Although due to terrorism, more and more people are thinking about it before traveling to Turkey, the truth is that it is still one of the most tourist countries in the world, something that is not surprising if we consider that in this nation East and West come together, resulting in a unique mix of cultures, colors, flavors and smells. . Furthermore, it is important to note that here the past and the future go hand in hand.
Today we move to this country, the cradle of civilizations, to discover some of its cities most important, taking into account not only its population, but its tourist interest. Would you like to join us? We assure you that you will not regret it!
As it could not be otherwise, we are going to start by talking about Istanbul, which, although it is not the official capital of the state, it has been three empires throughout history: the Roman, the Byzantine and the Ottoman. In addition, it is the largest and most populous city in the country and the one with the most important industrial, commercial, cultural and tourist role. It is located in the northwest, on the banks of the Bosporus, a strait that physically separates Europe and Asia. Therefore, the city is characterized by its contrasts, being very western to be Asian, and very eastern to be European.
Secondly, we want to talk about Ankara, which is the capital of Turkey and the second most populous city in the country. Located in the Central Anatolia region, it attracts many tourists every year thanks to its entertainment centers, excellent infrastructure and numerous historical monuments. And we must not forget that many have passed through here civilizations: Frigos, Lidos, Persians, Romans, Greeks, Ottomans ... In addition, Alexander the Great lived in this place for many years. Most of its buildings of interest are located in the historic center, located on a hill. Therefore, from this place you can also get wonderful views of the rest of the city.
We also want to tell you about Izmir (Izmir is the Turkish name), which in addition to being the second largest port in the country after Istanbul, is the third largest city in population. It is an ideal place to spend a beach vacation, since very close it is possible to find many seaside resorts, in addition to beautiful natural corners that have escaped mass tourism. Surrounded by mountains, numerous civilizations have also passed through Izmir. Of course, at the moment it is considered one of the cities of Turkey more westernized, in addition to being an important university focus.
Another place that cannot be missing from the list is Antalya. It is not among the most populated cities in Turkey, but it is one of the most visited thanks to the fact that it is surrounded by beautiful Beaches of sand, pebbles and crystal clear waters. Therefore, here it is possible to find a modern and varied tourist infrastructure, in addition to large public parks, a marina and a Roman wall. Also noteworthy are the wooden houses from the 18th and 11th centuries that can be found in the old town. Of course, these have been conditioned for tourism.
Finally, and knowing that we are leaving other important cities in the pipeline, we want to talk about Bursa, the fourth largest city in Turkey. It is important to keep in mind that it is one of the most industrialized towns, in addition to being an important center cultural. Located in the north of the country, Bursa is full of parks, gardens and forests. On the other hand, it houses a very popular ski resort. Regarding the monuments of interest, we must highlight the mausoleums of the Ottoman sultans.
Top 10 cities of turkey (November 2023)
- Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, cities, Izmir, Istanbul