the most populer cities in turkey for tourism

The Most Popular Cities in Turkey for Tourism

Turkey is a special country that has treasures in every corner. Those who want to enjoy and experience cultural tourism in Turkey are coming to this country every year to see the unique historical and natural beauties it offers. This country, located in a strategic  region of the world in terms of its geographical location, enchants those who see its historical texture, which maintains an impressiveness. There are many places to visit and see in this country, which hosted many civilizations from east to west.

If you want to visit Turkey’s unique beauty treasures, please continue reading this article we have prepared for you.

1.Istanbul

 

Istanbul is one of the most important and beautiful metropolises in the world. The city center is surrounded by magnificent hills spread on both sides of the Bosphorus. In this unique city, there is an influx of tourists in every season of the year. As each district has its own unique texture, smell, and history, Istanbul is an authentic cosmopolitan city. Besides that, the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism organizes various events in Istanbul to attract more tourists every year.

For all the details you want to know about Istanbul, you can check the Things to know About Istanbul article.

What are the must-see Places in Istanbul?

To make it easier to visit Istanbul, we have listed the most popular historical artifacts and museums. The list below includes the places you must see in Istanbul.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace, which was turned into a museum in 1924, is the first museum of the Republic. Covering a huge area of 300,000 square meters. This is home to a magnificent building and garden.

Haghia Sophia

Hagia Sophia exhibits the most characteristic examples of 6th century Byzantine ornamental art. It has been converted into a mosque in recent years.

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar is a covered bazaar, which is the oldest historical building, contains thousands of shops and businesses.

Galata tower

Galata Tower is a special structure that was built as a watchtower and is now used as an exhibition space and museum.

Maiden’s Tower

Maiden’s Tower, which is the symbolic structure of Uskudar, is a structure built on the sea with a tragic story.

What to Eat in Istanbul?

Besides the historical beauty, Istanbul opens a different door for you with its flavors that have been protected by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Let’s see what the famous dishes of Istanbul are.

Kokorec and Mussels

Kokorec, a special dish made from the gut of suckling lamb, and mussels, which are taken from the sea and stuffed with spicy rice, are often preferred as a great late snack.

Kumpir

Kumpir is a famous taste in Ortakoy, which is formed by combining the desired flavors after a specially selected and baked potato is flavored with cheddar and butter.

Fish Bread

We guarantee you that the fish bread you try from the fishermen in front of Eminonu will be the most delicious fish bread you’ll ever taste.

Boza

You can buy a winter drink made from millet semolina, water, and sugar from peddlers, especially in winter.

2.Antalya

Antalya, located in the south of Turkey and in the west of the Mediterranean Region, is one of the important cities in terms of tourism. This city, which is built on two plains, is a place where the sea, sun, nature, and history are integrated. Antalya continues to host domestic holidaymakers and tourists in all seasons with its mild climatic conditions. Although summer tourism is quite vigorous, you can visit Antalya whenever you want to visit historical places since it has a temperate climate. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey is also actively working in this province. To learn more about this city please check the article called Things to know about Antalya

What are the must-see Places in Antalya?

Let’s examine the places you should see in Antalya under this title:

Alanya

Alanya is the district that hosts the most tourists in the city of Antalya. In this district, you can do various sea sports and enjoy your lunch and dinner in stylish places.

Kaleici

Many houses in the narrow streets of Kaleici have been restored by their original form, turned into entertainment venues, restaurants, souvenir shops, and turned into a historical tourism center.

Yanartas

Yanartas, a town in Antalya’s Kemer district, is known as eternal fire. This region, which is flooded with tourists, offers a miraculous experience with the unquenchable fire among the stones close to the sea.

Alara Khan Castle

Alara Han Castle, located on the top of the hill on the side of the Alara Stream, about 40 km from Alanya, was built by the Seljuk ruler Alaaddin Keykubat I. This historical place offers a special experience.

Aya Yorgi Church

Aya Yorgi Church, one of the 5 Orthodox Greek churches in Kaleici, is among the historical structures of Antalya, you must see. With its structure that sheds light on the recent history of the city, the church, entered a restoration period that lasted for 2 years after the population exchange. After the restoration, it was put into service as the exhibition hall of the Kaleici Museum.

Olympos Ancient City

The city, also known as the City of Gods, is located within the borders of Kumluca district. When you go to Olympos, which is the most important city of ancient Lycia, don’t miss the chance of swimming in famous Olympos Beach. This place is a cultural heritage for Turkey culture tourism.

What to Eat in Antalya?

