If you’re a fan of rich landscapes, ancient ruins and beautiful architecture you should definitely add Turkey to your bucket list. Although Turkey is somewhat of a vacation hot-spot, many holiday makers stick to the same old cities and resorts, we decided to take a deeper look at what Turkey has to offer and some of the incredible spots you can visit.
1. Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz
You know when a place is called ‘Blue Lagoon’ it’s probably going to be gorgeous. Located on the southwest coast of Turkey the water here is astonishingly blue and is surrounded by beautiful scenery.
2. The Library of Celsus, Ephesus
You can’t go to Turkey without seeing some of the ancient ruins. The Library of Celsus located in Ephesus, Anatolia is an ancient Roman building create between 114 – 117 AD. Statues on the outside symbolize wisdom (Sophia), knowledge (Episteme), intelligence (Ennoia) and valor (Arete).
3. Pamukkale, Denizli
The word “Pamukkale” translates to “cotton castle” and is a set of bizarre, and slightly whimsical, terraces and pools in Western Turkey. The water here is naturally hot and calcium-laden and it has been used as a spa since the Romans era, and yes you can take a dip.
4. Sumela Monastery
This Greek Orthodox Monastery is tucked away in the Pontic Mountains range on the side of a cliff at an altitude of about 1,200 metres! At the moment tourists aren’t allowed to enter the Monastery due to a rock fall back in 2015 – but it’s expected to reopen later this year.
Kalkan was once a tiny fishing village on the Turkish Mediterranean Coast, however in recent times it has morphed itself into a bohemian themed town for artsy locals. It has a picturesque bay, a cute little yacht front and a lot of cosy restaurants and chic cafes.
6. Mount Nemrut
Atop of an isolated mountain stand surreal monuments and a 2,000 year old tomb. It’s a steep hike up the mountain but the view is super dramatic if you go at dawn or wait to watch the sun setting. The mountain lies about 40 KM from Kahta.
Cappadocia is dotted with churches, underground cities and ancient dwellings all carved into the rocks. The interestingly cut rocks that cover the landscape are often affectionately named “fairy chimneys”, due to their whimsical cone shape. The best way to view this rocky landscape is by hot air balloon which allows you to get a truly breathtaking view of Cappadocia.