10 Exciting Places to Explore in Turkey Beyond Istanbul

19 October 2023
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Turkey is a magical country that has something to offer everyone; from striking landscapes to diverse cultures and fascinating history. Although Istanbul may be the highlight of any Turkey holiday, there are plenty of other interesting places worth exploring. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation or a combination of both, Turkey will never disappoint you. In this blog post, we have rounded up the top 10 places to visit in Turkey other than Istanbul to help you plan a memorable and exciting holiday. 

  1. Cappadocia

One of the most surreal landscapes anywhere in the world, Cappadocia is a region in Central Turkey known for its dramatic cone-rock formations and deep valleys. Take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise or sunset — it’s truly magical. The rock-cut churches, underground cities and traditional cave dwellings make it a perfect place for history and culture enthusiasts.  


  1. Pamukkale 

Pamukkale is located on the western coast of Turkey and is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its pristine white travertine terraces. The pools contain mineral-rich hot springs that are believed to have therapeutic properties. It’s a unique place to experience and perfect for a relaxing getaway. 

  1. Bodrum 

Bodrum, located on the Aegean coast, offers a rich blend of traditional and modern Turkey. Visitors can explore the Bodrum Castle, watch traditional Gulet boats sail across the turquoise waters or relax on the beaches. The town has a vibe perfect for those seeking a cool city break. 


  1. Antalya

Antalya is a beautiful city located on the Mediterranean coast, known for its crystal blue waters and beautiful sandy beaches. It’s a perfect location for sun, sea and sand relaxation with a hint of historic architecture to add to your itinerary. 


  1. Ephesus 

Ephesus is an ancient city located on the coast of Turkey and is one of the best-preserved classical cities in the world. It’s the perfect place for history enthusiasts to explore Roman heritage, from the magnificent Stadium to the famous Library of Celsus.  


  1. Ankara

The capital city of Turkey may not be the most popular tourist destination but it boasts a wide range of historical, cultural and gastronomical offerings. Visit the Anitkabir for a lesson on Turkey’s founding father, or sample some traditional Testi Kebabi while strolling through the old city district. 

  1. Konya

Konya is Turkey’s spiritual hub and the birthplace of the mystic Rumi. An important Islamic city, Konya is a cultural must-visit with its towering minarets, grand mosques, and sufi meditation centres. They say that it’s there that the Ramadan Sufi whirling dance started. 

  1. Nemrut Mountain

Nemrut Mountain, located in Eastern Turkey, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to giant, ancient statues and rock-cut tomb shrines. The sunrise and sunset views from the summit are what make it so special and worth a visit.  

  1. Troy 

Troy, located in the North-Western part of Turkey, is a newly discovered ancient city that dates back over 4,000 years. Visitors can explore the replica of the famous Trojan Horse, hike through the associated hills, and learn about the fascinating history of one of the world’s greatest civilisations. 

  1. Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat, located in the eastern part of Turkey, is a legendary mountain with a rich history, known as the traditional resting place of Noah’s Ark. This dormant volcano stands as the highest peak in Turkey and offers breathtaking views and challenging trekking opportunities. Exploring the slopes of Mount Ararat is an adventure for those seeking a more rugged experience. It’s a destination where myth and nature intertwine, making it a must-visit for those who love the outdoors and historical mysteries. 

Turkey is filled with an array of intriguing and exciting places to explore beyond Istanbul. Whether you’re a history lover, nature enthusiast, or someone seeking a relaxing escape, Turkey has something that caters to everyone.  

It’s recommended to spend at least two weeks here to visit some of the major destinations, but with guaranteed incredible, lifelong memories, it’s worth extending your stay to discover more of what Turkey has to offer. So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Browse our exciting holiday packages to Turkey to start your planning. 

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