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Tourist Places in Turkey

Galata Tower, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Chora Church, Blue Mosque, Bascilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Grand Baazar, Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Taksim Square, Goreme Open Air Museum, Kaymakli Underground City, Ihlara Valley, Pasabag (Monks Valley), Devrent Valley, Red Rose Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag (Monks Valley), Uchisar Castle, Town Of Avanos, Soganli Valley, Love Valley.

The colourful and vivacious country of Turkey in the Middle East is an interesting vacation destination. With plenty of Places to to visit in Turkey, one can experience the ancient influence of Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Persian and Byzanite eras in its many cities, like Ankara, Istanbul and Cappadocia.

Along with history is the culture of this place which one can experience in its Mosques and other monuments that have stood the test of time. Moreover, one day you can be ascending the highest peaks in the country to the next day floating on the salty Dead sea or experiencing the stark contrast between old and modern, Places to see in Turkey offer everything.

The calming beaches, the lush parks, the fun-filled nightlife, you name it and Turkey has it. During your trip, this exquisite location becomes even more interesting as you get to be a part of two continents that Turkey straddles between.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Turkey:

Places to Visit in Istanbul

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Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
A cistern is an underground reservoir system to store and supply filtered water. The iconic Basilica cistern is one such which was constructed in the 532 to store and filter water for the Palace of Constantinople and the neighboring places. Presently, visitors have access to two of the gates of the cistern.

While you look around at the marveling dynamics and the intelligence used back in time, notice that the far left side corner of the cistern has two flip headed medusa sculptures. The reason for the placement of the flipped head medusa is still a mystery. Moreover, visit this unconventional tourist place to learn about its interesting history and workings. 

Location: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 5:30 pm

Entry fees: 20 TL
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Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi palace is one of the wonderful places to visit in Turkey. The Topkapi palace gives a glimpse of the royal lifestyle of the Ottoman sultans. This palace was the main residence of the Turks during the 15th - 16th century, and was later transformed into a museum in 1924. Today, the palace-museum has a number of grand rooms and chambers on display.

Including the ‘Harems’ chambers, where the women of the royal Ottoman household resided back in the days. Apart from that, some of the things to look forward to at the museum are the royal treasury, the spoonmaker’s diamond, the Topkapi dagger, the Ottoman clothing, weapons, armour, manuscripts and more. Topkapi Palace transports you back to the ancient times of royalty and opulence. 

Location: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 6 pm (except for Tuesday)

Entry fees: 72 TL (The charges doesn’t include the entry to Harem and Hagia Eirene in the palace.)
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Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus Cruise
As mentioned, Istanbul interestingly is the city spread across two continents, Asia and Europe. And so, a cruise ride is one activity you should surely add to your itinerary. There are multiple packages that come with hop-in-hop-out options to explore the palaces, mosques and more along the way.

The cruise rides usually take you to the end of Black sea where you can visit beautiful sunsets, the panoramic view of Istanbul as well as the sea merger. Additionally, the ride is also made exciting for tourists with lunch or dinner options on the cruise.

And  some even have dance performances, private events to make the siling more enjoyable. However, the charges of this experience can vary depending upon your package. It is suggested to squeeze this activity amidst your city exploration to enjoy the commute as well as save time. 

Location: Alemdar Mah. Ticarethane Sok, Hakki Bey Ishani No:5/3, 34122, Turkey

Ride fee: 25 TL
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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia
Under the preservation of UNESCO, this heritage site is looked upon as a treasury of ancient knowledge. Most of the places in Istanbul have witnessed a significant religious merger. And Hagia Sophia, a 6th century church which was refurbished by the Ottoman Turks as a mosque and later secularized has high significance in today’s time.

One of the famous tourist places in Turkey, this museum is a very intellectual pick for your holiday. An interesting fact to keep in mind while you tour the museum is that Hagia Sophia was constructed in just 6 years of time. 

Location: Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydani No:1, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 5 pm

Entry fees: 72 TL
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Prince's Island

Prince's Island
Prince’s islands is a set of nine islands out of which Büyükada,  Burgazada, Heybeliada and K?nal?ada are accessible to tourists. To reach the prince islands, board a ferry or IOD from Taksim or Kabata?, it will take around 50 mins - 100 mins to arrive at your destination depending upon the boat you sail.

