Turkey – an enchanted land of beauty and nature, where West meets East and history meets adventure. With people as friendly and vastly accommodating of tourists and different cultures, Turkey is one of the top destinations that is made for vacationing at full potential. With sun-kissed beaches, pine-covered mountains, and more than enough attractions to fully occupy more than a month of your time, Turkey has just so many reasons for a visit.
In this blog, we have put together a list of things to do and places that you can visit in Turkey as the top 15 experiences that should be on your Bucket list of Turkey.
1. Dipping in Thermal Hot Springs in Pamukkale
How many times have we scrolled through Instagram reels of terraced pools filled with milky mineral waters? It’s time to experience that in person at thermal hot springs in Pamukkale. The white mineral deposits will make you feel like you are stepping on a snow-covered hill, the tepid water tells you otherwise.
This is one of the most epic places to visit in Turkey. Spend an afternoon soaking, splashing, and relaxing in these unique springs. After you are done soaking and relaxing in the pool, you can head to the top of the hill where you can explore the ancient ruins of Hierapolis.
2. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia
A travel video is not complete without a scenic view right from the edge of horizons. This is where the hot air balloon rides are the ultimate bucket list experience. Known worldwide for this adventure, Cappadocia is the place to be.
Rising above unique rock formations in a sea of colorful balloons, highlight your trip to Turkey with this unique experience of a lifetime. Tourists that have been on this adventure in Cappadocia swear that the experience was worth every penny.
3. Hiking through the Valley of Love
Close to the mesmerizing view of Cappadocia is the experience of strolling in the beautiful botanical gardens of flowers and rock formations that dot the region of the valley. Pack a picnic lunch and wear sturdy shoes for this trip, where you’ll be accompanied by a handful of other hikers.
4. Sleep in a Cave in Göreme
People from all over Turkey and the rest of the world flock to the Cappadocia region for two reasons, one is the famous hot air balloon ride and a night inside a cave. We are not talking about spending the night in a bat-ridden regular cave, but a hotel built like one. The hotels in the town of Göreme are luxurious and are equipped with the best of services also available for budget travelers.
The rooms aren’t necessarily a cave, but their insides are made of stone bricks and have a high, arched ceiling which gives a unique cave experience. The rooms have plenty of natural light and a spacious bathroom with a jacuzzi pool within room services of breakfast in bed.
5. Go Underground in the City of Derinkuyu
The Cappadocia region is also known for its “fairy chimney” cave dwellings, another one of the unique experiences in Turkey, what lies beneath the surface is even more incredible. Since Cappadocia used to be one of the earliest Christian settlements and to avoid persecution, there were civilizations established underground.
As one of the largest underground cities in the world, Derinkuyu was discovered in 1963. This underground city was large enough to have sheltered 20,000 people together with their livestock, has since been excavated.
Tourists today can navigate through the narrow tunnels and passageways and witness the labyrinth of cave systems that include places for livestock, churches, and wineries. It’s a surprise but these underground settlements really had everything they needed down there.
6. Visit the Ancient City of Ephesus
Ephesus was once the trade center of the ancient world. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is frequented by tourists year-round and a great place of learning for the ones who want to understand more about Turkey’s ancient roots. The city has both Greek and Roman influence dating back to the 10th century BC.
One can stroll down the streets for hours viewing the ancient ruins of temples, libraries, theaters, houses, and statues. The temple of Artemis which was possibly one of the most famous buildings that once stood in this city is considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. You can also find the impressive Library of Celsus and the Temple of Hadrian.
7. Go Paragliding over Ölüdeniz
Paragliding is one of the major adrenalin rush sports in the world. It is the closest one can experience the feeling of flying without of course ‘the wings’. Turkey’s Ölüdeniz has garnered its fame when the current James Bond actor – Daniel Craig ran off a cliff in the movie Skyfall. So if you are up for an adventurous experience in Ölüdeniz, give paragliding a try in this picturesque seaside town.
If flying once isn’t enough, you can always ask your guide if you can pilot for an extra adrenaline rush!
8. Sleep in a Teepee in Paradise
Like every childhood pleasure that we grew out of, sleeping in Teepee has always been exciting. And you can fulfill your thrill here at Farayla. Although it’s not a lot different than sleeping inside a traditional tent, the location and the teepees at Farayla make the experience just more fun.
If you get tired of looking over the Mediterranean sea, you can always hike down 20 minutes to the shore to one of the best beaches in Turkey. You could be excited about the destination on this one but the trek down to the sea is one to remember with extraordinary views. You will find the Kabak beach to be perfectly secluded for you with a beautiful couple of restaurants offering wine. Could you ask for a more perfect afternoon plan?
