Turkey Hidden Gems: Kars Ani

Hidden Gems: Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations in Turkey

Turkey is a country in which continents clash and cultures merge together to make it a real treasure island for the bold traveler; many of its cities, such as Istanbul and Ephesus with their vibrant streets and ancient ruins are famed globally, however, there is much more to this great country than meets the eye. This post presents some of the mesmerizing, less known places you can visit in Turkey that are totally off the tourist track.

1. Amasra

Amasra-View

Amasra-View

Amasra stands on a rocky promontory along Black Sea coast and is often overlooked by tourists. The town has beautiful buildings, two ports and an amazing view over the sea water making it a perfect place for rest away from busy life. Don’t miss seeing the castle built in Byzantium Empire times or taste some fresh sea food at local fish restaurants.

2. Bozcaada

Bozcaada

Bozcaada

One of the Aegean’s best-kept secrets is Bozcaada –a small island with vineyards, windmills and calm beaches. It’s an ideal getaway for peace-loving people who like wine too. Explore its old streets, see medieval fortress and enjoy your time here at easy pace of living. The beaches are not crowded while their wines are heavenly good.

3. Kars

Kars Ani

Kars Ani

 

 

Kars is an attractive destination situated in the far northeast of Turkey with a mixture of Turkish and Russian cultures finely combined within its unique architecture and cuisine. Here you will find the ancient city of Ani as it is also referred to as “The City of 1001 Churches”. The place during winter gives one a feeling that he or she has entered into a scene from Russian novel covered by snow.

4. Safranbolu

Safranbolu Historical House

Safranbolu Historical House

Safranbolu is well known for its Ottoman-period houses that have been preserved so well through time, as well as its famous saffron. As one walks around the streets full of cobblestones, he feels like he has gone back to history while still living today. There are also many nice tourists’ areas in this town where you can buy Turkish delight in various flavors, see historic mosques and markets.

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5. Akyaka

Akyaka

Akyaka

Akyaka marks end of Gulf of Gökova and is a serene coastal resort town. This little seaside settlement renowned for its distinctive ‘Mugla’ architecture and lush riverbanks appeals to those who seek relaxation sprinkled with adventure. This place has perfect waters for kitesurfers and wonderful walking trails in the surrounding pine forests.

6. The Lake District (Göller Yöresi)

Lake District Salda Lake

Lake District Salda Lake

Away from Turkey’s Mediterranean seashore, the Lake District is a stretch of placid lakes and charming towns. Days can be spent exploring such lakes as Eğirdir or Beyşehir, and enjoy the stay in traditional stone houses. Biking, fishing or just simply soaking in countryside beauty of Turkey is best suited to this area.

7. Iğdır

Igdir Ararat Mount View

Igdir Ararat Mount View

Situated close to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran borders, Iğdır represents a unique cultural tapestry. It is home to Mount Ararat – the legendary resting place of Noah’s Ark. The vicinity around Iğdır is known for its verdant fruit orchards while within city limits diverse cultures that have inhabited this crossing point are evident.

 

When you go off the beaten track in Turkey, you get to explore its landscapes and historical sites but also experience local life. Every one of these destinations has something different; whether it’s gastronomic delights or architectural masterpieces – all there waiting for those who dare to go beyond conventional tourist routes but not without some consequences. Bon voyage!

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