Speaking of the island experience, a visit to the prince island is one of the famous tourist attractions of Turkey because of the pollution free living. All sorts of vehicles are banned and the only mode of commute are bicycles or horse chariots.

That’s very royal! Victorian houses, vintage horse carriages, streets filled with pedestrians and cyclists. Some tourists even enjoying a sun bath at the beach are sights and experiences you will be engaged in. Do not miss it!

Best Time: April - May
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Galata Tower

Galata Tower
Galata tower is the oldest of Istanbul. Constructed as a watch tower, it is one of the places to see in Turkey. The observation deck of the tower is the best place to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Moreover, the multistoried tower houses a luxury restaurant which serves authentic Turkish food that you can enjoy while overlooking the gorgeous city view.

Also, there is a video light show that is conducted in the month of April or May for about 10 days which is a visual delight you could look forward to. The tower also has a museum that you can take a tour of during your visit. 

Location: Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, Istanbul, Turkey  

Timings: 9 am - 7 pm

Entry fees: 35 Turkish liras
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Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque
One of the most visited tourist places in Turkey is this Blue Mosque of Istanbul. The mesmerizing blue tiled architecture of the mosque is a visual delight and a picture perfect location. The mosque is open to visitors (both men and women).

However, it is suggested to visit off-prayer hours as it remains closed five times a day when the prayers are performed. The dress code of the mosque has to be strictly followed; women are requested to cover their head and legs while the men need to be fully dressed too.

This picturesque mosque with the domes and the blue colour scheme has the unique touch of detailing; pay close attention to the flowery detailing on the mosque, various flowers such as tulips, roses and more as sculpted on the mosque making it look exquisite and rich. 

Location: Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydani Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: Any time in the day except the prayer time (5 times a day)
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Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Istanbul Archaeological Museum
Established during the 19th century, Istanbul archaeological museum is the first museum built in Turkey. A wide historic collection of the coins, artifacts, war equipment, day to day items of the Mesopotamians, Ottoman Turks, Egyptians and more are displayed here.

One of the greatest attractions at the museum is the Alexander Sarcophagus and the Sarcophagus of Tabnit. Some of the other fascinating items to look forward to, are the fragments of the temple of Athena and the Troy exhibit. There is also a wholly dedicated section to the Tiled Kiosk with colourful display of artistry. 

Location: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 7 pm

Entry fees: 36 Turkish liras (TL)
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Chora Church

Chora Church
This medieval church was formerly a Byzantine Greek Orthodox church which was redone as a mosque during the time of the Ottoman Turks. However, the church was secularized and renovated as a museum in 1948. Today, the museum has preserved its historic architectural value by restoring the finest Byzantine mosaic work and frescos dating back to the 4th century.

This is a must visit tourist spot for history and architecture enthusiasts, to witness the style of interior created by the experts with such finesse.

Location: Derviaali, Kariye Camii Sk. No:18, 34087 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 5 pm

Entry fees: 30 TL (Chora museum)
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Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar
Strolling across the bazaar street is one of the tourist experiences you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Istanbul. Grand bazaar is one of the oldest and biggest market places in the city. Typical Turkish items are spread across here, with the shopkeepers calling out for your attention.

Shoppoholics and decor enthusiasts will adore the Bazaar collection. It is also a great place to pick up turkish souvenirs for loved ones back home. Some of the other things worth buying in the market are jewelry, carpets, exquisite antiques, Turkish crockery and Turkish tea. Make sure you put up a strong bargain to get the best deal for your buy. 

Location: Beyazet, Kalpakçilar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: 10 am - 6 pm
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Taksim Square

Taksim Square
Taksim Square is the busiest city centre boulevard of Istanbul. The square has a prominent monument of the Republic crafted by the famous sculptor Pietro Canonica in memory of the Turkish War of Independence. The pedestrian of the main city center entertains you with high-end brands, shopping centers and many restaurants.

You can visit the Taksim square and capture a dramatic photograph with the 19th century city central backdrop, or simply enjoy a sumptuous Turkish meal of doner or islak (a hamburger with herbs).

Places to Visit in Cappadocia

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The hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia lets you undergo great fun and adventure with your loved ones by taking a delight balloon flight session over the valley of Cappadocia. Spend relaxing time, seeing charming scenes of the entire spot from above the sky. 

