From east to west, north to south, many places in Turkey are unexplored. A lot of these places stand out with their history in Turkey. Unlike the popular destinations, these places are still not visited by the majority. These places are calmer and quieter as compared to the well-known, crowded destinations that are on every visitor’s list. If you are planning on a trip to Turkey, you must visit these five unexplored places in Turkey!
Located in the Aegean region of Balıkesir, Ayvalık is one of the smallest but culturally rich places with its historical Greek Houses, Sarımsakli Beach, Cunda Island, Şeytan Sofrası, and historical mosques and churches. The best time to visit Ayvalık is during the summers. Unlike Antalya or Fethiye, Ayvalık never gets too crowded, and you can calmly explore its natural wonders and historical places. Ayvalık is also famous for its restaurants. They say Ayvalık has the freshest fishes in every season in a year!
Akyaka is a small fishing village located in Muğla’s Ula district, and one of the best places to visit in summers, escaping from the chaos of the cities. You can swim in the ice-cold water or go canoeing in the Azmak river in Akyaka. Also, Akyaka is one of the best-unexplored places in Turkey for kite surfing and camping. With its rich greenery, preserved nature, and peaceful environment, it is a must-see place in Turkey.
Gökçeada is the largest island in Turkey. It is located in the province of Çanakkale, a place that stands out with the richness of its natural life. The beaches and green bays on the island are ideal for swimming, diving, surfing (both kite and wind), and motocross. It is a cycling-friend island, so exploring around will be fun with a bicycle. If you are looking for a peaceful place to run away from the crowd, Gökçeada might be the perfect option with its relaxing nature and weather.
Palamutbükü is a bay located in the district Datça of Muğla province. Datça is a popular holiday destination but Palamutbükü is a quieter place. During your visit to Palamutbükü, you should definitely enjoy swimming on the huge beach of this bay. Datça has hosted many civilizations, therefore, you will come across many historical ruins in Palamutbükü and its surroundings. You can find the chance to walk on the 13-kilometer historical road leading to Knidos Ancient City. You should also visit its neighbors Hayıtbükü, Ovabükü and Kızılbük bays.
Lake Salda, Yeşilova
Lake Salda, located in the district Yeşilova of Burdur province, is a mesmerizing crater lake with its scenery, white sands, and nature. The lake offers a visual feast to its visitors. This natural wonder has the brightest waters in Turkey. Due to its white sands and turquoise water, it looks like the Maldives in Turkey but not many people visit this relaxing natural wonder.
It is available for camping, and you can stay as long as you wish. The best time to visit Salda is in September and October. The most interesting thing about this place is Salda is the second place in the world with Mars features! The sand looks like white rocks but actually is sediments, that had also been found on Mars.
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