Turkey Travel Guide

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One of the most important countries in terms of location as a bridge between Europe and Asia, and one of the most culturally significant countries with a history dating back to prehistoric times, Turkey straddles the gap between Asia and Europe along the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Aegean Sea, while at the same time sharing borders with Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. The country as it exists today was first formed in 1923. It is a vast array of diverse topography, and the climate ranges from typical coastal areas along the coastlines of the Mediterranean, Aegean, and the Black Seas, while the border along the south near Syria is desert, and parts of the interior are forested and mountainous.

Turkey is fairly accessible to all levels of visitors, although certain precautions should be taken in the hot zones along borders with Iran, Iraq, or Syria. The country has been a headquarters for great empires over the years from the Roman Empire, to the epic tales of ancient heroes such as Achilles, to the Ottoman Empire. As a result, the architecture of Turkey is jaw-dropping to say the least. There are ruined castles and palaces scattered across the country, but there are also plenty of mosques as well, a testament to the country’s Islamic roots.

From Istanbul to the various resorts dotting the coastlines, Turkey is an experience of a lifetime. The cuisine is rated as some of the best in the world, and so is Turkish coffee. Tea is a popular drink among the Turkish people, but be prepared: the strength will be many times what most Westerners are used to. Turkish delight and baklava are probably the two most popular sweets known in the world, and both originate in Turkey. When you come, prepare your mouth for an explosion of fantasy, and get ready for an adventure you won't soon forget.