What to Expect From Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia:

Watch sunrise over valleys of Cappadocia:
The hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia lets you catch the mesmerizing glimpses of the entire Cappadocia city from above the sky. You shall witness the soothing sunrise that takes place over the valleys of Cappadocia.

Get a pre-flight breakfast with hot coffee:
The hot air balloon ride Cappadocia lets you gather great delight by providing you with a scrumptious breakfast in the form of coffee/tea and snacks before the flight. The cappadocia hot air balloon price is inclusive of this delicious meal that would enhance your experience with us.
 
Leave with a souvenir flight certificate:
The hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia lets you gather a souvenir flight certificate without paying any additional charges. Experience great delight and then get the certificate in order to carry back a documented remembrance of the flight. 

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The cappadocia hot air balloon price is inclusive of comfortable and convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off facility. You no longer have to arrange transportation for availing adventure, on opting for the hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia.

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-You will be picked up from your accommodation in Cappadocia at approximately 04:00 for the transfer to the launch site when you avail the hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia package.
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-If your flight is cancelled on the day (due to weather conditions), a full refund will be given. Your booking will be transferred to the following day, subject to availability.
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Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City
Built under the hill called Citadel of Kaymakli, a visit to this underground city is a mind beguiling experience for the tourists. Four floors of this charming underground heritage town are open to visitors and is a must see place in Turkey. Although there are a number of such towns found across all of Turkey, Kaymakli underground city is the widest discovered yet. 

When you walk through the narrow muddy passages beneath the hill, you explore a different world of the historic era. This famous one of a kind tourist attraction of Turkey is a must visit to witness what time was like before modernization. The underground city had stables, wineries, kitchens, storage spaces and more, which you can see as a visitor.

One of the interesting things to notice at the Kaymakli underground city are the melting pots which are inscribed in the walls, which were used to melt copper. These melting pots weren’t made or bought in there but were a layer of the Earth’s crust which was learned about and used for their daily chores. Which also means that every part of the underground city was studied and very well planned.  

Timings: 12.30 pm - 2 pm or around 5 pm 

Entry fees: 42 TL
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Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley
Ihlara valley is a canyon situated near Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz (two of the volcanoes of Cappadocia), said to be formed thousands of years ago by the Melendiz river. Enjoy some soothing time by the river, walking on some fresh grass, enjoying the sight of fluttering butterflies and sheep.

Ihlara Valley certainly has a countryside ambience to rejuvenate. Some of the things you can do at the Ihlara valley are, looking at the churches with delightful fresco paintings, visiting the Selime Monastery, spreading out a picnic by the Melendiz river, crossing over bridges or having a photo tour across the valley.  

Entry fees: 36 TL (includes the Selime Monastery)
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Devrent Valley

Devrent Valley
Devrent valley is an interesting place to visit in Turkey. The valley is famous for its lunar landscape and picturesque rock formations. Tourists enjoy visiting the valley and posing with the structures as per their imaginations. While one looks like a baby to some, it looks like a lady to a few others.

Hence, called the imagination valley. The rock formations depict structures of many animals, fictitious figures, mythological characters and more. Probably, wear an off-white or a neutral coloured attire and go creative with your poses with the rock structures to get some interesting clicks.  

Location: Devrent mevkii no:1, 50500 Aktepe/Avanos/Neviehir, Turkey
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Red Rose Valley

Red Rose Valley
One of the popular tourist attractions of Turkey is the Red Rose Valley. The rock valley appears in shades of pink throughout the day. It is indeed a mesmerizing sight. This tourist place of Turkey is also popular as a photoshoot spot among the social media enthusiasts.

Red Rose Valley is one of the tourist destinations of Turkey you shouldn’t miss out on. The valley is also a perfect pick for an evening hike to witness the sunset. It is said to be one of  the best sights to experience at the Red Rose Valley. 

Best Time: During sunsets

Entry fees: 6 TL
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Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme Open Air Museum
This tourist place of Turkey is a must visit spot of Cappadocia. It is a vast open air site with a number of refectories placed side by side. Artistically raised with various frescoes all over, this museum houses many churches in its vicinity. Churches such as the Apple church, St. Barbara church, Snake church, Dark church and so on with different themes and stories engraved in the frescoes are engrossing.

