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Istanbul

Prince Islands (Turkish name Adalar)

The prince islands consist of four large islands;

Büyükada – the largest island. Includes several historical places like; Ayia Yorgi Church, Ayios Dimitrios Church and Hamidiye Mosque.

Heybeliada – the second largest island. Includes, Kamariotissa a Byzantine Church and the grave of the second English Ambassador to be sent to Constantinople by Elizabeth I of England, Edward Barton.

Burgazada – the third largest island. Includes a museum that was the residence of a famous writer Sait Faik Abasıyanık.

Kınalıada – this is the island most used by as a place of exile in Byzantine. It takes 40 minutes to travel to the island from Kabataş (European side).

The islands are mostly consist of private properties. The prince islands are one of the most visited places in Istanbul. There is no traffic on the islands so for transport bikes, horses and carts are used. It’s a ferry ride to go to the islands, which depart from Bostancı, Kartal, Maltepe and Kabataş. You are able to travel to the islands at all seasons, summer being the busiest.

Denizli

Hierapolis (Turkish name Pamukkale)

Hierapolis is a natural site, which is located in Denizli in the southwestern region in Turkey. Hierapolis contains hot springs, travertine and terraces of carbonate minerals that are left by the flowing water. Hierapolis is a great attraction to tourists. There are many tourists and Turks who come to see Hierapolis each year. Visitors are able to bathe in the pools even though there are many hotels around.

Nevşehir

Cappadocia (Turkish name Kapadokya)

Cappadocia is a historical region in the Central Anatolia. Following the Battle of Manzikert in 1071, Turkish clans under the leadership of the Seljuk’s started settling in Anatolia and together with the rise of the Turkish power in Anatolia, Cappadocia begun becoming a tributary to the Turkish states. Cappadocia is a popular destination for tourists and local citizens. The most important towns and destinations in Cappadocia are Ürgüp, Goreme, Ihlara Valley, Selime, Uchisar, Avanos and Zelve. In Cappadocia hot air ballooning can be done together with trekking.

Konya

Lake Tuz (Turkish name Tuz Gölü)

Lake Tuz is the second largest lake in Turkey. The Lake Tuz is located in the Central Anatolian Region. Mostly, throughout the year the lake is very shallow. During winter the salt is dissolved in the fresh water and in summer the lake dries and exposes about 30cm thickness of salt, which has a view of white desert.

Mardin

Mor Hananyo Monastery (Turkish name Deyrulzafaran Manastırı)

Mor Hananyo Monastery is located in the region known as Tur Abdin in Mardin. The Monastery was founded in 493 by Mor Shlemon as a citadel. Once the romans withdrew from the fortress Mor Shlemon converted the citadel into the Monastery. A bishop of Mardin then renovated the Monastery. The Monastery has 365 rooms inside, one for each day. In 1160 – 1932 the Monastery was the official seat of the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church.

Muğla

Ölüdeniz (Turkish name Ölüdeniz)

Ölüdeniz is a village located in Muğla in the Fethiye district, which is in the Aegean region. Ölüdeniz beach was voted to be the World’s most beautiful beach in 2006 with collecting 82% of the votes. The Lycian’s called ölüdeniz the ‘land of light and sun’. The lagoon is a natural reserve and construction is forbidden. There are a lot of transport options to travel to Ölüdeniz via plane, car and boat. In the district there are various hotels, hostels and campsites. People are able to go for climbing, walking, rafting and go on a safari, there is also an option for people to do paragliding in Babadağ, which is 2000 meters high.

Butterfly Valley (Turkish name Kelebekler Vadisi)

Butterfly Valley is located in the Fethiye district of Muğla, in the Aegean region. Butterfly valley is the home to diverse butterfly species. The Butterfly Valley is totally a natural beauty and is an important attraction to tourists and local citizens. The valley is accessed via boat from Belceğiz Beach of Ölüdeniz. Butterfly Valley welcomes its visitors during daytime and has various outdoor activities like camping, hiking, canyoning, canoeing and scuba diving.

Köyceğiz (Turkish name Köyceğiz)

Köyceğiz is a town located in the Fethiye district of Muğla, in the Aegean region. Köyceğiz lies on the northern end of the Köyceğiz Lake that joins the Mediterranean Sea via Dalyan Delta, a natural channel. Koyceğiz has a unique and natural environment that is being preserved as a nature and wildlife sanctuary. Dalyan is very popular and has hundreds of local citizens and tourists visiting, especially during summer. Dalyan can be explored by boat rides. There are restaurants that line by the waterways. There are tombs that are carved into the rocks above the ancient harbor city of Caunos. The Dalyan Delta has a long gold sandy beach and a refuge for rare Caretta Caretta’s and blue crabs. Köyceğiz is full of natural beauties and citrus gardens.

