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Activities to Do in Turkey

Visit the Hagia Sophia, Explore the Topkapi Palace, Taste the seafood under Galata Bridge, Enjoy Turkish Bathhouse, Experience Dervish Show, See the Blue Mosque, Experience Hot Air Balloon, Explore the Uchisar Castle, Ride the ATV Bike and many more.

There are innumerable exciting things to do in Turkey - a country that is defined by its rich and colourful culture, gypsy markets and versatile landscape. Turkey is one of the most popular countries in the middle-east for tourists to visit not only because of the many beautiful tourist attractions but also because of its world-famous activities such as market-visits, hot-air balloon rides and much more. If you are wondering what to do in Turkey on your next visit, you can start with exploring the beautiful city of Istanbul, where some of the most remarkable things to do include taking a boat ride on the beautiful Bosphorus River, visiting its Grand Bazaar, checking out the many historical monuments in the city and sampling some of the best local street food in the country.

When you visit places like Cappadocia, you will be able to discover some exclusive activities to do in Turkey such as flying over the Fairy Chimneys in a hot-air balloon tour and exploring the Underground Cities. After exploring the wonders of Cappadocia, you can make your way to Antalya and the capital city of Ankara, where also you can enjoy activities like museum visits, treks, river rafting, visits to the Roman Baths and much more. All of these cities, places and experiences are bound to give you an authentic taste of the rich heritage of Turkey, and make for a truly unforgettable trip.

Things to Do in Istanbul

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Take a Ferry Ride Down the Bosporus

Take a Ferry Ride Down the Bosporus
One of the most visually rewarding ways to immerse yourself in the essence of Istanbul is by taking a ferry ride on the beautiful, blue Bosphorus river. Even the locals consider this an incredibly romantic activity, where you can sail past the city while sipping on Turkey’s signature warm tea.

Apart from getting to see several different kinds of neighborhoods throughout the city, you can also indulge in activities like sampling the local beverages like tea and coffee, feeding the seagulls, watching the sunset, etc. This is undoubtedly one of the most indulgent activities to do in Turkey by which you can discover the city from a romantic new perspective.

Location: Eminonu (starting point), Istanbul, Turkey

Price: starting from 381 TRY (4,500 INR)

Best time:
Winter mornings are the best time to indulge in a Bosphorus River cruise, where you can avoid the extreme heat of the summer sun.
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Visit the Hagia Sophia

Visit the Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia Museum is not only known for its beautiful historical relics from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, but also because of its incredible architecture that dominates the skyline of Istanbul. This is a unique edifice that has served as both a mosque, as well as a church since its construction in the 6th century AD.

Since 1935, the Hagia Sophia has served as a museum for Turkish history and you can walk around, observing beautiful mosaics, samples of calligraphy, and other items from the kingdoms that have reigned over Turkey. It is considered a landmark architectural masterpiece in all of Europe, and you must visit the museum when you are in Istanbul.

Location:
Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydan No:1, 34122 Fatih istanbul, Turkey

Price: 72 TRY (849 INR)

Best time:
The Museum is open every day of the week, except on Mondays. It is recommended that you visit during the winter to avoid the scorching heat of the sun.
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Stroll Through the Grand Bazaar

Stroll Through the Grand Bazaar
The bazaars of Istanbul are world-famous, and to experience this culture first-hand, you must visit the biggest, grandest bazaar of them all- the Grand Bazaar. With more than 4,000 shops and over 61 streets included in its perimeter, the Grand Bazaar is considered to be one of the world’s oldest surviving covered bazaars.

The beauty, architecture and colours of the bazaar are at par with the myriad products that are on sale inside, including jewellery, furniture, lamps, tiles, accessories, clothes, spices, baked goods, shoes, furniture, antiques and everything else imaginable.

This is the perfect place to go scouting for souvenirs, but even if you are not planning to buy anything and you just want to look around, the Grand Bazaar is not going to disappoint you.

Location: Beyazit, Kalpakcilar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Price:
Free

Best time:
Early mornings during the winter season is the best time to visit the market, which remains open from 9:00 am to 7:00 on every day of the week, except on Sundays.
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Explore the Topkapi Palace

Explore the Topkapi Palace
The Topkapi Palace, also known as Seraglio, was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. The Palace, which is now a museum, was once the site for many historical events from the time it served as the headquarters of the Ottoman kings, who lived here from the 15th- 16th century.

Whether you are a fan of history or not, a visit to the Topkapi Palace is bound to be an eye-opening experience, where you can touch and see with your own eyes, some of the most beautifully designed pillars, monuments, minarets, fountains, courtyards, balconies, upholstery, frescoes and much more.

Location: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih Istanbul, Turkey

Price: 72 TRY (849 INR)

Best time: The best time to visit the palace is on Monday mornings when you have to wait the least amount of time to enter and you can
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Catch the Tram at Taksim Square

Catch the Tram at Taksim Square
Taking a tram ride from Taksim Square might seem like a very normal activity, but it is in fact, one of the most exciting things to do in Turkey. The experience of taking a tram in Istanbul has been classified as a World Heritage service. Tourists can avail the tram from Taksim Square to Tünel Square and on the route, you will be able to check out the local architecture of Istanbul, the various street markets, the people and the natural beauty of the place.

The tram service in Istanbul is especially famous because it is part of one of the oldest transportation systems in the whole world, so taking a tram is not only a fun activity but also a means to become one with the ancient history of Istanbul.

