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7 Incredible Hidden Gems To Visit In Turkey In 2024

Are you planning a vacation in Turkey but would like to explore somewhere less traveled? Even though Turkey is a trendy destination with millions of tourists coming every year, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve searched around every corner of this spectacular country to bring you the ultimate list of the best hidden gems to visit in 2024.

Mount Nemrunt, Adiyaman

Mount Nemrunt is another ancient monument that has been kept secret for years. This royal tomb set near Adiyaman dates back to the 1st century BC and is renowned for colossal statues of Greek and Persian gods, as well as King Antiochus, for who it was built.

To get there, you will have to take a 30-minute hike but it’s relatively easy and will reward you with amazing vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. You can either visit it on your own or with an organized tour. If you can, arrive for sunset or sunrise, the experience is much more magical.

Love Valley, Cappadocia

Cappadocia has been getting a lot of attention lately, but have you heard of the Love Valley? It’s famed for its phallic rock formations, hence the name, fantastic hiking trails, and enchanting scenery.

You don’t need to be a serious hiker. Walk the paths, get lost in the dunes, and find a secluded spot for a picnic and relax. If you want to make truly unforgettable memories, you can even explore the valley from a hot air balloon, which also makes for a great opportunity to take scenic photos.

Lycian Rock Tombs, Fethiye

Turkey has a fascinating history and is home to many unique landscapes. Lycian Rock Tombs is a combination of both. It provides a glimpse into the ancient Lycian civilization. And as it’s carved into a side of cliffs overlooking Fethiye, it also boasts astonishing views of the city and the surrounding landscapes, including the Mediterranean Sea.

What’s more, it’s easily accessible by a short hike, drive, or on a guided tour. If you choose the latter, the guides might enhance your visit with intriguing stories and legends. No matter whether you’re a history buff, culture lover, or tranquility seeker, this hidden gem will please everyone.

Butterfly Valley, Fethiye

If you’re already in Fethiye, we recommend stopping at Butterfly Valley. This secluded sandy beach with deep blue waters is surrounded by lush rocky mountains. As you may have guessed, they are home to a variety of different butterfly species, including the Jersey Tiger butterfly, as well as many plants and trees.

But lazying around on the beach isn’t the only thing you can do there. The area is also popular among adventure seekers and hikers. There are plenty of tracks up and down the cliffs, all of which offer some breathtaking views of the ocean and the beach.

Take your experience even further by sleeping under the stars at the top of the valley. Don’t have a tent? You can borrow one at a nearby guesthouse.

Kas

If you’re looking for the ultimate summer getaway in Turkey, Kas is the spot. This lovely seaside town is set in the Antalya Province and offers a blend of a rich cultural experience and plenty of fun at the beach.

Explore the crooked streets of the Old Town, filled with cozy cafés, restaurants serving delicious local dishes, and markets with fresh produce, crafts, and souvenirs. 

Kas is also known as one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean. There are more than 30 sites around with caves, wrecks, and colorful reefs. Everybody can enjoy this beautiful underwater world – the sites are suitable for all levels. Gear can be rented at one of the local dive shops.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish, and it’s not hard to tell why. These natural hot springs, which are part of UNESCO, boast dazzling-white calcium terraces where you can chill and enjoy stunning views of the surroundings.

However, it’s not just the unique shapes and colors that make this place special. Pamukkale springs are also known to have plenty of healing properties. The water is full of minerals, such as calcium bicarbonate and magnesium, which help relieve tension and muscle pain, and promote the health of the cardiovascular system.

Are you coming to see a bit of history? Above the springs, you will find the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis. Once you’re done relaxing, it’s worth exploring.

Sumela Monastery, Trabzon

Turkey is also home to one of those mesmerizing monasteries carved into mountain cliffs. The Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery is set near Trabzon in the north of the country and has been a popular destination among pilgrims and travelers seeking spirituality for years.

If you enjoy hiking, you can access it through Altındere National Park. Alternatively, you can arrive by car – there is a parking lot about 10 minutes from the site. For peace of mind, there are also guided tours from Trabzon. Whichever way you choose, Sumela Monastery will impress you with its rich history, panoramic views, and beautiful architecture.

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