9 essential places to visit in Turkey

There are many places to visit in Turkey, a union of cultures and an area of ​​passage between East and West. This country full of natural treasures such as La Cappadocia or Pamukkale, large archaeological sites of the Roman Empire such as Ephesus or Greeks like Pergamum and Aphrodisias, cities full of bazaars and mosques like those of the beautiful Istanbul, has long since become one of the most complete and desired destinations by many travelers.

Istanbul

There are many things to see and do in Istanbul , known as the city ​​of one thousand and one nights or the seven hills , although all the names are few to describe this fantastic city, located between Asia and Europe and which perfectly blends traditions and the culture of the East with the modernity of the West.

The best way to enjoy Istanbul is to get lost in the crowded neighborhoods, look for a bargain in one of its markets such as the Grand Bazaar or the one of the species, enter some of the most impressive mosques in the world such as the Blue Mosque or the from Santa Sofia, climb up to the viewpoints of the Galata Tower or the Pierre Loti Cafe, reach the Church of San Salvador de Chora, visit the Topkapi Palace,Cruise the Bosphorus or try delicious Turkish cuisine, among many other things.

Istanbul
Istanbul

The Cappadocia

Cappadocia, a region located in the center of the country and declared a World Heritage Site, is one of the most impressive places in Turkey and the world to see.

This huge area that leaves you speechless for its lunar landscape, dotted with rare rock formations, called fairy chimneys, which have been formed for thousands of years by erosion, is one of the places we are sure, you will not forget in your trip for Turkey where you can also see monasteries and houses carved into the rock and underground cities, which make it a magical place.

Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Cappadocia

Pamukkale

Pamukkale, cotton castle in Turkish, is another of the most impressive landscapes and places to visit in Turkey most famous.

Declared a World Heritage Site, this natural area is known for its white pools located on the side of a hill 160 meters high, which were formed thanks to the tectonic movements that made appear several sources of thermal waters rich in minerals. This water has been forming white layers of limestone and travertine as it goes down the mountain, creating what today seems from a distance, a huge frozen waterfall.

Pamukkale
Pamukkale
Pamukkale
Pamukkale
Pamukkale
Pamukkale

Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut, 2,150 meters high, is famous for the giant heads that are preserved from the burial mound that King Antiochus I ordered to be built in 62 BC, on top of the mountain. These heads belonged to huge statues of different gods sitting on their thrones, which were later damaged by iconoclasts. This archaeological site, declared a World Heritage Site, is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and amazing places to see in Turkey.

Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut

Ephesus, one of the best places to visit in Turkey

Ephesus, a World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved ancient cities in Asia Minor, is another of the most beautiful places to see in Turkey. This city founded by the Greeks reached its maximum splendor during the Roman occupation, of which large buildings and monuments are preserved.

Most ruins are found along the Avenida de Los Curetes, which connects the Hercules Gate with the impressive Celso Library, its most famous place. Other highlights are the Grand Theater and the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Domitian, the gate of Mazaeus and Mithridates, the Agora of Commerce and the Temple of Trajan.

Ephesus
Ephesus
Ephesus
Ephesus

Lycian Tombs of Myra

One of the great surprises of our trip to Turkey was the visit to the amazing Lycian tombs of Myra in the fourth century BC, carved into the rock, due to the belief that the dead would be brought to the afterlife by a winged creature assembly.  Rupestrian tombs are divided into two necropolises, of which the most famous is that found on the vertical walls of a mountain near the Demre Cay River, known as the Rock of Dalyan.

Lycian Tombs of Myra
Lycian Tombs of Myra

Aspend

Aspendos is situated as one of the best-preserved Roman theaters in the world, not to mention the best, in the list of places to visit in Turkey essential. This huge theater with a capacity of 15,000 spectators was built during the time of Emperor Marcus Aurelius between 161 and 180 AD, by the Greek architect Zenon and unlike the Aspendos theater, in most Roman theaters still standing the wall of the building has not been preserved. behind the stage, which is adorned with niches and columns with sculptures of emperors or gods.

Aspendos
Aspendos
Aspendos
Aspendos

Antalya

The coastal city of Antalya, located in the southwest of Turkey, is a relaxing parenthesis in the visits to archaeological sites in this area of ​​the country. The blue, crystalline waters of the Mediterranean bathe the beautiful sandy beaches such as Mermerli or Konyaalti, which are found in the city and surroundings.

You can also get closer to see the Düden waterfalls that fall directly on the sea or get lost in the narrow streets of the old town, with wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, surrounded by a Roman wall.

Antalya
Antalya
Antalya
Antalya

Pergamum

The ancient Greek city of Pergamum was, together with Alexandria, the main cultural centers of antiquity thanks to their respective libraries and another of the most interesting places to visit in Turkey.

The library, of which only some structures are conserved, had more than 200,000 rolls of scrolls made in the city itself and hence the origin of the name of the material. In addition to the library, in the ancient Acropolis located in the upper part of the city, there are the remains of the Theater with capacity for 10,000 people and what remains of the spectacular Altar of Zeus, of which the original is in the Pergamon museum In Berlin.

Pergamum
Pergamum
Pergamum
Pergamum