15 Best Cities in Turkey | PlanetWare (2023)

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Updated Mar 30, 2022

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Turkey's cities are where you experience Turkish life at its most vibrant. Many of Turkey's cities, even those known today as modern centers of business and industry, have ancient roots, and hold on to old town districts replete with the fine architecture from older eras, whether Ottoman, Byzantine, or Classical.

If you want to explore the grand building works of empires past, seek out some of the country's best dining, or simply get lost within the bazaar bustle, make sure to add some city time into your travels.

Plan where to find the big-city scene with our list of the best cities in Turkey

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1. Istanbul

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Istanbul manages to merge its vast ancient past and hectic modern mega-city buzz with an aplomb not managed by many other cities. This is Turkey's major metropolis. Straddling opposing shores of Europe and Asia, it is home to a population of about 15 million.

Unsurprisingly, Istanbul is one of the world's favorite city-break destinations. There are few other cities on Earth where you can visit this mind-boggling multitude of historic monuments from different eras.

Just in its central old town core, it holds more world-class tourist attractions than some entire countries can count.

You could spend weeks here and still find new things to see and interesting places to shop, but for first-time visitors, the historic center is where to concentrate your time. Here, you'll find the city's most famous grand Imperial building projects from both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), Topkapı Palace, and the Grand Bazaar are the big four.

Beyond these, though, there are Byzantine cisterns, more multi-domed and lavishly tiled mosques, Baroque palace architecture, and frescoed churches to discover. And history is only part of Istanbul's charm.

Don't be lulled into thinking this city is just the sum of its grand past. Street life here has a buzzing, youthful vibe.

The café and dining scene includes everything from reworked Ottoman palace dishes and regional specialties to modern Mediterranean and fusion flavors. And with big players such as the Istanbul Modern and ARTER, the contemporary art scene is thriving.

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2. Antalya

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Turkey's premier Mediterranean resort is also an important center of commerce with a population of 1.2 million, so there is plenty of cosmopolitan buzz to add to its beach life.

Antalya is one of the best places to visit in Turkey if you want to combine sun and sand with city amenities on hand.

Laid-back beach life is found at both Konyaaltı beach and Lara beach, but the city's vibrant and varied café and restaurant scene is still easily on tap.

With the Kaleiçi district at Antalya's core, you have one of Turkey's best-preserved old towns within easy reach for days when it's time to do more than top up your tan.

This neighborhood of Ottoman-period mansions leading down to a Roman-era harbor, with views that swoop across the jagged, mountainous coastline, provides enough tourist attractions in itself even if you're not interested in having the beach on hand.

If the sights within the city aren't enough, Antalya also sits on the doorstep of a whole swag of Turkey's major archaeological sites.

With the famed Classical-era ruins of Aspendos, Perge, Side, and Termessos just day trip hops from town, you'd be hard-pressed to find a beach town with more to offer.

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3. Bursa

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The original capital of the Ottoman Empire, Bursa today is a vast, rambling, modern city, home to two million.

Most visitors will want to concentrate their sightseeing in the city's central districts. The 20-domed Grand Mosque, exuberantly tiled interiors of both the Yeşil Mosque and tomb, and the colorfully decorated mausoleums of the first Ottoman Sultans within the Muradiye Complex are the most famous monuments from Bursa's imperial reign.

At the city's core is the massive Covered Market, where multiple hans (caravanserais) and bedestens (warehouses) showcase Bursa's heritage as a Silk Route trading point. Don't miss the Koza Han with its numerous silk shops still continuing the tradition.

For some travelers though, all this heritage on display is secondary. Foodies are here to dine on Iskender kebab in the city where it was invented. Nearly every restaurant in town offers this up as their headline dish but for the real deal, beeline to Kebapçi Iskender where it was first created.

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4. Şanlıurfa

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Claimed birthplace of the Prophet Abraham and once the Byzantine city of Edessa, Şanlıurfa has always been one of the most interesting stops in Turkey's southeast.

In the last few years, as the archaeological site of Göbeklitepe has been opened up to tourism, a new wave of visitors have also flocked here. These Neolithic monoliths, sitting just on the city outskirts, were anointed with UNESCO World Heritage status in 2019.

In the city center itself, a massive and thoroughly contemporary new Archaeological Museum provides one of Turkey's most fascinating museum experiences, thoroughly complementing the site by devoting a large swath of its space to exhibits from both Göbeklitepe and the Şanlıurfa region's importance in early human history.

Even without these two recent major tourist attractions though, Şanlıurfa has plenty for visitors to unpack.