You might want to reserve half of the day to explore the Goreme open air museum. Pay close attention to the architectural detailing to gather insight about the place. If in case, you get curious and need an extra insight on the structure, look around and you might find a guide to help you out. 

Location: 50180 Göreme/Neviehir Merkez/Neviehir, Turkey 

Timings: 8 am - 5 pm

Entry fees: 54 TL
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Pasabag (Monks Valley)

Pasabag (Monks Valley)
Situated on the Zelve road of Cappadocia is Pasabag. The area has a number of erected mushroom shaped earth pillars with fairy chimneys. It is believed that the hermits resided in these chimneys and a chapel dedicated to St. Simeon, one of the hermits, has also been made here.

There are a number of stories you will hear about the miracles of these hermits who took shelter in Pasabag. The Monks Valley is one of the places you should see in Turkey to marvel at the beauty of nature. 

Best Time: Early morning hours of the day. 

Entry fees: 10 TL
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Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle
Uchisar castle is one of the famous tourist attractions of Turkey to head to with your lover or a friend. Back in the day, this castle was as important as vigilant 8. The castle has many small rooms and is connected within by tunnels and stairs which is a fun way to explore this heritage.

As it is the highest point, you can expect to get a stunning panoramic view at the top. Board a bus from the town of Goreme, which will cost you about 3 TL, to get to Uchisar castle, which is at a distance of around 5kms. 

Location: Tekelli, 50240 Uçhisar/Neviehir Merkez/Neviehir, Turkey

Timings: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm 

Entry fees: 9 TL
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Town Of Avanos

Town Of Avanos
On the banks of the river Kizilirmak (red river)  is the town of Avanos, which is the pottery town of Turkey. The famous pottery items are made from the sand acquired from the red river, making all the products exquisite.

They also have an exhibition every Friday where they sell clothing, jewelry, household items, carpets, pots and more. So, while you plan your itinerary, mark the red river and the town of Avanos to visit the market sale. 

Best Time: April - June; September & October
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Soganli Valley

Soganli Valley
More cave churches, Soganli valley is one of the abandoned towns of Turkey. However, a treasure to adventure seekers, you hike for about an hour to arrive at the popular tourist attractions of Turkey, cave churches, the endless church landscape and so on are activities to look forward to.

A common sight in Cappadocia, the hike followed by the exploring of the church ruins brings out the historian in every visitor. You can also stroll around the valley and look at the abandoned houses of the people.  

Location: Soganli Valley, Kayseri, Cappadocia, Turkey

Timings: 8 am - 6 pm
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Love Valley

Love Valley
This valley of Cappadocia has many erected structures that look like penises. Hence, comes the name. A short hike takes you to the top of the love valley, from where the views of the fairy chimney and the valley are splendid. Moreover, the photo friendly spots here make this an even enjoyable tourist attraction. Also, don’t miss out on the tradition of dropping your wish in the wish tree of the love valley. 

Location: 50180 Göreme/Neviehir Merkez/Neviehir, Turkey

Places to Visit in Antalya

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Antalya Aquarium

Antalya Aquarium
Antalya’s aquarium is the world’s biggest tunnel aquarium making it one of the famous tourist attractions of Turkey. The tunnel is 131 m long and 3m wide. However, it is not the size that matters, it is the mind blowing experience of the aquarium that should excite you.

Your close encounter with thousands of underwater species, learning about their qualities, survival traits and habitat will leave you amazed. Moreover, children also enjoy a snow ride in the snow world of the aquarium. All in all a visit to this place is a package full of learning and fun.  

Location: Arapsuyu Mahallesi Dumlupanar Bulvari No:502 Minicity and Hillside Su Hotel eastern corner of Konyaalti Beach, 07200 Konyaalti/Antalya, Turkey

Timings: 11 am - 5 pm 

Entry fees: 35 TL
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Antalya Archaeological Museum

Antalya Archaeological Museum
Antalya Museum was established in 1922 by a teacher, Süleyman Fikri Erten. He displayed works that he protected from the raid of the occupation forces that came to the region after the First World War. The museum has a wide display belonging to the roman empire.

From the toys of the children to the remains of a glorious emperor is worthy to look at. Touch a little history of the Romans before you hit the waters for a swim at Antalya. 

