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Turkey is a seriously beautiful country, and one that I keep returning to. There’s just so much to see and experience in this amazing place. Northern Turkey, on the Black Sea coast, is possibly my favourite part of the country.

The Black Sea region (called “Karadeniz“, in Turkish) is green, lush, and stunning. Here you’ll find misty, forested mountains, temperate rainforests, alpine meadows, pristine lakes, and more fascinating historic sights than you could ever hope to visit.

Unlike the west and south-west of the country, Northern Turkey is relatively undiscovered. Pulling into a picturesqueseaside village, it often feels like you’re the only foreign tourist in town. Sometimes you are!

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People in Nortern Turkey are amazing.

Turkish culture is known for itshospitality. But in Northern Turkey, this is taken to a whole new level.

The first time a total stranger buys you a coffee, or lunch, or invites you to stay at their place, it can be disarming. “Why are they doing this??“, you wonder. However, acts of kindness like this towards visitors are totally normal here.

I lost track of the number of times local people bought me lunch,took me on free boat trips, invited meto stay at their house, and dropped everything to show me around. It’s really amazing, and something that took me totally off guard.

I think this is partly due to the lack of mass tourism here. People stop you in the street. They are genuinely interested to meet you and hear your story. They want to chat, and to show you their world.

It’s a fantastic place, full of fantastic people.

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Best Places To Visit In Northern Turkey

There are too many beautiful places in Northern Turkey to include all in this post. The following are some of my favourites.

I’ve set these out in a rough order that makes sense to follow, travelling from west to east.


Okay, Istanbul isn’t technicallyin the Black Sea region of Turkey, but it’s close enough. Plus, you’ll probably be starting and/or ending your trip through Northern Turkey here.

This huge city in north-west Turkey is also one of the most incredible metropoliseson the planet.

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Saying that Istanbul is a place “where East meets West” is super cliché. But it’s also totally true. The largest city in Turkey (and Europe, depending on the definition)spreads (literally) over two continents. It’s the crossroads between Europe and Asia, both physically and culturally.

Istanbul has been one of the world’s most important cities formore than 2,500 years. The ancient Greeks and Romans treasured its strategic location, and it later became the capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

Today, more than 15 million people call this amazing place home. It’s the cultural and economic capital of modern Turkey, and one of the world’s truly global megacities.

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There’s so much to see and do in Istanbul. You could spend weeks here, exploring somewhere new each day.

For those with less time, I’d suggest basing yourself inSultanahmet, the centre of theFatihdistrict of old Istanbul. Many of the city’s most famous sights are located in or close to here.

Top sights close to Sultanahmet:

Make sure you check out the Haghia Sophia (“Aya Sofya“, in Turkish) and the Blue Mosque (or “Sultan Ahmet Camii“). These are two of the most incredible buildings and places of worship that I have ever seen.

Other highlights include the maze-likeGrand Bazaar the largest covered bazaar in the world (with more than 4,000 shops), and the Topkapı Palaceformer residence of the Ottoman Sultans, which now contains a museum.

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One of the best ways to experience Istanbul is just to wander and get lost in its winding backstreets.

Aboat trip on the Bosphorus is another great thing to do. This will give you a sense of the scale and layout of the city. I recommend doing it at sunset, when Istanbul is at its most atmospheric.

With the domes and minarets of hundreds of mosques silhouetted against the sky, and the call to prayer echoing across the water, this place will take your breath away.

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Amasra is one of the prettiest towns in Northern Turkey and probably my favourite city in Turkey.

Located on the Black Sea coast, it’s a popular holiday destination for Istanbulites and others from the surrounding regions.

Driving the 450 kilometres fromIstanbul to Amasra is fairly straightforward and takes about 6 hours.

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The tiny old town is located on a narrow peninsula, connected by a Byzantine-era stone bridge.Amasra castlewas built by the Romans, and its citadel has walls and other fortifications that date back to the 7th and 8th centuries.

There are enough things to do in Amasra to justify spending at least a couple of days here.It’s a beautiful place to wander, exploring the maze of narrow winding streets.

The whole place oozes with history and is very atmospheric, especially in the evenings. There are several little restaurants with outside terraces, where you can feast on freshly caught fish, whilst watching the sun go down.

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Amasra has anidyllic natural harbour. In summer, it’s a popular place for swimming and catching the sun. From here, you can also take boat trips along the rugged coastline.

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Amasra is one of my favourite towns in Turkey. As well as being a really pretty place, people here are super friendly. Its easy to make friends with strangers, who are often keen to strike up conversation with you over tea.

Amasra to Sinop: Coastal Drive

The coastal road between Amasra and Sinop is one seriously epic drive.

