Turkey is a must-see destination which should be checked off of your bucket list! You will be captivated by its countless ancient monuments and majestic scenery. Its yummy food will tickle your taste buds and you will be immersed in a mixture of Asian and European culture! Here are 10 places that Holidays by BlueSky recommend you to visit in this fabulous country!
1. Aya Sofya
You will be amazed by the stunning architecture of Aya Sofya. This byzantine building has a rich history. It was once a church and converted afterwards to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror. Aya Sofya is now a popular museum, known for its mesmerising beauty!
Pamukkale, which means ‘’cotton castle’’ in English is a dream-like place. Known as ancient Hierapolis (Holy City), Pamukkale was used as a spa city from 2 BC by Ancient Greeks. This site consists of wonderful basins and petrified waterfalls on a hundred meters of elevation. Do not miss a visit to this unique place!
Have you ever heard about the mighty ruin of Ephesus? It is not only a city of impressive monuments and marble-columned roads but also one of the most fascinating roman cities in the Mediterranean region which still exist! If you are a history buff, Ephesus is waiting for you!
4. Sumela Monastery
Summela Monastery (Monastery of Virgin Mary), first opened during the byzantine era attracts a lot of tourists! You also need to visit this magnificent religious complex! The walls of Summela Monastery are covered with beautiful and colourful frescoes!
5. Mount Nemrut
You will not believe it until you see it! Mount Nemrut is a very special place in Turkey, where giant stone heads of long-forgotten gods are erected around. In Mount Nemrut, you will have the same feeling as in other archaeological sites in Egypt or Easter Island. When the sun rises, you will be able to gaze at the huge statues as they loom out of the dark.
6. Topkapi Palace
Turkey is dotted with numerous ottoman palaces. One of the most famous is the Topkapi Palace! Besides its four courtyards, lovely gardens and sumptuous buildings, Topkapı Palace is the subject of more colourful stories than most of the world’s museums put together.
7. Grand Bazar
How can you return from your vacation in Turkey without bringing back a souvenir? Stroll down the lanes of Grand Bazaar and let yourself be lost in this labyrinth. It is one of the biggest markets in the world filled with vibrant handcrafted products.
Take a hot air balloon ride and marvel at the spectacular landscapes of Cappadocia. Rock valleys, cliff ridges, hills crests are omnipresent in this area. You will also find frescoed rock-cut churches of the Byzantine Era!
9. Pera Museum
Are you passionate about art? If yes, you must absolutely visit the Pera Museum, a 19th century building designed by the architect Achille Manoussos. Take your time and observe a wide collection of traditional and modern artworks.
10. Marmaris mountains
Awaken your inner adventurer and head to Marmoris! Nature lovers and thrill-seekers will enjoy the splendid surroundings and lush valleys of this place. Put on your hiking shoes and climb over the green mountains. You may also do canyoning and or try to swim in the cold waters!
Are you already looking forward to your next holiday and discover the Wonders of Turkey? Contact our team, we will be please to assist you!