• Naureen Chhipa

15 Amazing Things to See and Do in Turkey

Updated: Feb 23, 2021

Whether flying or on a road trip, here are 15 amazing things you can see and do throughout your Turkey travels. Let's travel, explore, wander and discover beautiful Turkey.

Beautiful places to visit in Turkey. Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
View of the Blue Mosque from Hagia Sophia - Istanbul, Turkey

There's so much to see and do when planning a trip to Turkey; it can get a bit overwhelming! But not to worry-- we've got you covered. Here's a list of what you should not miss in Turkey, the most beautiful part of Turkey, and adventurous things to tick off your bucket list.

See -- Take in those epic views in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is so photogenic and full of life. The streets are filled with an undeniable hustle and bustle energy. Sync that up with ancient architecture, epic-looking mosques resembling a scene from Aladdin, the Bosphorus straits, and seagulls flying by, and you'll get an electric, vibrant city filled with beautiful places to roam around, get lost, and photograph.

Places to travel and take the ferry in Istanbul Turkey
Bosphorus Strait - Istanbul, Turkey
Secret Cafe in Istanbul Turkey with a hidden bar for city views.
Rooftop views from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Rooftop views of Istanbul, Turkey and travel guide.

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Do -- Shop and Bargain at the Bazaars in Turkey

The Grand Baazar is iconic in Istanbul, so many movies have been filmed there. No visit to Istanbul is complete without passing by; there haggling is an art form, so be sure to negotiate the price for whatever you buy. If you're up for an adventure, you can also find some of the hidden rooftop cafés in the area boasting spectacular Istanbul city views. I highly recommend buying some Turkish scarves and handmade ceramics to bring back home. I've had mine for over nine years-- you can't beat the quality! My favorite bazaar in Istanbul, however, is the Spice Bazaar. The spices and teas are exceptional. The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul is a top place to shop for edible souvenirs to bring back home. If you're offered tea at any of the shops, accept politely. Tea offerings are a gesture of welcoming you into their shop, whether you're buying or not, and it's a great way to strike a conversation with the locals; they want to know about you and where you're visiting from just as much as you want to know about them. My favorite part of traveling is always connecting with the locals.

Shopping at the grand bazaar in Istanbul, turkey. Inside view of the grand bazaar. Turkey Destinations.
Grand Bazaar - Istanbul, Turkey
Spices and teas at the spice bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey.
Spice Bazaar - Istanbul, Turkey

under the roof Turkish coffee house, hidden cafe in Istanbul, Turkey.

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See -- The Beautiful Hagia Sophia Museum

This place took my breath away. Hagia Sophia has gone through so many changes throughout time and is one of the most important Byzantine structures ever built. When you visit, you're able to see traces of ancient Christianity artwork being recovered from when they were initially painted. If your time is limited in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia is a site you should not miss. Visiting Hagia Sophia is one of the most famous things to do in Turkey, so I recommend arriving when it opens to avoid long lines.

Places to travel to in Turkey. Istanbul, Visiting Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Museum - Istanbul, Turkey

Do -- Take a dip in Cleopatra's pool "Antique Pool"

My favorite place to swim in Pamukkale! A gift from Marc Anthony to Cleopatra, this pool has the original marble columns fallen from the nearby Apollo Theater during an earthquake, making this a sacred pool. This hot spring pool is filled with mineral-rich waters that are said to heal illnesses, skin disorders, circulatory problems, and rheumatism. Plus, how cool would it be to bathe in a pool that belonged to Cleopatra and where she would swim regularly?

Original ruins from the Apollo Theater inside Cleopatras pool in Pamukkale, Turkey.
Cleopatra's Pool - Hierapolis, Turkey
Pool gifted from Marc Anthony to Cleopatra.