Each region of Turkey is adorned with special flavors and has restaurants that offer you these flavors in the best way. Let’s examine the flavors unique to Antalya in below;

Antalya Piyaz

Tahini Piyaz, also known as Tahinili Piyaz, has a reputation that goes beyond the provincial borders with its history of nearly a century. Onion and dried beans.

Tahini Pumpkin Dessert

Pumpkin dessert with tahini is a famous taste in Antalya as it is both a light dessert and a dessert consumed especially in winter.

Meatball Skewers

Antalya’s most popular street food is definitely Meatball Skewers. The chirping skewers on the charcoal grill, prepared by a master chef, create a unique flavor. Also, if you wish you can add peppers to increase the flavor.

Hibes

Hibes is a special dish made by Arabic regions but this special appetizer is loved and reinterpreted by the people of Antalya and is served to you as an interesting taste.

Burnt Ice Cream

This Ice Cream, which reflects the harmony of hot and cold in the best way, is the most indispensable taste of summer months.

3.Bursa

Bursa, known as little Istanbul with its developed industry, is located in the south of the Marmara Region. This favorite city, where 4 seasons are experienced, hosts many domestic and foreign tourists thanks to the skiing activities it offers during the winter months. In addition, it is one of the cities with intangible cultural heritage and sustainable tourism in Turkey.

What are the must-see Places in Bursa?

If you go to the city of Bursa, famous for its rich history, the places you should visit are listed below:

Muradiye Complex

Muradiye Complex, which has a vital importance among the historical places in Bursa, was built during the reign of Sultan Murat II. There are hammam, mosque, madrasah and tombs inside the complex.

Tophane Clock Tower

Built by Sultan Abdulaziz, this clock tower was demolished and rebuilt over the years. The tower being one of the most original historical places in Bursa, has a digital clock now.

Koza Han

Koza Han was built by II. Bayezid and it is one of the most touristic places in Bursa. There are silk fabrics, scarves, shawls, accessories, handcrafted products, home textile products, and gift items in the shops located in this old Han, which is known as the historical shopping center of Bursa.

What to Eat in Bursa?

Bursa is a city famous for its unique flavors. Let’s take a look at the list below:

Iskender

Iskender is Bursa’s most famous dish. It is served with soft lamb roast slices and a special oily sauce on a pita bed with yoghurt.

Durum

Durum is a wrap kebab with peppers and tomatoes. This dish is presented in a way that is unique to each region.

Kestane sekeri

The most famous dessert of Bursa is candied chestnuts. It can be ordered plain, covered in chocolate, in cakes, candies, and many other variations. You should try chestnuts at least once.

Kemalpasa dessert

This special dessert is made with a famous cheese ball from the Kemalpasa region and served with cream on the side.

4.Canakkale

 

Canakkale is the most important Turkish city that shows heroism when it comes to independence and freedom. Canakkale, which also has archaeological sites such as Troy, Assos, Alexandria Troas, Apollon Smintheus, Parion, is a region that should be visited with its history and nature.

What are the must-see Places in Canakkale?

Canakkale is a city famous for its history and social life. You can take a look at the places you can visit with the list below:

Mirrored Bazaar

This special bazaar, which has gained even more fame with its folk song written on it, was built in 1890. After the city was bombed during the War of Independence, it was restored and regained its present appearance in 1967.

Lanyard Strip

When you come to Canakkale, you should go for a walk to experience this view. You can experience a magnificent adventure against the view of Gallipoli.

Canakkale Maritime Museum

This museum, which includes the Nusret Mine Ship from the Ottoman Navy, opened its doors to museum lovers.

Trojan Horse

According to the legend, the two cities went to war when Paris of Troy kidnapped Helen, the wife of the king of Sparta. During this time, Paris killed Sparta’s best warrior, Achilles, with an arrow, resulting in Troy’s favor. The Spartans send a wooden horse statue to Troy as a peace gift. which is a weapon with thousands of soldiers hidden inside this statue.

What to Eat in Canakkale?

Get ready to experience a feast of taste in this city, which is famous for its milk and dairy products.

Ezine Cheese

Ezine Cheese, which is made from goat, sheep, and cow milk, has been produced in the region since 1953 with its unique robustness and taste.

Cheese Halva

This flavor, identified with Canakkale, stands out among the richness of the regional cuisine with its unique recipe.

Scorpion Soup

Scorpion Soup is a local dish in which scorpion fish turns into a unique flavor. Don’t forget to taste this flavor when you go to Canakkale.

Tumbi

Tumbi, one of Canakkale’s famous snack dishes, is served as an excellent choice for lunch hours.

