There are many sights or attractions in Turkey. However, if you don’t just want to lie on the beach but also get to know the landscape, get ready itinerary. Do you already write your own tips for trips? We will tell you other places that are worth a visit.
5 most beautiful beaches of Turkey
If you want some tips on the most beautiful beaches in Turkey, we can definitely recommend the following 5 beaches, which are categorically among the most popular beaches in Turkey: Oludeniz, Patara, Icmeler, Olympos and Lara.
Oludeniz is located in the southern part of Turkey, just 12 km from the famous resort of Fethiye.
It is one of the most popular beaches and is generally considered to be the most beautiful beach in Turkey, for its charming blue lagoon lagoon with beautiful turquoise water that will make you feel like you are in the Caribbean.
Oludeniz is known as one of the best places in the world for paragliding. Especially for satisfying wind currents and especially for the beautiful view that entices you to try this amazing sport. There are many rental shops and schools for beginners.
It is also a popular place for scuba diving, for its crystal clear water and underwater caves.
Patara is located on the south coast of Turkey, approximately 200 km from Antalya Airport (AYT).
Patara is an interesting destination not only for summer holidays, but also for spring or autumn escape from the sun.
Here you will find beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters, ancient ruins and charming rural villages. It is also an ideal place for diving or boat trips. It is also said that St. Nicholas comes from this place.
The town of Icmeler is located just a few kilometers from the famous Turkish resort of Marmaris on the Datca Peninsula.
This beautiful bay is popular for its modern hotel resorts, many restaurants and nightlife. There are many bars, pubs and discos, some of which are open until four in the morning.
Water sports enthusiasts will also find theirs here.
Olympos is located on the south coast of Turkey, 90 km southwest of Antalya.
Olympos is known for its pristine beach, pine forests and Chimera, a natural flame located at a height of 250 meters, which has been burning constantly for millennia. Olympos is a nature reserve protected by law, which protects it from the development of mass tourism and thanks to that it is also a unique natural paradise.
There is the Olympos National Park - Beydaglari - extending to approximately 70 thousand hectares of land. The park stretches along the Mediterranean coast and includes part of the Taurus Mountains. This coast is known for the laying of giant card eggs, which are known to have very demanding requirements in terms of water purity and environment.
Lara is just a few kilometers from Antalya Airport, making the journey from the airport only approximately 15 minutes away.
It is a relatively new resort full of luxury hotel resorts for even the most demanding clients.
Lara, due to its rich nightlife and also the architectural appearance of the hotels, is often called the Turkish Las Vegas. There are many restaurants, bars and light nightclubs.
Lara beach is clearly one of the most famous and longest Turkish beaches.
Tips for trips and places of interest in Turkey
Turkey has other treasures than just beaches.
Düden Falls are a group of waterfalls located in the province of Antalya and are divided into Upper Düden and Lower Düden.
The waterfall, formed by the Düden River flowing from the Taurus Mountains (one of the main rivers in southern Anatolia), is located 12 km southeast of Antalya and ends when the clear waters of the lower Düden Falls fall in a dazzling show, from a rocky cliff 40 meters straight into Mediterranean sea.
If you are lucky and it is a nice sunny day, then this beautiful scenery is complemented by a beautiful colored rainbow.
The top of Mount Nemrut is home to one of the most famous monuments in Turkey. At this peak with a height of 2150 meters lies the fascinating burial mound of King Antiochus I of Commagene. It is said that the tomb of Antiochus was hidden deep under a tall human statue, although despite extensive archaeological work, his tomb was never found here, yet at the top of the hill lies one of the most important tourist attractions in eastern Turkey.
The magnificent terraces are dotted with the fallen remains of huge stone statues, which were once majestic, arranged to give praise to the glory of Antiochus and the glory of the gods.
If you are located in the eastern part of Turkey, then definitely do not miss this fascinating tourist attraction.
Dim Cave is located 12 km from the tourist town of Alanya and was opened to the public only in 1998.
The cave is located at an altitude of 232 meters above sea level, west of the Cebeli Reis mountains and east of the Dim river valley.
It is estimated that the cave is about a million years old and is the second largest cave in Turkey. Its length is 360 meters and at its end there is a small lake.
The cave can be easily reached by bus from Alanya or through local agencies that organize day trips.
Bafa Lake Nature Park
Bafa Lake is located in the southwestern part of Turkey and its area is about 65 km2 and reaches a maximum depth of 25 meters.
Bafa Lake was originally a bay of the Aegean Sea, which gradually closed with the influence of time and nature, until it became today’s salt lake.
