Things to Do in Turkey

Top Turkey Attractions

Things to Do in Turkey

Top Attractions in Turkey

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What travelers are saying

  • Bwyd
    Jersey, UK244 contributions
    When visiting Istanbul this must be near the top of anyone's "Must Visit" list. A number of the rooms are stunning, the setting is superb and the history of the palace is fascinating. All offering a great insight into how life in the palace was for those who's home this was.

    A few comments that might be of help, based on our visit on a Friday in May.

    1. We timed our arrival for lunch time and found the queue acceptable. It only took us 20 minutes to get in. Towards the end of our visit it was getting very busy, as the afternoon visitors caught up with us.

    2. If you like a rest, or just want to sit down and soak in the atmosphere, take any empty bench you can. There are far too few and many people end up simply sitting on the grass. They should put more benches in and if cost is an issue, get firms, or families, to sponsor them.

    3. If the first cafe you come across is full there are others. Good quality / good value.

    4. The Art Gallery is well worth a visit. However the lighting in some of the rooms is minimal and like large parts of the Palace it is easy trip on the door sills and the like. They need to address this issue.

    5. In some reviews visitors are critical of the staff. We found many of them to be very friendly and helpful. A simple and cheery "Good Afternoon" was always responded to.

    6. Photos. I wanted to take a number of photographs, but observed their rules forbidding it. Frustrating as many/many people were taking pictures on their mobiles. I suggest it is allowed, or people are asked to leave them in a locker.

    7. Photos again. A number of interested people back home are following our trip to Istanbul. I think that the Palace marketing team has missed an opportunity for visitors to promote visitor numbers as people back home cannot see how splendid the interior is. Perhaps they don't want additional visitors?

    In summary a great place to visit on any trip to Istanbul.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • Ilovetheatre
    Birmingham, UK287 contributions
    This is an amazing place to wander around the cobbled narrow alleys and streets. So many wonderful bars and restaurants and reasonable too. Don't miss Hadrian's Gate.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • Chinta K
    Dublin, OH127 contributions
    I thought Tiananmen Square in Beijing was gigantic , the square in front of the mausoleum of atta Turk in Ankara is breathtaking in size, quality of construction , optimizing 360 degree views of Ankara . The main building itself has gold leaf on ceiling and the mausoleum of the father of Turkish Republic all the way in the center like a church Dias or mosque pulpit . There are guards on either side of the entrance like statues . The day we visited , Turkish state dignitary was expected so there were guards at attention on the walls on either side of the building as well .
    Many after graduations picture groups were there from schools and colleges . It was very festive , youngsters were so eager to try out their English with us . Facing the memorial is a whole wall of windows / look outs to the city below .
    The grounds are green with trees sent by 25 Nations in memory of the father if the nation on his passing . India donated over 250 Himalayan cedars ! The garden and grounds were closed due to the visiting signatory .
    There is a cafe and wash rooms .
    A must see.
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • belgianguy1
    Bruges, Belgium11,152 contributions
    This market covers a large area, and just about everything imaginable is sold here, of course bargaining is the name of the game!
    Written 20 October 2021
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  • Daria K
    Izmir, Turkey3 contributions
    Amazing sand beach. There are a lot of sports facilities, kids playgrounds, cafes around. Also there are interesting tourist attractions nearby: a deep cave and a Medieval castle
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Ilovetheatre
    Birmingham, UK287 contributions
    We drove here ourselves, it's well signed and easy to find. Just 10tl entry to the gorge with free parking across the road.
    After a short walk on boardwalks you arrive at the river, it's very cold and yes, you can hike along the gorge by yourselves but I strongly recommend having a guide. Our guide Issy was wonderful and helped us enormously as he knows where all of the deep holes in the river bed are and where the current is strongest etc. They charged us 500tl (£26) but it was worth every penny as we went to the end of the gorge under the waterfall. You must have decent footwear as it is rocky bottom but you can rent footwear when there if you wish.
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • Rodney H
    21 contributions
    Great location for a strol, unlimited variety of boat excursions to choose from and gaze at the luxury yachts moored up.
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Amaar M
    Istanbul, Turkey5 contributions
    It was awesome experience, i went with my wife , we enjoyed it a lot ,

    We went from Istanbul to bursa for skiing, we needed to go through the telefrik
    Written 15 March 2022
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  • jo f
    Northamptonshire, UK25 contributions
    If you visit Bodrum this is a must a wonderful castle full of history and really well laid out exhibitions . We went early before the crowds and it getting to hot and would recommend you do this too as it was great having great castle to yourself with just the peacocks and tortoises that live there 😀
    Written 20 May 2022
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  • CarolB676
    Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
    A beautiful national park - and we only saw about three other people all afternoon. Loved the Cross Church and all the other cave dwellings. Incredible landscape
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • pim2000
    16 contributions
    Great place to visit with older children.
    We visited the park in May. It wasn't crowded.
    The team members where very kind.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Greg W
    Port Macquarie, Australia59 contributions
    Hagia Sophia is very special but without a guide you would miss so many interesting details. It is a fascinating place that reflects so much history, and it is great to find somewhere that has integrated Christianity and Islam peacefully. There are licensed guides in the plaza before entry and our expeience with one of them was excellent. You have to remove shoes so be prepared, and, of course, ladies need a head scarf.
    Written 26 May 2022
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  • Nat
    Cheshire, UK2 contributions
    Amazing experience, great value for money. This was one of my favourite visits during my holiday, the views were incredible! If only I knew there was a restaurant at the top we would have pre booked, however we stopped for a drink.
    Highly recommend!
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • Jelena M
    United Kingdom3 contributions
    Didim is a small town, popular seaside holiday resort, and district of Aydın Province on the Aegean coast of western Turkey, from the provincial capital city of Aydın. Didim is the site of the antique city of Didyma with its ruined Temple of Apollo. Etymology Didim takes its name from ancient Didyma, situated close to the modern town. During the Ottoman Empire era, the town was known as Yoranda or Yoran, and under the modern Republic of Turkey, it was originally named Hisar ("Castle").
    Written 26 May 2022
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  • 109MANUELAS
    Brasov, Romania56 contributions
    During our summer holiday, we've discovered an amazing place for our first rafting experience. For us was just the beginning of a new adventure. Koprulu Kanyon Milli Parki is the best environment for this type o challenge.
    Written 20 October 2021
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