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In modern Turkey, the legacy of centuries of history coexists with progressive and contemporary culture. Its exciting capital, Istanbul, spans Europe and Asia: here, upscale eateries and swanky nightclubs are squeezed between Byzantine and Ottoman structures, with calls-to-prayer from city mosques sounding above the city. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts mix ancient Roman ruins with stunning beaches and resorts. Still, the real cultural lessons come from the Turkish people, always welcoming and eager to share their homeland's fascinating past and present.

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Istanbul

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine...

Izmir

At first glance, Turkey’s third-largest city (formerly known as Smyrna) may seem modern and harsh—even the beautiful setting, between the Gulf...

Bodrum

On the southern shores of a broad peninsula that stretches along two crescent-shape bays, Bodrum has for years been the favorite haunt of the...

Çesme

Known for its hot springs and beaches, Çeşme has always been a summer resort for İzmirians, but in recent years the gorgeous sands have been...

Antalya

Sophisticated Antalya is a definite tourist hub, and with a population approaching the 1-million mark, it’s among Turkey's fastest growing cities...

Ankara

In 1923, right after the War of Independence, Ankara was made the fledgling Turkish Republic's new capital—in part because it was a barren,...

Konya

Famous for its association with Rumi and the whirling dervishes, Konya has long attracted both religious pilgrims and travelers to the city...

Kusadasi

Kuşadası long ago lost its local charm to invasive, sterile buildings and overpopulation, and these days it's often overrun with cruise ship...

Trabzon

Trabzon has a spectacular location, perched on a hill overlooking the sea, with lush green mountains behind it. Once the capital of the empire...

Bursa

An important center since early Ottoman times, Bursa is today one of Turkey's more prosperous cities (due to its large automobile and textile...

Diyarbakir

As the region's commercial, cultural, and political center, Diyarbakır and its ancient basalt walls command a bluff overlooking the Tigris River...

Gaziantep

Gaziantep is the last Turkish-speaking city before the Kurdish and Arab areas east of it, and somehow manages to mix the modernity of western...

Urfa (Sanliurfa)

This is Turkey at its most Middle Eastern, with golden-color stone houses, religious shrines filled with visiting pilgrims, and an authentic...

Selçuk

Selçuk, the closest city to Ephesus, lies beneath the ancient Fortress of Ayasuluk and is unfortunately often overlooked. The former farming...

Harran

A quick ride from Urfa, the ancient city of Harran is well worth a visit, although be forewarned that it is close to the Syrian border so pay...

Mardin

With historic stone houses clinging to a citadel-topped mountain that overlooks a vast plain below, Mardin is a magical setting. The city was...

Kars

The setting for Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk's somber novel Snow , Kars is a rustic and foreboding city set on a 5,740-foot plateau and forever...

Alanya

Alanya is Turkey's hottest resort town—literally. Temperatures here are higher than almost anywhere else in Turkey, averaging 106°F (27°C) in...

Iznik

Nature has been generous to İznik, which is beautifully situated around the east end of Lake İznik. You can swim (though the water can be chilly...

Fethiye

This busy port city is a good base for exploring the ruins of ancient Lycia in the mountains that rise to the east. Fethiye was known in antiquity...

Çanakkale

West of Bursa, on the southern shore of the Dardanelles, Çanakkale is the largest city on the North Aegean coast and makes a very pleasant base...

Side

Charter-tour hotels crowded along this stretch of coast threaten to overshadow Side, but the city remains a delightful mix of ancient ruins...

Pamukkale (Hierapolis)

Pamukkale (pronounced pam-ook-ka-lay), which means "cotton castle" in Turkish, first appears as an enormous, chalky white cliff rising 330 feet...

Olympos and Çirali

Olympos and its "sister" towns, Çıralı and Adrasan, are places unique on the Turquoise Coast for their natural beauty, ancient ruins, low-rise...

Gol-Turkbuku

The two adjacent coastal towns of Gölköy and Türkbükü merged a decade ago to become Göl-Türkbükü, the most glamorous part of the Bodrum Peninsula...

Kas

In the 1980s, Kaş, with its beautiful wide bay and its lovely view of the Greek island of Kastellorizo (Meis), was the main tourist destination...

Goreme

Bustling Göreme has the most options for hotels, dining, nightlife, shopping, and other commercial enterprises. Back in the early days of tourism...

Pergamum (Bergama)

The windswept ruins of Pergamum, which surround the modern town of Bergama, are among the most spectacular in Turkey. Pergamum was one of the...