5.Mugla

 

Facing the Aegean at one end and the Mediterranean at the other, this city, famous for its unique natural beauties, such as its ancient cities, canyons and beaches. Mugla hosts many domestic and foreign tourists every year.

What are the must-see Places in Mugla?

Mugla, the hidden paradise of Turkey, has many places to visit and explore. You can look at these places on the list below:

Knidos Ancient City

Who can say no to a pleasant holiday in the clear waters of a magnificent ancient city? In addition, the Temple of Aphrodite in the ancient city is also of unique beauty.

Oludeniz

Oludeniz received the title of the most beautiful beach in the world in 2006. The sea is extremely calm and waveless.

Cleopatra Island

Also known as Sedir Island, it is the island that takes place in the legend of Cleopatra.

Saklikent Canyon

Saklikent Canyon is a natural wonder region. Here you can spend time in touch with nature.

What to Eat in Mugla?

Mugla is famous for its air water and magnificent flavors. We have listed the flavors we like for you in the list below.

Cokertme Kebab

Cokertme Kebab, which stands out among the most famous dishes of Mugla, is usually made with beef. Meat lovers must taste this special flavor!

Cowpea Sourdough

Turkish cuisine, which offers very rich recipes for home cooking, offers you an incredible taste with this special sour taste of Mugla.

Octopus Rice

This history of Mugla cuisine, which is famous for its seafood recipes, is a very popular delicacy.

Bodrum Manti

Manti is cooked differently each region. This Bodrum Manti is also served with tomato paste sauce and butter.

Keskek

One of the most popular local flavors of Mugla, keskek is made by pounding wheat into a different form.

6.Izmir

Izmir, Pearl of the Aegean, is the third-largest city in Turkey. People of Izmir are famous for their fondness of fun and nature. This city also has a rich history that was home to ancient Greece.

What are the must-see Places in Izmir?

The city of Izmir has many special places and places to visit and discover. Let’s examine these places in the list below.

Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar

Izmir’s Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar, which has been in the most important position of the region for thousands of years, carries out commercial activities on an international scale.

Smyrna Ancient City

Entrance to this city, which is among the important historical places of Izmir, is free of charge.

Izmir Clock Tower

This clock, which has been operating continuously since 1901, is a touristic area in Konak.

Historical elevator

Nesim Levi, one of the Jewish businessmen, had this elevator built to embellish the neighborhood. Before this elevator, people had to climb a 155-step ladder. Now, for those who want to see the view, there is no charge at the entrance to climb to the top of the Elevator.

What to Eat in Izmir?

Izmir, which is full of the delicious tastes of the Aegean, has a  magnificient cuisine with special dishes that will appeal to all.

Boyoz

This taste, which was popularized by the Jews in Izmir, means small loaves in Spanish. Boyoz is now an indispensable taste of breakfasts.

Kumru

This flavor, which is made with sausage, salami, and tongue cheese between Izmir’s famous sesame toast bread, is a wonderful street flavor.

Sogus

The sour flavor between the bread made with offal is an extraordinary street flavor.

Izmir lokmasi

This street delicacy made with sweet sherbet unique to Izmir can be found on every street.

7.Mardin

 

Mardin, called the cradle of civilizations and cultures, is a city built on the land known as Mesopotamia. In addition, there are many historical monuments in this city.

What are the must-see Places in Mardin?

Mardin, the cradle of civilization, is home to many must-see places, from historical places to touristic places.

Mardin Castle

Also known as the Eagle’s Nest, this castle has hosted many civilizations since the Sumerian period. This castle, which has many structures inside, can still be visited today.

Hasankeyf

Hasankeyf Caves and Hasankeyf Ruins are a nature feast that will enchant those who see it.

Mor Gabriel Monastery (Deyrulumur)

This structure, which is still standing, was built by the Assyrians in 397 AD.

Deyrulzafaran Monastery

This building, which is an important religious place and also known as Mor Hananyo Monastery, is located in Artuklu district. Also, do not forget to visit the Sun temple inside.

What to Eat in Mardin?

Mardin is home to many different cultures as well as many different flavors. You can take a look at a few of these flavors in the list below.

Irok

This flavor, which is similar to the stuffed meatballs known in Turkey, is cooked in a special way specific to Mardin.

Sembusek

Sembusek, which we can define as closed lahmacun, is made by covering it in the shape of a moon.

Hasu Rice

This stuffed pilaf made with lamb and almonds is a very different Mardin flavor.

