Istanbul’s hustle and bustle, East meets West feeling and cultural melting pot is something that you need to experience when visiting Turkey. Half of it being situated in Europe and half of it being set in Asia is something only Turkey can claim. Having been the capital of four empires, their diverse history can be found within this city. From the Grand Bazaar to the dervish lodges, whirling dervish performances to its street food, this city is buzzing. Istanbul is a must do to truly feel the Turkish metropolitan side of this beautiful country.
Cappadocia’s cave city is just phenomenal and out of this world. A relaxed and easy-goin atmosphere is a perfect juxtapose to Istanbul and gives you some good R&R vibes where the city of Goreme caters to its touristy audience. Try and stay at a cave hotel and have an apple tea on a rooftop. This place is a must-see and one of my favorite places in the world.
Antalya’s well-known coast is set across a background of mountains and is a must-do in Turkey. Its sapphire waters and Capri like shopping feel makes you feel like you’re in an Italian city on a summer day. A combination of city, beach and mountains.
4. Pamukkale’s thermal springs
Pamukkale is set in the city of Denzil and a trip to Turkey without Pamukkale would be incomplete. Pamukale is mostly known for its water’s healing properties and mineral deposits that have formed over thousands of years and has attracted people from around the world including Cleopatra. Most people don’t come out to see Pamukkale because of its distance from other main attractions set in Istanbul but it’s definitely worth it. Further, Hierapolis stands above the thermal pools which was once a spa but was later destroyed by an earthquake. The Romans had then rebuilt it back to a healing centre but then had been destroyed again by earthquakes and then left abandoned. You can swim in these waters as well as dip into the thermal pools. Note that you’ll have to walk barefoot across the limestone to protect the travertine pools and this can be a little bit challenging as there’s running water and the limestone can be sharp and hard.