While the country has vast beaches and rugged mountains, for nature lovers looking for thrills, Turkey also has one of the world’s most famous cafes and illuminated cities. It’s customary for tourists to fly straight to Istanbul for their share of vacations, but several regions in Turkey are now exceptionally well-equipped to welcome travelers and make it a trip to remember.
Whether it’s hot air balloon rides, sightseeing, hiking in the mountains, relaxing by the beach or shopping at a flea market, there is something for everyone in Turkey.
Read on for a few places you should definitely visit on your next trip to the country.
Visit the city of Ephesus
An ancient city that once housed the Greek and Roman elites is still perfectly preserved for locals and visitors. The city of Ephesus is a major draw for history buffs and archivists due to the city’s intact marble monuments and statues. The main sites of attraction are the Library of Celsus, a huge open-air theatre, a Roman bath and several beautifully arched fountains and doorways.
Discover a Turkish bath
While public baths as a concept have now been adapted to several spas and wellness centers around the world, there’s nothing like the OG Turkish Hammams to really experience the country’s culture. It used to be one of the main places people could visit and socialize, and the tradition continues today. Turkey is dotted with these “baths”, but the most famous in Istanbul are the Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı, the Cağaloğlu Hamamı and the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı.
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Like hot air balloons? Visit Cappadocia
Certainly not for the faint-hearted and for people who are afraid of heights, riding on a hot air balloon is nothing short of an exhilarating experience. However, if you want the opportunity to see the grand canyons and mesmerizing landscapes of Cappadocia from an exceptional vantage point, a hot air balloon ride is the right decision. Incredibly safe and common, Turkish hot air balloon rides have been popular for some time and are very safe.
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