Location: Bahçelievler, Konyaalti Cd. No:88, 07050 Muratpana/Antalya, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 5 pm (except Mondays) 

Entry fees: 20 TL
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Patara

Patara
Quite, serene and untouched. If you want a low-key, off the tourist list, scenic place in Turkey, Patara is your place. This untouched beach side is unlike the other beach spots of Turkey. The city of Patara has preserved the ruins across the town. Tourists get to witness untouched heritage sites of Patara.

The beaches here are prohibited to visit after sunset until sunrise. The small Turkish cafes and accommodation spots are run by locals and are extremely traditional and simple. It is suggested to stay here to experience the life of a local. Simple traditional living is at its best at Patara. It is also a wonderful tourist place to visit to spend some time by the Mediterranean. 

Location: South-west coast of Lycia, Antalya Province

Best Time: September or October

Entry fees: 5TL (to the beach)
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Kaleici

Kaleici
The popular old town in Antalya, Kaleici has a lot to offer to tourists. Set your itinerary prior so you don’t miss out on anything. Starting from entering Kaleici via the iconic Hadrian gate, to stopping by at various viewpoints such as the watchtower, the elevators or taking a dive at the private clean beaches, try and do it all. Kaleici is best explored on foot and is one of the must visit places in Turkey.

Take a halt to enjoy the sunset. While you’re at it explore some of the bohemian cafes with a beach view and a drink to make it worthwhile. 

Location: Selçuk, Uzun Çarii Sk., 07100 Muratpana/Antalya, Turkey

Best Time: June to September
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Manavgat waterfall

Manavgat waterfall
Streams in the Antalya region slip into the Mediterranean, falling down from the slopes of hill Taurus in Turkey. There are more than twenty waterfalls but the most gorgeous of them all is the Manavgat Waterfall. One of the places you should see in Turkey.

The waterfall is situated about 80 km away from Antalya. You could get here by arriving at the Manavgat city which is just about 3kms away. Manavgat is open throughout the day and so can be explored at any time and you could also plan to spread a picnic mat or camp here. For an overall trip to Turkey, this should be on your must visit places list.

Location: Çayyaza, 07600 Manavgat/Antalya, Turkey 

Best Time: Early mornings or late evenings ( avoid the sunny time of the day)

Entry fees: 3.5 TL
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Perge

Perge
One of the popular tourist attractions of Turkey is Perge. Perge is greatly influenced by Roman architecture and is a perfect place for a photography walk or even a mini shoot.The ruins of the Roman Empire are historical gems that are kept intact for the public.

The tourist attractions of Turkey you should go sightseeing for are the ancient Roman theatre, the Roman preserved stadium, the Tomb of Plancia Magna, or strike a pose by the Roman Gates. Perge will bring you closer to the Roman history and hence, makes it an extraordinary tourist attraction in Turkey.  

Location: Barbaros, Perge Yolu, 07112 Aksu/Antalya, Turkey

Timings: 9am - 7pm 
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Aspendos

Aspendos
Situated by the river Eurymedon this ancient city of Antalya is famous for its theatre which dates back to the 2nd century. The wide dramatic structure of this historic location with the sky high walls and the open view captivates the audience. You can make a visit to this theatre or even get lucky to watch a ballet performance if you book a ticket in advance during your visit. 

Location: Serik, Antalya Province, Turkey

Best Time: March to May

Entry fees: 25 TL
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Duden Waterfalls

Duden Waterfalls
Duden waterfalls is one of the extraordinary places to see in Turkey. It is one of the places you should visit in Turkey for a captivating one of a kind view. The Duden falls cascades to join the Mediterranean sea. Speaking of what makes the waterfall so special, picture this.

A cascade of the waterfall flows into a municipal park and other streams into the Mediterranean Ocean. This rare sight of the Duden waterfall makes it a must visit tourist place in Turkey. Along with the waterfalls, is a natural cave with spiral stairs like formation in it, you can take a dip at this waterfall or do some rock climbing. 

Location: Çailayan, Lara Cd. No:457, 07230 Muratpana/Antalya, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 10 am
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Kursunlu Falls

Kursunlu Falls
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Spread out a picnic mat and enjoy the view of the Kursunlu falls. The Planet tunnel by the waterfall is said to be one of the best locations for a good picnic time. The lush green surrounding with a cascade of water is just the place you should visit in Turkey to take a break. You might also get to encounter some rabbits, tortoises, woodpeckers, and other varieties of birds. 

