Turkey is bursting with the beautiful cities, but this is a row of popular cities in Turkey where you ever want to be. Why? You can go there for a cultural holiday, but also for sun, architecture, good Turkish food and sometimes even for the beach.
1. Alanya for sun, sea, beach and steps
On the Turkish Riviera is the coastal town of Alanya, one of turkey’s most popular cities, and we understand why. The city is situated on a rock with beautiful beaches on both sides and a bright blue sea. In the past, many pirates came here, which is why you can still visit the ‘Pirate Cave’: the place where pirates hid. There is another cave, the Love Cave, but because it is more difficult to reach and there is only one way out that is at an altitude of 10 meters, some prefer to skip this cave. Do you dare? Furthermore, Alanya is the place to be to get into the nightlife and dance until the sun rises. Holidaymaker Asha stayed at Alanya at Hotel Green Nature Diamond and says: ‘Fantastic hotel if you want to relax, staff extremely friendly and what do they work hard to make you as good as possible. Upon check-in we asked for a room with a view and which also got at no extra cost. The location of the hotel is also good so you can take a walk at the large buffet in the evening when you have eaten your belly full of the large buffet, or get out in the lounge room which is really big. I loved it there and i’m sure I’ll go back again!’
2. Marmaris for beach and shopping
The city of Marmaris is located in a bay, so you can enjoy the most beautiful beaches. It’s a very child-friendly place, because the sea stays shallow for a long time. Don’t be fooled if you’re here vacation four along with a lot of families. In the centre of Marmaris you can browse the bazaar full of Turkish souvenirs and delicacies for hours. Stay at Marmaris? Take a look at Hotel Tropical Beach on the beach and with nice swimming pools.
3. Istanbul for culture, warmth and good food
A holiday in Istanbul creates many impressions that you won’t soon forget. In the Turkish city, the east and west meet and you look your eyes out. Visit for example the famous Hagia Sophia, the church that has turned into a mosque. Or the largest indoor market in the world: the Grand Bazaar for the most beautiful carpets, jewelry, antiques and local delicacies. Family van der Leij stayed in Istanbul at the 4-star Richmond hotel and said in a review: ‘Together with the family we stayed in Istanbul. Previously in an apartment, now for 1st time in the hotel. I liked it. Hotel is close to the historic sites. The breakfast on the terrace with beautiful views, was favorite. Staff are very helpful and always accessible.’
4. Ankara for history and archaeology
The ancient city of Ankara is the capital of Turkey and you will find many archaeological remains here to see. On a rocky hill is ankara’s historic centre, certainly stroll through the narrow streets of the old quarter along the Ottoman houses with red roofs.
5. Izmir for architecture and nature
Izmir is a coastal city in western Turkey and has become the country’s third largest city. Not very crazy when you consider that you can visit a beautiful collection of Roman ruins here. And the natural phenomenon Pamukkale is located in Izmir: centuries-old hot springs that flow down from the mountain over white limestone. A beautiful face and you can still bathe in it as well.