The old town district's bazaar is a busy muddle, where traditional craft workshops and market produce stalls huddle amid skinny alleys and where the courtyards of old caravanserais are now put to use as atmospheric open-air cafés.

Leading out from the old town district, at the city's very heart, is leafy Gölbaşı park. This major pilgrimage area plays center stage in the city's local lore, with historic mosques built on sites important to the story of Abraham, and fish ponds filled with sacred carp.

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5. Izmir

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This provincial capital, and Turkey's third biggest center, with a population of 2.9 million, is a big-city base for the nearby sites of Ephesus and Pergamum, which are both day-tripping distance.

Spreading along the Aegean waterfront, Izmir today is feted as one of Turkey's most lively metropolitan centers. Its youthful, commercial buzz and modern façade hides a vast history.

Izmir was once Smyrna, the most important port town along this coastline from the Roman period up to the end of the Ottoman era.

Along with Alexandria in Egypt, it was feted for centuries as a Mediterranean cosmopolitan hub, where Turks, Greeks, Jews, and Armenians all thrived.

A catastrophic fire at the end of the Turkish War for Independence in 1922 wiped out much of Izmir's historic neighborhoods, but a glimpse of its storied past can still be found in the vast Kemeraltı Market district snug in the city core. Here, Ottoman warehouses now house craft workshops, caravanserais are converted to coffee houses, and alleyway stalls are piled high with produce and household goods.

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6. Konya

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The ornately tiled Mevlana Museum, home to the tomb of 13th-century Sufi poet and preacher Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, has made this old Seljuk capital a major stop for any traveler heading east from the Mediterranean coast.

Most visitors time their trip to watch a performance by the whirling dervishes (twice weekly in summer; once a week the rest of year) in the birthplace of this Mevlevi Sufi sect.

Konya's Sufi connection has made its tourism name but there are plenty of things to do beyond the dervishes.

The central city is crammed with the surviving mosques and monuments from Konya's grand era as Seljuk capital in the 13th century. Some, such as the Karatay Medresesi, have been painstakingly restored and turned into interesting museums that highlight the artistic accomplishments of the Seljuk era.

Outside the city itself, the stark surrounding plains are home to a host of attractions that will convince history-minded travelers to linger another night in town.

Top of the list is the settlement mound of Çatalhöyük, where archaeologists unearthed one of the world's largest Neolithic villages.

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7. Fethiye

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With its spectacular harbor front setting, this small city of 100,000 is one of Turkey's most popular places to visit along the Mediterranean coast.

Fethiye is a major yachting destination. There are bundles of sailing activities on offer, from daily group boat tours to multi-day private yacht hire.

The harbor here is also the departure point for Turkey's most famous sailing itinerary: the three-night Blue Cruise, which takes in some of the best coastal panoramas along this stretch of coast.

Although Fethiye is primarily all about the water, its location is also perfect for launching out to explore the vast amount of ruins hidden in the surrounding lush forested hills.

The Classical-era Lycian ruins of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Xanthos and Letoön are just two of the major archaeological sites within day-tripping distance.

If, though, you are simply focused on sun and sea, this is the nearest city base for the famed beaches of Ölüdeniz, with its paragliding and boat trips, and Butterfly Valley.

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8. Gaziantep

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Turkey's baklava center needs no introduction to foodie travelers. Gaziantep's sweet treats are famed throughout the country. There's plenty to discover beyond the sugar-hit though.

One of the prime tourist attractions is the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

Highly contemporary and beautifully conceived, the museum holds one of the world's most important collections of Roman period mosaic floor art, all rescued from the nearby Belkis-Zeugma archaeological site before it was submerged under the waters of the Birecik Dam.

One of the real pleasures of Gaziantep is wandering the old town area. Its multitude of baklava shops and compact bazaar alleys, stuffed full of traditional craftwork stores and historic coffee houses, could consume a full day of your time.

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9. Ankara

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Turkey's capital, and the second biggest city in the country, with a population of five million, is slap in the center of the country.

Ankara is a sprawling center of business and industry but there are two big reasons to add it into your Turkey tour.

Beeline here to visit the excellent Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which holds an unparalleled collection of artifacts from archaeological sites across the country. Exhibits range from the Neolithic through to the Iron Age. If you want to understand the vast breadth of Turkey's ancient history, this is the best place in the country.

Ankara's other major attraction, and a modern pilgrimage site, is the Anıtkabir. This hilltop complex holds the mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. Come here to understand how this modern nation was forged in the years after World War I.

Ankara is also the nearest base to the ruins of the Hittite capital of Hattuşa, the Bronze Age Empire, which once ruled over much of Anatolia, and the Iron Age site of Gordion, where Alexander the Great cut the Gordion knot.

