Turkey’s wide appeal lies in the spectacular diversity of its landscape and culture. At once both wildly exotic and strangely familiar, it straddles the divide between East and West. Ancient cities are lined with modern delicacies, shopping malls and sleek, contemporary resorts.
Outside of the urban sprawl it’s easy to lose oneself in a trance of expansive golden beaches, sprawling desert and intricately sculptured valleys. To help you make the most of your Turkish travels, we at Destinology have compiled a careful selection of some of the best Turkey destinations to inspire your itinerary and galvanise your globetrotting.
Visitors to Turkey will receive a warm welcome from the friendly locals, who are always eager to share their country’s fascinating culture with travellers from around the world. Archaeological sites abound, and are filled with treasures gifted from centuries of successive settlements by people from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Balkans and Central Asia. This diverse heritage is also evident in Turkey’s urban landscape; from the hilltop fortresses in Afyon and Ankara to the Ottoman-built Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and ancient Roman Aizanoi houses in Turkey’s western Kutahya Province.
Top Attractions in Turkey
There’s plenty to see and do in Turkey, for families, couples and single travellers alike. Activities include both outdoor and indoor pursuits, so there’s a little something to suit all interests. Adventure enthusiasts will adore exploring the rock chimneys of Cappadocia, trekking the Lycian coastal path and visiting the expansive Roman ruins at Ephesus, which were built in 10th century BC. Culture focused travellers will appreciate a visit to Konya to watch the ecstatic dances of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, as well as the spectacular Sumela Monastery in the Altindere Valley.
If you’re considering taking a trip to Turkey, it’s absolutely imperative that you do so in style. We have a wide range of exclusive travel options that are guaranteed to make your holiday extra special, including luxury resorts on the Aegean Coast and in the heart of Istanbul. Our top recommendations include the Imperial Villa at the Jumeirah Bodrum Palace in Zeytinlikahve Cove and the Serenity Deluxe or Serenity VIP Villas at the Gloria Serenity Resort in Belek. Both locations boast beautiful beach views, on-site spa facilities and exceptional service – a must for travellers looking to rewind.