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Things to Do In Turkey

Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the country’s stunning natural attractions, including mountains, forests, and coastal regions or immerse themselves in the bustling urban life of its cities. The top 10 experiences that should not be missed in Turkey have been compiled for ease of trip planning.

Turkey’s cultural heritage spans thousands of years, and visitors can explore ancient ruins, mosques, and other notable historical sites. Food lovers can sample Turkish delicacies, and shopping enthusiasts can indulge in a unique shopping experience in markets that offer a diverse range of products.

Overall, Turkey remains a popular destination due to the unique experiences it offers to its visitors.

We’ve compiled the top 10 not to be missed experiences, so trip-planning becomes easier. Let’s uncover Turkey’s best together and get set for your next adventure!

1. Explore Istanbul

Istanbul, a city straddling two continents, is a hub of cultures, history, and modernity. You can start discovering Istanbul with its world-famous historical sites, such as Ayasofya, Sultan Ahmed, and Maiden’s Tower. Some of these places have been standing for thousands of years. I don’t think you’ll want to leave before visiting them.

After that, you may want to visit the old stone streets of Istanbul that are worth seeing. While wandering around these streets, you will come across many old inns, churches, and historical buildings. Of course, while exploring, one gets hungry quickly. So, I suggest giving the street flavors along the way a chance.

You should definitely take a tour on the one-of-a-kind strait that lies between 2 continents. While on the Bosphorus tour, you should try the traditional tea and simit while watching the old mansions and fortresses around you. By the time the seagulls that are familiar with the strait will probably follow you. Don’t forget to feed them with a few pieces of simit. This has become a sweet tradition in Turkey.

Bosphorus in Turkey, istanbul

2. Visit Ancient Ruins

Throughout history, many civilizations have lived on the current lands of Turkey. These civilizations have left many structures that reflect their times as historical artifacts to the present day. From the Temple of Artemis to the Library of Celsus, from the ancient city of Ephesus to the underground cities of Cappadocia. These are just a few examples, there are really many of them in Turkey.

By seeing these places, you can get an impression of the architectural styles and histories of Hellenistic kingdoms, the Roman Empire, Troy, and the Ottoman Empire.

Ancient ruins in Turkey
Ancient ruins in Turkey

3. Hot Air Balloon Rides

Another exciting thing to do, hot air balloon ride. I guess many people haven’t been on a hot air balloon trip in their lifetime. It is a unique option available in certain places. However, the hot air balloon tour here is different from the others, trust me. You will witness an unparalleled view that you have never seen before beneath you, and the extraordinary colors of the sunset ahead of you.

Many love confessions and marriage proposals have been made here, and they are not unjustified because you are combining an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime with a breathtaking view. I can hear you saying, ‘How different can it be?’ After trying it, remember these thoughts of yours.

Lots of Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia

4. Relax on the Beach

Here we come to one of the most popular topics, Sun, Sea, and Sand. Due to its latitude and geographical location, Turkey is a rich country for beach vacations. The Mediterranean and Aegean coasts host countless beaches that attract people. While visiting more open beaches on the Mediterranean coast, you can try those amazing little cove beaches on the Aegean coast.

Famous Antalya features a vibrant nightlife, turquoise waters and long, sandy beaches.

Blue Lagoon in Ölüdeniz offers water sports excitement like paragliding or windsurfing. Enjoy lively beaches and historic castle, in Alanya. Kabak Bay and Butterfly Valley offer seclusion with stunning views. Relaxing on Turkey’s beaches is a fantastic way to enjoy natural beauty with sun, swim or sports. Experience Turkey’s beaches for a wonderful vacation.

Question is which one do you prefer? Aegean coast or Mediteranean.

5. soak ın Turkish Bath

The Turkish Bath, known as hamam, is a traditional bathing ritual dating back to ancient times. Relax in a hot and steamy room to release toxins. A special mitt called kese removes dead cells, while soapy massage follows. The experience offers relaxation for the mind and soul as part of Turkish culture.