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10. Eskişehir

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This major university center is all about café culture, gardens, and art.

Full of youthful energy and buzz, Eskişehir is a big hit with local families who day trip here on summer weekends for gondola rides on the river, picnicking in the parks, and strolling the small old town district of Odunpazarı .

Odunpazarı is also where you'll find Eskişehir's newest attraction. The OMM (Odunpazarı Modern Museum) art gallery holds a permanent collection of modern art, comprising sculpture and installations as well as paintings, and hosts temporary exhibitions of big names in the contemporary art scene. It's the most important private art gallery outside of Istanbul.

Eskişehir used to be bypassed by many travelers, but the new high-speed train lines connecting Istanbul with Ankara and Konya have made Eskişehir (a station on both lines) a popular stop off for travelers heading inland.

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11. Antakya

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Antakya (often called Hatay locally) is ancient Antioch, the early center of Christianity where both St. Paul and St. Peter preached to the first converts.

The labyrinthine old town area, with its cobblestone alleys, old Ottoman houses, markets, and a handful of churches, is perfect for aimless strolling. Antakya's other major attractions are just on the outskirts of the center.

The Roman and Byzantine mosaic art collection at Hatay Archaeology Museum is only rivaled by Gaziantep in its world-class status. Beyond the mosaics, the museum also exhibits fascinating Bronze Age artifacts.

On the road to the museum, you pass both the Church of St. Peter (one of the oldest churches in the world) and the new Museum Hotel (opened in 2019), which was built over and around the world's largest intact mosaic floor ever found.

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12. Trabzon

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This is the Black Sea coast's most tourist-oriented city.

Most visitors usually spend just one night before launching themselves out on trips into Turkey's lush tea-growing hills or to visit Sumela Monastery, one of the Black Sea's most famous sights. Though the monastery has been closed for restoration for the past several years, just viewing its location, built high up in jagged cliffs, still makes it a major attraction.

Trabzon is worth more time than most travelers give it, though. In the city itself, the major tourist sight is the Aya Sofya, a church-turned-mosque that holds important 13th-century frescoes.

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After visiting the Aya Sofya, dive into the central bazaar district and the fortified Ortahisar (middle castle) neighborhood. Both have held on to plenty of Ottoman architecture, with several caravanserais now used as cafés and shop space.

Trabzon is also one of the Black Sea's best destinations for sampling Black Sea cuisine. Plenty of restaurants in the city center specialize in the distinct dishes of this region, showcasing the fusion of Georgian, Greek, and Turkish flavors that hark back to the Black Sea's multicultural past.

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13. Edirne

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Nudging up against the borders with both Bulgaria and Greece, Edirne is the major city of Thrace (the tiny corner of northwest Turkey that sits within Europe).

Once the Roman city of Adrianople and later capital of the Ottoman Empire (Mehmet II launched his conquest of Constantinople from here), Edirne has a long and grand history that can be glimpsed in the preserved imperial architecture that still dots its central city.

The major tourist attraction in town is Edirne's Selimiye Mosque, regarded as the finest example of mosque architecture built by the famed Ottoman architect Sinan.

Any visitor interested in history, though, will find plenty of other things to do in Edirne, with a glut of other mosques and Ottoman-era monuments to explore.

Edirne's location makes it a convenient stop on the overland route between Istanbul and Bulgaria or northern Greece.

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14. Amasya

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Amasya sits squeezed between high cliffs, with the Yeşilirmak River winding through its center.

Although a laid-back, small city today, Amasya was once capital of the Kingdom of Pontus and later, during the city's Roman era, it was the birthplace of Strabo, the famed Roman geographer.

There may be few big tourist attractions or major things to do within town, but Amasya makes up for that fact by providing plenty of ambience and opportunities to soak up the views.

Stroll the riverfront where a clutch of preserved Ottoman wooden mansions line the northern bank, with the tombs of Pontic kings cut into the looming cliff above, and then head up to the scant remains of the castle, perched on the cliff summit for vistas across the valley.

In the central city itself, don't miss visiting the 15th-century Sultan Beyazıt II Mosque with an interior that rivals Istanbul's imperial mosques for grandeur.

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15. Kars

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The major city of Turkey's far northeast, Kars is the nearest base to the ruins of the Armenian Kingdom capital of Ani, one of Turkey's UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Nearly every traveler heading to the archaeological site will spend at least one night here.

Kars itself has a very individual style compared to other Turkish cities, mostly due to the town's era under Russian occupation from 1878 to 1920, which gave Kars its distinctive stone-cut mansion architecture and grid-like road layout.