Kayseri

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Safranbolu

...

Ayvalik

Ayvalık is beautiful, stretching onto a peninsula and surrounded by islands, with many bays swirling in and out of its coastline. The bustling...

Ürgup

Ürgüp is especially known these days for its charming small hotels, many of which are in restored cave houses and have views overlooking the...

Dogubeyazit and Mt. Ararat

The scrappy frontier town of Doğubeyazıt (doh- oo -bay-yah-zuht) is a good base from which to enjoy views of Turkey's highest and most famous...

Marmaris

This big, brash resort city has two faces, and they're hard to reconcile. From the sea, a line of hotels stretches around the northern edge...

Antakya (Antioch)

Antakya—perhaps better known by its old name, Antioch—was founded in about 300 BC and quickly grew, thanks to its strategic location on the...

Öludeniz

Little wonder Ölüdeniz appears on so many Turkish promotional posters. With a photogenic mountain and a fringe of fragrant evergreens behind...

Adana

Adana is Turkey's fourth-largest city after Istanbul, Ankara, and İzmir. Being a commercial and industrial center, it is the least known to...

Uçhisar

A lovely little town on a hill, built around a huge fairy chimney known as Uçhisar Castle, Uçhisar has some of the nicest places to stay in...

Behramkale (Assos)

The port of Assos is a marvel, pressed against the sheer cliff walls. It's crammed with small hotels built of volcanic rock, a fleet of fishing...

Sirince

Once upon a time, villagers of this picturesque little hilltop aerie christened their town Çirkince (Turkish for "rather ugly"), allegedly to...

Gocek

A 20-minute drive over the mountains from Dalaman Airport, Göcek is perfect for visitors who want to sample the grandeur of the Turquoise Coast...

Avanos

Avanos is a low-key town on the Kızılırmak (Red River), so named for the color of the clay that lines its banks, and is best known for its pottery...

Datça Peninsula

If you make it all the way to the Datça Peninsula, you may never want to leave the rugged landscape of dark olive and pale green almond trees...

Midyat

Not far from Mardin, the lovely old town of Midyat is an architectural gem that has remained largely untouched by the blight of concrete—although...

Ayder

At 4,000 feet and surrounded by snowcapped mountains and tumbling waterfalls, the mountain village of Ayder, with its wooden chalets and wandering...

Gumusluk

Charming Gümüşlük (named for its ancient silver mines) is built on the ancient ruins of Myndos. It is one of the peninsula's more authentic...

Eski Datça and Reshadiye

Turkish satirical poet and polemical left-wing social critic Can Yücel retired to a modest old stone house in Eski Datça, setting an artistic...

Yalikavak

This town on the northwestern tip of the Bodrum Peninsula is surrounded by tangerine orchards and olive groves and easily identified by the...

Bitez

The beach in the inland village of Bitez is the longest on the peninsula. The stone houses in the village were built right on the road to make...

Priene, Miletus and Didyma

The three towns of Priene, Miletus, and Didyma make up part of Ancient Ionia, homeland of many of the ancient world’s greatest artistic and...

Dalyan

Dalyan is a lovely place for a short break, especially if you prefer a quiet destination that's been developed in a way that is sensitive to...

Kalkan

Kalkan has two distinct sides: on one hand it has fine restaurants and excellent hotels to match its superb, steep views of the Mediterranean...

Sumela/Mereyemana

The Sumela Monastery (also known as the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, and Mereyemana or Sümela Manastırı in Turkish) is a spectacular and...

Eceabat

Eceabat, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, is the closest town to the most-visited battlefields and cemeteries. The town is small and most of the...

Demre (Kale)

Demre (also referred to as Kale in Turkish) is where St. Nicholas, who later became known as Father Christmas, made his reputation as bishop...

Ephesus Archaeological Site

Ephesus ( Efes in Turkish), the showpiece of Aegean archaeology, is probably the most evocative ancient city in the eastern Mediterranean,...

Çamlihemsin

The small village of Çamlıhemşin, at the junction of two rushing rivers, serves mainly as a gateway to mountain valleys above, particularly...

Hasankeyf

Just a short drive from Midyat, Hasankeyf makes for a good day excursion. This small town has a magical setting, with stone houses on the banks...

Patara

Patara was once Lycia's principal port. Cosmopolitan in its heyday—Hannibal, St. Paul, and the emperor Hadrian all visited, and St. Nicholas...

