Exploring the top tourist attractions in Turkey

Published on : Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Known for its history, nature, and gastronomy, Turkey is one of the most-love tourist places in the world today. The country has always been a hub for cultural interaction and reflects the diversity of civilizations it has welcomed for centuries. Home to varying climatic changes, Turkey also has a distinctive understanding of art and fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity. It is also an extremely dynamic shopping and entertainment venue that contributes in attracting visitors from all over the world.


Turkey has also implemented the “Safe Tourism Program Certification” for the 2020 tourism season. The program has been rapidly adopted by the key players in the industry, and defines a series of measures that must be taken across a vast range of related bodies including food and beverage, transportation, and accommodation establishments to ensure the health and well-being of facility personnel and guests, both domestic and international.

Top Tourist Destinations in Turkey

Istanbul

Istanbul presents an amalgamation of modern and tradition and offers endless variety that fascinates its visitors. It is home countless museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars, and sites of natural beauty.  While you are relaxing on the western shores of the Bosphorus at sunset and watching the crimson evening light reflected on the other continent, it will become clear why so many centuries ago settlers chose to build a city on the remarkable site. In such moments, you can understand why Istanbul is truly one of world’s most magnificent cities.


Istanbul is Turkey’s most developed and largest city, with the latest discoveries indicating that the history of human habitation going back some 400,000 years. The purple years of Istanbul started in 330 when Emperor Constantine declared the city the capital of his empire. Royal purple was the color of the Byzantine imperial family. Until 1453, when it was conquered by the Ottomans, the city served as the capital of the Byzantine Empire. During the reign of the Byzantines, Istanbul known at the time as Constantinople was adorned with a number of great monuments, which made it the most magnificent city in the world. The fact stood true even during the declining years of the empire.


Antalya

Antalya is a city where the sea, sun, history and nature commune in harmony. Then ancient cities, the sea, sun, beaches, forests, all are parts of the integrity.  Antalya is one of the most visited cities in the world. Those who love the sea, sand and sun and those who want to get lost in nature can find dozens of options in Antalya with the 640-kilometer coastline stretching from west to east on the Mediterranean coast, the Toros Mountains surrounding the city parallel to the coast.


Cappadocia

Cappadocia is called the “Land of Beautiful Horses” and Fairy Chimneys. A moonscape region carved by the nature and men, Cappadocia is most famous for its unique geological features and layers of history. Cappadocia is the name of the region created by the erosion of the soft layers formed by the lava and ashes sprayed by the volcanic mountains of Erciyes, Hasandag and Gulludag, and shaped by rain, wind, and ice over millions of years.  As the landscape was eroded, basalt stones remained and formed conical structures with some reaching as high as 45 m were created over time by erosion of the relatively soft volcanic ash around them. Past cultures have dug into them to create dwellings, castles, and even entire underground cities, used as hiding places by early inhabitants.

In addition to the beautiful destinations, Turkey tourism is also set to provide some unique experiences for the month of June & July:


Gastronomy Go Turkey


Turkish cuisine is one of the most varied and richest in the world.

Turkey is on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, East and West. This unique location combined with the migration of Turks over the centuries from Central Asia to Europe has shaped the identity of its gastronomy. The great diversity of fauna and flora in Turkey has also contributed to the great variety in regional cuisines. Almost every region in Turkey offers its own gastronomic experience and they all await people to discover them!


Outdoor & Adventure


Outdoor activities and adventure opportunities are endless in Turkey. Breath-taking natural beauty waits to be discovered by outdoor enthusiasts. From trekking on lush green, unspoiled mountains to diving in turquoise bays, skiing on crystal snow to rafting down fast flowing rivers, travellers can find endless opportunities to discover Turkey’s unmatched natural beauty and rich historical heritage.



Cultural Routes

Turkey is exceptionally rich in archaeological heritage and boasts 19,475 registered archaeological sites. Turkey’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage is unique in the world. This is a result of the fact that from prehistoric times onwards multiple societies and civilizations have lived, intermingled, and flourished in Anatolia, benefitting from its geographical qualities and its rich natural resources.

The geographic location and its various climatic zones have also empowered Turkey with an extraordinarily rich natural heritage and nine ecological hotspots. Turkey offers year-round opportunities for sightseeing and recreational activities that cater to a wide range of interests.

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