Bursa does more justice to its setting than any other Turkish city apart from Istanbul. Gathered here are some of the finest Ottoman monuments in the Balkans. Bursa was the first capital city of Ottoman Empire.
Presiding over Bursa, the 2543-metre-high Uludag, was known the Olympos of Mysia in the ancient times. Getting there is definitely half of the fun, after you take the cable car you will see the picnic grounds, national park, lakes and skiing areas.
Troy is the most spectacular and most celebrated archeological site in Turkey, thanks to Homer. Known as Truva, the remain of the ancient city lie around 20 km south of Canakkale. Recent work has served to clarify the site greatly. Reconstruction of the giant wooden horse from the Trojan War waiting for you to discover.
Ephesus is the largest and best-preserved ancient city around Mediterranean; and, after the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, it's the most visited tourist atraction in Turkey. Certainly it is a place you should not miss and it is possible to tour the site in relative peace. The Cave of the Seven Sleepers, St. Mary's Church, The Arcadian Way and the Theatre and many more monuments are waiting for you.
In the eyes of its devotees, Bodrum, with its low-rise whitewashed houses and subtropical gardens, is the longest established, most attractive and most versatile Turkish resort-a quality outfit in comparison to its upstart Aegean rivals, Marmaris and Kusadasi. If you want waterborne distractions laid on by day and some of the most sophisticated nightlife in Turkey Bodrum will probably suit.
Along with Kusadasi and Bodrum, MARMARIS is the third of Turkey's less-than-holly-trinity of hugely overdeveloped Aegean resorts. Development has dwarfed the old villagge core of shops and restaurants lining narrow, bazaar-like streets, an intricate warren contrasting strongly with the European-style marina and waterfront. Marmaris's Netsel Yacht Marina, Turkey's largest, has more than anything else shaped town's character this is the main base for most yacht charter organizations operating on the Turquise Coast.
As you approach the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pamukkale from Denizli, a long white smudge along the hills to north suggests a landslide or opencast mine. Getting closer, this resolves into the edge of a plateau, more than 100m higher than the level of the river valley and absolutely smothered in white travertine terraces. Some are shaped like water lillies, others like shell-bathtubs with salagmitic feet, with the simplest ones resembling bleached rice-terraces out of an oriental engraving.
Fethiye is a city and district of Muğla Province in the Aegean region of Turkey.
Fethiye occupies the site of the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos, and some impressive rock-tombs are an easy stroll from the centre, itself enlivened by a Hellenistic theatre. Fethiye also makes a convenient base for the nearby beaches at Calıs, Oludeniz and Kıdrak.
Oludeniz, 10 km south of Fethiye, is called literally the Dead Sea. Its warm, if occasionally turbid, waters make for pleasant swimming even in April or May, and serve as a protected venue for the watersports and paragliding. Oludeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, and is an official blue flag beach, and is frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travelers and tourism journals alike.
Turkey's fastest growing city, Antalya blessed with an ideal climateand a stunning setting atop a limestone plateau, with the formidable Taurus Mountains looming to the west. In the heart of the town, the pretty yacht harbour huddles below the Roman walls. Beautifull Konyaaltı beach and the tourist destinations such as Kemer, Belek, Göynük, Alanya, Side and many more are offering the best sun, sea and sand combination to its visitors. Variety of excursion to the nearby ruins of Termessos, Perge and Aspendos are waiting for you as well.
A land created by complex interaction of natural and human forces over vast spans of time, Cappadocia is a unique enviroment, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic and cultural features. The most fascinating aspect of a visit to the area is the impression of continuity: rock caves are still inhabited; the fields are still fertilized with guano collected in rock-cut pigeon houses. Within Nevsehir, Avanos and Urgup region are the greater part of the valleys of fairy chimneys, the rock-cut churches, with their beautiful frescoes, and the Zelve Monastry, troglodyte dwellings and churches.
The Monastery of Sumela
At the beginning of the Byzantine era a large number of monasteries sprang up in the mountains behind Trabzon, the most important, prestigious and the best preserved monastery is Sumela. The inner and outer walls of the Rock Church and the walls of the adjacent chapel are decorated with frescoes. The main attractions in the monastery are the Rock Church, several chapels, kitchens, student rooms, a guesthouse, a library, and a sacred spring revered by Orthodox Greeks. The inner and outer walls of the Rock Church and the walls of the adjacent chapel are decorated with frescoes. In 2010 divine liturgy was allowed outside the monastery for Ortodox community.
A day's journey northeast of Gaziantep, the mountain-top sanctuary at Nemrut is an unforgettable place, remote and grandiose, drawing visitors who made the long journey up the mountainside. The mighty stone heads adorning the temple and the tomb of King Antiochus have become one of the best known images of Turkey. Decapitated seated statues of Zeus, Apollo, Hercules, Fortunai Antiochus and their much-photographed detached heads, each measuring a couple metres in height and many more wonders of Mountain Nemrut is waiting for you.