As one of Türkiye’s most popular tourist destination Antalya offers a proper Mediterranean experience with many 5-star hotels and beautiful sandy beaches. The city also holds many ancient artefacts and monuments in its environs including ancient settlements as Aspendos, Perge and Olympos. Apart of the Mediterranean Riviera, the Aegean side of Anatolia offers some world famous towns and antique heritages. The city also became popular for golf players and tournaments in the recent years as many golf resorts are serving around the city. City of Muğla is home to the famous touristic town Bodrum, the beautiful secret bays of Fethiye (home to the famous Blue Lagoon), as well as famous yachting and cruising sites Datça, Göcek and Marmaris.
Another well known city on the Aegean coast is İzmir. As an important commercial bay since the ancient history, İzmir is mostly famous with its environs including the ancient city of Ephesus, the only city that has been a rival to Athens and Rome as it is still referred as “the first and greatest metropolis of Asia”. Once home to the one of the Seven Wonders of The Ancient World, Ephesus is still an important place of pilgrimage. To experience both the Aegean and the Mediterranean coasts at once, most local and international guests choose to take the “Mavi Tur” (Blue Cruise) which is a famous boat tour travelling along the beautiful, crystal clear, and quiet, calm coasts of Türkiye. The Blue Cruise offers a unique experience of the Turkish Riviera while daily tours are also available both to the Turkish and Greek coasts. Apart of the coastal lines the Central Anatolia and the South-East region are also worth seeing.
In the Central Anatolia region, an ancient pilgrimage site Konya is an important city to visit with many historic sites surrounding the area. The world famous Cappadocia on the other hand offers a unique experience with its houses and tunnels carved into the millions of years old volcanic stones. A hot balloon tour is a must-do if you choose to visit this mystical beauty. The city of Mardin and the South East Anatolia in general offer a very mystic atmosphere with Islamic history as well as artefacts of the ancient civilisations dating back to 7000 BC. The eastern part of Anatolia is famous for winter sports activities alongside the temple of King Antiochus at Nemrut Mountain. Home to the “2011 Winter Universiade”, Erzurum is one of the popular ski areas in the country. Other popular sites are Uludağ in Bursa, Kartalkaya in Bolu and Kartepe in Izmit (closest ski resort to İstanbul).