Location: Kursunlu, Kursunlu Kelalesi, 07119 Aksu/Antalya, Turkey

Timings: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Entry fees: 2 TL
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Koprulu Canyon National Park

Koprulu Canyon National Park
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One of the favourite places of the locals as well as the tourists. Koprulu national park is a canyon park recommended for adventurous water sports, photography, hiking, river rafting and more. Ameture rafters can start by the still and stable waters before they raft under the Oluk bridge.

By the bridge, there are many other water-sport activities such as zipline, canyon hike and so on that can be done. Don’t forget to carry your camera, Koprulu isn’t just impressive with the adventure sports and fun time, it also has its natural beauty reserved. Look out for the popular fauna such as the cypress trees, red and black pine trees and more. Koprulu canyon park is definitely one of the places to visit in Turkey. 

Location: Bozyaka, 07550 Manavgat/Antalya, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 1 pm
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Antalya Old Town

Antalya Old Town
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Plan a day or two in Antalya old town as you can engage yourself in more than one place. Antalya is a beautiful town with adorable street spots and cafes all along. Even the markets are photogenic, one of the places to see in Turkey. Hit the market to shop for some intricate mats and more or sip on some tea and try the town's pizza.

If you want to take a break from a touristy spree, spend some time with foster cats at the cat garden and later in the evening watch the sunset at the glass elevators in town. Along with that,  the views of the coastline and the sea, at the functional ports, is absolutely gorgeous.   

Location: Selçuk, Uzun Çarii Sk., 07100 Muratpana/Antalya, Turkey

Best Time: March to May or September to November
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Sandland

Sandland
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Sandland is a one of a kind place in the whole world. It is somewhere global sand artists come together to create their brilliant sand-art. With a grand variety of more than 150 exhibits, this is one of the places to see in Turkey. Bringing in innovation, there are also LED illuminations from some of the art pieces that create a mesmerizing visual effect.

You could also get your hands dirty, by enrolling yourself in the workshops conducted on kinetic sand. Make a miniature sand artifact yourself while checking this place out!

Location: Güzeloba Mahallesi Lara Caddesi Lara Birlik Halk Plaja, 07230 Muratpara/Antalya, Turkey

Timings: 9 am - 7 pm

Entry fees: 30TL

Places to Visit in Ankara

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Ankara Castle

Ankara Castle
As per the legend, Ankara was home to many invaders and so has a rich influence of Byzantine, Roman, Ottoman and Greek cultures. Situated in the Altingbag district of Ankara, the castle takes over the whole of the hill top.

The ancient castle was an important palace overseeing the city and beyond. The castle has Byzantine designs and numerous towers around the palace. Ankara castle is one of the places to visit in Turkey for some entertaining picnic time. 

Location: Altingbag district, Ankara, Turkey

Best Time: During Sunset
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Anitkabir

Anitkabir
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One of the prominent buildings of Turkey, Anitkabir is the resting place of Turkey’s founder and president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The museum has elegant stairs with intricate carvings and an open courtyard that  you can take a stroll in.

The museum displays the pictures and objects used in the struggle of Turkish independence war. A visit to this Turkish museum will educate you more about the country.

Location: Yücetepe, Akdeniz Cd. No:31, 06570 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
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Anatolian Civilization Museum

Anatolian Civilization Museum
Ranked as one of the best museums of the world, the Anatolian civilization museum of Ankara has some exclusive pieces of history at exhibit. As a tourist this is one of the places you should visit in Turkey for its rich collections at display.

Among them are bones and stones from the Palaeolithic Age, mother goddess sculptures, stamps, earthenware containers, agricultural tools made of bone from the Neolithic age, and objects belonging to various timeliness in world history. The wide collection of the museum makes it an interesting place for historians, students and world history enthusiasts. 

Location: Kale, Gözcü Sk. No:2, 06240 Ulus/Altandai/Ankara, Turkey

Entry fees: 36 TL
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Atakule

Atakule
Atakule is a 125 m tall tower situated in the Cankaya district, used as an observation and communication tower. It is one of the tourist destinations of Turkey. Additionally, what makes it touristic is the experience of dining at the tower’s rooftop revolving restaurant Sevilla.

