Top 7 destinations around Turkey
We know Istanbul is great, with its rich tapestry of history, entertainment, and gorgeous water vistas. We also know the magical Cappadocia and its famous hot air ballon tour (Slow travel: unfold the mystery of Cappadocia). But there are many other magical places around Turkey. Dive into fantastic culture, breathtaking landscapes and relaxing experiences with a getaway to some of these fabulous destinations.

Bursa

Bursa lies in the foothills of roughly 2,500m-high Mount Uludağ near the Sea of Marmara. In the wintertime, visit nearby Uludağ to ski, snowboard, ride the Telfrik up the mountain, and build snowmen. When the sun sets, return to the hotel to sit around the open fires and sip a hot cup of tea. Don’t forget to pass by Kebapçı İskender Yavuz İskenderoğlu for an authentic traditional İskender kebab. Read more about traveling in Bursa.

Bursa

Pamukkale

This UNESCO World Heritage site translates directly to “Cotton Castle,” named for the mineral-rich thermal waters that flow down a brilliant white travertine terraces on a nearby hillside. People have long flocked to this site to bathe in the thermal waters and marvel at its natural wonder. It is also the site of Hierapolis, once a spa town built by the Romans and now a site of well preserved ruins. Try spending the night to escape the crowds.

Çeşme

Çeşme is a charming coastal town, rich in historical landmarks like Çeşme Castle and the ancient city of Erythrae. You’ll also find a plethora of interesting food cultures, from fine-dining fusion to long-standing local traditions using local herbs and vegetables. Plus, you’ll find loads of nature, healing mineral springs and beaches a’plenty. Try heading here off season to avoid the summer crowds.  

Çeşme

Trabzon

Set on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey, this small city was once a key point along the Silk Road and featured a crush of different religions and cultures, all of which made its mark. Today, it remains one of the busiest ports on the Black Sea. The surrounding area is also rich in nature, featuring mountains and large green forests perfect for hiking. The magical Sumela Monastery,  built in the 14th century and perched precariously in a mountain face, is a must-visit.

Bodrum Peninsula

Bodrum is known for a mix of beach towns, resorts, ancient ruins, and vibrant nightlife all set on the backdrop of the azure Aegean. While both international and local tourists have long flocked to Bodrum, you can still find quiet beaches and secluded retreats around the area, by hiking, driving, or renting a gulet. Indulge your taste for luxury with shopping and beach clubs, or just sit with a cup of tea and watch the boats—from luxurious yachts to fishing crafts—wander in and out of the beautiful bays. Visit The Guide Bodrum website to find out more.

Bodrum

Antalya

Blessed by sun and serenity, the sandy beaches of Antalya speak to the time when it was a major port city during the Roman era. It is the perfect destination for resorts lovers and gateway to the southern Mediterranean region of Turkey. Popular outdoor activities in Antalya include golfing, diving, and hiking the 500km Lycian Way footpath. Visit Çıralı village to get away from the busy roads.

Fethiye

Escape the rush of the cities by heading to this port city on the southwestern bit of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. It’s known for its natural harbor, blue waters, and beautiful beaches which can be found at Hillside Beach Club, as well as the numerous rock tombs that are remainders from the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos.

Bodrum