Finike and Arycanda

Finike is a good lunch stop or jumping-off point for Arycanda and the series of less glamorous Lycian sites that dot the citrus- and vegetable...

Silifke

Lively, non-touristy Silifke is a small agricultural town beside the Göksu River that’s dominated by the Byzantine castle, Silifke Kalesi. Traces...

Kayakoy

The valley behind Fethiye promises a cooler climate and evocative ruins that are decidedly different from their ancient counterparts on the...

Knidos

Windswept Knidos sits on a headland at the very end of the Datça Peninsula, at the point where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean. A primitive...

Simena-Kalekoy and Kekova Sound

Charming, rustic, waterside Kaleköy (sometimes known by its ancient name, Simena), Kekova Island just across the water, and the surrounding...

Gallipoli

The Gallipoli Peninsula lies to the north of the Dardanelles. Turks call it Gelibolu—there's also a town of the same name about 40 km (25 miles...

Anamur

Anamur is an uninspiring agricultural town, known throughout Turkey for its bananas. The ruins of ancient Anemurium and the dramatic Marmure...

Turgutreis

Named for an Ottoman admiral (some say pirate), Turgutreis lies due west on the opposite side of the peninsula from Bodrum. The second-largest...

Adrasan

A relaxed little town on a long beach, Adrasan is a world away from the flashy resort areas, so don't expect five-star hotels, gourmet restaurants...

Kiz Kalesi

This small town is easily the best place to stop on the long drive east of Alanya. Although a bit scruffy, it has a nice stretch of beach and...

Tarsus

The dusty, provincial town of Tarsus is known as the place where St. Paul was born some 2,000 years ago. It has a broad range of Roman, Byzantine...

Kemer

...

Ortahisar

A rather sleepy farming village overlooking scenic Pancarlık Valley, Ortahisar was traditionally famous for its underground caves where fruit...

Troy (Truva)

Troy, known as Truva to the Turks and Ilion to the Greeks, is one of the most evocative place names in literature. To bring this UNESCO World...

Tlos

A day expedition to Tlos, a spectacular ancient Lycian city high above the valley of the Xanthos River, can be arranged from any town on the...

Phaselis

Majestically located at the edge of three small bays, the ruins of the ancient port city of Phaselis make an atmospheric stop along the Lycian coast. ...

Niğde

The small city of Niğde is primarily an agricultural center, and the few sights of interest, including the Niğde Museum, can be seen on a short...

Derinkuyu and Kaymakli

The underground cities of Cappadocia have excited the imaginations of travelers since the Greek mercenary leader/historian Xenophon wrote about...

Kabak

If you like your beaches in deep coves, framed by towering cliffs and pine forests, without a deck chair or beach umbrella in sight, then you...

Kultepe

...

Hattusa and the Other Hittite Cities

...

Aspendos

Most experts agree that the theater in Aspendos is one of the best preserved in the world. A splendid Roman aqueduct that traverses the valley...

Ihlara Valley

A verdant river canyon dotted with rock churches carved into the cliffs above, Ihlara Valley is a pleasant change of scenery from the arid terrain...

Termessos

Writers in antiquity referred to Termessos as the Eagle's Nest, and when you visit the 4,500-foot-high site, you'll understand why. Seemingly...

Perge

Perge's biggest problem is that it suffers from comparison with its neighbors. It is, however, one of Turkey's best examples of a Roman city. ...

Kahta

...

Alara Han

The Seljuk Turks fostered the prosperity of their 11th- to 13th-century domains with trade protected by a network of kervansarays , or inns...

Aphrodisias

Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite, goddess of love, is one of the largest and best-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. It's interesting...

Letoon

This site was not a city but rather a religious center and political meeting point for the Lycian League: the world's first democratic federation...

Sinop

...

Kύrώehir

...

Dara

...

Kumluca

...

Dikili

...

Istanbul

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine...

Izmir

At first glance, Turkey’s third-largest city (formerly known as Smyrna) may seem modern and harsh—even the beautiful setting, between the Gulf...

Bodrum

On the southern shores of a broad peninsula that stretches along two crescent-shape bays, Bodrum has for years been the favorite haunt of the...

Çesme

Known for its hot springs and beaches, Çeşme has always been a summer resort for İzmirians, but in recent years the gorgeous sands have been...

Antalya

Sophisticated Antalya is a definite tourist hub, and with a population approaching the 1-million mark, it’s among Turkey's fastest growing cities...

