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18 Reasons Why You Should Visit Turkey

Turkey is brimming with beauty, cuisine, and adventure. Each city has a unique story to tell. The historic structures, ancient sites, mosques, churches, nature, and cuisine will leave you in awe!

1. Historic architecture!

Turkey is a historical gold mine! There are countless historic structures to discover in Istanbul and other cities across Turkey. Of course, in almost every city, especially Istanbul, you will come across many historical buildings that you will admire. You should discover these structures, which bear witness to history, including the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace, the Sumela Monastery in Trabzon, the Ishak Pasha Palace in Agri, and the Maiden's Castle in Mersin. Read our piece on 18 historic structures in Turkey that have made it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

2. Ancient sites!

Turkey is home to many ancient cities including Gobeklitepe in Sanliurfa, Hattusas and Alacahoyuk in Corum, Aspendos, Xanthos, Letoon and Myra in Antalya, Ephesus in Izmir. Check the most interesting ancient sites here!

3. Historic churches!

Many historical churches belonging to Orthodox, Catholic, Armenian and Syriac sects remain for you to discover in Turkey. Sveti Stefan Bulgarian Church In Istanbul, Deyrulzafaran Monastery Church in Mardin, Akdamar Church In Kars, St. Pierre Church in Hatay and The Dark Church in Cappadocia are just a few of the prominent historical churches in Turkey.

4. Mosques!

The magnificent mosques silhouetted against the sky is reason alone to visit Turkey. Among the highlights of faith tourism are Sultanahmet and Eyup Sultan in Istanbul, Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Ulu Mosque in Bursa, Divriği Ulu Mosque in Sivas.

5. Sports activities!

Due to the wonderful climate and nature in Turkey, you can enjoy a variety of activities, from trekking to surfing, diving to camping and even skiing. Discover the best camping destinations, diving sites, trekking routes, ski centers of Turkey in detail and plan a holiday that is as adventurous as it is fun!

6. Mountains, canyons, valleys, plateaus!

The incredible beauty of Turkey spreads from the West to East, North to South. Discover the magical lakes, mountains, canyons, and valleys you can explore by reading our piece on canyons and the Black Sea highlands.

7. Golden sand and azure sea!

Turkey is beautiful all year round, but all the more dazzling in summer! Make sure to visit the beautiful beaches that line the Aegean and Mediterranean shores from May through to September. Explore the quaint villages bathed in the cool shade of trees. Which beach and which city, find out here!

8. Events!

Turkey, every season is a prominent country with organized activities. Don't miss local events organized especially in cities located in Anatolia and Black Sea region.

9. Family-friendly!

There is something for all age groups in Turkey. Turkey is a paradise for families with kids and has a variety of activities and holiday options for you to explore. Prepare for a pleasant, peaceful holiday in Turkey with your nearest and dearest.

10. Thermal spa resorts!

The thermal waters of Turkey are from an important geothermal source, renowned for flow rates, warm temperatures as well as physical and chemical properties. Wash away the stress of daily life and refresh. The thermal spas are also an alternative method of treating ailments and diseases. Read our article listing Turkey's leading thermal centers.

11. Museums!

The rich history of Turkey is exhibited in the many museums scattered across the country. Develop a closer understanding of the country by visiting museums and examining the artifacts on display. We recommend the Topkapi Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia Museum and the Archaeology Museum in Istanbul, the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, the Mevlana Museum in Konya, the Troy Museum in Canakkale and Haci Bektas Museum in Nevsehir.

12. Golf!

Golfers travel from far and wide to Antalya, Ankara, Istanbul and Samsun, popular golfing destinations, with specially designed golf courses.

13. Cuisine!

Kebab, manti (Turkish ravioli), dolma (stuffed vegetables), borek (Turkish pastry), icli köfte (Turkish meatballs), baklava and kunefe (Turkish desserts) are among the tasty dishes you can try on your trip to Turkey. This is just a glimpse of the wealth of delicious Turkish cuisine; Check our piece on Turkish cuisine to find out more about local delicacies from region to region.

14. Faith centers!

Turkey, a melting pot of civilizations, is home to large numbers of faith centers. From Istanbul to Hatay, discover all these special places of worship here.

15. Historic bazaars!

Shopping has no limits in Turkey. Explore the many historical markets laden with local products amid grand architecture. You should visit The Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, the Kemeralti Bazaar in Izmir, the Bakircilar Bazaar in Gaziantep and the Ulu Bazaar in Bursa, just to mention a few. There you will find an abundance of local delicacies such as spices, local clothes, copper and ceramic items, specially woven carpets and Turkish delight.

16. Stray animals!

In Turkey, we share the streets with little friends. No matter where you are, rest assured that most of the cats and dogs that come across while you tour the city are harmless. A variety of campaigns are organized for stray animals who do not have proper warmth, shelter or food, especially in the scorching summer temperatures or in the cold, snowy winter. The stray animals are frequently checked by the authorities regarding health conditions and sometimes taken in by families.

17. Turkish coffee!

Turkish coffee alone is a great reason to visit Turkey! You can find Turkish coffee everywhere, but we recommend that you try Turkish coffee cooked in the sand. Turkish coffee goes hand in hand with some delicious Turkish delight.

18. Hospitality!

Perhaps the most well-known characteristic of the Turkish people is their hospitality. Wherever you go, people are ready to help and accommodate you.