News 24 Must-Visit Places in Turkey for an Unforgettable Fall Adventure
24 Must-Visit Places in Turkey for an Unforgettable Fall Adventure
Fall in Turkey brings with it a spectrum of colors as the leaves turn from yellow to red, offering the perfect opportunity for tranquil forest walks and exploring destinations that are best avoided in the summer heat. With 24 routes to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect autumn escape. Simply pick the destinations that speak to you and hit the road for an unforgettable experience in the most delightful season!
1. Yedigöller National Park / Bolu
The Yedigöller Basin was protected as a national park in 1965. The basin was formed by 7 lakes connected to each other and arranged at a distance of 1500 meters from north to south as a result of the sliding masses closing the valleys in front of them. From the remains found belonging to the new Byzantine period at the “Village” location in the national park, it is understood that the region was a settlement place in ancient times. There are 7 lakes within the national park as Büyükgöl, Seringöl, Deringöl, Nazlıgöl, Küçükgöl, Incegöl and Sazlıgöl.
2. Maşukiye / Kocaeli
One of the green paradise resorts of Kocaeli is Maşukiye. The resort is located 120 kilometers from Istanbul and 20 kilometers from Izmit. Maşukiye, which is reached by passing through a road full of green, meat-barbecue and trout restaurants on the right and left, is covered with apple, walnut and cherry trees. When the Kartepe road is followed from Maşukiye, the Trout Valley is reached. There are fish restaurants on both sides of this valley. Here, you can find the opportunity to eat, accompanied by bird sounds and the sound of water extending from waterfalls. Trout in tile, mushrooms in oven and village cheese in casserole are among the special dishes of Maşukiye.
3. Cumalikizik / Bursa
Cumalıkızık is a village in the district of Yıldırım, Bursa Province, Turkey. It is 11 kilometers from Bursa city center. Transportation takes an average of 20 minutes. It is one of the five Kızık villages established and still living on the northern outskirts of Uludağ.
4. Trilye / Bursa
Tirilye, one of the rare places of Bursa that has managed to remain untouched, is one of the most favorite routes of the Marmara Region. You can spend a few days in Tirilye, which promises a very pleasant trip in autumn, where you will enjoy nature and history to the fullest. While you are lost among the historical houses of Tirilye, be sure to have your camera with you, because you will want to immortalize every single frame you will see. If you are going to use your preference for Tirilye this fall, don't forget to visit Taş Mektep and have a coffee by the centuries-old plane trees at Çamlı Kahve.
5. Gökçeada / Çanakkale
Imroz or Imroz Island, officially Gökçeada since July 29, 1970, is the largest island of Turkey and the center of Gökçeada District of Çanakkale Province. It is located in the northeast of the Aegean Sea, at the entrance to the Gulf of Saros and has the westernmost point of Turkey.
There are also old Greek villages named Kaleköy, Zeytinli, Tepeköy, Bademli and Dereköy on the island, which is popular in summer with its virgin bays, and beautiful landscapes from each other.
6. Çamlıhemşin / Rize
Another place where you can enjoy the Black Sea is Çamlıhemşin. The district connected to Rize appeals to those who want to breathe oxygen in September and be close to water after a dry summer. It is a very good time to walk in the forests, which have a unique appearance with a thousand and one shades of yellow and green in autumn, to do trekking, to wander around the Ayder Plateau. There are small and beautiful hostels to stay in the area. Ayder Plateau is also famous for its hot water spas that are good for rheumatism.
7. Kazdağları / Çanakkale and Balıkesir
Located within the borders of Çanakkale and Balıkesir, the lowest place of the Kaz Mountains is the northern shores of the Gulf of Edremit, and the highest place is the 1774-meter Karataş Hill. In other words, when you go to the region, you will find both sea and forest views. The abundance of deciduous trees in the Aegean in winter is an advantage for those who like colorful autumn. You will enjoy encountering the trees armed with yellow and orange leaves left behind the immaculately flowing waterfalls. It is possible to stay in areas with seashores such as Kucukkuyu, Akcay, Altinoluk and Gure.
8. Birgi / Izmir
Birgi, located in the Odemis district of Izmir, is one of the routes you can visit in autumn with its century-old historical mansions, its cultural accumulation and historical buildings that need to be seen. Birgi, which is within the scope of the “7 Regions 7 Cities” project carried out by ÇEKÜL Foundation in order for cities to maintain their lives by protecting their cultures, also attracts attention with its unique architecture.
9. Assos / Çanakkale
Behramkale, where the ruins of the 3 thousand-year-old ancient city of Assos are located, is an old village whose history dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Walking through the streets of Behramkale, which has been declared a protected area, makes a person feel as if they were centuries ago. You can choose hotels and hostels in the village for accommodation.
10. Safranbolu / Karabük
Safranbolu, located within the borders of Karabük province, took its place on the Unesco World Heritage List in 1994. Safranbolu is one of Turkey's values that should be seen in a short time with its historic mansions, cute and cozy streets, bazaar and nineteenth century Turkish society life. You should definitely see the historical mansions of Safranbolu that have been turned into a museum, get lost in those mysterious streets with your camera, drink Saffron tea in the bazaar and definitely buy the famous Safranbolu Turkish delight on your way back.
