The Best Offbeat Places to Visit in Turkey

Offbeat Places in Turkey

The Republic of Turkey is well known for displaying a diverse set of both European and oriental elements in its culture, architecture and even cuisine. The country is filled with a variety of historical and cultural sites, and luxurious resorts along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Although people often brag about things like visiting the majestic Hagia Sophia, Turkish Tea, Turkish delights like Baklava, carpets, hammams and famous places like Istanbul and Cappadocia, they often miss out on some of the best places Turkey has to offer. These places may seem a little offbeat for some people but can only be appreciated once you are there. If you want to find out more about such offbeat and peculiar places in Turkey, then keep on reading.

Pamukkale, Denizli

The western Turkish town of Pamukkale which means “Cotton Castle” owes its popularity to the thermal water pools that are rich in minerals and flow down the white travertine terraces on a nearby hillside which is ranked as one of the best natural pools in Europe. The ancient roman spa city is also famous for the submerged roman columns, well-preserved ruins of ancient theatre and a necropolis.

Pamukkale, Denizli

This is one of the most relaxing and soul-soothing among the other offbeat places in Turkey on this list. It is a must-stop destination if you are planning on going on a road trip across this country. It will take tourists only 4-5 hours to explore all the main attractions and activities Pamukkale has to offer like the travertines, the ancient city of Hierapolis, and Cleopatra’s pool.

Mount Nemrut, Adiyaman

One of the best offbeat places you must visit when in Turkey is Mount Nemrut or Nemrut Dağı. This man-made mountain has managed to preserve its original form, materials, and design to a great extent. Thanks to the mesmerising beauty of the monumental statuettes displayed in a picturesque setting, Nemrut Dağı has retained its position as one of the most unique artistic treasures of the Hellenistic period.

Mount Nemrut

This is the perfect place for tourists looking for some adventure. Since there is some snowfall and the temperature drops significantly, the best time to come here would be between April and October. Your short hike up this mountain will be met with one of the most ancient ruins in Turkey.  Mount Nemrut, one of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites overlooking the town of Adiyaman, has a rich history behind its creation. If you are curious too, then visit this site and learn more about it.


Sumela Monastery, Trabzon

If you are ever in the northeast part of Turkey, make sure to check out one of its most unique hidden gems in the Trabzon province, Sumela Monastery in the heart of the Altindere National Park. It is somewhat famous among tourists for either its unique and mysterious history or its interesting architectural design. This 1600-year-old ancient monastery is located 1200 m high on the face of a cliff.

Sumela Monastery

The fame of this Monastery can be traced back to the icon of the Theotokos, the title of mother Mary, known as the Panagia Gorgoepekoos, painted by Apostle Luke. It might be among the offbeat places to visit in Turkey, but it is still among the main tourist attractions in the region. This incredible religious site entices travellers from all over the world with its beauty.

Uchisar Castle, Cappadocia

In Turkish, Uçhisar means ‘Outer Citadel’ which refers to the huge rock cone at the centre of the castle. Uçhisar is among the most iconic villages in Cappadocia, Turkey, and its castle is the reason why. This stunning landmark has an incredible view of the surrounding area, thanks to its position on top of Kale. Uçhisar Kalesi or Uçhisar castle is the best example of a historic cave home.

Uchisar Castle, Cappadocia

It is one of the main attractions of the city which is totally worth the time. On your way there you will see the stunning Pigeon Valley with interesting rock formations. And if you want to glance at the uninterrupted view of the stunning town of Uçhisar and its surrounding, then book your spot on a hot air balloon. You can visit this place as a part of your day trip as it only takes 1.5 to roughly 2 hours to explore the entire premises.

Bursa, East Marmara

The city of Bursa in the East Marmara region might seem like another unconventional tourist destination to visit in Turkey, but rest assured this place will blow you away. The entire city is filled will beautiful parks at every other corner and is surrounded by stunning sometimes snow-covered mountains, which earns it the nickname “Yeşil Bursa” or Green Bursa.

Bursa, East Marmara

As one of the most important historical Turkish cities, Bursa features several monuments, mosques, citadels and other tourist attractions dating back to Ottoman Empire. Apart from exploring the sites in the city, you can also enjoy skiing at the side of Mount Uludag, a popular destination for winter sports. And you can enjoy the magnificent view of the city while riding the Teleferik to the summit all year round. 

Alacati, Izmir

With so much to offer, we had to save the best for the last. As one of the most breathtaking destinations of the province of Izmir and one of the most authentic towns in Turkey, you should not miss out on the chance to visit Alacati. Its Turkish charm is further embellished with the hallmarks of a traditional Mediterranean town. Its popularity is heightened due to its stunning architecture, beaches, traditional winemaking and windmills.

Alacati, Izmir

Apart from a large number of gorgeous old-fashioned stone houses and the colourful flower decorations that accentuate their beauty, Alacati features some gorgeous beaches like Delikli Koy Beach, which is so worth visiting. If you want to enjoy some exciting watersports, then you should visit the Port Alacati Marina in the south. The gentle breeze and pure water in this area make Alacati the perfect place for Windsurfing. It is also one of the top destinations for foodies and wine enthusiasts in Turkey. 

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Written by Nadia Farha Mubin

Content Writer and Travel Enthusiast

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