Syriac Donut

 Also known as Mardin pastry, is a special almond dessert of Mardin.

Harire

 It is a special dessert prepared with molasses, flour, sugar, and cinnamon.

8.Edirne

 

Edirne, which is located on the European continent in the northwest of the Marmara Region, is populated mostly by immigrants from Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania. It also has a temperate climate with a Mediterranean climate.

What are the must-see Places in Edirne?

Edirne, which has a European atmosphere, is home to many historical buildings, as well as it is famous for its nature. Let’s take a look at our list below.

Edirne Health Museum

This building, which served patients over time from 1488 to the Ottoman – Russian War, welcomes its visitors as a museum today.

Selimiye Foundation Museum

This building, which was designed as a small mosque and classroom by Mimar Sinan, now welcomes history lovers with its magnificent garden and works.

Edirne Saraclar Street

This street, which is the most symbolic structure of the city, has a wide variety of shops and cafes.

Kirkpinar Square

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Private Square is a sports paradise that hosts wrestlers and wrestling races every year.

What to Eat in Edirne?

Edirne is a special cuisine that hosts many different tastes. Let’s take a look at what you should eat when you visit Edirne below.

Tava Ciger

Tava Ciger which is Edirne’s most touristic delicacy is served dried and fried with special spices.

Kallavi cookie

This dessert, which is another famous taste of Edirne, is a favorite of those who visit Edirne. This dessert containing pistachio and hazelnut promises a magnificent feast of taste.

Meatballs with Cheese

 Another flavor of Edirne, the cheddar cheese placed in the meat of the meatball adds a different flavor to the meatballs while they are cooking.

9.Gaziantep

Gaziantep, also known as Antep, is a city with a very old history located in the Southeastern Anatolia region. Everyone coming to Turkey should visit this city, which is famous for its unique local cuisine.

What are the must-see Places in Gaziantep?

Being a city with a very old history, it offers you many places to visit. Let’s take a look at where you can go in the list below.

Coppersmith Bazaar

Gaziantep’s famous Coppersmiths’ Bazaar takes its name from the copper utensils sold there. The price of the products sold is determined according to the weight of the copper used.

Customs House

There are workshops/shops of copper, mother-of-pearl, kutnu, and marbling masters in Gumruk Han, where you can find all the crafts still practiced in Gaziantep.

Kaleoglu Magarasi

The owners, who have transformed the historical cave into a cafe and carpet shop, invite you to visit this place with Turkish coffee.

What to Eat in Gaziantep?

Gaziantep is a special city in southeastern Anatolia, which is famous for its dishes and cuisine. Let’s take a look at these flavors in the list below.

Kusleme

This flavor, which is made with very special and wonderfully delicious meat, is made with a very small amount of meat on the animal’s back. This meat is famous for being easy to eat because it is soft without nerves.

Ali Nazik

 This dish, which is an Antep style kebab, is prepared with a special long process with eggplant yogurt, garlic, and salt.

Yuvalama

Yuvalama is a flavor of pistachio that is frequently made in special invitations and ceremonies. This flavor is a kind of soup and it is to strengthens the immune system.

10.Eskisehir

The old city, which is the city where Turkey is most intertwined with art and students, is a magical place that offers many opportunities. Although it is famous for the cold of winter, you will never be bored in Eskisehir, which offers many activities.

What are the must-see Places in Eskisehir?

Eskisehir will fascinate you both with its activities and with its natural beauties. Let’s take a look at our list below where you should go when you visit Eskisehir.

Porsuk Stream

Porsuk Stream is actually a branch of the Sakarya River, and it is a special place with cafes around it that adds a Venetian atmosphere to the city.

Meerschaum Museum

You should definitely visit this place, which is famous for its meerschaum engravings, which is an Eskişehir stone.

Odunpazari Modern Museum

This museum, which offers a very different experience to its visitors, also exhibits the work of Chikuunsai IV, the bamboo master of Japan.

What to Eat in Eskisehir?

This city, which is famous for its local pastries, opens the door to many different tastes. Let’s examine these flavors with the list below.

Cig Borek

Cig borek, known as local pastry, will give you an incredible feast of taste with its magnificent crispness.

Yufka Buryan

The magnificent taste of chicken with rice and spices meets you in this dish. Do not fail to taste this delicacy.

Kiygasa

This local dish, which looks like a bagel, is fried by adding dill to the dough without adding anything inside and becomes a delicious snack for breakfast and lunch.

Kavurmali Borek

This recipe, which is taken from Tatar cuisine and brought together with local tastes, is one of the favorite dishes of Eskisehir.

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