Türkiye is a real paradise for travelers. Historic cities, magnificent landscapes, unique culture – it is no wonder that the country is so popular with tourists from all over the world. While sightseeing Istanbul and beachfront Antalya remain among the most coveted and haunted destinations, there are other hidden gems in Turkey that promise to make it to the top tourist destinations this year.


Kanlıca is located on the Asian side of Istanbul and is only a few minutes away by ferry. Kanlıca today is a quiet, secluded haven and this makes it one of Turkey’s most sought-after hidden gems. The magnificent Mihrabat Nature Park, ancient wooden houses on the shore, traditional open water swimming competitions in the Bosphorus are just a small part of what makes this place so special. Gourmets are highly recommended to try the local treat: yoghurt sprinkled with powdered sugar.


Canakkale is a port city in Turkey. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has witnessed two very important battles in the history of the country. There are several memorial monuments here, such as the monument to the martyrs of Canakkale and the monument of respect to Mehmetchik, that is, to ordinary Turkish soldiers. The city is also famous for its most famous archaeological sites. These are the excavations of Troy, and the ruins of Alexandria Troadskaya, and much more. Tourists can learn more about the rich history of the region, as well as explore other areas of Canakkale.

Butterfly Valley

Fantastic place for trekking, located between the high peaks of Mount Babadag. Butterfly Valley is full of lush greenery, breathtaking views, stunning sunsets and, of course, an endless variety of butterflies. In addition, the best wines in the region are made here, which means that this place is a must-see for wine lovers.

Türkiye is not only beautiful beaches and unique local flavor. Its rich cultural heritage makes it a hub of hidden gems and quirky places to keep in mind when planning your next holiday in Turkey.

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