17 Top Attractions and Things to do in Turkey!

There are so many things to do and attractions in Turkey and we finally got to visit this land of Anatolia during our Chan Brothers 10D7N trip! Check out our pick of the top 17 attractions and things to do in Turkey! Enjoy!

Top Things to do and Attractions in Turkey

1. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Nuruosmaniye gate or gate 1 of grand bazaar
Nuruosmaniye gate or gate 1 of grand bazaar
Tom at Grand Bazaar Istanbul
Tom at Grand Bazaar Istanbul
Turkish lamps at Grand Bazaar Istanbul for 30TL (inclusive of lamp stand)
Turkish lamps at Grand Bazaar Istanbul for 30TL (inclusive of lamp stand)

Spend endless hours in this 500 years old Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Why not take home a Turkish lamp or some Turkish delights while you’re there?

2. Camlica Hill, Istanbul

Camlica hill free toilet next to the restaurant
Camlica hill free toilet next to the restaurant
Bosphorus strait and Bosphorus bridge seen from Camlica Hill
Bosphorus strait and Bosphorus bridge seen from Camlica Hill
Tom overlooking Bosphorus strait
Tom overlooking Bosphorus strait

Enjoy awesome views over the Bosphorus strait and Asia part of Istanbul at Camlica Hill!

3. Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Imperial Gate at Topkapi Palace Museum
Imperial Gate at Topkapi Palace Museum
Gate of Felicity and Kate in Topkapi Palace Istanbul
Gate of Felicity and Kate in Topkapi Palace Istanbul
View of Bosphorus River from Topkapi Palace
View of Bosphorus River from Topkapi Palace

Treasuries and royal kitchen are some of the highlights of Topkapi palace. Enjoy a cuppa with views over the Bosphorus while you’re there!

4. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Exterior of Hagia Sophia Museum
Exterior of Hagia Sophia Museum
Mosaic at Entrance of Hagia Sophia
Mosaic at Entrance of Hagia Sophia
Why are people trying to make a wish here?
Why are people trying to make a wish here?

Find out the legends of Hagia Sophia and the story behind why people are queuing up at this structure.

5. Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Exterior of Sultan Ahmed Mosque aka Blue Mosque
Exterior of Sultan Ahmed Mosque aka Blue Mosque
Interior of Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque
Interior of Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque
Dome of Blue Mosque Istanbul
Dome of Blue Mosque Istanbul

Enjoy the beautiful interiors of Blue Mosque and how it came to get its name. It’s original name? Sultan Ahmed Mosque!

6. Hippodrome, Istanbul

Guide Enis explaining the Hippodrome
Guide Enis explaining the Hippodrome
Egyptian Monument Hippodrome Istanbul
Egyptian Monument Hippodrome Istanbul
More monuments at the Hippodrome of Constaninople Istanbul
More monuments at the Hippodrome of Constaninople Istanbul

Can you imagine how the Hippodrome was original a race track for chariots?

7. Taksim Square / Istiklal Shopping Street, Istanbul

Roadside mussel stores at istiklal shopping street
Roadside mussel stores at istiklal shopping street
Night view of Taksim Square
Night view of Taksim Square
2bearbear and Taksim Square taken from burger king
2bearbear and Taksim Square taken from burger king

Feel the vibe and life of the city at Taksim Square. While you’re there, enjoy the tonnes of shopping options Istiklal shopping street offers!

8. Troja Ancient City of Troy

Amphitheater of Troy
Amphitheater of Troy
Tom and Trojan Horse Troy
Tom and Trojan Horse Troy
2bearbear and ancient ruins of Troy
2bearbear and ancient ruins of Troy

Myth or history? Find out if Achilles actually hid inside the Trojan horse as depicted in Brad Pitt’s 2004 film – Troy.

9. Ruins of Acropolis Pergamon, Bergama

Ruins of Acropolis Pergamon
Ruins of Acropolis Pergamon
Tom and Theatre at Pergamon
Tom and Theatre at Pergamon
Columns of acropolis 6 by 8 @ Pergamon
Columns of acropolis 6 by 8 @ Pergamon

Find out how arches were used to support the Acropolis of Pergamon. Genius this!

10. House of Virgin Mary

Entry to House of Virgin Mary
Entry to House of Virgin Mary
Entrance of House of Virgin Mary (No Photography Within)
Entrance of House of Virgin Mary (No Photography Within)
Fountain for drawing water
Fountain for drawing water

Did Mary really live here or was its an approximate guess?

11. Ruins of Ephesus

Goddess Nike (Can you spot the swoosh?)
Goddess Nike (Can you spot the swoosh?)
Speakers corner for dissemination of roman decrees
Speakers corner for dissemination of roman decrees
Main street from city centre to library Ephesus Turkey
Main street from city centre to library Ephesus Turkey

One of the most famous ruins in Turkey. Our favourite structure? The library of Ephesus!

12. Thermal pool and Turkish Bath

Indoor thermal pool with tunnel leading outdoors
Indoor thermal pool with tunnel leading outdoors
Outdoor thermal pool Lycus River Hotel
Outdoor thermal pool Lycus River Hotel
MUST TRY Turkish Bath!
MUST TRY Turkish Bath!

While in Pamukkale, remember to enjoy the thermal pools and Turkish bath! The bubbly blanket is definitely unlike any other baths we’ve experienced!

13. Travertines of Cotton Castle, Pamukkale

Hot spring to soak our feet during winter @ Pamukkale
Hot spring to soak our feet during winter @ Pamukkale
2bearbear enjoying the views of Cotton Castle Pamukkale in Winter!
2bearbear enjoying the views of Cotton Castle Pamukkale in Winter!
Travertine Pools of Pamukkale in Winter
Travertine Pools of Pamukkale in Winter

Pamukkale or Cotton Castle, got its name because it really does resemble a castle made of cotton doesn’t it? Enjoy thermal baths during the summer months!

14. Pigeon holes, Fairy chimneys and Monoliths of Cappadocia

Valley in the background
Valley in the background
Exterior of Dark church
Exterior of Dark church
Long table in dining area carved out in its entirety
Long table in dining area carved out in its entirety

These formation of Cappadocia are formed naturally…

15. Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia

Overlooking the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
Overlooking the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
Enjoying the awesome views
Enjoying the awesome views
How close we were to the monoliths!
How close we were to the monoliths!

Best enjoyed on a hot air balloon! Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime experience yah?

16. Turkish Belly Dancing

How come my belly doesn’t move like this? 🙁

17. Mall of Istanbul (MOI), Istanbul

Mall of Istanbul (MOI)
Mall of Istanbul (MOI)
Inside Mall of Istanbul
Inside Mall of Istanbul
Kumpir stuffed full with ketchup and mayonnaise sauces!
Kumpir stuffed full with ketchup and mayonnaise sauces!

With over 350 stores, Mall of Istanbul (MOI) offers endless dining, shopping and entertainment options. Indulge a little!

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Top 17 Things to do and Attractions in Turkey!
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