From awe-inspiring ancient ruins to spectacular sandy beaches and lush mountain valleys, this country is a haven for culture seekers and nature enthusiasts. If you fancy a break away from the beach, or need something for the kids to keep them happy, here are some of the best things to do in Turkey.
While on holiday in Antalya, a visit to the iconic Yivli Minare is a must. It’s one of the most impressive landmarks in Turkey. Standing tall above the city, the fluted minaret was originally built in the 13th century, and is now one of the most photographed attractions in Turkey. This gorgeous tower is 38 metres high, and it’s home to the Antalya Ethnographic Museum. Climb the 90 steps to the top and you’ll be rewarded with superb views of the coast and the city centre.
Transport yourself back to the Roman era as you walk through Hadrian’s Gate; one of Antalya’s most impressive archaeological highlights. It’s spectacular, so make sure you’ve got your camera with you!
Head to Izmir’s Kadifekale Castle
Hike or drive to Kadifekale Castle which lies on a hillside in the city. The castle dates to the Roman times and was created when Izmir was known as Smyrna.
Visit Turkey’s stunning Blue Lagoon
Visit the iconic Blue Lagoon in Ölü Deniz for beautiful, turquoise waters and magnificent, unspoilt landscapes. The protected lagoon is surrounded by lush, green woodlands where the nearby Butterfly Valley can be found. For magical photos, make sure this is on your list of things to do.
Visit the ancient city of Ephesus
One of the most famous landmarks in Turkey. See the spectacular ruins of this ancient Arzawan capital, which dates back around 3,000 years. Walk around the Temple of Artemis, widely considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and see the Library of Celsus, one of the biggest libraries of the Roman Empire.
Have a go at scuba diving in Kusadasi
Head over to the Activity Blue Diving School and dive below the crystal-clear blue waters to find what wonders lie below. If you’re new to diving, the PADI-approved, qualified instructors will teach you all you need to know. If you’re an adrenaline seeker, don’t forget to include this on your itinerary of things to do in Turkey.
Make a splash at Atlantis Waterpark
Just a 20-minute drive away in Marmaris is the brilliant Atlantis Waterpark. This family-friendly waterpark is right along the beach and is an ideal day trip for families. With a wave pool, exciting slides, a children’s pool, bowling, and miniature golf, it’s guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained all day long.
Visit the Kursunlu Waterfall Natural Park
One of the best things to do for nature lovers. A 19km from Antalya, this beautiful natural park is home to one of Turkey’s most impressive waterfalls. Which is best admired in the winter, spring or autumn. A much quieter and more tranquil alternative than the beach, this pine forest is rich in wildlife and perfect for picnics. However, if you’re visiting in summer, remember that this is the dry season, so the waterfalls will be little more than a trickle at this time of year!