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TravelDiscover Turkey: 9 unforgettable destinations to explore

Discover Turkey: 9 unforgettable destinations to explore

Are you ready for an unforgettable journey to the land where East meets West? In Turkey you can find history everywhere you look. Enjoy bustling cities where you can find the ancient and modern side by side. Whether you are looking for ancient buildings, peaceful coastline, or stunning natural beauty, Turkey has it all. Make certain to visit these nine amazing destinations yourself when you plan your next trip!


Istanbul, here you can walk from Europe to Asia while exploring culture and history dating back millennia. Make certain to visit the Hagia Sophia to have a truly unique experience as you learn about its history as a church, mosque, and museum. Visit the Grand Bazaar and try not to be overwhelmed by the sights, flavors, and scents. Try not to get lost! Take an evening cruise in the Bosphorus to gain a unique view of the city and its stunning skyline.


When you arrive in Cappadocia you will have a hard time believing your eyes. You’ll see magical landscapes, dotted with ancient cave dwellings. You can even stay at hotels built into these caves and enjoy luxury amenities while thinking about what life must have been like for people living in the same area hundreds of years ago. For a truly unforgettable experience, consider a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. You can also explore underground cities and learn about history while viewing intricate frescoes in the cave churches of Göreme Open-Air Museum.


Hidden amongst the Mediterranean coast you can find Antalya. Whether you are interested in history or simply want to lay down and enjoy the sun you won’t be disappointed. Visit Perge and explore ancient temples and theaters. Dive into the clear waters of Konyaaltı Beach or Lara Beach. Meander through the alleyways of Kaleiçi. Make certain to watch the pristine harbor with its vibrant fishing boats.


If you need an escape, consider the coastal town of Kemer. You can walk or hike in the magnificent forests of Olympos National Park and find ancient ruins and waterfalls waiting for you. Here you can also snorkel in the coral reefs of the Mediterranean Sea and gaze in awe upon the color and variety of the marine life. If you are feeling adventurous, you can embark on a boat tour along the Turquoise Coast and enjoy whole beaches and bays to yourself if you are lucky!


If you are looking for a down-to-earth city, with a slower pace and history around every corner, you might find yourself enchanted by Izmir. Here you can take in the natural splendor of the Aegean coast and immerse yourself in history and myth of the ancient city of Ephesus. You can explore well-preserved ruins like the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Artemis. If you have time, you can wander through the Kemeraltı Bazaar, truly a feast for all the senses as you explore the sights, sounds, aromas, and flavors that Izmir has to offer. If you need further escape or more exciting nightlife, you can visit the seaside town of Çeşme.


Bodrum lures explorers in with its magnificent waters, grand views, unique buildings, and upbeat atmosphere. Here you can explore Bodrum Castle, a medieval fortress on the Aegean. You can visit one of Bodrum’s renowned beach clubs and enjoy the flavorful cocktails as you take in the view. If you are up for it, you can even consider sailing on a traditional Turkish gulet and exploring the numerous coves!


Hidden on the rock shores of the Black Sea, Amasra is an unforgettable location. You can picture yourself as royalty as you explore Amasra Castle, taking in the 360-degree views. You can pass the day lying on the beaches of Büyük Liman and Küçük Liman and listening to the serene sounds of the gentle waters. Try not to get lost as you explore the narrow streets of Amasra’s old town. You’ll be mesmerized by the colorful buildings all around you.


If you describe yourself as adventurous, Akyaka is the place for you! Here you can feel one with nature as you walk along the promenade and gaze upon traditional wooden houses. Take in the sweet scents of bougainvillea and pine, or spend the day windsurfing or kayaking on the blue waters of Akyaka Bay. For an unforgettable view you can hike the nearby mountains and gaze out upon the coastline. Reward yourself with amazing seafood and one of the local restaurants.


Pamukkale, or “cotton castle” in Turkish is a unique fantasy land that gets its unusual appearance from terraces of white travertine. Here you can find thermal pools with mineral-rich waters that are said to have healing properties. You can also visit the ancient city of Hierapolis and see ruins barely touched by the ravages of time including the Theater and the Temple of Apollo. Sunsets here are truly magical. You can watch as the sun reflects off the travertine creating a golden glow, that pictures cannot do justice!

Each of these amazing destinations showcases a glimpse into the amazing history and diversity of Turkey. This is a land rich in history, where you can relax or adventure. Here you can have an unforgettable experience anywhere you visit. You can relax in world class accommodations while gazing out at the unbelievable natural beauty all around you, or feel a deep connection with the thousands of years of history that is around every corner. This is a trip that will change you and stay with you for a long time to come!

Kristin Winkaffe

Kristin Winkaffe is the Founder of Winkaffe Global Travel. Winkaffe Global Travel designs extraordinary journeys for travelers seeking transformative, culturally immersive, and conscientiously luxurious travel adventures.

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