Places to Visit in Turkey : Tips from a Local Wanderer

We will share with you all our experiences about places to visit in Turkey. This is not the cliche travel guide you are used to reading. You will see what we meant.


Is Turkey a safe place to travel?

First things first. If you are worried about whether you can be safe in Turkey, we should first clarify this issue. Like every country, there are good people and bad people in Turkey. It’s simple human nature.  You never know who is bad and who is good on your trip. However, this does not mean that you cannot make your trip safely.  We recommend that you get to know the Turkish culture a little before your trip.


Region by region : Turkish Culture

Have you ever heard the phrase “Eastern hospitality” Haven’t you heard? Good.  Turkey has different characteristics from region to region in terms of hospitality. In some areas people will look at you strangely and in some areas you will be very warmly welcomed. In general, don’t mind people staring at you.

Turkey’s Most Difficult Cities to Travel

You may find it difficult to interact with people in the cities we will list below.

All Central Anatolia

As a Turkish traveler, even I have not been able to get to Central Anatolia.  They definitely don’t like strangers. Very clear.  That doesn’t mean they’re going to do something bad to you. But you just won’t like the way these people treat you.


Cities that are difficult in terms of Islam

There are cities that are very conservative in terms of Islam. In these cities, we especially recommend women to wear long sleeved clothes. The cities are:

Urfa, Diyarbakır, Batman, Elazığ, Erzurum

There is no security problem in these cities. It’s just too conservative in terms of its religious culture. If you pay attention to the way you dress, you will not have any problems. Let us tell you a moment. I was traveling with a short. (I’m a man) Even though I’m a man, people passing me on the street were staring at me. Some people even called me “Tourist” and took my picture. However, I was a citizen of Turkey. Isn’t that ridiculous? This happened in Urfa. They are not bad intention just have a very introverted culture.


The easiest cities to Travel in Turkey

The people here are extremely hospitable and tolerant. Here are the best cities to visit:

Hatay, Mardin, Antalya, Izmir, Istanbul, Mersin, Nevşehir, Isparta, Aydın, Muğla, Samsun, Denizli, Artvin, Tunceli, Van, Ağrı, Kars (and all  other east and north cities)

Rest assured, you will not want to leave these cities. You’ll see people staring at you around here, too. But you’ll know it’s purely out of curiosity. Non judgmental. That is all.



We also recommend these places we visited during our 15-day hitchhiking adventure. We will list the places to visit according to your taste. Would you like to see historical places or natural beauties? Here you go.


Historical Places of Turkey

I don’t know if it is correct to say “Historical places of Turkey“. Because the history here concerns not only Turkey but also the world. Ancient Greek History, Persian Empire, Ancient Great Armenia ruins.. What a wonderful History!


Göbekli Tepe

The archaeological site of Göbeklitepe was added to the UNESCO  List of World Heritage in 2011. Because the discovery of this particular region changed all the known understanding about the history of humanity, the history of religions, and the settlement of people. 

Göbeklitepe (Potbelly Hill)

Age: 11400 BC , Polished Stone Age

City: Şanlıurfa / Turkey

Göbeklitepe is located within the borders of Şanlıurfa province and is located near Örencik village, 20 km north-east of Şanlıurfa. Göbeklitepe 7500 years older than Pyramids. Can you believe that?



Çatalhöyük Neolithic City is a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic Age settlement in Central Anatolia, which was inhabited 9,400 years ago within the borders of Çumra district of Konya province. It consists of two mounds side by side in the east and west directions. It is on the Unesco World Heritage list.

Çatalhöyük Neolithic City

Age: 7400 – 6200 BC, Early Neolithic

City: Çorum


Temple of Apollon

Age: 500 BC, Classic Period

City: Aydın


Saint Pierre Church

Age: 400 AC, Late Rome

City: Hatay



Age: 200 AC, Rome

City: Antalya


Man of Rocks (Adam Kayalar)

Age: 200 AC, Rome

City: Mersin


Caves of Heaven and Hell (Cennet Cehennem)

Age:  5300 Millenium BC, Miyosen period

City: Mersin


Mor Gabriel Monastery

Age: 397 AC, Byzantium

City: Mardin


Ani Ruins (Ani Harabeleri)

Age: 950-1064 AC, (Armenian Kingdom of Bagratuni, The Great Seljuk Empire)

City: Kars


Valley of Ihlara (Ihlara Vadisi)

Age: 970-1200 AC, Byzantium

City: Aksaray


Natural Places of Turkey


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