Turkey is one of the amazing countries to visit with its exceptional cultural heritage, history and beautiful scenery. It depends on what your aim is. If you want a vacation away from the busy life of a city, maybe you want to lie on a beach, or want to visit a rich historical site, or stay at the coastline and visit the bays and valleys and islands. For something truly off the beaten path you can visit the Soda lake in Van, or spend a few days in a small city called Amasya situated in a narrow valley on the banks of a river in Black Sea region. Maybe you would like to see the ancient city Ephesus which is home to the Temple of Artemis and which is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is a Roman archeological site in Selçuk, İzmir Province. It is also where the Virgin Mary’s House is located (Bulbul Mountain, Ephesus).
Another popular place to visit is Antalya with its beaches. You can visit Düden Waterfalls in Antalya to get away from the heat and cool off. You can also visit the Aspendos amphitheater here. If you like paragliding, beaches and beautiful scenery, Ölüdeniz is a charming village where you can feel the tranquility of the nature. Also, Pamukkale, in Denizli which is in the southwestern Turkey, is famous among tourists with its thermal springs and ancient ruins from the city of Hierapolis. The ruins are Unesco world heritage site.
Another stunning historical place to visit is Mount Nemrut in Adıyaman. It is home to archeological sites and it is also a Unesco World heritage site. In southeastern Anatolia, Mardin is a stunning city with its architecture and beautiful location on a rocky hill. Of course, Istanbul, the largest and most famous city in Turkey where east meets the west with its history and scenery is worth visiting. Hagia Sophia Bosphorus, The Grand Bazaar and Sultanahmet area is just a few of the sites you can see in Istanbul.
When we move to central Turkey, Cappadocia is a beautiful region with the fascinating scenery of cave dwellings, rock formations and hot air balloons. A truly otherworldly destination with its amazing landscape. There are hiking trails to explore the region. The sun sets are unique in Red Valley. In Rose Valley, you can visit the ancient church inside one of the caves, see the rock formations and enjoy the adventure. Flying in a hot air baloon to see the cave dwellings of Göreme town with hundreds of balloons in the sky at sunrise is a sight to see in Cappadocia. In the Pasabag Valley, you can see the fairy chimneys which are really stunning. A rock sits on top of the chimney to keep the balance in stormy weather.
You can stay in cave hotels and if you want to feel at home, Taşkonaklar Cappadocia Hotel, in Uçhisar Cappadocia is a boutique style luxury cave hotel. You can enjoy the heritage old civilizations and the beautiful architecture in this hotel. When the inhabitants of these houses left the area for more modern dwellings, Taşkonaklar Hotel was built preserving the historical texture, each stone and every old chimney were protected. You can watch the chimneys and the hot air balloons at sunrise from Taşkonaklar Hotel. There are trips with expert guides from the hotel such as trekking and horseback riding to the neighbor village. Enjoy Turkey, Enjoy Cappadocia in Taşkonaklar Hotel in Cappadocia style decorated rooms.