Bolu

Seven Lakes National Park (Turkish name Yedigöller Milli parkı)

Seven Lakes National Park is located in Bolu, which is in the Black Sea region. Seven Lakes is categorized under the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and established in 1965. In the Seven Lakes there are seven lakes that are formed by landslides.

The seven lakes are:

  • Büyükgöl
  • Deringöl
  • Seringöl
  • Nazlıgöl
  • Sazlıgöl
  • Incegöl
  • Küçükgöl

There are also several streams that flow through the park and some have handcrafted bridges across them and there is a small waterfall. In the Seven Lakes visitors are able to do trekking and camping in tents, caravans, rent houses and bungalows. There are also hot springs and ski centers.

The vegetation in the Seven Lakes include: beech trees, oaks, hornbeams, firs, hazelnuts, spruces, alders, lime trees, black pines and Scotch pines.

The wildlife in the Seven Lakes include: Red Deer, Roe Deer, Wild Boar, Brown Bears, Wolves, Red Fox, Lynx, Jungle Cats, Otter sand Squirrels and many more.

Lake Abant (Turkish name Abant Gölü)

Lake Abant is located in Bolu that is in the Marmara region. Lake Abant is a freshwater lake formed from a great landslide. Lake Abant is a great attraction to local citizen’s as well as tourists and welcomes many visitors annually. The lake’s natural beauty is covered with dense forests. Lake Abant is a preserved park and has 2 hotels for visitors to stay. In the forest there are oaks, European black pine, willows, tamarisks, hazels, strawberry trees, hornbeams, ashes, wild boars, fallow deer’s, roe deer’s, red dears, brown bears, wolves, rabbits, red foxes and jackals.

Antalya

Damlataş Cave (Turkish name Damlataş Mağarası)

Damlataş Cave is located in the Alanya district in Antalya which is located in the Mediterranean region. The entrance to the Damlataş Cave faces Alanya’s famous beaches. The cave was discovered while mining operations where in action for the construction of Alanya Harbor in 1948 and then was opened to the public. The cave is full of stalagmites and stalactites that were formed in 15.000 years. The cave is also used to cure asthma. In 2010 the cave was visited by 114.000 tourists of which 2.100 suffered asthma in seven months. In 2014 the number increased up to 4000 and is still increasing. There are special opening hours for visitors coming to cure who also pay a lower fee.

Düden Waterfall (Turkish name Düden Şelalesi)

Düden Waterfall is located in Antalya, which is located in the Mediterranean region. The recycle water forms the Düden waterfall. The waters that fall from the waterfall drop down from a rocky cliff and meet the Mediterranean Sea. There are parks and forests that surround the waterfall. In the park area around the Düden Waterfall there are restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops. Visitors spend a lovely time in nature while also exploring the natural beauties around them.

Şanlıurfa

The Pool of Abraham (Turkish name Balıklı Göl)

The Pool of Abraham is located in Şanlıurfa, in the Anatolian region. The Pool of Abraham is a major landmark of the region and is visited by thousands of tourists and local citizens each year. The Pool of Abraham is believed to be the place where Nimrod threw Abraham into fire. The Pool is a very special place for practicing Muslims because Abraham was the same prophet to sacrifice his son for Allah. According to the belief, Abraham landed into fire and Allah turned the flames into water and the burning logs turned into fish and for this reason the pool is called ‘Balıklı Göl’ in Turkish, which means the lake of fish. In the Pool of Abraham fishing is not allowed, but visitors are able to feed the fish.

Sivas

Green River (Turkish name Yeşilırmak)

The Green River is located in Sivas that is in the Central Anatolian region. The Green River flows from Sivas through Tokat and Amasya and reaches the Black Sea at Samsun. The Green River is 519km long. The Green River is an important location to do rafting and canoeing. There are different rafting tours done each weekend in different circuits.

Trabzon

Long Lake (Turkish name Uzun Göl)

Long Lake is located in Trabzon, in the Black Sea region. Long Lake is also the name of the village that lies beside the lakes coast. Long lake is a popular tourist attraction and attracts hundreds of tourists and local citizens annually. Long lake was formed by a landslide that transformed the streambed into a natural dam, in the valley of Haldizen Stream. Long Lake is surrounded by high rising mountains and is well known for its natural beauty. There are lots of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops around in the village.

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