Fall is a great time to explore Mardin. September is the best month to walk through the narrow and alleyways of the historical city, see the Deyrulzafaran Monastery, get lost in the charming atmosphere of the Mardin Bazaar, and watch the sunset at the Kasimiye Madrasa. Those who go to Mardin can also taste the flavors of oriental cuisine. Between meals, you should taste mahlep wine, dobo, which is made from lamb legs with almonds and garlic in it, and sour plum stew.
12. Sapanca / Istanbul
Sapanca, where nature can be seen in all its purity and peace can be found among the shades of green, is among the important values of Marmara. The region, which is visited by many domestic and foreign tourists every year, offers its natural beauties to its visitors.
13. Cunda Island / Balikesir
Cunda Island, also known as Alibey Island today, is a wonderful place to visit, especially in autumn, with its monasteries and churches from ancient times, narrow stone streets and historical houses.
14. Bozcaada / Çanakkale
Bozcaada is a small island in the north of the Aegean Sea, connected to Çanakkale Province. As Turkey's third largest island, it is located just at the entrance of the Dardanelles Strait.
Bozcaada has a unique climate structure different from its geography. Although it is under the influence of the Mediterranean climate, it receives plenty of northern winds due to its location at the exit of the Bosphorus. This allows low humidity and thus good grape growth.
Cappadocia is the place where people attract people in September, because autumn-specific colors combine with fairy chimneys to create wonderful landscapes. Watching this geography from a bird's eye view, which you can't see anywhere else, by taking a balloon tour in the cool of the morning, is one of the rare pleasures that can be taken from life. Not only that. Taking a walk in Kızıl Çukur, watching the sunset, having a meal in Sinasos, an old Greek neighborhood or Mustafapaşa as it is now known, and seeing the historical stone houses, including the Old Greek House, where the TV series Asmalı Konak was filmed, are also some of the best moments of this trip.
16. Nemrut / Adıyaman
Mount Nemrut has been the subject of legends since ancient times, and today it is a place that attracts travelers interested in mountaineering, historical tourism and nature exploration. This mountain, described as sacred by the Kingdom of Commagene, invites travelers to a mysterious adventure in the East with its unique landscapes, monumental tombs and artistic works.
17. Alacati / Izmir
Alaçatı is one of the most popular places in summer. With the arrival of September, this beautiful Aegean town turns into a quiet resort. There is no better time to enjoy cobbled streets, stone buildings with bay windows, windmills and wind roses than in the autumn months. You can taste Aegean dishes in this charming town, whose historical texture has not been pillaged.
18. Belgrade Forest / Istanbul
One of the most important remaining green areas of Istanbul is the Belgrade Forest. Due to the fact that it is a natural formation, it is a complete treasure for those who live in this city. This is a green world hidden in the corner of the city. With its promenades, aqueducts, natural life and peaceful environment, Belgrade Forest is one of the escape points that Istanbulites stop by to breathe in Sarıyer.
19. Amasra / Bartin
Amasra, a very charming fishing town located by the sea, is a resort that surrounds you from the first moment with its friendliness and warmth. After coming to Amasra, which also offers unique tastes with the fishermen located on the shore, the first thing that will attract your attention are the various toys in the bazaar.
In the region where woodwork is dominant, you can buy these hand-made toys for a souvenir or as a gift. Fish restaurants in Amasra are also very economical in addition to their rich menu and variety. Kalkan pan, hot squid pan, mussels and Amasra salad have the kind of flavors that will make you take a long break.
20. Gölcük Nature Park / Bolu
Gölcük Nature Park, which attracts a large influx of visitors especially in the autumn months for sightseeing, seeing, relaxing, taking photos, sporting angling, cycling tours and picnics at certain times of the year, is one of the most important tourist centers of Bolu.
21. Yeşilyurt Village / Çanakkale
Another old settlement along with Adatepe at the foot of Kazdağı is Yeşilyurt. The village with 90 digits, whose former name is Büyük Çetmi, has a population of 200 people. Just like in Adatepe, the old stone houses of Yeşilyurt are a favorite of outsiders, even foreigners.
The majority of the village people are Yoruk. The nomads have already forgotten about migration. They live with olive farming, which is the rightful fame of the region. The clean and relaxing air of the village, which is Jul 3 km away from Küçükkuyu, attracts especially middle and older age guests. There is also accommodation in the village. It is also recommended for off-road enthusiasts and hunters.
22. Odunpazari / Eskişehir
Odunpazarı Houses are historical houses dating from the Ottoman Period in the Odunpazarı district, which forms the first settlement of Eskişehir. They carry architectural features and motifs in places such as Safranbolu, Beypazarı, Göynük. UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The city, which preserves Ottoman examples, has come down to the present day as a whole by preserving its customs and traditions with its winding roads, dead-end streets, adjacent regular houses with wooden decorations and bay windows.
23. Hasankeyf / Batman
The history of Hasankeyf dates back to the ancient period. Hasankeyf is on an important land and waterway route between the cities of Diyarbakir and Cizre. The absence of wars and the fact that trade routes pass here have made Hasankeyf a crossroads of cultures somewhere.
24. Büyükada / Istanbul
Buyukada, the largest of the islands called the Princes' Islands, is one of the most touristic places in Istanbul. Cycling on its streets equipped with colorful bougainvillea, exploring its historical mansions up close, swimming on its azure beaches... In addition to all its natural beauties, it always manages to impress visitors with its cultural and architectural texture.
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