A veritable melting pot of cultures and historical civilisations, Turkey is one of the world’s most diverse and culturally intriguing countries. And with stunning beaches, remote islands, a diverse climate and a whole host of activities on offer, it’s easy to see why Turkey has become a popular holiday destination for the more discerning traveler.
If you’re planning on taking a trip to Turkey, look no further for things to see and do. Here we take a look at five extraordinary things to do in Turkey.
- Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of Istanbul
Istanbul epitomises the diversity that is inherent throughout the country. The city’s streets are teeming with restaurants serving delicious, traditional Turkish cuisine, and there are bustling markets and some simply stunning cultural attractions.
No holiday to Istanbul would be complete without a trip to the Blue Mosque. As one of the only mosques in the world to have six minarets, a view of the mosque, which is lit up at night, is truly unforgettable.
- Go white water rafting on the Köpru River
Located in the Köpru Canyon National Park, around 90km north east of Antalya, the Köpru River is an exceptional setting in which to enjoy the serenity of nature, while experiencing an adrenaline filled ride through white water.
The backdrop of pine, cypress and cedar trees, along with the abundant wildlife along the banks of the Köpru, is serene, but the rapids are most certainly not. And Club Med’s Belek Turkey resort is the perfect place to rest your weary head after a day of adventure.
- Cruising through the Turkish Riviera
The Aegean coast, often referred to as the Turkish Riviera, is one of the world’s most visually stunning coastlines. And a leisurely cruise in a traditional wooden boat, a caïque, setting sail from Bodrum, is the perfect way to let your worries drift slowly away into the ether, while you explore the Aegean’s crystal clear waters and hidden, wild creeks.
- Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu
Built to house almost 20,000 people, Derinkuyu is a multi-level, 60-metres deep, underground city that acted as a place for local inhabitants to escape persecution from the Roman Empire.
An astounding complex of cellars, kitchens and churches, Derinkuyu, located in the Nevşehir Province, makes for an unforgettable day trip that transports you back in time and gives you a real sense of the hardships that local Turks endured during periods of persecution.
5. Relax in the hot springs of Pamukkal
The travertine terraces of Pamukkale are breathtaking in their own right, but bathing in one of the ‘Cotton Castle’s’ 17 hot springs, against a backdrop of dramatic limestone scenery if you find yourself in the Denizli Province in south-west Turkey, is a magnificent setting in which to truly relax.
A world of options, in one place
Opportunities for relaxation, adrenaline-fuelled adventures and cultural immersion make Turkey of the world’s most attractive holiday destinations. Indeed, while you may be mulling over your options for a getaway this year, a break spent in this diverse country will have you returning for years to come.
Have you ever been to Turkey? What’s on your top list for things to see and do?