Top 10 Places to Visit in Turkey

Top 10 Places to Visit in Turkey
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Turkey has acted at the gateways of two continents, namely Europe and Asia. It is famous for having one of the most historic places in the world. The country’s landscaped, historical sites, culture, and mountains have been recognized all over the world.

Turkey is the point where the East meets West and the rich culture, innumerable religious monument, and archaeological sites have left their mark on every tourist that visited the country. If you want to visit Turkey, you can board on emirates flights to reach Istanbul Airport. Which is nearest to all these places? So, pack your bags right away and start exploring these places on your own.

Here are the top 10 cities you should see


The capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul is the largest city in the country and one of the largest in the world. The city has amazing architecture, heritage sites, restaurants, shops, and exotic charisma that make Istanbul one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Istanbul has one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets and active nightlife activity. Istanbul is a perfect destination to understand the history of Turkey while enjoying the other aspects like culture, cuisine, and people.

●      EPHESUS

Ephesus is an ancient site located in Aegean Turkey and was deemed to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the most popular attractions in the country. The temple of Artemis was once the largest temple to have ever existed but was destroyed around the 5th century. It is a classical metropolis with its good preserve archaeological sites and history. Ephesus is one of the world’s largest accessible archaeological sites.

History lovers and book fanatics can also consider Ephesus a mecca and a dream destination. The famed Library of Celsius is located in the city and was once the largest library in the ancient world. The library has been restored in order for the tourist to visit and appreciate the interior of the historical site.


Cappadocia is located in Central Anatolia in Turkey and is popular for its natural wonders and historic sites. The city has an incredible landscape of unusual formations resembling chimneys, cones, mushrooms, and pinnacles that were made by the natural process of volcanic eruptions and erosions that occurred centuries ago.

●      BODRUM

Bodrum was recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Located in the Mugla Province in the southern Aegean region of Turkey. The Bodrum is home to temples, monuments, marble buildings, intriguing ruins, stunning beaches, and cliff-top resorts. Its most popular destinations are the Castle of St. Peter, the remains of the Mausoleum, and the Myndos Gate. The city also has an award-winning Museum of Underwater Archaeology, located inside the Bodrum Castle.


Marmaris is a popular resort in the country, located along the Turkish Riviera. Marmaris has picturesque landscapes of mountains, white sand beaches, aquamarine water, and heritage sites. It has been a tourist paradise in the country, due to the variety of activities and attractions Marmaris has to offer.

●      SIDE

The side is a major seaport located in Pamphylia, coast in the Antalya Province on a small peninsula. It is a picturesque village that has ancient ruins and a modern resort that overlooks the white sandy beaches of the town. The main feature of the town is the excavated sites of ancient Hellenistic and Roman ruins, an agora, a Byzantine basilica, public baths, marble columns, various temples, and ruins of a massive amphitheater. The side is located near the bay, offering spectacular scenery of the historic sites with the backdrop of the ocean highlighted with the golden hues of the sunset.

●      ANTALYA

Located along the beautiful Turkish Riviera on the Mediterranean coastline, Antalya is a large, lively city that offers stunning scenery frames, gorgeous beaches, and lush green mountains dotted with ancient ruins. It is home to numerous resorts, hotels, bars, and restaurants. The city has heritage sites that let tourists take in the city’s ancient past, with the old city walls, Roman gates, maze-like streets, and historic structures that include the Clock Tower and beautiful, old churches, mosques, and temples.

●      MARDIN

Situated in the southeastern of Turkey, Mardin is the capital of the Mardin Province. The city is known for having the best cultural sights and sandstone buildings that cascade down the hill due to the location of the city. Mardin is on the top of the hill that overlooks Mesopotamia. It is also home to popular sites like Deyrü’z-Zafaran Monastery (the oldest monastery in the world), Sultan Isa Medresesi (medieval monument), Zinciriye Medresesi (a 14th-century Islamic school), and the Great Mosque. The entire city has a plethora of shops that sell authentic Turkey pots, silverware, leather, and many more.

●      KONYA

Konya is one of the oldest cities in the world, located in Turkey’s Central Anatolia Region. It is famous for its Seljuk architecture, Persian theologian, Sufi mystic, the Mausoleum of and Alaeddin Mosque. Seljuk Tower is a modern-day attraction being the tallest skyscrapers in Turkey, featuring restaurants on the top floors. Konya is not just skyscrapers and buildings, it also has lush vegetation, parks, lovely pagodas, waterfalls, and ponds.

●      ANKARA

Ankara is the capital city of turkey. The city of Ankara is surrounded by buildings, modern homes, shops, restaurants, and universities. It is located at the heart of the country and has many ancient structures and ruins reflecting its history. Some of the Temple of Augustus, the Citadel, and Roman Theatre. Ankara offers a vibrant art and diverse culture with its theatres and museums, including the Museum of Anatolian Civilization.