Top 10 Secret Attractions of Turkey

| December 14, 2010

Turkish History. The history of Turkey dates back to the settling on the Anatolian Peninsula, which most of the country is comprised of.  Early Neolithic settlements were evidenced by shards of pottery that has been excavated throughout the region.  The settlement of Troy began during this period and continued well into the Iron Age.  The Seljuk Empire was established during the 10th and 11th centuries and continued until the mid 1200’s when the Ottoman Empire was established.  The Ottoman Empire would continue ruling the country until the 1920’s when the country became the Republic of Turkey.


Turkey – Besides full of mysteries, Turkey has many amazing places to visit (image: Druid)

Top 10 Lesser Known Attractions of Turkey

It is not uncommon to find a number of great deals on lodging whenever you are vacationing in Turkey.  This is a country that is rich in culture and history which explains why so many destinations in this Mediterranean region of the world that attracts tourists from so many other areas of the world.  However, what many international travelers have not realized is the fact that there are some lesser known and advertised destinations that are well worth exploring.

Additionally, many of these are cheap Turkish holidays that all individuals are bound to enjoy and there is a number of Ankara and Istanbul hotel deals that you can take advantage of year round.  Here are 10 of the lesser known attractions in the country that many tourists overlook:


The oldest piece of information about the function of the Temple of Apollo in Claros (Image: Nejdet)

  • Antalya – plenty of ancient ruins and historic buildings in the Old Quarter
  • Istanbul – ATV safaris outside the city and exploring the countryside
  • Cappadocia – Agzikarahan Caravanserai (13th century monument) and Selime Monastery
  • Ankara – the Old Town Quarter with its ramshackle houses and street markets
  • Turkish Riviera – the remote beaches of the Turquoise Coast
  • Ephesus – one of the largest archaeological sites in Turkey
  • Edime – the Ikinci Beyazit Külliyesi (built in the 14th century)
  • Hattusa – the Sphinx Gate and the structures below it
  • Diyarbakir – city walls that are still intact and built by Constantine
  • Mardin – ancient stone houses and a pilgrimage destination

So as you can see, even the largest cities and more popular tourist destinations in Turkey all have some lesser known attractions that need to be considered whenever you are vacationing in the country.

Turkey’s underground cities


Cappadocia in Turkey, near Avanos and Goreme (image: Bertocchi)

One of the top secret attractions to be aware of in Turkey is the underground cities.  Here are some must-see underground cities that you don’t want to miss:

Boyabat – located in the Black Sea region, the border between the Byzantine and Seljuk Empires was once situated here.

Cappadocia – the city is literally filled with underground settlements no matter where you explore.  Estimates have stated that there are over 100 of these settlements, many of which cannot be visited.

Derinkuyu – a major underground settlement constructed in 11 levels, some of which are yet to be excavated.  At one time Derinkuyu had a population between 35,000 and 50,000.  The construction of the city is estimated to have occurred during the 8th and 7th centuries BC.

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  1. remi online says:

    you need to be carefull in trukey, there are many bad people there that aren’t so friendly

  2. nateniale says:

    Was in Turkey last year and it was amazing! Antalya’s Old Town is charming, Ephesus brings your imagination to life, Cappadocia is literally out of the world and Istanbul is energetic and vibrant. Simply love the country. Would definitely try to visit the other places that you recommend if I ever had a chance to be back!

  3. M.H.M says:

    Yes Nate. No doubt, Turkey is very nice country…

  4. new era hat says:

    you need to be carefull in trukey, there are many bad people there that aren’t so friendly

  5. John at LGA says:

    Cappadocia – Is that for real? Turkey has a lot of hidden treasure, just amazing!.

    But i think the reason why they remain that beautiful is because only few knows they exist, which means, there are less chance that they are to be exploited.

  6. Pretty! This was a really wonderful article.. After read it, I’m very impressed.
    Thanks once again for the push!

  7. Turkish History. The history of Turkey dates back to the settling on the Anatolian Peninsula, which most of the country is comprised of. Early Neolithic settlements were evidenced by shards of pottery that has been excavated throughout the region. The settlement of Troy began during this period and continued well into the Iron Age. The Seljuk Empire was established during the 10th and 11th centuries and continued until the mid 1200’s when the Ottoman Empire was established.

  8. wow.. yeah never heard of the places you mentioned, except for one. I am amaze with the temple of Apollo. I have heard of that from Discovery Travel Channel when Turkey was featured. Hoping to go to Turkey any time soon.

  9. Wow! I never there are places like this in Turkey, simply amazing!

  10. The Ottoman Empire would continue ruling the country until the 1920’s when the country became the Republic of Turkey.

  11. The Seljuk Empire was established during the 10th and 11th centuries and continued until the mid 1200’s when the Ottoman Empire was established.

  12. We visited Gallipoli last month. And spent almost 1 week . It was really great to see gallipoli, and troy. We almost saw all historical places of istanbul and then we went to troy for a day and saw the a of anzac. We are very happy and we definitely recommend it http://www.toursingallipoli.com Everything was fantastic and i saw all the places i want to. It was a great trip and i definitely recommend everyone. Thank you so much.

  13. Turkey tours have always been full of surprises for the travelers. There are numerous unexplored places that still need to be touched by the travelers as only the locales are aware of this secret locations. Prefer going in for a trip planner, who would help you explore these secret locations with ease.

    You can visit http://www.turkeytravelcentre.com for more information!

  14. MUSTAFIDATUL says:

    the secenery very beautiful and many place can use as holiday with family and friends.thanks