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Curious about visiting Turkey? It’s a fascinating country with a rich history and culture. In recent years tourism has declined because some people think it’s dangerous to travel to Turkey, but I can assure you it’s safe. And there has probably never been a better time to visit Turkey than now!

If you haven’t yet been, here are 35 reasons why everyone should visit Turkey at least once in their lifetime!

1. Food

The food in the Mediterranean area or the Middle East is usually fresh and flavorful. Here below are some Turkish food that you should try!

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2. Cappadocia

Few places on Earth are as magical as Cappadocia. Set in the mountainous areas of Central Turkey, this historical destination is one of the best reasons to visit Turkey. Here you can stay in cave hotels, watch the hundreds of hot air balloons each day, and admire the historical sites.

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3. Turkish Tea and Coffee

Another good reason to visit Turkey is to go for a “Caj” (Tea) or coffee. It’s the perfect activity for relaxing and experiencing a chunk of the Turkish culture and everyday life.

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4. Öludeniz

One of the most beautiful places along the coast, where it’s also popular to go paragliding.

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5. Baklava

Like Sweets? Then you shouldn’t miss trying the world famous Baklava.

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6. Turks are beautiful

Here is the Miss Turkey 2017 as an example.

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7. Adana

The fifth largest city might not be a tourist hot spot, but it’s beautiful and you will find plenty of things to do as well as some nice spots!

8. Hamam (Turkish baths)

If you’re looking for a relaxing experience, then the Hamam baths are another good reason to visit Turkey.

9. Lokma

Another traditional Turkish dessert. Lokma is a piece of dough fried in oil and flavored with honey, sugar syrup, or cinnamon.

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10. Mount Nemrut

Turkey is filled with historical places, and Mount Nemrut is one of them. A World Heritage listed mountain with some precious statues and places. Definitely, a place you should go if you like history!

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11. Beautiful beaches

The endless coastline in Turkey has created some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and they come in plenty of variety with everything from sand to pebbles and cliff beaches.

12. Pamukkale

The pools of Pamukkale is one of the Turkish sites that’s one the Unesco World Heritage list, and one of the most popular spots for day trips.

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13. Kebab

You can find Kebab all over the world, but Kebab is on a whole other level in Turkey.

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14. Antalya

A beautiful coastal city with ancient heritage. There are direct flights available from several destinations in Europe. In the Antalya province, you can also find the wonderful tourist destination Side.

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15. Ephesus

Another historical attraction that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Turkey! Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and today you can admire the ruins.

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16. They also love breakfast, like me

Swedes in general love breakfast, and so do I. It’s the most important meal of the day, and in Turkey they also love breakfast!

17. Istanbul

The gateway from East to West. Istanbul is a city that never sleeps with many beautiful buildings and palaces. It’s also home to a lively nightlife and many restaurants. Istanbul is without a doubt one of the cities in the world that everyone should visit at least once!

18. You can go skiing

When thinking about Turkey, you might not think about skiing, but in the mountains, there are actually some pretty good ski slopes, and the prices are way lower than the Alps.

19. Ani

The remains from an Armenian medieval city that’s nicknamed the city of 1001 churches.

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20. Munzur Valley National Park

Prefer nature? Turkey has a lot of beautiful nature with various landscapes and scenery. Munzur Valley National Park is located in the Eastern parts of the country.

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21. Ankara

The capital of Turkey isn’t getting as much attention as Istanbul, but if you want to experience some every day Turkish culture, then Ankara is a great destination to go!

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22. Turkish football

You might have heard about Besiktas or Galatasaray as they have played in the finest football competitions for a while now, and in recent years those teams have attracted some of the biggest players in the world!

The Turkish fans are really passionate as well!

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23. Kaymaklı Ekmek Kadayıfı

A Turkish bread pudding dessert usually served with a kind of clotted cream.

24. Cats

Cats are everywhere in Turkey, and they are being treated very nice. I love cats, so I would say that this is yet another great reason to visit Turkey!

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25. The Grand Bazaar

Like shopping? The Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s biggest shopping areas with millions of visitors a day. If you take into account visitors it’s one of the most visited places in the world!

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26. Şekerpare

Another traditional Turkish dessert that you should try! I won’t tell you too much, but it’s delicious, so I will leave the flavor as a surprise!

In the video below, you can see how to make Sekerpare.

27. Köprülü Canyon National Park

Go canyoneering in the beautiful Köprulu national park!

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28. Hagia Sofia

Once a Christian church, later on, a Mosque, and now a museum. It’s one of the most impressive religious buildings in the world!

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29. Diverse society

A lot of cultures have had Turkey as their home, and various times and epochs have influenced the society, which has made the Turkish society diverse and multi-cultural.

30. Marmaris

Just a short boat ride from Rhodes in Greece, you will find Marmaris, which is a cozy town with some nice nightlife, restaurants, and shops as well as a lovely promenade.

31. Kaçkar Mountains National Park

Another stunning national park that you should take a closer look at if you like to spend time in nature!

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32. Kusadasi

A beautiful resort town on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

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33. Golf

Turkey is also home to quite a few golf courses that are open year round, which makes it a perfect destination for golf enthusiasts.

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34. Bodrum

A city that’s situated on the place of the ancient city of Halikarnassos. Nowadays it’s a popular tourist destination with lovely beaches, restaurants, boats, and much more.

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35. The People

Turks are in general very friendly and have a great hospitality. Don’t be surprised if they invite you for some Caj or coffee, or even sometimes for dinner, even if you’re a stranger. Most Turks that I have met have been very curious about my culture and also wanted to show me theirs.

The people is definitely one of the best reasons why everyone should visit Turkey at least once in their lifetime!

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Of course, there are more than 35 reasons to visit Turkey, and if you have some more suggestions and tips, feel free to share in the comment section below!