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Top 10 Offbeat Places to Visit in Turkey

With so many low costs flights to Turkey, there has never been a better time to visit. For an authentic experience, break away from the crowds and explore some of these offbeat places.


Dating back more than 5,000 years, this ancient coastal town has managed to preserve much of its old world charm. Visitors can spend the afternoon swimming in crystal clear waters, take a wine tasting tour at the regions vineyards or unwind at a pavement café overlooking the oldest know port of the Aegean.


It may be a tourist hot spot but there are plenty of off-the-beaten-track sights to discover in this beautiful region. The winding streets of its old town are a treasure trove of handcrafted goods, souvenirs and towering stacks of Turkish delight.


Take an hour’s drive from Istanbul and you’ll discover this Polish village which sits on the Asian side of the province. A settlement for refugees during the 1840s, this scenic region offers a chance to immerse yourself in Polish culture. Visit in June and you can enjoy traditional folk dancing at the lively Cherry festival.


Fast becoming a tourist hot spot, you’ll want to visit this port city before the crowds arrive. Aside from the golden beaches, visitors can explore nearby Roman ruins and swim in the calcium rich waters of the Pamukkale Thermal Pools.


Situated in the Bolu Province, this is one of many Ottoman towns in the Black Sea region. It’s a picture postcard setting with a mountainous backdrop, striking architecture and a stream that runs through the village.


This often overlooked neighborhood in Istanbul boasts great food, a roaring nightlife scene and a crafts market which takes place every Sunday. Head to the shoreline where you’ll find heaps of great seafood restaurants boasting unrivalled views overlooking the Bosphorus.


This bustling port town acts as a gateway to the neighboring Greek island of Lesbos via a speedy ferry journey. It’s also famed for its weekly market which takes place every Thursday. Navigate the narrow streets and you could find the perfect souvenir or handcrafted keepsake.

Gito Yaylasi

Few places in Turkey offer the untamed beauty of Gito Yaylasi — a highland plateau in the Kackar Mountains. The region’s only guest house may not offer modern luxuries such as internet but it’s a genuine escape from the stresses of everyday life.


The largest island in Turkey is a favorite amongst locals but remains pleasantly uncrowded due to a lack of international visitors. Be sure to stay at the tranquil village of Tepekoy, home to little more than 30 residents. A 19thcentury church is the major attraction as well as the charming tavern which serves up a culinary feast.


This laidback beach town rarely gets busy, which is surprising given the jaw-dropping coastal scenery. Along the waterfront, you’ll find lots of tea cafes where you can perfect your backgammon skills and admire the scenery.

Visit one of these destinations on your next Turkish adventure for an unforgettable and secluded holiday.

Images by Tom Godber and canonim, used under Creative Commons license 

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