Known as the bridge where East meets West, Turkey is a wonderful blend of cultures spanning millennia. There are endless amounts of things to do in Turkey, perfect for all types of travelers and every budget. While Turkey is wonderful all year round, most travelers would agree that summer is the best time to visit Turkey. Here is our compilation of the best places to visit in Turkey on your next holiday:
Situated along the banks of the Bosphorous, Istanbul is a city that is shared between Europe and Asia. This lively city has many of Turkey's most iconic attractions, such as the grand Hagia Sophia and the exquisite Blue Mosque. Take a stroll in historical Taksim and climb up to see the view from Galata Tower.
Take in the magic of the other-worldly beauty of Nevsehir. The fairy chimneys provided a unique environment for its inhabitants throughout its history. Take a hot air balloon ride to experience the full magnificence of the valleys, and visit the open air museum to learn about its history. There are also many options for horseback riding, traditional pottery workshops and vineyards to take advantage of while you're here!
This Mediterranean coastal city offers the perfect Turkey holiday experience for those who enjoy beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. Some of the most popular beaches in Turkey are found here, such as those in Kemer, Kas, and Side.
This Aegean province is also one of the best places in Turkey for a beach holiday, with many lively beach cities such as Bodrum, Marmaris, and Fethiye which draw in thousands of tourists every summer. You can follow the historical Lycian Trail to visit all the ancient ruins left by this civilization or take a Blue Cruise around the coast to find all the best swimming spots!
The green-covered hills of Trabzon provide a beautiful backdrop for your vacation in Turkey. To visit Trabzon's most famous attraction, the Sumela Monastery, take a trip to the breathtaking Altindere Valley National Park. No visit to Trabzon is complete without having a tea while enjoying the view of Uzungol, and you can also explore around the area to take in the scenery!
The tea capital of the country, Rize has become one of the top places to visit in Turkey, and with good reason. Stunning mountain villages such as Ayder Plateau let you take a glimpse of traditional Turkish culture. For a bit of adventure head to the Kackar mountains to take a hike.