I spent six months in Turkey, studying at one of the best universities in Turkey, Bogazici. It gave me time to explore the country and learn more about the culture. I loved it. It’s hard to just select a few best places to visit in Turkey. In six months, I couldn’t even finish my wish list.
You cannot visit Turkey without exploring Istanbul.
Istanbul is one of my favourite cities in the world for its history, its beauty and its food. Yes, just that. And this is coming from a French person who grew up near Paris; I mean that I know about a beautiful city full of history and great food…! Check out this itinerary to plan your Istanbul getaway.
The Turkish coast is stunning.
I was amazed by the south region when I explored small villages near Antalya and Kas. But although these are great, there are better places to include in your Turkish itinerary if you’re limited in time.
Two must-sees in Turkey
I’d recommend instead visiting two regions that offer a landscape that you cannot find elsewhere – which is why I believe they both deserve a mention on the list of the best places to visit in Turkey. Cappadocia and Pamukkale both look unreal.
The Turkish food is delicious.
I particularly love the dishes with yoghurt and having simit (a kind of bread) for breakfast. Make sure you include time to try a few restaurants during your time in Turkey. You can read this article on Backpackers Wanderlust for ideas on where to find the best Turkish food in Istanbul.
If you like archaeological sites, you’ve picked the right country.
It’s impossible to see them all. How do I know? You can purchase a museum pass to visit more than 300 museums and archaeological sites!
What’s the best way to visit Turkey?
When visiting Turkey, I sometimes travelled with friends, and sometimes travelled solo. Travelling around Turkey solo as a woman never felt dangerous back in 2010. I will remember forever the kindness of the Turkish people I met along the way and their willingness to help whenever I asked a question. But make sure you keep in mind that some places in Turkey are conservative so you always dress appropriately.
I used a lot of overnight buses to travel in Turkey. They were quite comfortable (with screens and free wifi) and reliable.