Turkey, a land of rich culture, mouth-watering cuisine, vibrant carpets and rugs, amazing shows and let’s not forget the breathtaking scenery. The first thing that crosses the minds of most people whenever Turkey is mentioned is the enticing and unforgettable tourist spots. There is no doubt in that and it is only because of rich history and beautiful sceneries that Turkey is regarded as one of the best vacation spots. So, if you are planning to visit this land of beauty, then we are here to help you through your journey by listing down some of the best tourist spots in Turkey. So, without any further ado, let’s begin!
Grand Turkish Bazaar, Istanbul.
What better way to begin this list than with The Grand Turkish Bazaar? Considered one of the oldest marketplaces in history, this bazaar attracts approximately 250,000 to 400,000 visitors daily. Covering over 61 streets and having more than 4,000 shops in the covered area. First commissioned in the 1400s after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul, today this marketplace offers everything from ceramic potteries, Turkish spices and scents, rugs, mosaic lamps, and a lot more! Add this to your list if you are visiting Turkey. This is heaven for shopaholics out there!
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul.
Talking about the wonders of Turkish architecture and not mentioning The Blue Mosque is a big no-no! The Blue Mosque more widely known as The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is considered the pinnacle of Turkish architecture. With its unique and intricate design, the mosque is considered to be one of the main and most recognized tourist spots worldwide. Built from 1609 to 1611 The Blue Mosque comprises a beautiful blue interior with painted glass and fountains, a madrasah, a hospice, and other attractions that make it stand out. To this day, this Mosque has maintained a special place in the hearts of people worldwide.
A semi-arid region in central Turkey, Cappadocia is best known for its Fairy-Chimneys, cone-shaped tall rock formations, and enchanting tourist spots. It would be a shame if you go to Turkey and don’t visit this Cappadocia. It has slowly become one of the most loved spots on the bucket list of many. From hypnotizing hot air balloon rides to lush green and peaceful Ihlara Valley, Cappadocia has it all!
Also, don’t forget to visit food places like Seki restaurant, Ziggy Café, and Tandir. They offer some of the best dishes there.
Oh boy, Oh boy! This city is one hell of a spectacular landscape. Due to its sparkling turquoise mineral-rich water bounded by white travertine terraces, this city used to be a spa city back in the Roman era. Founded back in 190 B.C. this city also holds ruins of an ancient theatre and a necropolis stretching over 2km. This city is a dream come true for many.
Aya Sophia, Istanbul
This Grandiose masterwork of the Roman Empire is surely regarded to be one of the most influential and remarkable historical spots in the world. Covering over 300 meters, this Mosque was first built as a church in the Roman empire. However, after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in the 15th century, Aya Sophia was converted into a mosque although mosaics of Jesus and Mary were ordered not to be removed or covered. In the year 1935, it was converted into a museum and has been thriving as a favorite tourist spot ever since.
Ephesus Archeological Museum, Ephesus, Turkey.
This majestic and mighty city contains the ruins of the Roman empire and is not to be missed. It is also regarded as one of the most complete and still-standing Roman cities in the world. Truly not to be missed and a perfect representation of the Majestic Roman Empire and its architecture.
Topkapi Palace Museum
This eye-catching museum is guaranteed to take you back to the era of Sultans and their riveting tales. Serving as the main residence of Ottoman Sultans in the 15th and 16th centuries, Topkapi serves an important role in the history of the Ottoman Dynasty. It is worth your visit. The old manuscripts in the Palace along with other precious books will take you back to the Ottoman era.
Located in the south of Ankara, Konya is a city with a rich history of Seljuk architecture and Whirling Dervishes. Considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world, it is highly regarded due to the wonders of Seljuk architecture but that is not the main attraction here. Konya was the home of legendary Sufi poet Mevlana Rumi and located here is his tomb that is open for people to visit. Other than that, the Seljuk tower in the Konya trade center is also the main attraction for visitors here.
Aspendos theatre is one of the largest built theatres from the Roman era and boasts of majestic views. Built-in 2nd Century A.D. it is still used for screening and performances. I’d give anything to witness a performance here.
Derinkuyu Underground City
This underground city in Cappadocia is another attraction for tourists that is not to be missed. Extending to a depth of more than 85 meters, it is known to shelter more than 20,000 people. This underground city can also be closed from inside by stone doors. This is not the only one. Several other underground cities in Turkey are not to be missed.
This list cannot be completed without listing down Mout Nemrut. Large numbers of statues are present here that were once in their best form along with the royal tomb. Mount Nemrut is regarded as an important location due to its cultural significance and is a must-visit location for many.
This concludes our list of some of the most beautiful tourist spots in Turkey. This is just the tip of the iceberg as there are many places left uncovered as of now. So many places, so little time. We hope this list helps you in the best way possible. Safe Travels!