Ankara

In 1923, right after the War of Independence, Ankara was made the fledgling Turkish Republic's new capital—in part because it was a barren,...

Konya

Famous for its association with Rumi and the whirling dervishes, Konya has long attracted both religious pilgrims and travelers to the city...

Kusadasi

Kuşadası long ago lost its local charm to invasive, sterile buildings and overpopulation, and these days it's often overrun with cruise ship...

Trabzon

Trabzon has a spectacular location, perched on a hill overlooking the sea, with lush green mountains behind it. Once the capital of the empire...

Bursa

An important center since early Ottoman times, Bursa is today one of Turkey's more prosperous cities (due to its large automobile and textile...

Diyarbakir

As the region's commercial, cultural, and political center, Diyarbakır and its ancient basalt walls command a bluff overlooking the Tigris River...

Gaziantep

Gaziantep is the last Turkish-speaking city before the Kurdish and Arab areas east of it, and somehow manages to mix the modernity of western...

Urfa (Sanliurfa)

This is Turkey at its most Middle Eastern, with golden-color stone houses, religious shrines filled with visiting pilgrims, and an authentic...

Selçuk

Selçuk, the closest city to Ephesus, lies beneath the ancient Fortress of Ayasuluk and is unfortunately often overlooked. The former farming...

Harran

A quick ride from Urfa, the ancient city of Harran is well worth a visit, although be forewarned that it is close to the Syrian border so pay...

Mardin

With historic stone houses clinging to a citadel-topped mountain that overlooks a vast plain below, Mardin is a magical setting. The city was...

Kars

The setting for Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk's somber novel Snow , Kars is a rustic and foreboding city set on a 5,740-foot plateau and forever...

Alanya

Alanya is Turkey's hottest resort town—literally. Temperatures here are higher than almost anywhere else in Turkey, averaging 106°F (27°C) in...

Iznik

Nature has been generous to İznik, which is beautifully situated around the east end of Lake İznik. You can swim (though the water can be chilly...

Fethiye

This busy port city is a good base for exploring the ruins of ancient Lycia in the mountains that rise to the east. Fethiye was known in antiquity...

Çanakkale

West of Bursa, on the southern shore of the Dardanelles, Çanakkale is the largest city on the North Aegean coast and makes a very pleasant base...

Side

Charter-tour hotels crowded along this stretch of coast threaten to overshadow Side, but the city remains a delightful mix of ancient ruins...

Pamukkale (Hierapolis)

Pamukkale (pronounced pam-ook-ka-lay), which means "cotton castle" in Turkish, first appears as an enormous, chalky white cliff rising 330 feet...

Olympos and Çirali

Olympos and its "sister" towns, Çıralı and Adrasan, are places unique on the Turquoise Coast for their natural beauty, ancient ruins, low-rise...

Gol-Turkbuku

The two adjacent coastal towns of Gölköy and Türkbükü merged a decade ago to become Göl-Türkbükü, the most glamorous part of the Bodrum Peninsula...

Kas

In the 1980s, Kaş, with its beautiful wide bay and its lovely view of the Greek island of Kastellorizo (Meis), was the main tourist destination...

Goreme

Bustling Göreme has the most options for hotels, dining, nightlife, shopping, and other commercial enterprises. Back in the early days of tourism...

Pergamum (Bergama)

The windswept ruins of Pergamum, which surround the modern town of Bergama, are among the most spectacular in Turkey. Pergamum was one of the...

Kayseri

...

Safranbolu

...

Ayvalik

Ayvalık is beautiful, stretching onto a peninsula and surrounded by islands, with many bays swirling in and out of its coastline. The bustling...

Ürgup

Ürgüp is especially known these days for its charming small hotels, many of which are in restored cave houses and have views overlooking the...

Dogubeyazit and Mt. Ararat

The scrappy frontier town of Doğubeyazıt (doh- oo -bay-yah-zuht) is a good base from which to enjoy views of Turkey's highest and most famous...

Marmaris

This big, brash resort city has two faces, and they're hard to reconcile. From the sea, a line of hotels stretches around the northern edge...

Antakya (Antioch)

Antakya—perhaps better known by its old name, Antioch—was founded in about 300 BC and quickly grew, thanks to its strategic location on the...

Öludeniz

Little wonder Ölüdeniz appears on so many Turkish promotional posters. With a photogenic mountain and a fringe of fragrant evergreens behind...