In parts single-track and poorly paved, this road will probably amaze and terrify you in equal measures. The views are stunning, as the roadsnakes around jagged cliffs, passing through emerald green forests, above the impossibly blue, glistening sea.

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The 320 kilometre coastal route from Amasra to Sinop takes about 8 hours to drive.

I’d strongly recommend spreading the journey out over a few days though. You want to take your time here. There are loads of beautiful places to stop along the way, and friendly people to meet.

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Having your own car is strongly recommended, so you can take as long as you want and stop wherever you fancy.

Some of the best places to stop include:

  • Kurucaşile, which has a famous shipbuilding yard where you can see traditional wooden boats being built by hand.
  • Kapısuyu and/orÇakraz, both fantastic spots for beach camping, lunch, chilling, etc.
  • Cide (pronounced “Chide”), which has a great beach and decent, cheap accommodation.
  • Gideros Bay, a beautiful spot for a picnic.
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However, fear not if you don’t have a car.

It is possible to do the journey by taking severaldolmuş (pronounced “dol-mush”) – i.e. shared minibus taxis, similar tomatatusordala dalasin Africa, which run on set routes along the way. Not the most comfortable way to travel (and the driving is often pretty aggressive), but fun all the same.(Make sure you grab a window seat on the left side of the bus, for the best views!)

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Sinop is an ancient walled city built on a narrow peninsula jutting out into the Black Sea.

Historically important since the time of the ancient Greeks, today Sinop is said to be the happiest city in Turkey. It’s also one of thebest cities to visit in Turkey.

Sinop is a peaceful, pleasant place with an attractive seafront and lots of good places to eat and drink. Take a wander along the harbour, where you’ll find many cafes and stalls selling amazingly fresh grilled fish.

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Sinop Castlewas originally built in the 7th century BC, and is one of the main sights in town. This amazing fortress housed an infamous jail up until 1997, when it was converted into an open air museum.

Starting at the castle, you can walk along the tops of the old city walls. Climb up the main tower for panoramic views over the old city, its harbour, and out to sea.

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Trabzon is the largest city in Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea region, and is a convenient hub for exploring the area. It’s also one of the cheapest places to visit in Turkey.

This is another place steeped in thousands of years of history, dating back to the 8th century BC. It was an important port on the route linking Persia to the Mediterranean.

Trabzon’s ancient walled citywas built into the side of a hill, with steep flights of stairs connecting several neighbourhoods.

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There are many ancient churches, monasteries and mosques in and around Trabzon. The most famous of these is the Hagia Sophia (/Aya Sofya). This smaller cousin of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is one of the best preserved Byzantine buildings in the world.

Inside, the walls and ceilings are covered in intricate frescoes depicting stories from the Bible.

The Ottomans converted this amazing building to a mosque. Since then, it has served as both a hospital and a museum, and is now again a mosque.

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Sumela Monastery

At an altitude of 1,200 metres, perched on a ledge half way up a vertical cliff, Sumela Monastery has the most incredible setting imaginable.

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Getting to this unbelievable place is part of the experience. You have to follow a winding road up through a misty valley, past raging streams and gushing waterfalls. Looking up into the thickly forested mountains, you might catch a glimpse of the monastery, suspended impossibly on the cliff-edge.

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This Greek Orthodox monastery was founded in the 4th century and is built, literally, out of the side of the mountain. Looking out of the narrow windows into thin air, all the way down to the valley floor below, it’s hard not to be amazed that this was built1,700 years ago.

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The complex has a number of chapels, including a rock church decorated with beautifully intricate frescoes depicting Biblical scenes.There are several other buildings around the main courtyard, including kitchens, a bakery, living quarters, a library, and a natural spring said to contain holy water.

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It’s certainly one of the most touristy sites in Northern Turkey, but is an incredible place nonetheless. Definitely worth a visit.

I’d try to go early or late in the day (ideally midweek) to avoid the worst of the crowds.


The attractive village of Uzungöl is situated on the shores of a lake, 90 kilometres south-east of Trabzon, in a valley surrounded by towering mountains.

It’s a popular rural retreat with people from Trabzon and surrounding cities, who come here for long weekends to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Uzungöl has a definite Alpine feel, with several smart wooden lodges boasting comfortable rooms and a range of facilities.Inan Kardeşler Hotelis a popular one, and has a fantastic restaurant specialising in local dishes.

Hiking is a popular activity in the area, and there are several trails starting from the village. Depending on how far you want to go, you can either take a leisurely stroll around the lake, or hike further up through the thick forests into the surrounding mountains.