Location:
Taksim Square, Beyoglu, istanbul

Price:
2.6 TRY (30 INR)

Best time:
The trams operate from 6:00 am to midnight every day, so it is best to avoid rush hour, which is between 9:00 am and 11:00 am in the morning and again between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm in the evening.
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Taste the Seafood Under Galata Bridge

Taste the Seafood Under Galata Bridge
A trip to the Galata Bridge is a must, under which you get some of the best seafood in Istanbul. There are several wonderful restaurants under the bridge that serve delicious seafood dishes as well as tea and coffee which you can taste while enjoying a gorgeous view of the Bosphorus River.

You can also find a market selling fresh fish, cheese, wine and other items which you can take home with you. Most of the time, live music sessions and performances also take place in front of these restaurants at Galata Bridge, making it a truly memorable experience.

Location:
Kemankesa Karamustafa Pasa, Galata Koprusu, 34425 Beyoglu/istanbul, Turkey

Price:
prices starting at 20 TRY (235 INR)

Best time:
This place usually remains crowded, so the best time to visit would be between 9:00 am and 12 noon, when the evening crowds haven’t started coming in yet.
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Enjoy the Traditional Turkish Bathhouse

Enjoy the Traditional Turkish Bathhouse
The Kings of the Ottoman Empire borrowed the idea of lavish baths from the Romans and decided to indulge in Turkish baths, a culture that is still active and prevalent today. You would be missing out on a large part of Turkish culture if you didn’t sign up for at least one session of a Turkish bath, or Hammam.

The bathing process includes the use of steam, scrubs, massages, water and many more relaxing techniques, which you can select when you are choosing the style of your bath. Apart from the process itself, checking out the large, ornately decorated bath halls is another interesting aspect of indulging in a traditional Turkish bath. There are several bathhouses in Turkey, however, one of the more popular ones is Kilic Ali Pa?a Hamam.

Location:
Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam- Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa, Hamam Sk. No:1, 34425 Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Price:
255 TRY (3,000 INR)

Best time:
Turkish bathhouses are open throughout the year, but the steam and water used implies that the best time to indulge in one in winter. You should also sign up for a session in the evening because the relaxing experience makes you quite sleepy, after which sightseeing might become difficult.
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See a Whirling Dervish Show

See a Whirling Dervish Show
The famous whirling dervishes of Istanbul perform a traditional ceremony called the Mevlevi Sema. This is a traditional dance performed by these artists through a very unique dance form called ayin. The performance has been recognized as a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity, so if you are in Istanbul, you must make sure that you check out one of these shows.

The performance outlines the journey of man beyond the bounds of life and love to achieve absolute perfection. The show not only has entertainment value but is a spiritually illuminating experience as well. It is definitely one of the most beautiful things to do in Turkey, and if you are in Istanbul, you must get yourself a ticket.

Location: Galata Mevlevi Museum- Sahkulu, Galip Dede Cd. No:15, 34420 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

Price: 50 TRY (589 INR)
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Walk Through the Istiklal Avenue

Walk Through the Istiklal Avenue
A walk through Istiklal Avenue is one of the most illuminating activities to do in Turkey. This is because this one street in Istanbul offers an eye-opening insight into the life, culture, local values, aesthetics and traditions of Turkey and Istanbul. The walking tour of the street starts from Taksim Square, which then moves on to Istiklal Avenue, where you can see shops, boutiques, cafes, heritage buildings, churches, mosques, luxury hotels, quaint antique shops, ancient buildings, local cafes and much more.

Most of these buildings have existed for hundreds of years, which makes it a historical walk as well. Throughout history, Jews, Venetian Catholics, Armenians, Greeks as well as Ottomans have occupied the houses and buildings on this street, and you can see the influence of these cultures on Istiklal Avenue even today.

Location:
Istiklal Street Taksim, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Price:
805 TRY (9,477 INR)

Best time:
The best time to visit the street or take a walking tour would be post 7:00 pm in the evening, when you can see the shops and buildings, but also enjoy the vibrant nightlife that it is known for.
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Visit the Blue Mosque

Visit the Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, was constructed between the years 1606 and 1616 under the rule and supervision of Ahmed I. Till date, it remains one of the most notable structures in Istanbul and serves as a functional mosque for the locals. The majestic structure consists of 5 main domes, which constitute the body of the mosque. These domes are framed with 6 intricately constructed minarets as well as 8 additional domes.

Apart from its historical and religious significance, the sheer size, shape and architecture of the mosque is enough to leave you breathless. The mosque is constructed with blue tiles on the inside and outside, and is also bathed with blue light in the evening, giving it an ethereal glow.

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

Price:
Free

Best time:
The Blue Mosque is open throughout the year and no matter what time of the year you are visiting, you can catch the light show at night. However, make sure you plan you visit between dawn and afternoon since the crowds start getting larger after that.
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Feel like a Giant in Miniaturk Park

Feel like a Giant in Miniaturk Park
Miniaturk Park is one of the most exciting places you can visit in Istanbul, especially if you are travelling with children. There are more than 105 models that have been installed in the park, all of which come together to create a miniature Turkey, all for your entertainment.

The park contains representations of some of the most famous structures all over Turkey. These have been built on 1/25th the scale of their actual size, which makes you feel like an actual giant when you are walking amongst them. It is a fun experience for the whole family and is definitely a very interesting way to see everything that Turkey has to offer.

Location:
Ornektepe, Imrahor Cd. No:7, 34445 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

Price:
15 TRY (177 INR)

Best time:
The best time to visit Miniaturk is between the months of March to May and then again in September and November when you can walk through this miniature city during the day without getting fatigued by the tropical sun. You should also visit during the daytime to catch all the intricate details on the models.

