10 Best Alternative Places to Visit in Turkey

10 Best Alternative Places to Visit in Turkey

Berfin Ceren Meray
March 27 2023 - 07:07pm

Turkey is a country that boasts an abundance of historical and natural wonders, offering a wide range of places to explore and experience. From the bustling streets of Istanbul to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, there are countless destinations that attract visitors from all over the world. However, if you're looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, we've compiled a list of 10 alternative places to visit in Turkey that are often overlooked by tourists. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, these hidden gems are sure to leave you awestruck and inspired.

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1. Kizilcahamam

1.	Kizilcahamam

Located in the district of Ankara, is known for its lush trees, hot springs, and healing thermal water. Soğuksu National Park is an excellent spot for camping and hiking.

2. Karagöl

2.	Karagöl

Situated in Şavşat district of Artvin, offers beautiful greenery, and a serene environment. It is a perfect location for camping, and visitors can spot various fish species in the Karagöl lake.

3. Cumalıkızık Village

3.	Cumalıkızık Village

Located in Bursa, offers a glimpse of the Ottoman era with its unique architecture, culture, and museums. The village also boasts clean air, green spaces, and a serene environment.

4. Palandöken

4.	Palandöken

Located in Erzurum, is a skiing destination with the longest ski slope in Turkey. Visitors can also explore the city's history by visiting museums and historical landmarks such as the Yakutiye Madrasa.

5. Zeugma Ancient City

5.	Zeugma Ancient City

Located in Gaziantep, is a historical site dating back to 300 BC. The city has hosted different civilizations throughout history and is known for its Bulla seal printing samples and the famous Gypsy Girl Mosaic.

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6. Ancient City of Ani

6.	Ancient City of Ani

Located in Kars, is a valuable historical site situated on the Turkish-Armenian border. The city has structures that still remain underground and is an important archaeological site.

7. Derinkuyu Underground City

7.	Derinkuyu Underground City

Located in Nevşehir, it is a perfect workmanship of an underground city built by Christian communities. The city has a total of 8 floors and consists of schools, churches, and squares.

8. Akgol - Sinop

8.	Akgol - Sinop

Sinop is a captivating city known for its historical and natural attractions. Among its highlights is the Akgol Plateau, a man-made lake surrounded by breathtaking fir trees. This lake, formed by the union of two streams, is a popular tourist spot because of its stunning scenery and the nature surrounding it. The Akgol Plateau is an ideal destination for those who want to spend a relaxing day in nature. Visitors can enjoy a picnic or simply admire the peaceful view at the nature park.

9. Hamsikoy - Trabzon

9.	Hamsikoy - Trabzon

Hamsiköy is a charming village located in the Maçka district of Trabzon that is renowned for its delicious rice pudding. The local specialty, called 'Hamsiköy Rice Pudding,' is topped with a generous amount of hazelnuts, a valuable nut from the Black Sea Region. Don't be fooled by the name though, as there are no anchovies in this rice pudding. Another interesting fact about Hamsiköy is that its original name was Hamseköy, with 'hamse' being an Arabic word that means 'five.' Hamsiköy is an ideal destination for those who enjoy nature walks.

10. Akdamar Island - Van

10.	Akdamar Island - Van

Akdamar Island is a small island in Lake Van and is the second-largest of the four largest islands in the lake. Its historical Armenian Church has made it a popular travel destination. The church, built in 915, is still open but is only used for mass at specific times. The island is 47 km away from the city center, making it an excellent choice for a weekend getaway. Visitors can also indulge in a delicious Van Breakfast and try the region's famous herb cheese. For those who plan their visit in the second week of September, they can coincide with the Akdamar Church rituals.

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