TheCulture Routes Societyhas some great information onthe various long distance hiking trails and biking routes in Turkey.


Rize is another town on the Black Sea coast, 80 kilometres east of Trabzon.

There’s a decent range of places to stay here, and it makes a good base for exploring the surrounding area.

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Rize is an important centre of tea production. People in Turkey drink a lot of tea, and Rize tea (“Rize çayı“) is said to be the highest quality. (If you haven’t tried Turkish tea, do – it’s delicious!)

The fertile green hills of Rize province are home to several large tea plantations, some of which you can visit. One of the most accessible is the Ziraat Tea Garden, a short walk up into the hills from the centre of town. Here you can sample the local produce at its freshest, whilst enjoying the views over Rize and the surrounding hills.

Rize also has a medieval castle, built in the 6th century, plus a small ethnographic museum.

Ayder Yaylası

Turkey’s Black Sea region has manyyayla(summertime mountain pastures). Ayder is one of the most famous of these.

Located in a lush green valleyin the Kaçkar Mountains, about 84 kilometres from Rize, the village itself has beautiful surroundings.

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People come here to enjoy the fresh air, fantastic mountain scenery, and thefamoushot springs, which are said to have healing properties.

Ayder is surrounded by densely forested mountains, sparkling streams and waterfalls. It’s a beautiful spot, and a perfect place to connect with your inner calm. And if that’s too hippie-dippy for you, there are many hikes and mountain biking trails in the hills around the area.

Keep an eye out for the many beehives which are hung on trees. Rhododendron honey is a speciality of this region.

Karagöl Sahara Milli Parkı

In the far corner of north-eastern Turkey, near the border with Georgia, you will find the Karagöl Sahara National Park (Milli Parkı).

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This 8,000 acre park has a beautifully wild feel, whilst still being fairly accessible. It’s a paradise for nature lovers, hikers and campers.

There’s a lodge located inside the park where you can stay, if you’d prefer not to camp.

This is one of the best places to visit in Turkey in September, especially if you are a keen hiker. At this time, the weather is likely to be warm and dry, though you should always be prepared for rain.

Ani Ruins

130 kilometres south-east of Karagöl Sahara, on the (closed) border with Armenia, is the ruined city of Ani.

Ani is sometimes called theCity of 1,001 Churches, and is aUNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Strategically located on a triangular plateau between three gorges,Ani was the capital of the medieval Armenian kingdom in the 10th and 11th centuries. At this time, it was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the world.

Ani was later an important trading post on the Silk Road, which linked China to Europe and the Middle East.

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However, the Mongols captured and sacked the city in the 1200s, which marked the start of its gradual decline.

Damaged by earthquakes, harsh weather and repeated Mongol invasions, the beautiful buildings were later abandoned and forgotten.

Today, this amazing, otherworldly place feels like a mythical ghost city. The whole area is eerily silent. I didn’t see any other tourists there at all, which is amazing given how spectacular and unique it is.

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Exploring the crumbling ruins, with no other soul in sight, it’s easy to imagine you are discovering for the first time the remains of a long lost civilisation.

Ani is one of the most surreal, memorable places I’ve ever visited. It’s definitely one of the most underratedlocations in Turkey.I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Northern Turkey Travel Guide - Practical Info & Tips

How To Get To Northern Turkey

Istanbul airport is Turkey’s main port of entry. It’s a global aviation hub, and most major international airlines fly here. Alternatively, you could fly to Ankara (Turkey’s capital city), and then head north to the Black Sea.

There are a few international flights to Turkey’s Black Sea cities (such as Trabzon and Samsun), but not many. Either way, it’ll probably be cheaper to fly to Istanbul.

I use – and recommend – Aviasales to find the best deals on flights. Their search engine is really easy to use and often picks up on promotions and discounted fares that are missed by other comparison sites. You can search across a range of dates, and it suggests the best dates and times for you.

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Istanbul is a major port, and it’s also possible to arrive here by ship.

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I’ve also crossed into (and out of) Turkey through the land borders with both Greece and Georgia, both of which are fairly straightforward.

If you’re bringing a car with you, make sure you have its registration documents to hand, in case customs officers want to see them.International driving permits are not strictly necessary, though I think it’s always a good idea to have one, to avoid any potential issues at the border.

Transport Around Northern Turkey

Turkey has an excellent public transport network. Cheap and comfortablelong distance coaches connect most major towns and cities. Dolmuş minibus taxis ply the routes between the smaller towns and villages, both on the coast and in the mountains.

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However, if your budget will stretch to hiring a car, I’d strongly recommend it.