Things to Do in Cappadocia

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Enjoy the Famous Hot Air Balloon

Enjoy the Famous Hot Air Balloon
Images of Turkey are often associated with an ethereal view of multiple hot air balloons floating over sandy hills in the glowing sunset. You can now live this experience when you are at Cappadocia, which is known for one of the most sought-after activities in the world- a ride on a hot air balloon at sunset.

The balloons float over rocky hills and mountains, ancient valleys, monuments that were built hundreds of years ago and relics of the past which you can see from a bird’s eye view. The romance of the landscape, combined with the thrill of floating above the undulating landscape undoubtedly makes this one of the best things to do in Turkey.

Location: Muze Cd. No:46/1, Goreme, 50180 Goreme, Nevsehir Merkez, Nevsehir, Turkey

Price: 850 TRY – 1,520 TRY (1,764 INR - 17,905 INR)

Best time: The best time to take a ride on the hot air balloon in Cappadocia is between the months of April and November. The weather conditions are perfect since you can avoid the harsh winds and cold temperatures that prevail between December and March.
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Hang Out at Goreme National Park

Hang Out at Goreme National Park
The Goreme National Park is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world, and also a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO in 1985. The park is surrounded by the Erciyes mountains as well as the Hasan mountains, giving its naturally rocky landscape an even more ethereal feel. Centuries of natural tectonic movement has led to the formation of peri bacalari, also known as “Fairy chimneys,” which is the most striking feature of the park.

You can even find remains of ancient settlements from the Byzantine era, which makes this park one of the most interesting places to visit in Turkey. Apart from the rivers, valleys, streams, deltas, mountains, plains and plateaus that you can explore in this park which is spread over 9,146 hectares, you can also check out houses and streets from the 4th century that have withstood the test of time.

Location: 50180 Goreme, Nevsehir Merkez, Nevsehir, Turkey

Price:
492 TRY (5,790 INR) per person for a full tour

Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Goreme National Park is between May-June and then again from September to October. This is the time when the weather is pleasant during the day and cool at night, and you won’t have to deal with unprecedented rain showers.
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Explore the Underground City

Explore the Underground City
Believe it or not, there are more than one Underground Cities in Cappadocia, but when you are in town, you should definitely stop by the largest Underground City, namely Kaymakli City. The city was built by the Kaymakli people since the area was located in a volcanic region. While there are 8 floors underground that are in existence, only 4 are accessible to the public.

You can walk through the well-built corridors, the store-houses, the assembly houses and the various other underground wonders that have withstood the test of time since their construction sometime in 300 BC. This is one of the most fascinating things to do in Turkey because of the cultural value and architectural genius of the structure, that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world.

Location:
Kaymakli, Turkey

Price:
15 TRY (176 INR)

Best time:
The place remains relatively crowded throughout the day, which is why it is best to visit during the afternoon, between 12:00 and 1:00 pm, and then again from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This is when you can explore the passages freely without encountering too many people.
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Don’t Miss the Local Cuisine

Don’t Miss the Local Cuisine
Sampling the local cuisine of Cappadocia is one of the essential activities to do in Turkey since the said local cuisine is famous all over the world for its unique recipes. There are a few signature dishes that are locally prepared that is not only famous in Cappadocia, but are dishes that Turkey is known for all over the world. People travel from far and wide to get a taste of these uniquely blended spices, home-grown recipes and unique meat and dessert preparations that is a culinary enthusiast’s delight.

When you are in Cappadocia, make sure you try their signature “pottery kebabs”, which is a unique dish consisting of spiced meat and vegetables that are cooked in clay pots for over 4-6 hours. The clay used for cooking this dish is sourced exclusively from the Red River that is in Avanos. You should also try Gözlem- a savoury pancake that is often made with potatoes, meat, cheese and even spinach. One of the best places to sample the local cuisine is at a restaurant called Cappadocian Cuisine.

Location: Aydinli, Uzundere Caddesi, Orta Mahalle No:17, 50180 Merkez, Nevsehir, Turkey

Price: 98 TRY (1,152 INR) for two
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Taste the Local Wine at Wineries

 Taste the Local Wine at Wineries
If you’re wondering what to do in Turkey apart from checking out its beautiful buildings, fantastic cuisine and historical relics, you should head over to one of the local wineries at Cappadocia to sample some of their local wine. Wine has been an important part of Turkish history since time immemorial, and Cappadocia has the perfect temperature to grow some of the finest grapes that yield some of the finest wine you will ever taste.

One of the best local wineries is called Turasan, located in Ürgüp, where you can taste the famous local wine (known as Kocaba? wines). You can enjoy your wine with a variety of other accompaniments such as cheese, crackers and lavish breakfast spreads while looking out onto the vast sunlit fields of Cappadocia.

Location: Yunak, Tevfik Fikret Cd. No:6, 50400 Urgup/Nevsehir, Turkey

Price:
33 TRY (388 INR)

Best time:
You can visit the winery at any time of the year, except during the months of July and August, which is when the temperature is unbearably hot and humid. You should visit during September, October, April or May, when you can truly enjoy your wine tasting expedition.
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Hike at the Love Valley

Hike at the Love Valley
A hike to Love Valley in Cappadocia is one of the most unique experiences you can have in Turkey because it gives you a beautiful insight into the geographical versatility of Turkey. You can check out sprawling landscapes that are strewn with rocks and rock formations in interesting shapes from vantage points. You can also sign up for guided tours that take you to some of the most beautiful viewpoints along your hike.

