable experience in this beautiful area of Turkey.

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21. Lake Van, Bitlis/Van

22. Datca Peninsula, Mugla

The Datca Peninsula is a wilderness a thousand miles from what you might imagine in Turkey: it’s full of sights, there are Roman ruins, beaches preserved from mass tourism, and luxurious centuries-old villages and traditional hammams scattered along the turquoise coast.

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22. Datca Peninsula, Mugla

23. Mount Ararat, Agri

Mount Ararat is a bit like Mount Everest in Asia Minor: Turkey’s highest peak at 5,165 meters offers visitors plenty of sights and typical mountain activities to make you feel like you’re in the Alps! This perpetually snow-covered volcano rises in the Armenian Highlands and will attract trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts, but a permit from the authorities is required to reach the summit.

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23. Mount Ararat, Agri

24. Kekova Island, Antalya

This small uninhabited island is located near the village of Simena. There are beautiful beaches here, as well as the remains of the ancient city of Apollonia, which was destroyed by an earthquake over 1800 years ago and is now underwater. Scuba diving is strictly forbidden in this protected area to avoid looting of this unique place, but it will be very nice to warm up on the sand and go around the island by boat or even by kayak.

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24. Kekova Island, Antalya

25. Düden Waterfalls, Antalya

This place is quite unique because the Düden Falls, popular with locals and known all over Turkey, flow down from a cliff into the Mediterranean Sea.

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25. Düden Waterfalls, Antalya

Numerous restaurants surround this very touristy area and you can enjoy your meal while enjoying the sound of the waterfall.

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