Turkish Baths are found nationwide, with highlights including Istanbul’s 16th-century Cemberlitas Hamam and the Ottoman-era Sefa Hamam in Izmir. Embrace the cleansing and cultural experience of the Turkish Bath for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Turkish bath - Hamam

6. increase adrenaline levels with Whitewater rafting

Rafting is one of the most thrilling options among things to do in Turkey. Country offers an exciting adventure via whitewater rafting across several rivers. Köprülü Canyon, near Antalya, is the most popular rafting spot, with beautiful canyon views and clear water. Dalaman River is a pleasant beginner’s and family-friendly experience, while the Coruh River offers IV and V-level rapids for those seeking a thrilling challenge in the northeast region. Day tours can include canyoning or hiking.

Rafting is both a dangerous and exciting sport. It will be beneficial for team coordination and communication, especially for those who go as a group. It will be an excitement that you can remember with your friends, family, and relatives for years to come. Please do not forget to wear your safety equipment.

7. Get lost in nature with trekking

We have visited historical sites and had our exciting and adventurous moments, now it’s time to enjoy nature. Let’s pack our backpacks with necessary equipment and hit the road. There are many popular trekking routes in Turkey for trekking enthusiasts.

The Lycian Way is a 540-kilometer path with stunning coastal views. The St. Paul Trail stretches for 500 kilometers and takes you through traditional villages and historic sites. Cappadocia’s unique rock formations offer an ideal opportunity to explore the landscapes on foot. The Kaçkar Mountains feature rugged peaks and glacial lakes, while climbing Mount Ararat at 5,137 meters is a challenging experience.

These are just a few of the popular ones. After trying these routes, I’m sure you will have a few memories that you can cherish for years to come.

8. Soar High and Experience Turkey from a New Perspective with Paragliding

If you seek adventure and enjoy a rush of adrenaline, then paragliding may be just for you in Turkey. Paragliding is widespread in Turkey due to the country’s scenic landscapes. Ölüdeniz is a popular destination with a beautiful coastal town and Babadağ Mountain launch point. Views of Blue Lagoon and the rugged coastline’s cliffs provide a thrilling experience.

Kaş is another beautiful coastal town in the Mediterranean with panoramic views of the Taurus Mountains.There are 20-30 minutes tours available with equipment rental & safety briefing. Experienced guides lead to a safe and enjoyable experience. Witness the beautiful nature of Turkey from atop while enjoying thrill-seeking paragliding rides.

Paragliding in Fethiye
Paragliding in Fethiye

9. Try Turkish Cooking Classes

Turkish cuisine is famous, and cooking classes provide a great way to delve into its flavors, spices, and ingredients. Beginner to advanced classes are available in many cities.

Take, for instance, an Istanbul class where you’ll learn to cook classics like stuffed grape leaves, börek, and baklava. Other dishes include kebabs and meze plates. A local market trip for ingredients is followed by hands-on cooking in small groups. Then, participants enjoy their cooked food with a cup of Turkish tea or coffee.

Cooking classes offer fun immersion into Turkey’s culinary culture, and you can take its tastes back home with you.

10. Visit a Vineyard

We have come to the last option on our list of things to do in Turkey.

Wine tasting in Turkey offers a unique and enjoyable experience, with many high-quality wineries and vineyards to visit. The country has a long history of winemaking, and Aegean and Marmara regions are world-famous.

Learn about winemaking and take winery and vineyard tours. Try local cheese and bread pairings at some vineyards. Explore Turkey’s rich wine culture, learn about Turkish wines, and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

A vineyard visit in Turkey is perfect for wine enthusiasts and those looking for a delightful and educational experience.

Vineyard in Turkey

We have come to the end of our list, but not the end of the options available in Turkey. Let’s remember that this list only includes a few of the popular options that you will actually have. 

To sum up, Turkey has lot of options for attractions to cater to every type of traveler. Experience ancient ruins, lounge on gorgeous beaches, or take part in thrilling adventures like paragliding and rafting. Include Turkey in your travel bucket list and make unforgettable memories.

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