9. Explore Magical Butterfly Valley
If you are all about country life and vibe more with nature, the butterfly valley is the place for you. With beautiful wildflowers, fruit trees, and wild goats in this enchanted valley, you will be wondering if you’ve entered a storybook paradise that’s been frozen in time. Just a mile from the ocean, you’ll find a tumbling waterfall framed by boulders and flowering trees.
10. Kayak Over the Ruins of Kekova
Some tourists visit Turkey instead of other historically rich countries like Italy and Greece due to its manageable commotion of tourist population. If you are interested in witnessing the ruins of ancient civilizations, Turkey has quite a few spectacles. One of the areas with a high concentration of ruins is a region along the south coast known as the Lycian Trail.
You can see the remains of a town that was flooded after an earthquake through the clear water of the Lycian trail. These ruins still stand on the shore as well, serving as reminders of those who called the land home at some point. If you have taken a Kayak, you can rest it for a while at the charming little town of Kalekoy, which is only accessible by boat. Here you can kill few hours in the sun enjoying a leisurely lunch, hiking to some hilltop ruins, snorkeling, and trying out the famous goat milk ice cream of the town.
11. Roast Marshmallows over the Eternal Flame of the Chimera
Another town in Turkey known for its ruins is the quiet seaside town of Olympos. It has a laidback pebbly beach and the eternal flames called the Chimera. These eternal flames burn naturally in the Cirali mountains and they are rumored to have guided the ships on the sea for over hundreds of years.
The only scientific explanation that is available is that the flames are caused by methane gas oozing from the mountain’s crevices. Talk about a natural bonfire on top of a mountain.
12. Holiday Like a Local in Çeşme
Located west of Izmir, Çeşme is a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast. This town is surrounded by clear blue waters and accessible dive sites. The best thing about Çeşme is that it hasn’t quite blown up in the international tourist books and is mostly frequented by local and Turkish vacationers –more the reason for its untouched-by-tourist charm.
13. Take a Walking Tour of Istanbul
When you are in Turkey, your trip must begin from the dynamic and fast-moving city of Istanbul, for you may never know, at the pace this city is evolving, there might be more to absorb than just one visit or glance. Situated at the bridge of two major continents of the world, Istanbul is a one-of-a-kind city.
A large city, that you must mostly cover with walking and public transportation for a complete Istanbul experience. You will find that there is a lot to learn about the progression of this city throughout history and its significance in shaping the modern cultures in this part of the world. Visit landmarks like the famous Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapı Palace. You can also visit the famous Grand Bazaar, Turkey’s largest and oldest covered marketplace, and the Spice Market next door.
14. Party the Night Away in Bodrum
The city of Bodrum is a popular summer hotspot and perfect beach destination dubbed by many tourists as the ‘St. Tropez of Turkey’. With a view of beautiful beaches across the Aegean coast, you can enjoy live music, or club hopping, where there is no shortage of fun and nightlife in this coastal paradise. Whether partying all night, soaking in the pleasant sun, or dipping in infinity pools, the beaches of Bodrum are one of the rarest experiences to live for.
Apart from a popular party culture, Bodrum also inhibits rich cultural and historical attractions. The city features side-by-side bays that surround the Bodrum Castle, a medieval fortress completed in the 4th century B.C. you can also get a taste of local culture with plenty of restaurants offering fresh seafood and local favorites. The fresh olive oils sold in the local markets made from hundred-year-old
If history isn’t your thing, you can get a taste of the local culture. The coastal location boasts plenty of restaurants with fresh seafood and local favorites such as traditional stuffed muscles. Check out the local market for fresh olive oils (created at the hundred-year-old factory in the old town) and watch local artisans weave beautiful Turkish carpets.
15. Sail Up the Coast of Turkey
You need to visit the southeast coast of Turkey, also known as Turkish Rivera, it has turquoise blue waters, sandy white beaches, and amazing coastal towns. The Turkish Rivera also commonly known as ‘the turquoise coast’ is Turkey’s Mediterranean coast which is best explored by a boat. You can book a tour aboard a traditional gület or charter boat and sail through the glistening stretch of coastline.
These are some of the unique experiences that have been documented by several tourists who have witnessed the beauty of Turkey up close. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the bags and fly down to Turkey. Give your vacation a little touch of adventure and culture, with a pinch of relaxation and recreation. This is your chance to cross off that bucket list.
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