Sightseeing in Turkey is endlessly rewarding. The country has something for everyone: fascinating culture, historical wonders and natural beauty. It’s almost impossible to pick just ten highlights for Turkey sightseeing trips, but we’ve tried our best with our favourites below.
The magical landscape of Cappadocia is a relic of Turkey’s volcanic past. Called ‘fairy chimneys’, its honeycomb structures are especially memorable when seen from the basket of a hot air balloon. Combine it with a visit to Goreme Open-Air Museum and discover monastic Byzantine artistry. Head to Cappadocia by plane from Antalya or jump in a car and have yourself a road trip.
Head approximately 80 km south of Antalya, near the town of Çıralı is an amazing sight that needs to be seen to be believed. Known as Burning Rock or Yanartas in Turkish, Chimaera is a natural phenomenon of eternal flames on Mount Olympos. A small collection of flames burn on the side of the mountain fueled by the natural methane gas that seeps through the cracks in the rock .They’re most dramatic at night and you can get there quite easily from Antalya.
Known as Father Mountain, Badabag stands 6,460ft above sea level. It’s famous for paragliding expeditions and the views over Olü Deniz are spectacular.
A sightseeing trip to Turkey isn’t complete without a visit to a waterfall. Düden near Antalya is one of the most famous, with a drop into the Mediterranean, and the chance to walk behind the falls to discover the caves.
Home to the Tiger Butterfly, this protected corner of Fethiye is only accessible by private boat or water taxi. It’s a beautiful spot all year, but walking between waterfalls in June and seeing clouds of fluttering butterflies is incredible.
Museum of Underwater Archaeology
This fascinating museum in Bodrum is next to the Castle of St. Peter. It’s an amazing space that showcases relics recovered from the sea, in enchanting displays.
Caretta Caretta Sea Turtles
Turkey is a key turtle nesting site, and a visit to the rescue and rehabilitation centre near Dalyan is a memorable visit whilst sightseeing in Turkey; as well as giving you the chance to support the projects dedicated to helping these beautiful animals survive. You could combine your trip with a visit to Dalyan Lake and see the incredible Lycian rock tombs.
Home to one of the most beautiful canyons in Turkey, this national park is easily reached from Fethiye or Antalya. Visitors can walk through the cool, clear waters of the gorge or give river rafting a go.
Turkey is home to over 300 wetlands, which support an astounding 460 species of birds in sanctuaries. They’re dotted around the country, so whether you’re based on the Aegean or Mediterranean coast, there should be one within easy reach.
Turkey has many centres dedicated to harnessing the health benefits of their thermal springs like Çesme Thermal Spring in Izmir, where travellers can enjoy dedicated spa facilities.