During your hike, you can also look at the strange, cylindrical rock formations that are the most symbolic natural feature of Cappadocia. It is also a chance to get away from the humdrum of the city, take in the fresh air of the countryside and look at the Goreme National Park from a birds-eye view during your hike.

Location:
50180 Goreme/Nevsehir Merkez/Nevsehir, Turkey

Price:
Free

Best time:
The best time to go hiking in Love Valley is during the autumn (September-October) and early winter (November) season. This is when the exertion of your hike will balance out the cool weather conditions and you can avoid the summer and rainy seasons.
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Explore the Uchisar Castle

Explore the Uchisar Castle
If you are looking for an unparalleled view of Cappadocia that you can cherish forever, then you have to plan a pit-stop at the Uchisar Castle. This is one of the oldest citadels in the country that offers a panoramic view of the city from its gates. The Uchisar Castle is not technically a castle, but an outgrowth of a volcanic rock that had been carved into a hideout, residence and store-room centuries ago. The locals used it as a hideout when their village was under siege from attackers.

Today, it is one of the most recognizable structures in the Cappadocia skyline- overlooking the entire city from its vantage point.You can even stop by the castle when you are hiking to Love Valley, which can be a wonderful way to conclude your hike of the area. Make sure you catch the sunset from this point when you are visiting.

Location:
Tekelli, 50240 Uchisar/Nevsehir Merkez/Nevsehir, Turkey

Price:
9 TRY (105 INR) per person

Best time:
The best time to visit Uchisar castle is during the early hours of the day, or during the late evening, when the crowd of tourists has dwindled, and you can catch an uninterrupted view of the city from its gates.
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Ride the ATV Bike

Ride the ATV Bike
Apart from taking a ride on a hot-air balloon, one of the most thrilling activities to do in Turkey include taking a ride on an ATV Bike on the landscape of Cappadocia. The undulating terrain, together with the sand-dunes and rocky hillsides makes for the perfect terrain to go on a thrilling ride on an ATV Bike.

ATV Bike rides are also an incredibly unique way to check out the Goreme National Park and other natural rocky structures and formations that Cappadocia is known for. Also, if you are an adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some off-roading while you are in Cappadocia while manoeuvring your way through some of the most challenging, but beautiful terrain in Turkey.

Location:
Cappadocia, Turkey.

Price: 
Starting at 230 TRY (2,720 INR) per person

Best time:
February to May and then again from September to November is the best time to go on an ATV Bike ride in Cappadocia when the land is dry and ideal for off-roading.
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Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum
Walking into the incredibly beautiful Goreme Open-Air Museum is like taking a step back into the history of Cappadocia in Turkey. This museum, which is unlike any other in the world, is built inside a vast rocky structure that is surrounded by stairs that have been carved out of the land in which it is built. The Museum is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to several interesting exhibits from prehistoric times.

The museum contains a nunnery, the St. Barbara Church, Apple Church, Snake Church and several other churches, apart from colourful frescoes and other monasteries that have relics from the time when they were functional.

Location:
Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sk. D-No:1, 50180 Aktepe/Avanos/Nevsehir, Turkey.

Price: 40 TRY (471 INR)

Best time:
The best time to walk through the museum is 8:00 am – 10:00 am and then again from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. This is the time when you can avoid the crowd of tourists and enjoy the historical relics in peace.
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Play Golf at the Fairy Chimneys

One of the more unique activities to do in Turkey is to indulge in a game of golf when you are at the Fairy Chimneys in the Goreme National Park. Whether you are a golfing enthusiast or not, a game at the Goreme National Park near the Fairy Chimneys is going to be entertaining either way.

The game consists of shooting a colourful golf ball through the myriad valleys, nooks and crags in Goreme National Park. Whereas in traditional golf, you have to aim for a hole in the ground, here you have to aim for goals and destinations where you have to send the ball. This thrilling game is called cross-country golf, and it is a unique way to tour the National Park as well. 

Location:
Yukari Mahalle Goreme cad. No.33 Uchisar, 50240 Merkez/Nevsehir, Turkey

Price: 492 TRY (5,790 INR) per person for a full tour of the park

Best time:
The best time to indulge in golf in the Goreme National Park is during the months of April, May, September and October, when your game will not be interrupted by rain, and neither will you have to deal with the harsh heat of the sun.

Things to Do in Antalya

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Antalya Archaeological Museum

Antalya Archaeological Museum
The Antalya Archaeological Museum is one of the largest museums in all of Turkey. It is home to over 13 exhibition halls, 5,000 works of art and even an open-air gallery where performances and plays are regularly organized.

Relics from the prehistoric era including tools, statues, artwork and even fossils can be found in this museum. You can walk through galleries filled with marble statues, world-famous paintings and other sculptures that have found a home in this sprawling museum.

Location: Bahcelievler, Konyaalti Cd. No:88, 07050 Muratpasa, Antalya, Turkey

Price: 20 TRY (235 INR)

Best time: During summer (April-October) the museum remains open from 9:00 am – 6:30 pm. During winter (November to March), the hours are from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. To avoid the crowds, it is best that you go early or late in the day.
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Kursunlu Falls

Kursunlu Falls
The Kursunlu Falls is a beautiful waterfall in Antalya, where you can go take in the sights, or simply enjoy a wholesome picnic in the midst of nature. If you are seeking a break from the architecture, urban landscape and history of Antalya, then you can make your way to Kursunlu Falls for the perfect natural retreat.

There is a designated picnic area near the base of the waterfall, which is surrounded with food stalls and other convenient facilities like washrooms and such, so that you can have a comfortable day trip to the Kursunlu Falls.