This beautiful and quiet place surrounded by beautiful nature was declared a nature reserve in 1994.
In this rich natural habitat you will even find up to 40 different species of orchids and there are rare butterflies and about 350 species of birds.
Hagia Sofia is located in the European part of Istanbul and is one of the most important and largest sacral buildings in Turkey. The Hagia Sophia was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, who commissioned the mathematician Anthemius of Tralli and the builder Izidor of Miletus to build it. The symbol of Byzantine architecture was built by approximately 100,000 craftsmen and the construction took less than 6 years. The best available marble and large amounts of gold and silver were used in the construction of Hagia Sofia.
In 1935, Mustafa Atatürk had this temple transformed into a museum. Subsequently, the carpets that covered its marble floor decorations for centuries were removed.
It is currently forbidden to use the temple for religious purposes, but the set is an interesting attraction for tourists from all over the world who decide to visit Istanbul.
The Bosphorus, also known as the Bosphorus Strait, is a strait approximately 32 km long and 700 to 3000 meters wide, which separates the Asian continent from the European continent in the center of Istanbul. Its depth ranges from 30 to 120 meters. The width between the two fortresses built on both sides of the strait: Anadoluhisarı and Rumelihisarı, is 750 meters. It is also the narrowest strait between continents in the world.
The Bosphorus, as the only crossing between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, has always been of great strategic and commercial importance.
The Bosphorus has a very strategic position, as it is the only exit from the Black Sea. Many civilizations of antiquity have always wanted to control this transition between Asia Minor and Europe and collect tolls. One of the most important reasons for Constantine the Great in choosing the place where to establish the city of Istanbul or ancient Constantinople in 330, was the existence of the Bosphorus.
At present, the waters of the Bosphorus are considered to be international in the law of the sea and the strait allows free access to ships. Along the Bosphorus, commercial maritime transport is very intensive. It includes thousands of oil tankers from the Black Sea bound for the Mediterranean, and around 50,000 to 60,000 merchant ships pass through it every year.
Near Istanbul, the Bosphorus is connected by two bridges, and in 2013 a railway submarine tunnel was put into operation.
The Gallipoli Peninsula is located in the province of Çanakkalev in the northwestern part of Turkey. It lies between the Aegean Sea in the west and the Strait of Dardanelles in the east.
The Gallipole Peninsula has a very strategic position thanks to the strait. During the First World War, a huge naval conflict took place here to recharge this peninsula. And many warships have been sunk, making this place an attraction for scuba diving fans.
In defense of the Gallipol Peninsula, General Mustafa Atatürk, who later became President of Turkey, became famous.
The Antalya Aquarium was opened in 2013 and is located in the famous resort of Antalya.
This large complex is considered one of the largest aquariums in the world and offers fun and education for the whole family.
There are 40 themed tanks and you can walk through the largest tunnel aquarium in the world, which is 131 meters long and 3 meters wide. With more than 5 million liters of water in this tunnel aquarium, you’ll find thousands of fish, from sharks to moray eels. The decoration of the main aquarium was created by the famous Italian sculptor Benedetti and consists of, for example, a plane, a ship or the wreck of a life-size submarine.
You will also find the largest artificial coral reef in the world. Among other things, you can visit a 5D cinema, terrariums with tropical reptiles or an ice museum with real snow. In the building you will also find restaurants, fast food chains, cafes and souvenir shops.
The highest mountain in Turkey
Discover with us the highest mountain in Turkey, a mythical mountain from the Bible, where Noah and his ark allegedly landed after the flood of the world.
Mount Ararat is the highest peak in Turkey and is located in the eastern part of Turkey, in Anatolia, on the border with Iran and Armenia.
The peak of Ararat is located only 16 km west of the Iranian and 32 km south of the Armenian border.
Ararat is divided into two peaks. Little Ararat, 3915 meters, and Great Ararat, 5165 meters, among which is the saddle Sardar Bulag (2540 meters).
The journey to the top of the great Ararat is not difficult, but it requires a lot of will, since to reach the top you have to go out early in the morning, before sunrise, to enjoy the spectacular panorama in its full beauty.
During communism, due to its strategic position between Russia and Turkey, Ararat was a sensitive issue between the two governments and foreigners were not allowed to climb the mountain.
Today, it is a destination for professional climbers from around the world, in summer and winter.
However, for security reasons, permission from local authorities must be obtained before climbing Ararat. The best month to climb the mountain is August, when the weather is milder. From a height of 4,000 meters it has a permanent snow cover.