In case you need another option, a cafe named UFO is also on the floor to enjoy the view with a sumptuous meal. A prior booking to any of the restaurants exempts you from paying the entry charge to the tower. Further, you also have a shopping center within Atakule from where you can buy gifts to take back home. 

Location: Çankaya, Atakule, 06690 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey

Best Time: During sunset

Entry fees: 3 TL
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Cengelhan Rahmi M.Koc Museum

Cengelhan Rahmi M.Koc Museum
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It is a technology museum made in an ancient inn. The museum exhibits a carpet gallery, an agricultural section and other day to day items the way they have evolved in Turkey and its development can be understood.

There is also a section of transportation and communication development exhibit. Once you have taken the museum tour you can relax at the museum cafe before you continue your journey. 

Location: Kale, Depo Sokak No:1, 06230 Altandai/Ankara, Turkey

Entry fees: 3 TL + 5TL (If you carry a camera)
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Gencilk Park

Gencilk Park
Right at the center of Ankara lies this beautiful park. Visitors tend to come here to enjoy the roller coaster rides, stand over the bridge watching the flower show among many other fun activities. Have some fun and rejuvenate in the lively atmosphere. Gencilk Park is one of the places to visit in Turkey if you’re travelling with your friends or kids. 

Location: Dosanbey Mahallesi, Atatürk Blv No:50, 06050 Altandai/Ankara, Turkey

Timings: 5pm - 8pm 

Entry fees: 25 TL
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Kocatepe Mosque

Kocatepe Mosque
This Ottoman style mosque is the largest of Ankara and took about 20 years to be constructed. The structure of the mosque outstands all the buildings and one can get a sight of Kocatepe from anywhere in the city. The extravagant structure radiates positivity and you can visit the mosque for a peaceful prayer.

However, avoid visiting the mosque during prayer hours, keep your dressing modest and make sure you are completely covered and avoid photography.

Location: Kültür, Dr. Mediha Eldem Sk. No:67, 06420 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
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Esztergom Turkish Cultural Center

Esztergom Turkish Cultural Center
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The Esztergom Turkish Cultural Center is located in the Esztergom Castle. If you are a person who loves learning about cultures this is the touristy activity you should sign up for.

To promote and teach about the Turkish history and about the traditional Turkish arts classes are taken. Motifs and their stories can be learnt about. The culture center tour is also a knowledge drive as the castle is made with handcrafted marble design. 

Location: Güçlükaya Mh, Fatih Cd., 06280 Keçiören/Ankara, Turkey
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Hisar

Hisar
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A city that will keep you occupied with traditional bazaars, authentic Turkish eateries, shopping centers and more. You also have the Hisar Citadel, an iconic building of Turkey. The fortress has an octagonal tower and a classic clock which adds to the architectural detail.

You can have a pleasant shoot by the fort with the Ottoman backdrop. Also, make time and visit the Hisar market and pick some Turkish rugs, jewelry and tea.  

Location: 64000 Hisar/Uwak Merkez/Uwak, Turkey
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War of Independence Museum

War of Independence Museum
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Turkey museum of independence is of great prominence as this is the place where the war of independence was planned and implemented. There are pictures of the planning, the struggle and of the freedom fighters at display. The museum plays a tribute to all of the people who were a part of the war. 

Location: Dosanbey Mah. Cumhuriyet Cad, Ulus No:14, 06050 Altindai/Ankara, Turkey

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Kabak Bay

Kabak Bay
Kabak bay is the shore by the Lycia village. Tourists can reach here using the dolmus, taxi or car in about an hour from Ölüdeniz. There aren’t any shops or ATM’s around the vicinity. A visit to the Kabak is an escape from city life. Visitors are generally seen sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and relaxing by the beach.

The narrow beach is usually crowded with tourists but is a fun place to be in as you have tent shelters dotted along the bay, where you can relax. For tourists who stay by the bay sumptuous meals with tomatoes, olives, pickles and more are served

Location: Uzunyurt, 48300 Uzunyurt Köyü Fethiye/Fethiye/Muala, Turkey

Best Time: Autumn and spring time
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Marmaris

Marmaris
Marmaris, a posh coastal city is a luxurious holiday destination of Turkey. The pine tree views, the outstretched sea, lively nightlife and elegant day brunches, are the kind of things you’d be  looking at. Some of the things you can do at Marmaris are take a cruise ride, hop-on on a boat race, take some fun rides at a water park, try out some indoor and outdoor sports and enjoy the food.
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Bursa

Bursa
Known as the fourth largest town in Turkey, Busra has a lot of interesting things to do. It is a package city with heritage sites, eateries, bazaars, city walls and hot springs, making it one of the famous tourist places in Turkey.

