Top 7 Reasons to Visit Turkey

By Claire | Updated Nov. 10, 2021

Turkey is the cradle of civilizations, with a historical heritage of 13 different civilizations, owing to its favorable position, it is a confluence of varied streams of culture.

The country is surrounded by the sea on three sides and the complicated inland geographical environment gives it rich tourism resources. Meanwhile, Turkey is also a modern country, with a rich history, culture, steep in legends, it also packs a huge variety of landscapes and climatic conditions. Topping it off the people are hospitable and friendly.

This is a place where every visitor can find something for themselves. Here are our top 7 reasons to visit Turkey

Incredible Natural Beauty

In Turkey, you can find a huge variety of natural attractions that you cannot see anywhere else in the world, such as Cappadocia and Pamukkale offer the most outstanding attractions among them.

Cappadocia

In central Anatolia, Cappadocia is known for its unique scenery, exotic rock formations, caves and semi-reclusive historical sites, making this fascinating place looking like another planet.

In addition to the Greme Valley and Ihlara Valley exploration, you can spend a night in an elegantly renovated cave house, explore the ancient underground cities where thousands of people lived, take a sunrisehot air balloon ride over the fairy chimneys are just some of the things you can do to give you an extraordinary insight of the area.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale, which is the Turkish word for "cotton castle", along the southwest of the country. The area is famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing waters.

The hot calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff. As they cool they form travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium. These white calcium form a blindingly white natural cascading fountain. The ancient Romans built the spa city of Hierapolis around this sacred warm-water spring.

The unique travertine and the ancient ruins were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Impressive Historical Sites

There are a large number of historical sites throughout Turkey due to the civilization and historical development of this ancient country,

Don't miss brushing up on some of their remarkable heritage while you're there.

Read on for the lowdown on our recommended Turkey's top 7 most impressive historical sites.

Göbekli Tepe / It was believed to be the oldest man-made place of worship on earth

TROY / The city behind the Homeric legend, it is the most famous of Greek ruins in Turkey.

EPHESUS / this is one of the world's best-preserved classical-era cities, showing you the wealth and power of the best Roman ruins in Turkey.

Hattusha / The capital of the Hittite Empire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alanya Castle / Alanya Castle is a Seljuk ruin sitting atop a high peninsula overlooking the sea. It was once one of the most well-defended cities on the Mediterranean.

Blue Mosque / The Blue Mosque was the ambitious creation of 19-year-old Sultan Ahmed I—he began the project in 1609, and today it's one of Istanbul's most iconic sites.

Nemrut / This UNESCO-listed site is famous for its 30ft-high statues depicting various mythological figures. It is the site of the 1st-century BC mountain-top tomb of King Antiochus I Epiphanes.

Beautiful Beaches

Turkey has a 7,200 km coastline, which makes it one of the top beach destinations on the continent of Asia and Europe. The country has the highest number of beaches, 463 in total and was awarded Blue Flag certifications of the world.

Most of the famous Blue Flag beaches are mainly located along the blue Turquoise Coast, including Blue Lagoon(Oludeniz), Cleopatra's Beach(Alanya), Patara Beach, (Gelemiş), Butterfly Valley Beach(Fethiye), Kaputaş Beach(Kaş) to name a few.

Further up the coast, the beaches on the Aegean are flatter and sandy. The beaches on the Black Sea coastline are suitable for the adventurous.

Fascinating Museums

Turkey not only has a long history but also has many wonderful museums. The cultural relics unearthed from various sites throughout the country are well preserved in the different museums.

From Turkey's largest museum of mosaics (zeugma in Gaziantep) to the museum of Ottoman palaces in Istanbul, visitors can experience the legend behind many of these rarities.

Diversified Architectural Styles

The architecture in Turkey is not monotonous, because Turkey is the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Its architecture style absorbs different kinds of cultures accordingly. You can find historic churches, European-style seaside mansions, grand mosques and palaces, and ancient stone houses built in the Anatolian empire.

World-Class Cuisine

Turkish cuisine is one of the world's three major kinds of cuisines (Chinese, French and Turkish). It is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, as it is fused with Central Asia,Middle Eastern,Eastern European and Balkan cuisines.

Turkish cuisine is not at all spicy and olive oil is used in their cooking. You would not find pork in Turkish cuisine as it is considered illegal to eat pork, because of their religious belief. Lamb is the common meat found in classic dishes in Turkey: Şiş Kebap (a type of lamb shish kebab), Baklava and Manti (Turkish dumpling).

Friendly People

Turkish people are known for their hospitality. Spending time with them will be one of the most memorable experiences.

Most people may feel overwhelmed when visiting a new country due to the culture, language, food and environment. However, you need not have to worry about these in Turkey. The locals are more than willing to help you, and they'll do it with a smile. The enthusiastic locals may even invite strangers to their homes for a nice meal or a taste of Turkish tea.

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