Adana

Adana is Turkey's fourth-largest city after Istanbul, Ankara, and İzmir. Being a commercial and industrial center, it is the least known to...

Uçhisar

A lovely little town on a hill, built around a huge fairy chimney known as Uçhisar Castle, Uçhisar has some of the nicest places to stay in...

Behramkale (Assos)

The port of Assos is a marvel, pressed against the sheer cliff walls. It's crammed with small hotels built of volcanic rock, a fleet of fishing...

Sirince

Once upon a time, villagers of this picturesque little hilltop aerie christened their town Çirkince (Turkish for "rather ugly"), allegedly to...

Gocek

A 20-minute drive over the mountains from Dalaman Airport, Göcek is perfect for visitors who want to sample the grandeur of the Turquoise Coast...

Avanos

Avanos is a low-key town on the Kızılırmak (Red River), so named for the color of the clay that lines its banks, and is best known for its pottery...

Datça Peninsula

If you make it all the way to the Datça Peninsula, you may never want to leave the rugged landscape of dark olive and pale green almond trees...

Midyat

Not far from Mardin, the lovely old town of Midyat is an architectural gem that has remained largely untouched by the blight of concrete—although...

Ayder

At 4,000 feet and surrounded by snowcapped mountains and tumbling waterfalls, the mountain village of Ayder, with its wooden chalets and wandering...

Gumusluk

Charming Gümüşlük (named for its ancient silver mines) is built on the ancient ruins of Myndos. It is one of the peninsula's more authentic...

Eski Datça and Reshadiye

Turkish satirical poet and polemical left-wing social critic Can Yücel retired to a modest old stone house in Eski Datça, setting an artistic...

Yalikavak

This town on the northwestern tip of the Bodrum Peninsula is surrounded by tangerine orchards and olive groves and easily identified by the...

Bitez

The beach in the inland village of Bitez is the longest on the peninsula. The stone houses in the village were built right on the road to make...

Priene, Miletus and Didyma

The three towns of Priene, Miletus, and Didyma make up part of Ancient Ionia, homeland of many of the ancient world’s greatest artistic and...

Dalyan

Dalyan is a lovely place for a short break, especially if you prefer a quiet destination that's been developed in a way that is sensitive to...

Kalkan

Kalkan has two distinct sides: on one hand it has fine restaurants and excellent hotels to match its superb, steep views of the Mediterranean...

Sumela/Mereyemana

The Sumela Monastery (also known as the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, and Mereyemana or Sümela Manastırı in Turkish) is a spectacular and...

Eceabat

Eceabat, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, is the closest town to the most-visited battlefields and cemeteries. The town is small and most of the...

Demre (Kale)

Demre (also referred to as Kale in Turkish) is where St. Nicholas, who later became known as Father Christmas, made his reputation as bishop...

Ephesus Archaeological Site

Ephesus ( Efes in Turkish), the showpiece of Aegean archaeology, is probably the most evocative ancient city in the eastern Mediterranean,...

Çamlihemsin

The small village of Çamlıhemşin, at the junction of two rushing rivers, serves mainly as a gateway to mountain valleys above, particularly...

Hasankeyf

Just a short drive from Midyat, Hasankeyf makes for a good day excursion. This small town has a magical setting, with stone houses on the banks...

Patara

Patara was once Lycia's principal port. Cosmopolitan in its heyday—Hannibal, St. Paul, and the emperor Hadrian all visited, and St. Nicholas...

Finike and Arycanda

Finike is a good lunch stop or jumping-off point for Arycanda and the series of less glamorous Lycian sites that dot the citrus- and vegetable...

Silifke

Lively, non-touristy Silifke is a small agricultural town beside the Göksu River that’s dominated by the Byzantine castle, Silifke Kalesi. Traces...

Kayakoy

The valley behind Fethiye promises a cooler climate and evocative ruins that are decidedly different from their ancient counterparts on the...

Knidos

Windswept Knidos sits on a headland at the very end of the Datça Peninsula, at the point where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean. A primitive...

Simena-Kalekoy and Kekova Sound

Charming, rustic, waterside Kaleköy (sometimes known by its ancient name, Simena), Kekova Island just across the water, and the surrounding...

Gallipoli

The Gallipoli Peninsula lies to the north of the Dardanelles. Turks call it Gelibolu—there's also a town of the same name about 40 km (25 miles...

Anamur

Anamur is an uninspiring agricultural town, known throughout Turkey for its bananas. The ruins of ancient Anemurium and the dramatic Marmure...