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

Price:
13 TRY (144 INR)

Best Time:
While entry to the falls is open throughout the year, the best time to visit is during the months of from September to March, when rainfall is minimum, and you can witness the full force of the water since the water turns into a thin trickle during the peak summer months. 
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Rafting in Koprulu Canyon National Park

Rafting in Koprulu Canyon National Park
River rafting on the Kopru River in the Koprulu National Park is one of the most thrilling and memorable things to do in Turkey, and also a unique way to explore the natural landscape of Antalya. The Koprulu Canyon National Park is an incredibly beautiful nature reserve where you can check out the best of nature in Turkey, and also enjoy some thrilling adventures, such as white-water rafting.

The National Park consists of a Canyon which is divided in half by the Kopru River. The azure river cuts through the canyon, making for the perfect opportunity to take your raft through some of the most picturesque places in Antalya.

Location:
Bozyaka, 07550 Manavgat/Antalya, Turkey

Price:
30 TRY (353 INR)

Best time:
The ideal season to go river rafting in Antalya is late summer and early winters when the water has returned to the river and your plans are not likely to be hindered by extreme hot or cold weather conditions.
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The Land of Legends Theme Park

The Land of Legends Theme Park
To experience some good, old-fashioned, family entertainment, you must head to The Land of Legends theme park. The park brings alive legends, urban myths, fairy tale characters, castles, mythical creatures and much more. You can take advantage of over 70 unique activities that this theme park has to offer and go back home with a horde of exciting memories from Antalya.

They also organize a multitude of events in which DJs, performers, actors, dancers and artists from all over the world come to perform. Some of the things that you must try out include rides such as Galeon, Family Coaster, Hyper Coaster, Air Balloon Race, Sky Fighter and much more.

Location: Kadriye Mahallesi Ataturk Caddesi No:1, D:No 515, 07506 Serik/Antalya, Turkey

Price: 152 TRY (1,797 INR) per person

Best time: Any time is a good time to visit the Land of Legends theme park, since it is open round the year, offering family-style entertainment no matter when you plan to visit.
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Cable-Skiing at Hip-Notics

Cable-Skiing at Hip-Notics
Cable skiing is one of the most exciting activities you can enjoy in Antalya, especially considering the natural setting in which this adventure park is built. It is equipped with infrastructure to accommodate several water sports and other adventure activities such as wakeskating, wakeboarding, sauna, hot tubs, basketball, ping-pong, trampolines and much more.

Cable-skiing is, of course, one of the more exciting activities, where you can take advantage of the three lakes whose waters come directly from the mountains. The park is very accessible from the airport, and if you are not equipped with the right sporting gear, you can also access the rental stalls on the premises.

Location:
Cakis, Serik Cd., 07550 Manavgat/Antalya, Turkey

Price:
231 TRY (2,729 INR

Best time:
The best time to go cable-skiing in Hip-Notics would be during the pleasant winter months (September-February) when you can avoid the scorching summer heat, and also enjoy the thrill of the adventure.
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Relax at the Lara Beach

Relax at the Lara Beach
Lara Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Antalya, and is in fact, internationally renowned for being one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the world. It consists of endless stretches of sand that line the blue waters of the ocean.

Lara Beach is also home to a luxe resort, where you can rent out rooms during your stay in Antalya. The resort has its own stretches of private beaches, and if you are just visiting the beach, you can find several stalls selling food, refreshments and souvenirs.

Location:
Merkezi, Lara Turizm, Lara Cd., 07230, Turkey

Price:
Free

Best time:
The best time to visit Lara beach is between the months of April and November when there is limited rainfall in the area and the days are warm and sunny, while the nights are cool and pleasant.
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Explore the Old Town

Explore the Old Town
Antalya is an ancient town with a vibrant history, and when you are wondering what to do in Turkey, you must stop by the Old Town in Antalya. The Old Town is known as Kaleiçi, around which the rest of Antalya city has been built. When you are in Kaleiçi, you can see buildings, churches and structures from the Byzantine era, as well as from the Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman eras.

Some of the places you should definitely check out in the Old Town are Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Cami, which is an ancient Ottoman mosque; Hadrian’s Gate, which was built in 130 AD in honour of the Roman King Hadrian and Kesik Minare Cami- a temple built by the Romans way back in the 2nd century AD.

Location: Selcuk, Uzun Çarsi Sk., 07100 Muratpasa/Antalya, Turkey

Price: Free entry (some of the historical buildings have separate entrance fees)

Best time: The spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) is the best time to visit the Old Town in Antalya. The pleasant, Mediterranean climate is very accommodating during this time, and you will have to spend some time extensively exploring the Old Town without harsh weather conditions getting in your way.
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Relax at Patara

Relax at Patara
Patara is another ancient town that is located in the Antalya Province, that is known for its sprawling sand beaches and gorgeous blue waters. In fact, the beaches at Patara are the perfect place to experience the tropical sunshine that Turkey is known for. Patara Beach is a 19km-long beach, where you can sunbathe, go birdwatching, or watch the fascinating lives of sea turtles first-hand without a crowd of tourists blocking your view of nature in its truest form. 

Location:
Merkez Gelemis, Kas, Patara, Turkey

Price:
Free

Best time:
The late autumn months, which is September to November, is the perfect time to visit Patara beach when you can relax amidst the pleasant autumnal sun and cool nights and avoid the harsh and dry sunlight of summer.
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Trip to Manavgat Waterfall

Trip to Manavgat Waterfall
Manavgat Waterfall is a picturesque shallow waterfall that can be found 80km from Antalya City. While you may have to travel a little bit to reach the falls, the journey is totally worth it because of the beautiful sights that will greet you when you finally reach your destination. Because of the low height and incredible width of the waterfall, the waters of the Manavgat River foams up when it hits the pool below. It is the perfect place for picnics, sightseeing and photography.

