Top attractions in Turkey

Turkey has been a favourite travel destination for families for some time now, with a wealth of culture, archaeological and natural sites to explore, there is always something to keep every member of the family entertained. With huge amounts of varying landscapes, making the most of your visit can be hard. In this article we will highlight 5 of the top attractions of this beautiful country.

Istanbul Market

The capital Istanbul is home to one of the largest outdoor markets in the world. This vibrant and exotic market sprawls across 60 streets and has over 5000 shops, selling everything from arts and crafts to local delicacies. If you intend to really get a feel for life in Turkey, Istanbul’s market is definitely a great place to start.

Esphesus

This ancient city was once home of the temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. This ancient city is routed deeply in Christian history and is a magnificent view to behold. Esphesus is an extremely popular location due to the ease of access from the local airport, so be sure to have a look at Co-op holidays to check out whether you can fit in a visit.

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque located in Istanbul is the largest mosque of the classical period, and is still a vital place of worship for many people. This impressive building is covered in 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles that are arranged to create stunning patterns across the whole ceiling. Architecturally, the building incorporates both elements of Ottoman and Byzantine church and mosque design and is therefore a stunning view into the country’s past. It’s very important that you take of your shoes upon entering and that females cover their head out of respect. Whether you’re on a short cheap holiday in Turkey or an extended travelling trip, be sure to visit this historic site.

Cappadocia

This landscape shaped by volcanic activity is a site of unparalleled natural beauty and intriguing history. The soft volcanic rock was used by the people who originally settled here to create underground cities that protected them from religious persecution and kept them cool and protected during the hot summers. There are estimated to be over one hundred of them, with a few open to the public for viewing. For those who want to experience a bit of luxury, visit the fantastic 5 star luxury hotel carved into the rock face.

cappadocia rock formation

Pumakkale

This world heritage site is home to some truly magnificent views, with amazing hot springs and travertines (terraces of carbonate minerals deposits left by flowing water that create a very unique blue colour). This area is vastly popular with tourists as well as religious pilgrims who seek the alleged healing powers of the spring water.

Flights to Turkey can be very reasonable if booked well in advance. Be sure to shop around to find the best deals, using price comparison websites to help you find the cheapest tickets. If you have the chance to see even two of any of the places mentioned here, your holiday is guaranteed to be a memorable one.

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