A Tour of Turkey: Top 5 Cultural and Historical Sights that are a Must
With streets and cities enriched in history, combined with beautiful landscapes and natural sights, these top five cultural and historical destination are a must-see if you plan your next vacation to one of the most rewarding places in the world: Turkey.
Renowned by many as one of the most beautiful structures in the world, the awe-inducing glory of the Aya Sofya is the top site to capture the essence of Turkish culture and traditions. Located in the capital of Turkey, Istanbul, the exterior of the building is studded with delicate minarets added after the Ottoman empire's conquest of Turkey.
Take yourself back in time by visiting the ancient city of Mardin in Southeast Turkey, where sandstone houses perch the hilly mountains that overlook the plains of Mesopotamia. Being one of the oldest settlements, Mardin is best known for having unique preserved traditions you might encounter as wandering the maze like streets of the city dotted with its famous Artuqid architecture, making it a unique, cultural and traditional site to visit.
Endowed with the lush scenery of the Mediterranean coastline that hugs the beautiful Turkish Riviera, the serenity of the beachside makes this destination a go-to. Antalya is a large tourist-attracting city filled with variou hotels, marketplaces, sightseeing and family fun. Whether it be relaxing at the gorgeous beach, mountain climbing, swimming, sailing, or even tapping into the city’s ancient past by visiting the Old Quarter, this place has a thing for everyone!
Not to be missed is the staggering and steep rock valleys of Cappadocia, crafted of hill crests, dips and ridges proves it to be a spellbinding sight. It’s age-old pinnacles have been formed by years and years of wind and water actions, carving out its famous deep valleys and hills. Not in the mood for rock climbing? Not to worry, as these hills are famous for hot air ballooning, so what are you waiting for, hope on to witness the hidden churches of the Byzantine era.
Looking to wow yourself by the natural wonders of this miraculous place? You cannot miss the otherworldliness of the Pamukkale, a page right out of a fairytale. It’s pure white landscape consists of mineral forests, luxurious waterfall, and steps of different sizes and shapes composed of hot springs that you can swim in. Now you know exactly where to wind down after a long day touring the culture-rich streets and cities of Turkey!