Top 7 Things To Do In Turkey

aastha | Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:45 | | Turkey, Gap Year Abroad, Travel Abroad,

Is Turkey on your bucket list too? So are you planning your trip to Turkey soon? But first, before you book your flights, you must decide what all you can cover on your trip may be all of it but maybe not!

Turkey is an amazing travel destination filled with beautiful beaches, archaeological wonders, historical sites, and friendly people. It is one of the main destinations for travelers who looking to immerse themselves in a different culture, and it doesn’t hurt that the food too is so flavorful. 

Take a look at the top 7 things to do in Turkey!

 

Explore Cappadocia

Hot air Balloons in Cappadocia
Source: Tour Operator Istanbul

The historical region of Cappadocia is in Central Anatolia, Turkey. The hills and rock sites are officially a part of Goreme National Park, which is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unique cultural and historical heritage of the region, along with its exceptional natural wonders, has made it a popular tourist attraction. Visitors head here to see the unique geological features of the four cities of Cappadocia, which include Aksaray, Nevsehir, Kayseri, and Nigde. One extremely popular activity that visitors should experience when there is hot-air ballooning, which gives a beautiful bird’s eye view of the wonders below.

 

Bathe In The Pamukkale Water Terraces

Pamukkale Water Terraces
Source: Kusadasi

Filled with enormous white terraces of travertine and various hot springs, Pamukkale, which translates to “cotton castle,” is a natural attraction in Turkey. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is built on white carbonate mineral left behind on the surrounding lands by the flowing water. For decades, people have been going to the thermal springs in Pamukkale to bathe in the mineral and calcium-rich waters. Visitors also visit many well-preserved Roman ruins and museums in the surrounding area and see historical artifacts and beautiful examples of Bronze Age craft.

 

Shop In The Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar in Turkey
Source: Trover

It is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the whole world. Since 1455, the market has been constantly growing and it now covers over 61 of Istanbul’s streets and has over 4,000 shops. It has been listed as one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions with over 91,216,000 annual visitors, and rightly so, as the Grand Bazaar is one of the most unique places in Turkey. It generally takes days for visitors to fully explore the thriving complex and its architectural beauty, but it’s worth it. Some of the things that can be found at the market include coffee, tea, dried fruits, nuts and more traditional decor, lanterns, and various other items.

 

Visit The Aqua Vega Aquarium

Aqua Vega Aquarium, Turkey
Source: Dook International

Located in Ankara, this Aquarium is one of the largest underwater worlds in Europe. Aqua Vega houses the third largest tunnel aquarium and is a really fun place for the entire family. There is a total capacity of 4.5 million liters of water in the salt and freshwater aquariums to create homes for hundreds of fascinating sea creatures from all over the world. Exhibits such as Adrenaline World, the Sea Shell Museum, and Jungle Corner allow visitors to explore this amazing underwater world and get up close and personal with sharks, koi fish, napoleon fish, clown fish, and much more.

 

Kayak Across The Kekova Island Sunken Ruins

Kekova Island Sunken Ruins

Around 2000 BCE the Lycians built a peaceful democratic federation that surrounded the sea-trading city of Simena. It was hit by violent earthquakes in the second century CE and sadly sank beneath the waves. You can kayak across the Kekova Island Sunken Ruins, which lies just a few meters below the clear waters of the Mediterranean. You'll be able to see a shipyard, the foundations of houses and public building, and many more structures above the current shoreline. The protected area is a stunning attraction, and visitors in Turkey shouldn’t miss it.

 

Ride Boats At The Suluklu Gol

Suluklu Gol, Turkey

Suluklu Gol is a beautiful lake that is over an hour away from the city of Istanbul. The site is a popular attraction for tourists as well as locals, they all head over to ride boats, go fishing, or hike in the surrounding areas. The unique forest ecosystem surrounding the lake is filled with flora and fauna; you’ll definitely run into sparrows, rabbits, foxes, and even bears and wild boar.

 

Visit The Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace, Turkey
Source: Istanbulite

Topkapi Palace is a large museum that you can find in the heart of Istanbul. The building itself was once the residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans, and then it was the accommodation for ranked officers.The palace buildings and grounds have housed a museum dedicated to preserving the culture of Turkey, since 1924. Visitors will be able to explore many of the rooms and chambers on the palace grounds and see various artifacts on display such as religious relics, Ottoman clothing, armor and weapons, as well as manuscripts. The outer gardens of the UNESCO World Heritage Site have pavilions filled with Islamic ceramics.


If you are confused as to how and when to plan it then, do take a quick look at the wide range of amazing programs and tours in Turkey that we have in store for you, and drop us a mail at [email protected] for more information. We would love to hear back from you!
 

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