Turkey is located in Western Asia and South-eastern Europe and has been receiving the cultures from both continual. That is why Turkey is so attractive for many tourists around the world. Acutely have rich for beautiful nature, Ancient ruins and architecture heritage.
1- Alacati (Alaçatı, Çeşme)
Alacati (Alaçatı) is a village in Central Aegean. If you walk through the streets in this village, you will see the beautiful Greek architecture and very nice people. Now, this village is become to be the popular destinations in Turkey as well. Also, not only sightseeing tour, but you can do windsurfing as well.
2- Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz
Blue Lagoon is located in Ölüdeniz. It is the most popular beach destinations in Turkey because it is very beautiful scenery, calm atmosphere and very crystal clear water. Also, you can do variety of water sports. For the most famous water sports is Paragliding (should not be missed). There are also very safe place to swim for children as well.
3- The library of Celsus, Ephesus
The library of Celsus is an ancient roman building in Ephesus, Aegean Turkey. It is most popular site in this city. The library is 2 stories building, at the front of library has 4 statues, which is Sophia (wisdom), Arete (virtue), Ennoia (thought) and Episteme (knowledge). The front of library facing eastern that you can get the morning light for reading. Then I would recommend you that this is the best time for visit this site.
4- Sultanahmet Mosque & Hagia Sophia
Sultanahmet Mosque is most popular tourist sites in Istanbul. Many people are known the place as Blue Mosque. The mosque is so impresses for many tourists around the world. It is til working mosque, if you need to visit you have not to wear shorts and no bare shoulders. It opens 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM in May-October and 9.00 AM – 7.00 AM in November – April. For the entrance is free.
Hagia Sophia or Aya Sofya, is had been used for mosque, but now it already change to be museum since 1935. For the highlights, you should not be missed the excellent mosaics and gallery. For entrance fee is 20 TL (credit card accepted). It opens Tuesday – Sunday 9.00 AM – 6 PM.
5- Pamukkale, Denizli
Pamukkale (means cotton castle) is located inland southeastern Aegean Turkey. These are a set of bizarre calcium cliff and bathing pools that is so beautiful. When you access there, you have to remove your shoes due to pollution control. In summer is quite hot, then don’t forget to bring your hat and sunglasses as well.
6- Bodrum Castle/Castle of St Peter
Bodrum Castle [link] or Castle of St Peter is located in Bodrum, southern Aegean coast of Turkey. The castle is quite pretty and the views are spectacular. It also is the most of famous landmark in the city as well. Currently, the castle is operates as a museum. This museum is focus on Underwater Archaeology.
7-Safranbolu Houses, Karabük
Hidden away in hill country, Safranbolu boasts a glorious collection of old Ottoman houses so beautifully preserved that it qualifies as a Unesco World Heritage site, on a par with Florence. It’s a place to slow down and enjoy ambling along narrow cobbled lanes, observing traditional trades and crafts practised just as they were in Ottoman times.
During the 17th century, the main Ottoman trade route between Gerede and the Black Sea coast passed through Safranbolu, bringing commerce, prominence and money to the town. During the 18th and 19th centuries Safranbolu’s wealthy inhabitants built mansions of sun-dried mud bricks, wood and stucco, while the larger population of prosperous artisans built less impressive but similarly sturdy homes. Safranbolu owes its fame to the large numbers of these dwellings that have survived.
The weather, too, can play a part in this unique experience: summer thunderstorms periodically close over the sunken valley like a heavy black lid, and you can watch the lightning-pierced darkness drawing on inch by inch until finally the light is gone and the rain bursts down onto the tiled roofs. Simply magic.
8- Mount Nemrut (Nemrut dagi)
The Nemrut is one of most popular tourist site in Turkey. The mount is the tomb sanctuary for king Antiochus Theos of Kommagene. For the highlights is a tomb hill about 50 meters high.
However, you have to be prepared to get up early (at about 2.30) if you want to see the sunrise. It’s quite a distance from the mountain and its best if you have your own transport or arrange a guided tour.
Note: if going up Nemrut to see the sunrise, do not forget to bring the warm clothing with because it can get cold up there (even in summer).
9- Sümela Monastery
Sümela Monastery is a spectacular rock-hewn monastery perched dramatically on the narrow ledge of a steep cliff in the forests south of Trabzon.
10. Troy, Çanakkale
Troy (Turkish: Truva or Troya) is an ancient city in what is now northwestern Turkey, made famous in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. According to Iliad, this is where the legendary Trojan War took place in the 13th century BC, with Agamemnon, Achilles, Odysseus (Ulysses), Patroclus and Nestor on the Achaean side, and Priam with his sons Hector and Paris on the Trojan side. Today it is an archaeological site popular with travellers from all over the world, and in addition to being a Turkish national park, it is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. At the site there is a wooden replica that children love to climb. There are few structures here, but visitors can clearly trace the excavations and can get an idea of what the ancient town must have looked like. With a good guide, it makes a fascinating excursion. The views around the countryside and over to the Dardanelles are a bonus, too.