Location:
Sar?lar, 07600 Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey

Price:
3.5 TRY (41 INR)

Best time:
The best time to visit Manavgat Waterfall is between the months of September and November when it is neither too hot nor too cold. During summer (April-August), the force of the water is reduced considerably because of the heat.
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Climb at Geyikbayiri

Climb at Geyikbayiri
Adventure enthusiasts visiting Antalya must stop by Geyikabayiri, a mountain-climber’s dream destination because of its naturally rocky landscape. Located at a distance of 30km from Antalya, Geyikabayiri consists of several nooks, crannies, dunes and 3 striking crags for you to climb, hike, trek and ride over.

There are several wonderful cheap food stalls that sell delicious local food. You can also rent out climbing gear from the many stalls that are in place in the area. You can practise novice climbing, or advanced climbing, freehand and harnessed mountain climbing when you are here.

Location:
Geyikbayiri, 07070 Konyaalti/Antalya, Turkey

Price:
311 TRY (3,591) for a half day’s climb (3 hours) with a guide
622 TRY (7,180 INR) for a full day’s climb (6 hours)with a guide and lunch

Best time:
Autumn and winter (September – February) are the best months to visit Geyikbayiri. This way you can avoid the scorching Mediterranean summers, and the intense activity in the pleasant winters won’t cause any physical strain either..

Things to Do in Ankara

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Go to Ankara Castle

Go to Ankara Castle
Located a short distance from the Cengelhan Rahmi M.Koc Museum is the Ankara Castle, another specimen of the wonderful past of the city of Ankara. The castle was built in the 7th century AD for the purpose of fortification for Ankara. There are two major walls that make up the castle, which has previously been used as a residence, a masonry, a watchtower, a trading centre and much more.
Checking out the gorgeous view of Ankara spread out before you from the ramparts of the Ankara Castle is definitely one of the most memorable things to do in Turkey.

Location:
Kale, 06240 Altindag/Ankara, Turkey

Price:
Free

Best time:
Ankara Castle comes alive during the spring and summer season (March to August) which is when the weather is pleasant and there are numerous festivities and events being organized in the city. This is definitely the best time to visit Ankara Castle.
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Soak in Roman Baths

Soak in Roman Baths
One of the most remarkable landmarks in the capital city of Turkey is the Roman Baths, where you can soak in the history of this beautiful country in its most authentic form. The Roman Baths are considered an architectural masterpiece, especially considering that it was built in the 3rd century, between 212 and 217 AD by the Roman Emperor Caracalla.

This area, which was excavated in the 20th century, was initially used as a bathhouse by the Romans and had several floors, which were destroyed with time. After the defeat of the Romans, it was used as a burial ground for several civilizations and is now one of the most fascinating pieces of history in Ankara.

Location:
Anafartalar, Cankiri Cd. No:43, 06050 Altindag/Ankara, Turkey

Price: 
6 TRY (70 INR)

Best time:
The best time to visit the Roman Baths is during the autumn and winter season that lasts from September to January when you can roam this open-air museum freely.
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Anatolian Civilizations Museum

Anatolian Civilizations Museum
The Anatolian Civilizations Museum is considered one of the best museums in Turkey because of the comprehensive history it showcases of the land. You can see incredible remains from the Palaeolithic Age (8,000 BC), Neolithic Age, Chalcolithic Age, Old Bronze Age, Hittites, Phrygian, Urartu and Late Hittites periods as well.

Modern relics from previous rulers of Ankara can also be found in this historical museum, whose collection is at par with some of the best museums in the world.

Location:
Kale, Gozcu Sk. No:2, 06240 Ulus/Altindag/Ankara, Turkey

Price:
36 TRY (424 INR)

Best time:
The Museum remains open from 8:30 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening. While you can visit the museum throughout the year, the best time to explore the museum is between 9:00 am and 12 noon, and then again after 5:00 pm, so that you can check out the exhibits freely.
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Witness the Beauty of Ankara from Atakule Tower

Witness the Beauty of Ankara from Atakule Tower
Atakule is an unmissable landmark in the centre of Ankara city, which has almost become the most recognizable structure in the city. The Atakule Tower doubles up as a communication tower, as well as an observation tower for tourists who want an unforgettable panoramic view of the city of Ankara.

This modern structure is 410 feet tall and houses a revolving restaurant in its summit, from where you can get 360 degrees view of the city spread out under you. This is definitely one of the more memorable things to do in Turkey, especially when you want a unique perspective of the capital city of Ankara.

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

Price:
10 TRY (117 INR)

Best time to visit:
Autumn (September and October) and spring (March and April) is the best time to visit this tower, which when you can see clear skies, stunning sunsets and limited or no rainfall.
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Train Ride at Cengelhan Rahmi M.Koc Museum

Train Ride at Cengelhan Rahmi M.Koc Museum
This historical museum is located close to the famous Ankara Castle, and is a hub of culture, history and relics. You can take a free train ride to this historical museum to check out some of the most well-preserved items from Ankara’s history.

You can even purchase collectable items, souvenirs, curios and antiques from this museum while walking around the ancient building.