Turgutreis

Named for an Ottoman admiral (some say pirate), Turgutreis lies due west on the opposite side of the peninsula from Bodrum. The second-largest...

Adrasan

A relaxed little town on a long beach, Adrasan is a world away from the flashy resort areas, so don't expect five-star hotels, gourmet restaurants...

Kiz Kalesi

This small town is easily the best place to stop on the long drive east of Alanya. Although a bit scruffy, it has a nice stretch of beach and...

Tarsus

The dusty, provincial town of Tarsus is known as the place where St. Paul was born some 2,000 years ago. It has a broad range of Roman, Byzantine...

Kemer

...

Ortahisar

A rather sleepy farming village overlooking scenic Pancarlık Valley, Ortahisar was traditionally famous for its underground caves where fruit...

Troy (Truva)

Troy, known as Truva to the Turks and Ilion to the Greeks, is one of the most evocative place names in literature. To bring this UNESCO World...

Tlos

A day expedition to Tlos, a spectacular ancient Lycian city high above the valley of the Xanthos River, can be arranged from any town on the...

Phaselis

Majestically located at the edge of three small bays, the ruins of the ancient port city of Phaselis make an atmospheric stop along the Lycian coast. ...

Niğde

The small city of Niğde is primarily an agricultural center, and the few sights of interest, including the Niğde Museum, can be seen on a short...

Derinkuyu and Kaymakli

The underground cities of Cappadocia have excited the imaginations of travelers since the Greek mercenary leader/historian Xenophon wrote about...

Kabak

If you like your beaches in deep coves, framed by towering cliffs and pine forests, without a deck chair or beach umbrella in sight, then you...

Kultepe

...

Hattusa and the Other Hittite Cities

...

Aspendos

Most experts agree that the theater in Aspendos is one of the best preserved in the world. A splendid Roman aqueduct that traverses the valley...

Ihlara Valley

A verdant river canyon dotted with rock churches carved into the cliffs above, Ihlara Valley is a pleasant change of scenery from the arid terrain...

Termessos

Writers in antiquity referred to Termessos as the Eagle's Nest, and when you visit the 4,500-foot-high site, you'll understand why. Seemingly...

Perge

Perge's biggest problem is that it suffers from comparison with its neighbors. It is, however, one of Turkey's best examples of a Roman city. ...

Kahta

...

Alara Han

The Seljuk Turks fostered the prosperity of their 11th- to 13th-century domains with trade protected by a network of kervansarays , or inns...

Aphrodisias

Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite, goddess of love, is one of the largest and best-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. It's interesting...

Letoon

This site was not a city but rather a religious center and political meeting point for the Lycian League: the world's first democratic federation...

Sinop

...

Kύrώehir

...

Dara

...

Kumluca

...

Dikili

...

The Central and Southern Aegean Coast

The Aegean is one of Turkey's most visited and most developed regions, for good reason: the area is home to some of Turkey's most captivating...

The Turquoise Coast

The Turquoise Coast is just as stunning as its name suggests. Luminous blue waves in that signature shade (the word "turquoise" actually comes...

The Far East and Black Sea Coast

Eastern Turkey may not have the resorts, luxury hotels, and chic restaurants found in the more-visited parts of the country, but the rewards...

Cappadocia and Central Turkey

Some of the world’s oldest known human habitations were established in the hills and valleys of Central Anatolia, but today the main attraction...

The Sea of Marmara and the North Aegean

The ruins of Pergamum, Troy, and Assos, along with the Gallipoli battlefields, are the main draws of the region, but leisurely exploration is...

The Bodrum Peninsula

Until the mid-20th century, the Bodrum Peninsula was little known, and its gorgeous coastline was home to fishermen and sponge divers. Then...

Lake Van and Environs

Van is the commercial center of Eastern Anatolia, and modern streets are lined with shops both modern and traditional and choked with traffic...

The Mount Ida Region (Kaz Daglari)

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Mt. Nemrut and Around

Mt. Nemrut, known as Mt. Nimrod in English, rises 7,052 feet above the Anatolian plain, a ruddy outcrop of rock and stunted trees that has become...

Cunda Island (Ali Bey Adasi)

Like Ayvalık, Cunda Island was once predominantly Greek, and some Greek is still spoken here. The island has a mix of the two cultures in its...

Soğanli Valleys

The area of Cappadocia between Ürgüp and the Soğanlı Valleys was once considered to be off the beaten path. Though the sights are now well marked...

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