Top 10 Best Cities to Visit in Turkey

Bordered by eight different countries, Turkey is a stunning destination situated in Western Asia and a small portion in the Southeast Europe. Stuffed with ancient sceneries, endowed with stunning Roman ruins, blessed with fascinating beaches, and filled with a large tourist destination, great place to spend the holiday.

For the last 20 years, the country’s tourism has elevated which contributed massively to the economy’s growth. In 2013, Turkey garnered the sixth rank for the most popular travel destination. Due to its massive demand in the tourism industry, several infrastructures and hotels were established.

Turkey boasts its vibrant culture, tasty cuisine, high places and colossal history and landscapes. Furthermore, 13 heritage sites in Turkey were recognized by UNESCO. From the “historical bounds of Istanbul,” the “rock areas of Cappadocia,” to the “archaeological grounds of Troy,” planning to spend your holidays in this country? Check this list of the top 10 best cities to visit in Turkey.

10. Bodrum

places to visit in turkeyCommonly known for yachting, Bodrum is a port city on the southern coast of the peninsula. Sailing is a usual activity and tries the “gullet” boating. Moreover, the city has been one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly, the city was called Halicarnassus of Caria, and it was best known for the Mausoleum of Mausolus housing.

Boarding the land, several area attractions offer a glimpse of dazzling substructures and ruins. Go around the city, visit the Bodrum Castle Mosque, be amazed at the theater of Halicarnassus, capture the ruins of the Mausoleum of Mausolus, be mesmerized by the Castle of St. Peter.

9. Antalya

visit Antalya in turkeyLocated on Anatolia’s prospering southwest coast, Antalya is the eighth most populated cities in Turkey. The Taurus Mountains border the metropolitan area which was once ruled by the Romans.  Eons ago, the Romans constructed several monuments like the Hadrian’s Gate, and the conception of the nearby cities.

Millions of tourists and vacationists have visited the city as the years passed by. With its location based on the Turkish Riviera, Antalya has been considered as the largest international beach vacation place.

8. Kars

kars in turkey to visit for holidaysThe biggest city on the Turkish borders, Kars has a humid climate, but the weather differs during summer and winter. Although the city is located far from the bodies of water, it is highly elevated with high slopes, plateau, and mountainous areas.

Also known as the Citadel, the castle of Kars situated on top of a rocky hill overviewing the city is one of the visited places. Walk over the stone bridge; visit the Armenian Church of the Apostles, and stay in the Topchuoglu and Ilbeoglu Bath Houses. These are just a few of the listed places to do and where to visit. Give it a try.

7. Adıyaman

historical place in turkeyAdıyaman is one of the rapidly growing cities in Turkey with its population growth per year. Furthermore, the city has also developed throughout the years. Although the city is known for its conservative people, some places are still selling liquors. With its progressing infrastructures and agriculture, mules and donkeys are still a way of transportation.

Great place, stunning views and the city also offers typical SE Turkey cuisines. The highest mountain on the south-eastern coast, Mount Nemrut, has been declared as the leading tourist destination in Adiyaman. Don’t forget to see the ruins of the city, the mosque and the caves of the Pirin which became the burial grounds for extended years.

6. Trabzon


lovely place to visit in turkeyLocated on the Silk Road, Trabzon is the amalgam of different languages, religion, and culture for ages. It has been the exchange markets entry to Iran and the Caucasus. Composed of plateaus and hills, the city also comprises somebody of waters such as lakes and rivers.

During raging storms and bad weather circumstances, the Trabzon serves as the pilotage for navigators. Holding one of the most numbers of scenic spots, the heritage sites have been making its tourism increase in numbers of visits. The Trabzon Castle ruins, Boztepe Park, Trabzon Museum, the “Atatürk Köşkü,” the Kostaki Mansion and the Hagia Sophia complete the excitement of the tour.

5. Denizli

places to visit in turkeyA developing industrial city, Denizli boasts of its growing tourism sector which has increased through time. The place has natural thermal waters which contribute to the renowned mineral-coated hillside hot spring of Pamukkale and the red-colored thermal water spas.

Furthermore, the city offers ancient sceneries such as the ruins of Hierapolis, the Laodicea on the Lycus ruins and the ancient metropolis of Phrygia. Denizli has also been known for its textile industry as well as for the dye industry. With its mountainous terrains, trees are a natural view in many locations. Shops, bars and cafes, hotels, and music bars have also been established in the place.

4. Fethiye

spend your holidays in turkeyFethiye is a famous tourist attraction in Turkey, especially during the summer season. Aside from its great climate and natural charm, visitors are interested in its less expensive lifestyle and the friendliness in the natives. Due to the increase in the tourism, the city has been declared as the best travel midpoint in the world by some renowned magazines and newspapers.

The city boasts its old museums and historical sites such as the Kadyanda Ancient City, Fethiye Museum, Afkule, Aya Nikola, and the Kayakoy-old Greek town. Also known as the home of the Tomb of Amyntas, the tomb has been built by the Lycians in 350 BC with its enormous size and incredible carvings. Aside from these sites, the place also offers their most popular spots with its beautiful beaches.

3. Cappadocia

ancient places in turkeyIn the heartland of Turkey, the ancient Cappadocia lies. The site consists of high plateaus pierced with volcanic peaks and bordered with mountains. Due to its high altitude and Midland setting, Cappadocia rarely receives rainfall, and it is averagely dry. However, it is hot dry during summer and cold snowy during winter.

Cappadocia was formerly known as Hatti, and it was the fatherland of the Hittite power which cored at Hattusa. Fall in love with the fairy chimney rock formation in Cappadocia near Göreme and the Aktepe “White Hill”.

2. İzmir

best place to see in turkeyİzmir is the third most populated cities in Turkey next to Istanbul and Ankara. Comprises of some bodies of water and high, rocky terrains, the city also holds historical and ancient traces. In 1835, Charles Texier uncovered the tomb of Tantalus which was believed to be from the Hellenistic Age.

The Agora Open Air Museum of the City displays the arranged and wee-preserved Agora of Smyrna. Other historical landmarks can also be seen in the town along with the Clock Tower, the nine synagogues, and the Izmir Birds Paradise which are the sanctuary of various species of birds.

1. Istanbul

ideal destination to visit in turkeyAlso called the Constantinople and Byzantine, Istanbul is the most populated city in Turkey which centers the economy, culture, and history of the country. Before the cultural display deteriorated, the city was known as the cultural hub but later on passed to Ankara.

There are still Genoese, and Roman architecture remains along with their Ottoman correlatives. While Istanbul has been regarded for its Byzantine and Ottoman designs, the buildings demonstrate the previous rulers and empires. Various sceneries including the Hagia Sophia Museum, the remains of the Byzantine Column, the Maiden’s Tower, and the  Ortaköy Mosque in front of the Bosphorus Bridge are visible.