Whichever beautiful resort you choose as your base, Turkey attractions are never too far away. This fascinating country is home to well-preserved ancient cities, unbelievable natural phenomena, and amazing scenery. Add that to some of the most photographed beaches in the world and it’s no wonder people return year after year. Turkey is pretty big, though, so if you’ve got your heart set on a particular site then choose a resort within comfortable travelling distance. To get you started on planning your holiday, we thought we’d give you a taste of what’s around by focusing on three stunning landmarks in Turkey.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Gazing up from the base of its iconic columns is truly awe-inspiring, and wandering through the remains of the ancient city – with its temples, amphitheatres, and libraries – will transport you to the very beginnings of the modern world. Ephesus can be easily accessed from resorts on the Aegean coast, while the journey from the resorts on the Turquoise Coast is around three and a half hours.
Pammukale translates as “Cotton Castle” and one look at these water lily shaped travertine terraces you’ll see why. It’s even more magical at sunset, as the colours change from pink to purple in contrast to the sparkling white. Pathways allow you to walk along the terraces to get a closer look. You can reach Pammukale by bus from Kusadasi, Marmaris, and Fethiye, and other resorts may offer organised tours, perhaps taking in nearby Hierapolis as well.
Dalyan is packed with Turkey landmarks. The majestic Lycian rock tombs can be viewed as part of a boat cruise, and are even more mysterious when lit up at night. You can bathe in the healing mud pools near Lake Koycegiz, and visit Izutzu beach to learn more about how the endangered Loggerhead turtle is being protected for future generations. Dalyan is close to Fethiye and around three hours from Antalya.
It’s impossible to talk about attractions in Turkey without mentioning the incredibly beautiful coast. Beaches along the Turquoise Coast are especially stunning, with the Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz regarded as the most photographed beach in Turkey. The pristine white sands of Patara near Antalya not only form the longest beach in Turkey, but arguably, its most beautiful.
Because of its vibrant history and spectacular natural beauty, landmarks in Turkey are in abundance. Whether you make a beeline for one of the landmarks mentioned above, or seek out alternatives such as the Nymphaeum or Temple of Apollo near Side, your holiday is sure to strike the right balance between relaxation and exploration.
If you have any questions about the best places to stay in order to see your favourite Turkey highlights, pop into your local Thomas Cook store and speak to one of our trusted experts.