Your tour plan could be packed in Busra, start with visiting the green tomb, stroll around the town visiting the tourist attractions of Turkey and then look at the city wall that has many war stories to narrate. Purchasing traditional Turkish goods and taking a dip in the hot spring are things you should try here.

Location: In the northwestern Anatolia, within the Marmara Region.

Best Time: April - June
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Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley
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Board a water taxi from the OluDeniz beach to arrive at the butterfly valley. The journey to the valley itself is a therapeutic experience, sailing through the mountains with the sound of the sea and the smell of fresh air is just apt to start an adventure.

Arrive at one of the picturesques spots in Turkey as Butterfly valley is home to more than a hundred exotic species of butterflies. VIsitors stay on the beach for a couple of hours or a couple of days, depending on what kind of holiday they intend to have.

Location: Fethiye, Muala Province, Turkey

Entry fees: 30TL
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Izmir Natural Life Park

Izmir Natural Life Park
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An animal lovers park, Izmir park is child friendly and well planned for senior citizens. So, whether you’re with your family or friends you can head to this natural park to adore some fun-loving animals. The park functions throughout the year and is well connected with public transport. Tickets are available online as well as offline. You can expect to see elephants, zebras, lions, hippos and more while here. 

Location: Tuzla, Ahmet Piriatina Cd. No 3, 35620 Çiali/?Izmir, Turkey

Entry fees: 8TL
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Akdamar Island

Akdamar Island
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Island Akdamar is a twenty minute boat ride from Gevas. One of the places you should see in Turkey, it will fill you with bliss. You should take a hike by Lake Van, the 1912 m high hill surrounded by almond plantations is a rejuvenating experience. 

Akdamar island has the best high peak views of the island along with a hilltop church, a scene that will stay with you for a lifetime. The church museum of David and Goliath opens up once a year for prayers, its bas relief carvings speak of the archeological creativity of the time. 

Location: Lake Van

Best Time:  April - June
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Kusadasi Castle

Kusadasi Castle
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A small picturesque Byzantine fortress by the Pigeon Island (Güvercin Adas?). Known as the ‘Pirate Castle’, because of the dated 15th century ruins, it is now a heritage site. By the side of the castle lay a few small lighthouses that give a great view of Kusadasi island.

The vintage castle background of Kusadasi Castle is a catchy backdrop to capture a few classy portraits of your own. This is one offbeat place to add to your Turkey travel itinerary. 

Location: Dai, Aöförler Sk, 09400 Kuaadas?/Aydin, Turkey
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  1. What is Turkey famous for?

    Turkey is famous for its fairy chimney, islands, valleys and hiking spots. The country is also famous for its exclusive products such as Turkish tea, coffee, rugs, crockey, jewelry and more.
  2. What are the do's and don'ts in Turkey?

    Do’s:
    - Many places to visit in Turkey have a religious sentiment attached to them so be cautious of your actions. Respect their culture and values.
    Choose modest dressing when you visit mosques and make sure your legs are covered. 
    Choose the apt and safe mode of transport during your commute.
    Be responsible for your own belongings. 
    Research about the places to see in Turkey. 
    Follow rules.
    Visit as many tourist attractions in Turkey 

    Don’ts:
    Avoid visiting any mosque on a Friday. 
    Don’t wear short, exposing or see-through attires at religious places.
  3. Is Turkey a cheap holiday destination?

    Yes, Turkey is one of the affordable destinations to head to for a holiday. Therefore, it is one of the places you can travel to even with a low budget and still have an enjoyable time.
  4. Which is the best month to visit Turkey?

    The best time to visit Turkey are in the months of April, May, September and October. During this time, the pleasant climate and moderate weather makes it easier to explore the country. April specifically is said to be the best month to visit when the tulips bloom and the days are hot but with cool winds. Note that most of the tourist places in Turkey are usually crowded during this time. In case, you tend to avoid the crowd or wish to make a budget trip, visiting in November is a good option.

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