Location:
Kale, Depo Sokak No:1, 06230 Altindag, Ankara, Turkey

Price:
Free train ride (18 TRY or 212 INR for entry to the museum)

Best time:
The museum is open throughout the year, and its fascinating structure and contents makes it the perfect place to spend a day in, no matter what time of the year you are visiting.
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Party at Kizilay

Kizilay is a street in Ankara which has the most happening nightclubs, parties and events taking place over there. Because of the massive student population in Ankara, the city is well-equipped with different kinds of nightclubs and bars and pubs that make Ankara nightlife a remarkable aspect of the city. Some of the most popular party hubs in Kizilay are Adres Bar, Baraka, Biber Café and Pub, Nefes, Qube, etc.

Location: Kizilay, Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey.

Price: Free entry to the street

Best time: While the clubs at Kizilay are open throughout the year, the best time to visit the place would be during the spring and autumn months of April, May, September and October. The streets light up during the nighttime and weather is pleasant enough for you to enjoy an uninterrupted night of dancing and clubbing.
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Don’t Miss the Night Pool Show at Gençlik Park

Gençlik Park is one of the most exciting places in Ankara because of the variety of events, games, adventures and activities you can enjoy there. If you are wondering what to do in Turkey that is both exciting as well as relaxing, then you should definitely head over the Gençlik Park. They have over 69 sections of greenery and gardens, with a massive swimming pool which is where the Night Pool Show takes place every night.

It is a spectacle consisting of choreographed laser lights that light up the waters of the pool and create an ethereal effect.

Location:
Doganbey, Talatpasa Blv No:38, 06050 Altindag/Ankara, Turkey

Price:
0.5 TRY (5 INR)

Best time:
The Night Pool Show takes place every single night at Gençlik Park, so you can visit whenever you are in town without fear of missing the show.
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Explore the Esztergom Turkish Cultural Centre

True to its name, the Esztergom Turkish Cultural Centre is a castle and a mosque that is one of the most representative sites for Turkish architecture and history. While the structure may look simplistic from the outside, this giant white mausoleum is home to some of the oldest relics from Turkey’s past, including items from the Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires.

While the actual cultural centre is in the interiors of the mosque, you can also check out the various shops, columns and installations that are spread throughout the premises.

Location:
Guclukaya Mh, Fatih Cd., 06280 Kecioren/Ankara, Turkey

Price:
Free

Best time:
The best time to visit this place is during the month of April when the weather is warm and sunny without being too hot and the usual crowds of tourists who visit Turkey are yet to arrive.
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Visit the Aqua Vega Aquarium

The Aqua Vega Aquarium in Ankara is a great place to travel with your kids if you want to do something other than sightseeing or visiting historical sites. The aquarium is renowned for its spacious enclosures and the various exotic marine creatures that they have kept there.

The huge windows give you an insight into the life of these deep-sea animals such as sharks, octopus and various other colourful fish and corals.

Location:
Aksemsettin, Dogukent Bulvari Nata Vega Outlet, 06480 Mamak/Ankara, Turkey

Price:
15 TRY (177 INR) for adults and 10 TRY (177 INR) for children

Best time:
The fact that the aquarium is open every day of the week, throughout the year, makes it possible to visit whenever you are in town. The cool indoors and the volley of marine animals makes it entertaining no matter what the season.

Other Things to Do in Turkey

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Hike at Mount Nemrut

Hike at Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut is a World Heritage Site (as declared by UNESCO) and is also a wonderful place to go hiking if you are into adventure and exploration. There are several statues that have been erected there throughout history, which you can still see today.

While hiking across the mountain ranges, you can check out panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, and also explore the ancient tombs of the rulers who presided over this land several hundred years ago.

Location: South-eastern Turkey

Price:
Free entry (you can avail pre-booked hiking tours that are priced according to your route map)

Best time to visit:
The best time to visit is between May and September, when the roads that lead to and from the mountain are clear, open and not blocked by snow.
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Smoke Shisha at Nargile Bars

Smoke Shisha at Nargile Bars
The Mediterranean Belt of the Red Sea is the source of the very popular Shisha culture that has taken over almost all parts of the world. Shisha, which is a water-based instrument through which tobacco can be smoked, has been an integral part of MIddle-Eastern and Turkish culture since the 17th century and remains so to this day.

If you are wondering what to do in Turkey for recreation, smoking shisha can be an interesting way to relax and discover a unique aspect of Turkish culture at the same time. There are several popular Nargile Bars in Turkey, where you must ask for the local shisha that you can smoke with at your party. Most bars also come with dance parties, clubs, pubs and other exciting events.

Location:
Ankara, Istanbul, Cappadocia, etc.

Price:
starting from 127 TRY (1,500 INR)

Best time:
While these bars remain open throughout the year, it would be well advised to visit either during the early evening hours, or late at night, when most of the local and tourist crowds have dispersed.
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A Day Trip to the Princesí Islands

A Day Trip to the Princesí Islands
If you are wondering what to do in Turkey to make your vacation truly premium and memorable, then you must plan a day trip to Princesí Islands. This is a small group of 9 islands that are idyllic, peaceful, beautiful and secluded. You can get breathtaking views of the Sea of Marmara from almost all parts of all the islands. You can also take a tour of the place on a horse-drawn carriage.
Needless to say, this is one of the most romantic places to be when you are in Turkey. The activities on the island, such as the carriage tours as well as the dining and entertainment infrastructure is designed to give you the best time.

Location:
South-east of Istanbul, Turkey.

Price:
Free

Best time:
The best time to visit the islands is between March-May and then again from the months of September, till late November. The waters are cool and pleasant during this time, and you are not likely to experience any rainfall.
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Relax at Pamukkale Thermal Pools

Relax at Pamukkale Thermal Pools
There are very few places on planet earth that are as naturally beautiful as the thermal pools at Pamukkale. Pamukkale translates to “cotton castle” in English, and the place resembles an ethereal place that is made of white limestone terraces, whose strange formation and position have led to the formation of naturally occurring mineral springs.