Northern Turkey is an amazing place for a road trip. Having your own car enables you to travel at your own pace, and stop wherever you want.

It’s also much easier to get to more remote places (e.g. camping next to lakes or in forests) if you have your own wheels. For those who are into camping, this also helps to keep the costs way down 🙂

Cheap car hire in Turkey

The best deals on car hire in Turkey are usually found on compare the prices of local car rental companies, which tend to be significantly cheaper than the big international hire companies.

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Alternatively, why not drive your own car there…

And if you have even more time, see myguide to travelling from Tbilisi to Mestia, in neighbouring Georgia. This would make an excellent extension to yourKaradenizroad trip.

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Where To Stay In Northern Turkey

With the notable exception of Istanbul, accommodation in Northern Turkey is generally much cheaper than the more touristy parts of the country (e.g. the Mediterranean south-west coast, Cappadocia, etc.).

In most places you’ll find a range of different accommodation, ranging from simple pansiyons (guesthouses) to luxury hotels. It’s usually a good idea to book in advance, especially during theTurkish public holidays. is a good place to look for deals.

Click here to compare the latest prices.

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If you have camping gear, there are many great campsites, often in picturesque locations.

For those keen to do a spot of wild camping, this is generally fine, provided you are considerate of your surroundings. Don’t pitch up too close to where people live/work, don’t be stupid with fire, and take all of your rubbish with you.

Check out this article where I review thebest tents for wild camping.

In short…One of thebest tents that money can buyis theMSR Hubba Hubba 2-person tent.

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Best Time To Visit Northern Turkey

Northern Turkey has a milder, wetter climate than the rest of the country. Humidity is fairly high, and you should be prepared for rainfall year-round, due to the mountains and the Black Sea north of Turkey.

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The best time to visit Northern Turkey isbetween June and September, when the region receives the least rain and the weather is pleasantly warm. However, accommodation is typically more expensive during the summer months.

Due to its unique climate, north Turkey is also one of the bestplaces to visit in Turkey in July, when the rest of the country is baking in the midsummer heat.

The mountains can be cold and misty even in the summer though, so warm clothing and waterproofs are essential if you’re planning to hike.

Winters in the Black Sea region are cool and damp. Though this is when accommodation is usually cheapest.

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Thanks for reading. I hope you’ve found this Northern Turkey travel guide helpful.

Karadeniz is one of the most beautiful, unexplored places in Turkey. If you’ve never visited before, I’d really recommend it.

Have I missed any of your favourite destinations? Which do you think are themost beautiful towns in Turkey? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Turkish lira is the country's accepted currency, and although you can pay with euros in some places, you'll always get a better deal paying in the local currency. Get lira from ATMs using your debit card or travel card, and Visa and Mastercard cards are widely accepted, especially in the big cities.

Should I bring cash to Turkey? ›

Is it better to use a card or cash in Turkey? Both methods have their pros and cons. However, we suggest you have both because you need cash to spend money in local streets as local shops or vendors don't accept card payments. On the other hand, a wide range of hotels and restaurants accepts card payments.

How much is a can of Coke in Turkey? ›

The average price for all countries is 0.91 USD. The database includes 92 countries.
Turkey - Coca-Cola - price, June 2022.
Turkey - Coca-Cola - price, June 2022

How many days do I need in Cappadocia? ›

3 days in Cappadocia is the perfect amount of time.

Three days allows you to see all of the big sites, do a little hiking, explore some caves, and even go on a hot air balloon ride, if your heart desires.

How far is Cappadocia from Istanbul by train? ›

Trains from Istanbul to Cappadocia

How long is a train journey to CAPPADOCIA from Istanbul? The distance between CAPPADOCIA and Istanbul is 884 km. The train from Kadikoy station to Konya station takes 11 hours.

Is 10000 Turkish lira enough for a week? ›

It is quite enough for upto 4–5 people to take a tour of around and have a better meal than all inclusive hotel's for a couple of nights, depending on your expenditure. If you aren't fancier in food, you can squeeze the soveniours in that number.

How much is a meal in Turkey? ›

Cost of Living in Turkey
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant60.00TL
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course300.00TL
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)65.00TL
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)35.00TL
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Is food in Turkey expensive? ›

Is Turkey an expensive country? Prices of basic products in Turkey are lower than in United States. You have to pay 2.47 times less for shopping in Turkey than in United States. The average accommodation cost in Turkey range from: 20 USD (364 TRY) in hostel to 94 USD (1,700 TRY) in 3 star hotel.

Is Fethiye or Antalya better? ›

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Fethiye and Antalya, we can see that Antalya is more expensive. And not only is Fethiye much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Fethiye would let you spend less money overall.

