There’s no denying that Turkey ticks all the boxes when it comes to blissful beach escapes. Enchanting emerald waters, crisp ever-stretching sands and a gloriously sunny climate. But that’s not all, Turkey’s incredible landscapes boast so much more than simply stunning beaches. So to help you discover this country’s gorgeous charm, we’ve gathered a list of our top 10 picks to add to your turkey to-do list!
1 – Experience some waterfall magic
Waterfalls. Wonderful and enchanting, we can’t deny we all love these truly magical natural settings. And Antalya’s Duden waterfalls are no different! Wander through lush forested greenery until you reach the cliff face and vast turqouise-hued coastline. Watch in awe as gallons of water cascade down the steep rugged rocks from above and plunge into the twinkling ocean below. Be sure to take your camera – this gorgeous site makes the perfect Antalya holiday pic!
2 – Haggle a bargain at Manavgat Market
Get a true taste for Turkish culture at this bustling local bazaar, where locals flock for a tasty bite to eat and a bargain hunt too. Get your haggle on and you might just walk away with a steal. As you wander around these crowded stalls, you’ll stumble upon the smell of real leather goods, fragrant fresh fruits and mouth-watering Turkish street food. Treat yourself to some hand-made jewellery or a traditional patterned tapestry, there’s plenty to choose from in these parts of town!
3 – Visit the iconic Blue Lagoon
One of Turkey’s most admired (and most beautiful) attractions, the Blue Lagoon of Olu Deniz is quite simply paradise. A masterpiece of mother nature, this idyllic lagoon simply oozes peace and tranquillity. Breathtaking whiter-than-white sands slope gently into gorgeously turquoise-tinted waters, overlooked by miles of fresh-forested trees, it’s like a scene from a dream. Jump in a paddleboat and head off sea turtle spotting. Take a hike along the mountainous hills for a birds-eye view of this unruly landscape or simply take it all in from the sands, the choice is yours.
4 – Take a walking food tour in Izmir
If you’re anything like us, the tasty Turkish cuisine is one of the country’s biggest draws. Tuck into juicy koftas, marinated kebabs and flavoursome falafel paired with wholesome handmade pitta breads. I know… we’re drooling too! You can find great walking tours in this gorgeous town, that will take you to all the local hotspots. Get an inside scoop on the best places to eat in town and tuck into the some of the nation’s most-loved delicacies, what’s not to love?
5 – See Side’s historic sites
Take a trip back in time and discover Side’s unsuspecting fascinating Greek history. From the incredible architecture of the Temple of Apollo to the huge Greek Amphitheatre with its many stone stairwells and crumbling rocky ruins. These little preserved pieces of history will transport you back thousands of years to what was once a thriving ancient Greek settlement. History buffs will be in their element here!
6 – Buckle up at the Land of Legends
Of course, one of Turkey’s most famous attractions, the incredible Land of Legends theme park, just has to make it on the list. This place will have your heart pumping with dramatic drops, twisting loops and white-knuckle rollercoasters… it’s an adrenaline junkie’s dream come true. If this all sounds a little too speedy for your liking, not to worry, there’s plenty more mellow rides to explore here too. Either way, this fantastic playground always guarantees a great day out.
7 – Journey on an underground adventure
Turkey’s marvellous Mediterranean coastline is home to the spectacular underground worlds of the Gilindire Cave. Embark on an unforgettable earthly experience as you venture down winding rocky steps that eventually open out into a vast mysterious cave. This stunning place is sure to amaze you with its astounding natural beauty. Spotlights guide the way as you stroll through intriguing rock formations and unique underground pathways. These impressive pathways are sure to leave you stunned!
8 – Take a Turkish bath
There’s no better way to get into the true Turkish spirit than by trying out the country’s signature spa treatment. This ancient ritual comprises of some time to unwind in the steam room, followed by a full-body scrub, a foamy massage and finally a soothing rub down with essential oils. This historical treatment will leave you feeling revitalised, relaxed and rejuvenated, that’s for sure.
9 – Make a stop at Bodrum castle
One of the resort’s most fascinating monuments, this huge stone-built structure is even more amazing up close. If you’re off on a family holiday, the little ones will love conquering the huge stone-built fortress and it’s also a pretty good front-row seat to watch the sunset over the Aegean Sea too. What’s more, the castle’s interior is now home to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, where you can discover ancient artefacts from nearby sunken shipwrecks.
10 – Take a seat for the famous Glamour show
Stopping over in Hisaronu? Then you simply have to visit the town’s top entertainment venue! Glamour always puts on a spectacular family show and has been dubbed many times as one of Hisaronu’s must-see attractions. Prepare for a night filled with fun, food and a hefty dose of laughter, this hilarious cabaret show is sure to have you in stitches.
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