It is also one of the most famous tourist attractions in Turkey, so if you are wondering what to do in Turkey that is a little more conventional and touristy, then you should definitely come to the thermal pools at Pamukkale.

Location:
Kale, 20190 Pamukkale, Denizli Merkez/Denizli, Turkey

Price:
60 Try (707 INR)

Best time:
Springtime, which lasts from April to the middle of June, is the best time to visit. This place sees rainfall during autumn and extreme hot and cold conditions during summer and winter.
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Explore the Pergamum

Explore the Pergamum
Pergamum is an ancient city that has existed since the 5th century BC, making it one of the oldest excavated cities in the entire world. Stepping into the ruins of Pergamum is like stepping into history itself, where you can see the columns, storage units, platforms and stages and many other artefacts that have existed for thousands of years.

You can even see the remains of the acropolis that used to be the centre of this ancient city in Aeolis. Pergamum is also a very popular tourist attraction and is a beautiful place to go sightseeing, apart from learning about Turkey’s history.

Location:
Bergama, Izmir Province, Turkey

Price: 20 TRY (236 INR)

Best time: Spring and autumn (March, April, September and October) are the best seasons to explore Pergamum. This way you can avoid the direct heat of the summer sun, as well as the snowfall that occurs during the biting cold winters.
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Paragliding at Oludeniz

Paragliding at Oludeniz
Ölüdeniz is a picturesque little town on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea which is ideal for paragliding. If you are an adrenaline junkie who is wondering what to do in Turkey, you should definitely try paragliding. The experience will leave you excited and breathless, after which you can make your way to Ölüdeniz where you can sail over the blue seas, the rugged landscape and the beautiful green trees. With trips that are as long as 45 minutes, paragliding in Ölüdeniz is an experience you are bound to take back with you from Turkey.

Location:
Mediterranean Coast, South Turkey (15km from the city of Fethiye)

Price:
500 Try (5,895 INR) approx.

Best time:
The best time to go paragliding is during the spring (April-May) and autumn (September) season when the strong winds of monsoon are non-existent, and there is no chance of rainfall.
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Kayaking at Ruins of Kekova

Kayaking at Ruins of Kekova
Kekova is a gorgeous sunken city in Turkey submerged in a turquoise lake. You can see the remains and explore the city while sailing over the lake in which this city is submerged on a kayak. There is no better way to explore the beautiful, mystical and magical ruins of Kekova, other than by taking a ride on a kayak through these waters.

Striking ancient relics such as pottery items, columns, colourful mosaics made of broken tile, a half-standing archway, a broken church and many other beautiful remains can be seen through the surface of the clear water when you are kayaking through the area.

Location:
The Mediterranean Sea, Kekova 07570, Turkey

Price:
320 TRY (3,785 INR)

Best time:
Spring and Summer (March to June) and also autumn (August-October) are the best seasons to explore the sunken city of Kekova. Your kayaking plans are not going to be hampered by rain or heat or snow if you decide to travel in the right season.
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Party All Night in Bodrum

Party All Night in Bodrum
All the locals of Turkey, no matter which part of the country they are from, agree that Bodrum is the party capital of Turkey. There are two primary features that this quaint port city is known for- one is its gorgeous beaches, and the second is its wild nightlife.

There are a few streets in Bodrum that are lined with pubs, nightclubs, discos and stadiums that are almost always full with people, and always alive with some event or the other, that is taking place.

Location: Bodrum, Mugla Province, South-west Turkey.

Price: Variable according to the establishment
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Explore Izmir Natural Life Park

Explore Izmir Natural Life Park
The Izmir Natural Life Park is not only one of the largest zoos in the country but also one of the largest natural sanctuaries in all of Europe, covering an area of 4,25,000 square metres. It is a safe space for more than 120 different species of animals, with over 1,500 animals living on the premises of the park alone.

You can check out these wild animals in their natural habitat from one of the many observation towers that are placed all over the park. It is the perfect place to take children, who can participate in activities such as feeding the animals.

Location:
Tuzla, Ahmet Piristina Cd. No 3, 35620 Cigli/Izmir, Turkey

Price:
3 TRY (35 INR)

Best time:
The Izmir Natural Life Park is open throughout the year, but it is best if you visit during the autumn and winter season (September to February), when the animals are not hiding indoors from the heat, and you don’t have to cower from the heat of the sun either.
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Explore the Beauty of Yedi Goller

Explore the Beauty of Yedi Goller
The Yedigöller National Park is truly one of the most beautiful places in Turkey, with its quaint wooden bridges, the towering canopy of tropical trees and vast repertoire of exotic flora and fauna species. It is also known as the Seven Lakes National Parks because of the 7 stunning lakes that have naturally formed inside the park because of landslides.

People visit the park to check out the incredible change in colours during the seasonal changes, and also to relax amidst the abundant foliage that has become a signature picture of this park. You can indulge in walking tours, hikes, treks, safaris and interacting with the animals when you are there.

Location:
Yedigoller, 14030 Merkesler/Bolu Merkez/Bolu, Turkey

Price:
12 TRY (142 INR) with an automobile

Best time:
Autumn, which occurs here during the months of September and October, is undoubtedly the best time to visit Yedigöller. The red, green, yellow and orange leaves of the trees during fall is in itself the most compelling feature of the park during this time of the year.
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