Things to do in Turkey

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.

Yivli Minare

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.

Hadrian’s Gate

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!


6. Hisaronu Nightlife: Bars & Clubs

Hisaronu might be small in size, but it’s big on character and it certainly knows how to let the good times roll. You’ll find it just inland from Turkey’s Turquoise Coast perched on the side of a mountain.
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9. Yivli Minare Turkey

While on holiday in Antalya, a visit to the iconic Yivli Minare is a must. 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 the city.
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10. Kursunlu Waterfalls Turkey

Take a break from the beach and discover the captivating natural beauty of Turkey with a trip to the Kursunlu Waterfalls, hidden at the end of an unforgettable trail in tranquil shady forests.
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13. Manavgat Market Turkey

A day trip to Manavgat is recommended to explore its rich history and attractive bazaar where you can pick up everything from homemade food to souvenirs. Not only is this place full of interesting things to discover,
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17. Ozdere Market Turkey

When staying at this beautiful resort, make sure you check out the local market that takes places every Saturday. Sitting in the heart of Özdere, the open air market is stocked with a wealth of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and spices.
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18. Lycian Way Turkey

The beautiful weather and stunning scenery makes the local area ideal for hiking holidays And perfect for travelling along one of Turkey’s most famous walking trails, the Lycian Way.
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19. Blue Lagoon Marmaris Turkey

Visit the iconic Blue Lagoon in Ölü Deniz for beautiful, turquoise waters and magnificent, unspoilt landscapes. The protected lagoon is surrounded by a lush, green national park where the nearby Butterfly Valley
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20. Butterfly Valley Near Olu Deniz

Discover the breathtakingly beautiful sights of Butterfly Valley in Ölü Deniz, which is said to be one of the most attractive places in all of Turkey. Travel by boat to the remote location where you can wander along the untouched beaches
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22. Grand Ucel Aqua Park Turkey

Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family with a visit to the Grand Ucel Aqua Park. As part of a hotel, the water park is a good size and has plenty of slides to keep your little ones entertained.
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23. Kidrak Natural Park Turkey

To experience the true beauty of Turkey’s spectacular Turquoise Coast, make sure you visit the Kidrak Natural Park. With its incredible scenery and picture-perfect beach, it’s an ideal way to see more of the local area.
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26. Marmaris Excursions

If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the main town, escape to the mountains for a while and follow the hiking routes up the winding, natural paths.
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34. Luna Park Funfair Turkey

Make your way to LunaPark for a fun day out for all the family. The fairground is on the Main Street of Hisaronu and has rides and attractions for all ages. Jump on board the Pirate Ship
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35. Calis Beach In Fethiye Turkey

To enjoy the warm Mediterranean waters and hot Turkish sunshine, make sure you spend a day or two at Calis Beach. The beach is a peaceful place right next to Fethiye, just a short distance from the centre of town.
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36. Tlos Turkey

If you love ancient sights and exploring while you’re on holiday, don’t miss the fascinating ruins of Tlos. Around 40 minutes from Fethiye by car, you can drive yourself if you have a hire car, catch
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37. Kabak Koyu Turkey

Look forward to an incredible experience when you pay a visit to the beautiful Kabak Koyu nature park. Around 30 kilometres south of Fethiye, it’ll take less than an hour to reach Kabak Koyu, and there
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39. Ancient City Of Kaunos

For an insight into the resort’s rich history, take a trip to the archaeological site of Kaunos’ ancient city. Stroll around the large amount of remains, which date back to the 9th century BC.
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41. Dalyan River Turkey

Dalyan’s pretty setting is on the edge of a maze of fertile banks and pine trees. For a relaxing day trip take a calming boat ride along the Dalyan River to fill your senses with the stunning nature of the landscape.
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43. Town Of Kekova Turkey

Normally you’d go to Lapland to meet Father Christmas but you may be shocked to hear that you can also see him in Myra. The story of Santa Claus is based on St Nicholas;
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44. Mud Baths In Dalaman

One of the best ways to relax in Dalaman is with a long soak in a mud bath. People come from all over to take a dip in these baths because of the mud’s rejuvenating properties.
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47. Gumbet Nightlife: Bars & Clubs

Gumbet has lots to do during the day and at night becomes a party paradise. There’s a large variety of discos, bars, clubs and restaurants each with its own brand of entertainment for you to enjoy.
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48. Boat Trips In Bodrum

Why not head down to Bodrum’s picturesque coast for a boat tour that will have you sailing across the waves in the mystical Mediterranean Sea. If you want a party cruise or a more peaceful day,
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49. Bodrum Market

For a spot of retail therapy, wonder down to Bodrum’s Market where you can purchase traditional Turkish souvenirs and trinkets. The appealing market is popular among locals and tourists
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51. Bafa Lake Turkey

If you fancy going off the beaten track, take a trip to Bafa Lake. This huge lake is on the Aegean Coast and is a quiet alternative to the busy beaches. If you fancy a bite to eat,
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52. Dalyan River Turkey

The famous Dalyan River mud pools are known for their therapeutic properties. After you’ve taken your turn, you can rinse off the mud in a refreshing thermal spring.
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53. Temple Of Apollo Turkey

Travel just outside of Altinkum to Didim for a unique chance to explore a part of the ancient world. Get up close with the archaeological site; walk over the ancient stone, through winding passageways
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54. Bodrum Turkbuku Shopping

In need of some retail therapy? Then head over to the town of Tϋrkbϋkϋ. Spend the day wandering the picturesque streets, taking in the traditional beauty of the area. The town is split down
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55. Bitez Beach Turkey

More than just a beach, Bitez Bay is a gorgeous area to unwind in. The sandy shores can be found just seven kilometres from Bodrum town. Archaic Greek church ruins with beautiful dolphin mosaic
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60. Old Town In Side Turkey

Side has a well-kept old town that is also a National Heritage site; it’s great for exploring and taking in the rustic views. In Old Side you’ll find a museum with Greco-Roman exhibits
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62. Pamukkale Turkey

Relaxation is key at Pamukkale, pronounced Pah-Mook-Kah-Leh; the natural beauty of the outdoor mineral bath spa is a favourable hotspot for locals and holidaymakers alike.
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63. Aqua Park Turkey

Splash, swim, relax and get a great suntan while visiting the Aqua Park in Konakli. It’s got over 25 water experiences with many adrenaline-fuelled water rides.
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65. Chimera Turkey

There’s something charming about the mysteries that are hidden across the region of Antalya. The wonders are sometimes inexplicable and attract visitors from all over the world.
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67. Moonlight Beach Turkey

Moonlight Beach is a long stretch of golden sand that’s hard to not fall in love with. Whether you’re a family or a couple looking to relax, Moonlight Beach is perfect for you.
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68. Kemer Market Turkey

To get a real taste for Goynuk and the surrounding area, spend some time wandering around Kemer Market; you’ll find lots of local products including fruit, vegetables, clothes and shoes at low prices.
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71. Manavgat Waterfall Turkey

Why not take a day trip out of Alanya to its neighbouring town of Manavgat, which less than an hour away? Take a bus or drive across the coast to see picturesque, traditional buildings and magnificent waterfalls hidden in a scenic setting.
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72. Alanya Castle In Turkey

Alanya’s famous landmark was built in the 13th century and is situated 250 metres high on a rocky peninsula, providing magnificent panoramic views of the glistening turquoise water.
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