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Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, this year's #3 Travelers' Choice Destination... more
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Istanbul
Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, this year's #3 Travelers' Choice Destination in the World, where breathtaking ancient architecture coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. The city's mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip. Start with the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits.
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A town literally carved into the volcanic rock, Goreme is the gateway to the... more
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Goreme
A town literally carved into the volcanic rock, Goreme is the gateway to the Goreme National Park, a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses spectacular 10th- and 11th-century cave churches. The park itself is known for its chimney rock formations and is very popular with backpackers. This Travelers' Choice Destination is also a great area to sample Turkish cuisine and wine.
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The Cappadocia region's most upscale and contemporary tourist city, Urgup has a... more
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Urgup
The Cappadocia region's most upscale and contemporary tourist city, Urgup has a number of lovely hotels, many built in and around centuries-old cave dwellings. The city and its surrounding area are known for their mysterious fairy chimneys, early Christian rock churches and fine vineyards. A mix of ancient and modern, Urgup is a center for traditional handmade carpets, but also has a lively nightlife. Hot air ballooning is very popular, and a fantastic way to see the area's beauty from above.
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Ancient ruins, mud baths and loggerhead sea turtle breeding grounds are just... more
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Dalyan
Ancient ruins, mud baths and loggerhead sea turtle breeding grounds are just some of the magical features of Dalyan. Beach sports, bike rides and river tours will satisfy your inner adventurer. Don’t miss the ornate Lycian tombs, carved into the cliffs along the Dalyan Çayı River circa 400 B.C.
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The waters surrounding the small village of Oludeniz are an achingly beautiful... more
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Oludeniz
The waters surrounding the small village of Oludeniz are an achingly beautiful gradient of blue. Sapphire meets seafoam green at the shoreline, where stretches of white sand are dotted with leisurely sunbathers. The scenery is even more gorgeous from above—Oludeniz is renowned as one of the world’s top spots for paragliding.
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A gorgeous backdrop of pine-clad mountains looms behind the seaside resort of... more
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Marmaris
A gorgeous backdrop of pine-clad mountains looms behind the seaside resort of Marmaris in southwest Turkey. Popular as a cruise ship and yacht port and with the British budget holiday crowd, Marmaris offers an abundance of fast food restaurants, the restored castle of Suleyman the Magnificent and an appealing cobblestoned old quarter. Outside the busy town, coves and bays of the Datça Peninsula make lovely daytrip destinations for those traveling by boat.
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The rock citadel of Uchisar is a weird and wonderful structure, resembling some... more
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Uchisar
The rock citadel of Uchisar is a weird and wonderful structure, resembling some kind of Jim Henson creature emerging from a pile of stones. Spend some time exploring its hand-carved hallways and chambers before climbing to the top to admire the surrounding view. Or take it all in from a completely different angle and hire a hot air balloon to transport your Uchisar experience to new heights.
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Kalkan, like its neighbor Kas, is a lovely Turkish beach town. While most... more
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Kalkan
Kalkan, like its neighbor Kas, is a lovely Turkish beach town. While most travelers spend their time enjoying the sun and sea, history buffs will appreciate Kalkan’s proximity to several ancient Lycian cities. If you’ll be in town for more than a day, consider renting a villa—you’ll love the chance to live like a local in such a beautiful spot.
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Kas, a beautiful harbor city on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, is a perfect... more
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Kas
Kas, a beautiful harbor city on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, is a perfect choice for travelers seeking a casual, fun beach break. TripAdvisor travelers particularly love Kaputas beach, which has pebbly, golden sand and extremely clear water. And if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love Kas—it’s local tradition to serve cake around 5:00 p.m.
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Don’t expect a booming nightclub scene in Icmeler—but for the travelers who’ve... more
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Icmeler
Don’t expect a booming nightclub scene in Icmeler—but for the travelers who’ve discovered this Turkish beach resort, that’s a huge plus. Take a boat trip to a nearby island, savor fresh seafood in a beachside café, or just soak up the sun.
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