With its ancient historical sites and magnificent beaches, Türkiye’s various cities never disappoint new and returning visitors. Friendly locals and delicious cuisine are just additional benefits waiting for potential holidaymakers and are sure to make long-lasting memories. From the energetic and lively streets of Istanbul to the peaceful ruins in Antalya, there is something here for everyone. To help you choose, here are our favourite cities to visit in Turkey.
Situated within Europe and Asia, Istanbul is both traditional and modern, home to an assortment of mosques and remarkable architecture. The atmosphere here is charming, with welcoming and friendly citizens all over the place. Istanbul is home to one of the Wonders of the World, the Hagia Sofia; a stunning architectural feat that you won’t want to miss.
The Bosphorus River is what divides Istanbul into two continents, which makes for a great cruise along the river should you have the time. The boat typically leaves Eminonu early morning and travels North toward the Black Sea. Once you reach the small fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi, you have the opportunity to stop for lunch before heading back for your evening meal.
Bordered by the Aegean Sea, Bodrum offers holiday-goers the chance to go scuba diving, windsurfing and jet skiing, regardless of skill level. The city encourages leisure and relaxation, which is one of the reasons why it is often referred to as the Turkish Saint-Tropez.
During your stay, you must go visit Bodrum Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If you’re looking for a more action-packed holiday, there’s also Aqualand, which is the largest water park in the country.
Antalya is the ideal location for those wanting a blend of beach holiday combined with city break. The city is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and beautiful stretches of sandy beaches. History fanatics will love the ruins that surround Antalya, which include the Roman Aspendos Theatre and the ancient Perge, a base used by Alexander the Great for his campaign.
Türkiye’s second-most visited holiday destination is also perfect for those who long for nature, allowing tourists to pay a visit to the Duden waterfalls, or venture off on a boat trip to the cotton palace ‘Pamukkale’.
Antalya airport is located around 25 minutes away from the city centre. To ensure you get to your accommodation in good time and with ease, you are advised to book yourself a private transfer from Antalya airport for when you arrive.
Türkiye’s capital, and second-largest city, is modern, refreshing, and historical. Avid history lovers will feel right at home here, with exceptional monuments like Aniktabir and the memorial dedicated to Ataturk, Türkiye’s founding father. If you prefer adventure or relaxation as opposed to culture, you can also visit Genclik Parki and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The park is also home to several amusement park rides and roller coasters.