Since Turkey is a diverse country the best way is to make a travel plan before your trip. The country is so big, you won’t be able to see all worth seeing in just one trip. If you prefer to just relax in a hammām or on a perfect beach, hire a car in Istanbul and drive yourself to Turkey’s west and south coasts where you can find your best spot. The ideal time of year to enjoy the sea is June through September. But if you are more an adventurous type and enjoy experiencing the soul of the country, check the below suggestions about what not to miss out in this amazing country!
To warm-up, start your trip where else than in Istanbul!
Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents and it offers an incredible mixture of cultures, architecture, history, and beauty. It is fascinating for every visitor. The museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars and sites of natural beauty are countless. It is also the largest city in Turkey, new discoveries imply that human inhabitants were here already 400,000 years ago. Until 1453, when it was conquered by the Ottomans, the city was the capital of the Byzantine Empire and during that period, İstanbul was adorned with a number of great monuments, which made it the most magnificent city in the world.
Start your sightseeing at The Basilica Cistern – a construction built in Byzantine time, used to bring drinking water for the citizens. It is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul and is still an awe-inspiring place. The cistern is a giant structure covering a rectangular area of 140 meters in length and 70 meters in width. Covering a total area of 9.800 m2, this cistern has a storage capacity of approximately 100.000 tons of water.
Then continue to Hagia Sophia, a church first transformed into a mosque and is now a museum will be like nothing you've ever seen before, its spacious rooms and luxurious decor is indescribable. Hagia Sophia means "Divine Wisdom" in Greek, Turkish people call it Aya Sofya. It is located in the Sultanahmet neighborhood and is one of the most important museums of Istanbul considered as a World Heritage by UNESCO. It is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and is a perfect synthesis of Byzantium and Ottoman cultures under one great dome. The letter is the most striking element in the structure.
Yet another fascinating site to visit is the Topkapi Palace – this is the place where the majority of Turkish sultans and their wives resided for centuries. Continue with a visit to the Blue Mosque, rustic Chora Church and romantic Galata Tower offering an amazing view over the city.
Obviously, there are many things to be seen in this monumental city, but do not limit yourself – there is a more rural side to the country and its charm are none the fewer.
You do not want to miss out the incredible Ephesus, which is one of the best-preserved Roman ruin in the world easily accessible if you have your own ride. The ancient city of Ephesus is Turkey’s most important ancient city, and one of the best-preserved and restored. You can spend hours strolling along its streets watching temples, theatres, houses, statues, and libraries ruins. The most impressive buildings are the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and the Temple of Artemis which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Visiting Cappadocia Underground Cities is almost like visiting another planet and truly breathtaking experience. A landscape of fairy chimneys and peculiar rock formations are so unique that it’s hard to believe they really exist until you see them with your own eyes. The most famous sites are the rock-cut churches of Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Monks Valley and Kaymaklı underground city. When you are there you must spend a night in Cappadocia's cave hotels.
How long have you known about the city named Troy? Well, now's your chance to see this historical place, connected with so many mysterious tales and stories. By taking a walk through their walls and streets you will be able to grasp an ancient feel to it.
The reality of Troy, the ancient Greek city made for the Gods, is that it was one of the oldest, continually occupied cities in human history. It is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Troy has 4,000 years of history and was rediscovered in 1871 by Heinrich Schliemann, a wealthy German, and Frank Calvert, an English diplomat. And of course, there's a huge wooden horse at the entrance to Troy now.
#5 Bodrum Castle
Yet another must-see venue is the Bodrum Castle – amazing view, with a Museum of Underwater Archeology and a perfect exploration place – there is something extraordinary about this place. This castle was constructed by the Knights of Rhodes in the 15th century during the crusades of the middle ages, and it was given the name The Castle of St. Petrus, or Petronium. The walls of the Bodrum castle contain the nearly 250 coats of arms and armorial bearings of many of the knights that served there.
These are just a few suggestions on what to do or see in this amazing country, whether you want to spend a more relaxed vacation or explore as much as possible – Turkey is perfect for everyone with a taste for exotic and ancient. With a hired car, you can move around freely and experience this country at its best. So be sure to check our amazing offers and convenient conditions and have a perfect holiday in Turkey with Vehicle Rent.