Istanbul #1 most popular location
Istanbul is probably one of the hottest destinations in the 21st century when it comes to the European-Asian side of the world. Along with being the most populated city in Turkey, Istanbul ha…
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Alanya #2 most popular location
Alanya (previously known as Alaiye) is a sea side resort city in Antalya Province in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. Getting here: Fly into Antalya airport and take a bus to Alanya.
49travelers 34reviews 5blogs
Marmaris #3 most popular location
In many ways, Marmaris is a true tourist town. Numbers swell along the Turkish Mediterranean coastline in the summer season to the extent that you’re more likely to bump into a foreigner wa…
69travelers 14reviews 7blogs
Antalya #4 most popular location
As the heart of the Turkish Riviera, Antalya has transformed recently from a bustling seaside town to a plush, resort ridden spot that is ideal as a Mediterranean break with a cultural twist.…
288travelers 39reviews 31blogs
Bodrum #5 most popular location
While traditionally Bodrum was the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus, and home to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—that was tragically …
81travelers 9reviews 12blogs
Side #6 most popular location
Side is located on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Visiting great ruins from Alexander the Great days, Temple of Apollo and the Great Gate are of great value. Side is the best place to …
7travelers 9reviews 6blogs
Kusadasi #7 most popular location
Once a haven for those wishing to explore the Aegean coastline of Turkey, Kusadasi has transformed over the years into a package-destination and doubling as a cruise-ship port. Bottom line? W…
21travelers 23reviews 19blogs
Oludeniz #8 most popular location
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Ankara #9 most popular location
Ankara is the capital city of Turkey, in the region called Central Anatolia. The article that states that Ankara is the capital city was added to the constitution on 19 October 1923, which i…
341travelers 15reviews 19blogs
Fethiye #10 most popular location
Fethiye is like a garden from the heaven. It's a town it the southeast coast of Turkey, where where you can see and feel the color 'Turquoise'. Fethiye promises you a lot of activities. Th…
39travelers 16reviews 20blogs
Kemer #11 most popular location
Located on the Mediterranean coastline of Turkey, roughly 40 km west of Antalya, and a major seaside resort in its own right, Kemer sits on the Gulf of Antalya, with the Taurus Mountains risi…
11travelers 3reviews 3blogs
Goreme #12 most popular location
Hidden in a far-off section of Turkey known as Cappodocia, with a population of only 2,500 at most, Goreme is a hidden treasure within the Goreme National Park, designated as a UNESCO World H…
15travelers 26reviews 38blogs
Izmir #13 most popular location
Izmir is a gorgeous coastal city located in the western extremity of Anatolia, and is the third most populous city in Turkey. It has almost 3,500 years of recorded urban history as an advance…
241travelers 12reviews 15blogs
Dalyan #14 most popular location
Dalyan is a small town in the turkish province of Mugla. It is situated on the Dalyan river, which opens into a wide delta into the mediterranean sea. To get to the beach from Dalyan you can …
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Pamukkale #15 most popular location
Otherwise known as the Cotton Castle, Pamukkale is one of the oldest hot springs known to man, and has been in use since at least the second century BC as a spa for residents and travelers fr…
27travelers 20reviews 27blogs
Selcuk #16 most popular location
Selcuk is a small town famous for Ephesus with it is huge pillars and old Roman community, House of the Virgin Mary and the 6th centuryBasilica of St. John the Apostle. The city centre of S…
3travelers 23reviews 20blogs
Bursa #17 most popular location
The city of Bursa on the south side of the Sea of Marmara has almost 1.8 million people, and was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire in 1326. It is the fourth most populous city in Turkey…
65travelers 6reviews 10blogs
Kas #18 most popular location
Kas ( pronounced Cash) is a small fishing, yachting, diving and tourist town in the district of Antalya in Turkey. Kas is located on a hill right by the sea and there are many guesthouses and…
8travelers 6reviews 7blogs
Urgup #19 most popular location
Ürgüp is a city in Central Anatolia, in the Cappadocia region. The city itself is most famous for it's houses and hotels carved within the caves. There are also some bars, restaurants and n…
3travelers 4reviews 7blogs
Belek #20 most popular location
Belek is a town in Turkey's Antalya Province. Belek is one of the centers of Turkey's tourism industry and so the amount of hotels, hostels and basically all kind of accomodation is of the…
6travelers 9reviews 3blogs
Cesme #21 most popular location
Cesme is a small town on a peninsula about 1.5 hours west of Izmir by road. It is a resort visited predominantly by Turkish holiday makers, and as such it retains a really unspoilt atmospher…
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Manavgat #22 most popular location
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Kalkan #23 most popular location
Kalkan is an old fishing and harbour town on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. The area near and around Kalkan includes many historical sites such as Tlos, Pinara, Patara, Letoon and Kekova, a…
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Icmeler #24 most popular location
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Cirali #25 most popular location
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Canakkale #26 most popular location
Canakkale, in northwestern Turkey, has been the crossing point from Asia to Europe over the Dardanelles strait for centuries. King Xerxes of Persia crossed in 481 B.C., and Alexander the Grea…
7travelers 3reviews 11blogs
Ayvalik #27 most popular location
Ayvalik is the most popular seaside resort in North Aegean coast of Turkey. It's surrounded by olive trees and thyme meadows. It's nice to smell the air of the city which is a mix of olives, …
2travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Cappadocia #28 most popular location
Cappadocia (Kapadokya in Turkish) is a region in Central Anatolia, Turkey, consisting of a triangular area formed by the city provinces of Aksaray-Nevsehir, Kayseri and Nigde. In the ancient …
73travelers 12reviews 34blogs
Konya #29 most popular location
Konya is a city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey. The metropolitan area in the entire Konya Province had a population of 1,036,027 as of 2010, making the city the seventh most populou…
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Safranbolu #30 most popular location
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Ephesus #31 most popular location
Ephesus is one of the most popular tourist destination in Turkey, and it is immediately evident why, from first glance to last minute spent here. One of the 12 cities who were part of the Ion…
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Olympos #32 most popular location
Under the shade of nearby amazing travel destination Antalya, Olympos offers a lot to the visitors. It has two beautiful beaches with the turquoise waters. Especially "Cirali beach" is one of…
4travelers 4reviews 9blogs
Turgutreis #33 most popular location
We were 4 people who decided to come back to summer. We had some possibilities whare to go, but finally chose Turgutreis in Turkey. Of course, a 5 stars hotel with "all included". Well, lazy …
1travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Gaziantep #34 most popular location
Gaziantep is located in the southerneast of Turkey,which is the sixth biggest city of Turkey and the biggest city in the region.it is called "pistachio land" by local people of Turkey.One of …
16travelers 5reviews 8blogs
Gumbet #35 most popular location
Gumbet is a lively beach resort and a popular tourist destination on the Aegean coast of Turkey, 3 km. from famous Bodrum resort, in the Mugla Province and provided less expensive accommodati…
1travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Datca #36 most popular location
The Datca Peninsula is a long, narrow and hilly finger of land that stretches west of Marmaris for about 100km. Throughout history, it is known as separating the Mediterranean and Aegean seas…
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Adana #37 most popular location
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Nevsehir #38 most popular location
Nevsehir famous for the underground shelters which were originally built to escape persecution by the pagan Roman authorities and close proximity to Goreme which famous for the fairy chimneys…
4travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Kayseri #39 most popular location
Kayseri is industrial and commercial city in Turkey and most of Kayseri's grand old buildings are made of dark, sombre volcanic stone and impressive Citadel and mosques. Make sure visit the …
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Uchisar #40 most popular location
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Beldibi #41 most popular location
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Colakli #42 most popular location
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Bozcaada #43 most popular location
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Trabzon #44 most popular location
Trabzon is one of the most important cities in Black Sea region of Turkey. It's an important harbour city and economic center for the northeastern Turkey. Furthermore, with its priceless …
27travelers 3reviews 4blogs
Torba #45 most popular location
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Eskisehir #46 most popular location
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Sanliurfa #47 most popular location
Şanlıurfa is known that the city of the prophets, One of the oldest cities on the world, the city where Adam and Eve lived, the city where Abraham was born and lived, the city where Mose…
9travelers 2reviews 12blogs
Mersin #48 most popular location
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Bergama #49 most popular location
Bergama is a district of İzmir. Bergama is named after the ancient city of Pergamon. The famous Altar of Zeus was taken away from Bergama though there are still plenty of historical monument…
2travelers 3reviews 7blogs
Assos #50 most popular location
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