Need help planning your trip to Turkey so you can experience those extra special places you’d usually only see in photographs? Although hundreds of places in Turkey deserve a visit, we’ve narrowed it down and made a list of the 6 most amazing places that you would definitely return to in a heartbeat.
Located in south central Turkey, Cappadocia is one of those places which looks like it’s come straight from a fairytale. It’s an extremely popular tourist attraction which is best known for it’s beautiful volcanic landscapes and hundreds of hot air balloons which complement the sunrise setting every morning. A Cappadocia hot air balloon ride is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, however, do expect to pay at least $200 USD per person for a basic 1-hour balloon ride.
Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural tourist attraction which has been made famous by it’s thermal turquoise pools which range from 95 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. The most beautiful infinity pools you will ever see, Pamukkale is Turkey’s single most visited attraction seeing over 2 million visitors annually. Not only can you bathe in the pools but you can also take a hot air balloon trip or go paragliding to see the attraction from a different angle. It’s no wonder why Pamukkale has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.
3. Valley of Love
Cappadocia Love Valley is great for those who would rather hike through the Turkish countryside than take a hot air balloon ride. This place is a natural wonder and perfect for a beautiful day trip with a picnic lunch – plus you’re bound to bump into some other hikers too! However, although the sculpted rocks and canyons provide amazing hiking, paths can be tricky so for beginners it’s best to go with someone with some experience.
4. Waterfalls in Antalya
Antalya is home to many beautiful waterfalls including Duden Waterfall, Kursunlu waterfall, Karpuzkaldiran waterfall and many others. Escape from the city life for some insta-worthy waterfall shots nestled in the pine forests. One of the most popular day trips is to the Duden waterfalls which is actually two separate attractions – Upper & Lower waterfalls. The best way to see the lower waterfalls is from a boat trip or even swim nearby. The upper waterfalls can be seen from above. Take a walk in the gorge or even walk in the hidden caves located behind the waterfall itself.
5. Sleep in a luxury cave
If you’re not travelling to Cappadocia for a hot air balloon ride or to hike the Love Valley then why not spend the night in the town of Göreme sleeping in a seriously luxurious cave. There are hotels to cater to all budgets including rooms with Jacuzzi pools! Lower budgets don’t have actual cave rooms, but instead have stone walls and high arched ceilings. For the real cave experience, you’ll have to be open to paying a little more money.
6. Visit the Ancient City of Ephesus
A UNESCO World Heritage site and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Ephesus is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean region. Step back in time and get a feel for what life was really like thousands of years ago. Once seen as one of the most important trading centers, the site contains grand public buildings such as the theatre, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Temple of Artemis.
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