10 Best Things To Do in Turkey

Turkey has it all and more. Whether you’re itching to chase ancient ruins steeped in history or eager to discover Istanbul’s old haunts filled with rich culture, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and interests. In this comprehensive blog, I will guide you through the best things to do and the most remarkable places to visit in Turkey, ensuring you get the most out of your journey to this fascinating country.

From its breathtaking landscapes to its vibrant cities, Turkey offers a plethora of experiences waiting to be explored. Let’s dive into the wonders that make Turkey a must-visit destination.

1. Pamukkale

Take a dip into an otherworldly experience. Pamukkale, known as ‘Cotton Castle’, is a turquoise trove of limestone travertine with gorgeous ivory stone. The mineral-rich waters were thought to have dripped down the cliffside before solidifying into the waterfall formation.

Pro Travel Tips for Visiting Pamukkale:

  1. Visit Early or Late in the Day: To avoid the crowds and the harsh midday sun, plan your visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The lighting is also better for photography during these times.
  2. Wear Appropriate Footwear: You’ll be required to remove your shoes to protect the delicate travertines. Bring along a pair of slip-resistant, waterproof shoes to navigate the wet, sometimes slippery surfaces safely.
  3. Combine with Hierapolis: Take the opportunity to explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, which sits atop Pamukkale. The ruins, including the amphitheater and the necropolis, provide a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rich history.
  4. Plan for a Swim: Don’t miss out on the chance to swim in the Cleopatra’s Pool (Antique Pool), where you can bathe among ancient ruins in warm, mineral-rich waters thought to have healing properties.
  5. Pack a Picnic: Enjoy a leisurely picnic with a view. There are several scenic spots around Pamukkale where you can relax and enjoy a meal surrounded by stunning natural beauty.
  6. Respect Local Customs: As with any travel destination, being mindful and respectful of local customs and practices ensures a more harmonious visit. Engage with the locals, try traditional Turkish cuisine, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

2. Istanbul

A walking tour through Turkey’s capital is all you need. With twisting lanes and colourful neighbourhoods, the pulsing city has a bit of everything. In fact, the city is split into two, the old city and the new city. One moment you can be stalking historical sites and the next you will discover stylish pubs and restaurants.

Balat Houses, Istanbul

3. Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is Istanbul’s majestic mosque that rules the skyline. It experienced a couple of transformations before settling into its final form as a functioning mosque. Visitors are welcome to gaze at the high domes, intricate mosaics and centuries old architecture.

Hagia Sophia, Ä°stanbul

4. Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a truly astonishing setting. Located in the heart of Turkey, visitors are mesmerised by the area’s rock formations named hoodoo, or suitable named ‘fairy chimneys’. The chimneys are a natural formation and visitors stroll through the open air museum to fully get a sense of the areas beauty.

Here, sunrise and sunset the sky is speckled with hot air balloons lifted over the fairy chimneys. People take this exceptional opportunity to take a few pics to make friends and family jealous.

Balloons, Cappadocia

5. Troy

Despite what social media historians might think, the ancient city of Troy was indeed a real place! The city can be visited today and has even been a tourist destination since the classical era. Luckily, you won’t find modern day Troy teeming with mythical monsters. Instead, you can admire the beautiful ocean view and fascinating ruins from the safety of the Turkish hillside.

Troy, Çanakkale

6. Derinkuyu Underground City

Also located in Cappadocia, there is an entire civilisation right underneath your feet. Derinkuyu is the deepest network of the underground cities at 280 feet below ground. Visitors are welcome to explore the tunnels and alleyways that take you into the legendary city.

Derinkuyu Underground City, Cappadocia

7. Visit Butterfly Valley

Visit a stunning, secret paradise and walk amongst the butterflies. Butterfly Valley is tucked away in Turkey’s South West coast and spoils visitors with sapphire blue sea and sublime canyons. A short trail to the waterfalls will magically immerse you with tiger butterflies and moths during the spring and summer.

Visit Butterfly Valley

8. St. Nicholas Island

Make a great escape to the isolated St Nicholas Island. Located on the south coast, this patch of paradise encourage relaxation, snorkelling and exploration of the remains of human dwellings.

Did you know that Santa Clause is Turkish? Oddly enough, legend has it that St Nicholas Island is not far from where Santa Clause was laid to rest!

St. Nicholas Island

9. Dalyan

Gorgeous beaches with white sands and crystal waters. What more can you ask for? Ancient ruins sunk into the cliff face and mud baths, Dalyan is an incredible experience. If you come at the right time of year, you will find baby turtles sprouting from the sand and migrating into the ocean.


10. Ephesus

Ephesus is one of the best preserved ruins that can be found. This amazingly conserved city has miles of monuments to explore, for a day can you be fully immersed in the Turkish past.


Whether it’s by land or sea, Turkey has much to offer. From the buzzing city to the slow motion vibes of sailing, Travel Talk Tours have a range of tours to suit every taste that can be discovered Turkey Tours here.

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