Is Turkey a cheap place to visit? ›

Bulgaria and Turkey are likely to be among the cheapest holiday destinations, according to a survey.

Why are hotels in Turkey so cheap? ›

So here's a thing you should know. Turkey – that diverse, beautiful and very sunny country – is insanely cheap right now, with flights and accommodation both very, very affordable indeed. That's because the country in the midst of an economic crisis, with the currency – the lira – having crashed.

Is it safe to walk at night in Turkey? ›

Any city in the world is more dangerous at night than in the daytime, and Istanbul is no exception. Luckily, Istanbul is still quite safe at night, but you should take extra precautions. Walking around at night in one of the tourist neighborhoods in Istanbul such as Sultanahmet or Kadikoy is quite safe.

Can I wear shorts in Istanbul? ›

In Turkish cities, shorts and T-shirts are acceptable. There is no problem wearing shorts for comfort, except when you visit mosques. As for Turks, most of them will be wearing "smart casual" clothes: sleeved summer dresses or sleeved top and skirt for women, short-sleeved shirt and long trousers for men.

What is the safest country in the world 2022? ›

Profiles of the World's 10 Safest Countries
  1. Iceland. According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the safest country in the world for the 14th year in a row. ...
  2. New Zealand. New Zealand is the second-safest country in the world. ...
  3. Ireland. ...
  4. Denmark. ...
  5. Austria. ...
  6. Portugal. ...
  7. Slovenia. ...
  8. Czech Republic.

Is Spain safer than Turkey? ›

Active cases in Spain are at 107,109, while Turkey's are just 10,678. Timuçin Güler, the General Director for Tourism Promotion, spoke to Sun Online Travel about welcoming tourists back - and said the country is a much better option this summer. He said: "Turkey is safer than many other countries in the world.

Is Turkey cheaper than Thailand? ›

The average cost of living in Thailand ($742) is 73% more expensive than in Turkey ($428). Thailand ranked 112th vs 187th for Turkey in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

Is Turkey cheaper than Dubai? ›

Cost of living in Istanbul (Turkey) is 45% cheaper than in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Is Istanbul or Antalya better? ›

Both Antalya and Istanbul have a number of activities to choose from. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Istanbul than Antalya. The ideal length of time for a trip to Antalya is 2-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Istanbul is 3-7 days.

Is Istanbul or Ankara better? ›

Ankara is a residential and political city, meaning it is quieter and more organised compared to chaotic Istanbul. Even though there's a bit of traffic during rush hour, you'll never hear excessive car honking or the noise of the urban shuffle.

What month is best in Turkey? ›

April, May, September and October are pleasantly warm, with temperatures of 20°C to 30°C, so are typically the best times to visit Turkey's grand array of ancient sites. The summer months (June through to September) are very hot, with temperatures reaching the mid-thirties on the south coast.

Should I go to Egypt or Turkey? ›

Both countries have hot climate, but Turkey has a cool sea breezes and higher humidity. Egypt is more suitable for a holiday in the winter and autumn, when the climate is a little milder. Both countries offer a variety of excursions.

Is Turkey better than Morocco? ›

Both Turkey and Morocco are cheap destinations for a vacation. However, overall Turkey is the cheaper place for food, accommodation, and alcohol in hotels/restaurants. Here is a quick breakdown of the average costs in these two countries.

Is Bodrum or Antalya better? ›

Winner: both Antalya and Bodrum have equally nice beaches, but Antalya has more beaches in the region. It also has a beach in the city of Antalya, which makes it slightly better than Bodrum for beaches.

Where can I find celebrities in Istanbul? ›

A good place to start is along the Bosphorus, where the city's most flamboyant nightclubs live, including 1 Reina, 2 Sortie, and 3 Supperclub. These are all very much on the clubbing radar, and celebrity sightings are not rare.

What is the safest area to stay in Istanbul? ›

The 7 Best Neighborhoods in Istanbul for Tourists
  1. Sultanahmet. ...
  2. Sirkeci. ...
  3. Taksim. ...
  4. Karaköy & Galata. ...
  5. Maçka & Nişantaşi. ...
  6. Kabataş ...
  7. Beşiktaş
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Is Istanbul cheaper or Antalya? ›

Cost of living in Antalya (Turkey) is 17% cheaper than in Istanbul (Turkey)

Is Antalya better than Izmir? ›

Antalya seems to have the best beaches and might be a prettier place to visit in its own right, but Izmir seems more interesting historically/culturally, less touristy within the city itself, and it's not horribly far from some nice beaches (though not nearly as close or as nice as those near/in Antalya it would seem).


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