9 Places In Turkey To Make Your Summer Memorable!
For most of my friends, Turkey is one of their favorite summer destinations. So I really wanted to do this post for a long time but I wanted to mention all the great places that made my summer holidays memorable. So I took some time to realize and come up with the most amazing ones.
Before I start I have to say, I’m writing about the best summer spots in Turkey but Turkey almost all my best places to visit in summer are in Turkey. There are lots of interesting and beautiful places to visit in my great country, and it’s a country where you can travel 365 days a year, but in the summer it becomes legendary. So let’s take a look at the epic summer locations in Turkey.
I know this was the one that you were looking forward to hearing as soon as you see a post about Turkey. Yes, Cappadocia is currently the most desired tourist location of our lovely country. I’m not sure what did make Cappadocia so famous in recent years, whether the miraculous rock formations or Instagram posts with hot air balloons in the background!
Cappadocia and hundreds of hot air balloons have become viral on social media. Truly one of the most incredible places to be visited in Turkey and not only with balloon tours, but also with underground cities, tillage workshops, and many cultures. If you want to learn more about Cappadocia specifically such as available tours, how to get there and how to have the best experience, just leave a comment below this post!
Skydiving, paragliding, beaches, nature and incredible sceneries… A true paradise will be waiting for you in Öludeniz. I can’t promote this place enough in terms of experience, tranquility and it’s charming villages. The best fact is that you can experience both extremes of a vacation right here. It’s full of action and excitement with the activities you can do, but it’s also such a quiet and peaceful place right in the heart of mother nature.
Öludeniz is without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Turkey! In Fethiye, there is also my all-time favorite summer destination that I’ve been going since I was 12. Hillside Beach Club is a private resort which offers an incredible experience with all possible activities that you can dream of! I can’t recommend this place enough since I visited almost every summer, tasted all types of food, did all great activities and had so many memories!
3. Patara, Antalya
If you go to Antalya, enjoy the longest beach in Turkey! It’s a hidden gem where you can also see some antique ruins.
Where: Gelemiş, Antalya Province.
Bodrum has everything one could wish for when it comes to vacation. Beaches, restaurants, shopping, and local culture. This is also a place where you can feel a mixture of Turkish and Greek vibes. Along with the coastline, one could also find several beautiful bays. The good thing about Bodrum is that it has so many beaches within the peninsula with different characteristics. Let’s talk about the ones that I recommend for you:
If you are looking for a more family-friendly location, definitely checkout Gümbet during the day for a good beach with clean sand and Turkbuku to spend the evening by enjoying the great atmosphere and sophisticated restaurants. If you are just crazy about the seafood and maybe doing some shopping in local craft or art stores then Gümüşlük can be a good alternative for you!
Alright, my last suggestion will be Yalikavak which is slightly different than others. First of all, it’s quite windy! It’s a great marina full of yachts that really boosts the view. The central beach is really easy to reach. However, I’d recommend Yalikavak for more private hotels or beach clubs which are going to make your experience incredible! If you have some extra budget for the vacation definitely consider Bodrum EDITION or Sirene Luxury Hotel. Once upon a time was a hotel called Palma Life and it was the best at that time, I’m missing that place…
Marmaris is a lovely seaside town that’s become quite a famous tourist destinations. Due to the forests around it is one of the best honey producing places. The local delicacies taste great. Visitors can also come here on a day trip from Rhodes island in Greece, which is just a short boat ride from Marmaris. Compared to some of the summer spots in Turkey, Marmaris has more peaceful vibes and you will definitely find that quiet time you’re looking if you are tired from the rush and need some peace of mind.
6. Alaçatı, Çeşme
It’s 1 hour away from Izmir with a car drive. Alacati is famous for its stone houses with colored windows and hanging balconies. It’s a beautiful beach town that isn’t very well known among international tourists. Located near Çeşme, there are many beach clubs and entertainment venues.
However, it’s quite popular among domestic tourists, especially during the summer months. I have to warn you, your vacation to Cesme will going to be an expensive one. Hotels, beaches, drinks, and anything you buy will be highly expensive since it is an upscale summer destination with a great selection of private beaches. I recommend you to travel there with a group of friend since it’s a place for most groups of friends. Alacati is also a great place to learn windsurfing, water sports, and kite. However, I also wanna talk about Çeşme overall since it has other great places to hangout based on your budget.
In Cesme there are many famous beach clubs which you will most probably love it during happy hours while partying like celebrities. Here is the guide for Cesme’s most popular beaches that are always heaten up by happy hour parties during the whole summer. You can find the English translation once you opened the website. Also here is Koz Eren Hotel that we stayed for our last 2 trips in a row to Çeşme! It’s run by a very friendly family and everything was great during our stays including the exceptional hospitality! The hotel is in the center but you can reach Alacati with just a 15-minute ride or public transport.
They are located in Denizli, southwestern Turkey. If you rent a car, it’s going to be an 8-hour road trip from Istanbul which wouldn’t be that hard, but I do still recommend booking a flight or a bus ticket if you are not familiar with the country roads or our language.
This place has been famous among tourists for a long time. Even before modern tourism, it was a popular place thanks to its thermal springs. In addition to thermal springs, one can also see ancient ruins from the city of Hierapolis. The Roman ruins are well-preserved and deserve a visit on its own. Luckily, you can combine both during your stay at this UNESCO world heritage site.
8. Lake Van
A saline soda lake that is popular for its exceptionally blue water. It’s 119 kilometers (74 mi) across its widest point with a total area of 3,755 km2, which makes it the largest lake in Turkey and the second largest in the Middle East. It’s very salty, so it’s not suitable for drinking. To reach there you can use the Van Lake Express from Ankara which facilitated the transportation to the lake. Although it’s a long journey, so if you want to take a flight I wouldn’t blame you.
Among the interesting geographical features around Lake Van, the Muradiye Waterfalls is one of the scenic view that is worth seeing.
According to the legends, there is also a monster living in the lake, similar to the legends of the Loch Ness Monster. Still, it is definitely a legend so don’t expect any Jaws swimming around the water.
9. Duden Waterfalls, Antalya
There are two parts known as the Duden waterfalls. The first one is the upper, and the second is the lower Düden Waterfalls. The first one is just as scenic, but instead of flowing out into the ocean, it’s nestled in the trees.
It’s a popular place among locals to cool off from the heat. The upper part is also known as Düdenbaşı waterfall.
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