7 attractions of Turkey that tourists are not aware of
Even experienced travelers do not always know that holidays in Turkey are not only “all inclusive” and hotels on the first line. In fact, Turkey is full of interesting places. Standard seven nights will not be enough even to see the smallest part of the sights. Not to mention those that are not described in guidebooks. Want to know what sights of Turkey do not even know tourists with experience?
Many tourists, thinking about Turkey, represent exclusively its coastal areas. It will be even more interesting for them to visit Uzungol, a small village that is located on the shores of the lake of the same name. Along the lake stretches a picturesque valley, which was surrounded on all sides by majestic mountains. The houses here are no different from the Swiss villages. Only the towering minarets of the mosque will remind you that you are in Turkey. Uzungol is an hour’s drive from Trabzon, in the eastern part of Turkey, near the Black Sea.
Sanliurfa – the city where Abraham was born
The city of Sanliurfa (locals simply call it Urfa) is located in the southeast of Anatolia. This city, the capital of the same name silt, is lively and interesting. You will be delighted with the number of temples and historical sites. Sanliurfa confidently proves that Christian and Muslim traditions can be harmoniously combined. Muslims and Christians believe that Abraham was born in this city. One of the city’s most iconic landmarks is the carp-filled pool, known as the Balikli Gol or the Abraham Pool. According to the Bible, when Nimrod wanted to burn Abraham and threw him into a fire, God protected him. Jesus turned fire into water, and logs into carps. Hence the pool of Abraham. All in all, Urfa will surprise you with a mixture of archaic and modern. And it will definitely remain your exciting memory forever.
Kas – a cozy city in the busiest resort in Turkey
180 kilometers from Antalya you will find the most interesting resort city of Kas. It is located at the foot of colorful hills along the Mediterranean coast. This town has become so popular among tourists due to its beautiful nature, well-preserved historical sites, picturesque places for diving. And despite the abundance of tourists, Kas manages to maintain his unhurried relaxing urban rhythm without turning into a tourist hive. Cobbled streets framed by snow-white houses, the windows of which are decorated with wooden shutters. And on the windowsills pink bougainvilleas blossom. It is amazing that the pebble beaches of Kas are never crowded with vacationers. Probably because most tourists find entertainment here, doing diving and snorkeling. Just on the shelf lives a lot of bright fish and interesting turtles. And for courageous tourists, they will offer diving to shipwrecks.
Butterfly Valley is one of the most interesting places in the world. The “secret” bay on the Mediterranean coast is hidden between towering cliffs. You can get to it only by boat. Otherwise, you will have to master an extreme hike over steep cliffs. The valley is home to about 100 species of butterflies, including a rare orange and black and white. But at the end of summer this picturesque corner turns into a beehive teeming with various insects.
Bozcaada Island or Tenedos
This tiny pearl in the Aegean has managed to escape modernization while retaining much of its original architecture. The surrounding area is dotted with Turkish vineyards. From time to time, green landscapes are diluted with snow-white peasant houses. In most cases, these are restored ancestral houses, not newly built modern buildings. In addition to the laudatory ode to this island, it must be said that there is a beautifully preserved castle of the 15th century, which was built on the ruins of even more ancient palaces. The castle itself majestically rises above the horizon. The island is famous for its wines. Right in the city center you can get a tasting of the famous Turkish wines from the producers themselves! You will have the opportunity to rent a moped or bike to explore the island’s surroundings, its quiet bays and picturesque beaches.
Oludeniz – the legendary Blue Lagoon
Despite the fact that Oludeniz is a very popular resort among European tourists, its Blue Lagoon remains quite quiet and even more amazing. The pristine sands of Oludeniz beach, lined with crystal blue sea, will lead you to the Blue Lagoon. The lagoon shakes with its crystal clear waters of a shade of turquoise and aquamarine. It is an ideal place for swimming, diving and a variety of water sports.