The city's northern corner is home to a handful of historic buildings. Head first to the Kümbet Mosque, which was originally the 10th-century Armenian Church of the Apostles and then hike up to Kars Castle for the views across the town and surrounding stark countryside.

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What is the most modern city in Turkey? ›

Istanbul is simply a mixture of modernity and tradition. It is Turkey's most developed city yet an ancient city with monuments and buildings showing its magnificent past.

Which city is most visited in Turkey? ›

Top 10 Most Visited Cities in Turkey

Cities in Turkey: Top 10 most visited cities are Istanbul, Antalya, Bodum, Trabzon, İzmir, Alanya, Nevsehir, Ankara, Bursa, Eskisehir and Mugla.

What is the most luxurious city in Turkey? ›

Stop 1 – Istanbul

Istanbul is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, like the Four Seasons and Kempinski on the Bosphorus. These hotels are located on the waters edge of the European side with views of the Bosphorus and Asian continent across the waterway.

What's the richest city in Turkey? ›

Istanbul is moving up the league of one of the richest cities in the world. Istanbul is in the top 5 cities together with New york, London and Moscow. Fishermen's city Istanbul became the billionaire city. After 2001 crisis the amount of billionaires increased in Istanbul.

Where do rich people live in Turkey? ›

Nicknamed the Saint Tropez of Turkey, Turkbuku fabulously oozes wealth, luxury and an air of abundant living.

Which city is the cheapest to live in Turkey? ›

The cheapest cities in Turkey for living

The cheapest Turkish cities to live in are: Sanliurfa, Kayseri, Mersin, Konya, Iskenderun, and Hatay which have a charming nature and a cheap standard of living, but very far from the capital.

Which city is the best to live in Turkey? ›

Where is the Best Place to Live in Turkey?
  • 1: Istanbul: Big City Vibes. When it comes to great cities in Turkey, Istanbul reigns supreme as the king of them all. ...
  • 2: Retire to Izmir. ...
  • 3: Coastline Antalya. ...
  • 4: Live in Alanya. ...
  • 5: Luxurious Kalkan. ...
  • 6: Aegean Bodrum. ...
  • 7: Places in the Fethiye Region. ...
  • 8: World Heritage Bursa.
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What is the poorest city in Turkey? ›

According to the “Income and Living Conditions Survey Regional Results in 2016” by TÜİK; Mardin, Batman, Siirt, Urfa, Diyarbakir, Van, Mus, Bitlis and Hakkari are the poorest cities in Turkey.

What is the safest city in Turkey? ›

Istanbul is undoubtedly the safest city to stay in Turkey. Since some of Turkey's absolute most famous landmarks call Istanbul home, a trip to Turkey really isn't complete without visiting Istanbul.

Where do most foreigners live in Turkey? ›

As Turkey's largest, most developed, and crowded metropolis, Istanbul is also the country's economic, cultural and historical hub for locals and foreigners. The highest number and concentration of expats in Turkey, especially working expats or students, is undoubtedly here.

Which city has the most tourists? ›

Bangkok. What is this? Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is the most visited city in the world thanks to a whopping 22 millions international visitors!

What is Turkey famous for? ›

Turkey is famous for a diverse set of both oriental and European elements — from the traditional Turkish tea to the majestic Hagia Sophia. It's also famous for its carpets, hammam and bazaars, destinations like Istanbul and Cappadocia, and sweet treats like Turkish delights and baklava.

Which one is better Istanbul or Antalya? ›

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 Izmir better than Istanbul? ›

Istanbul ranks better than Izmir in terms of trade, business and economy. But it is very crowded and it can be said that it is full of tourists on most days of the year. In terms of cost of living, food prices are almost the same in both cities. Agricultural products in Izmir are cheaper than Istanbul.

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).

Which part of Turkey is Europe? ›

The European portion of Turkey is known as Thrace, while the Asian is called Anatolia or Asia Minor; Istanbul straddles both as the world's only city located on two continents.

Is Turkey a rich country? ›

This is why, in the long run, it is better not only to be rich but to be egalitarian as well.
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Are there any Turkish billionaires? ›

As of July 20, 2022, Murat Ulker was the wealthiest man in Turkey, with an estimated net worth of 4.8 billion U.S. dollars, followed by Hamidi Ulukaya (No. 2, $2.3 billion), Ferit Faik sahenk (No. 3, $2.3 billion); and Erman Ilicak (No. 4, $2.3 billion).

What city has the most billionaires? ›


Where do celebrities hang out 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 richest area in Istanbul? ›

Besiktas, located in the European part of Istanbul, which is located in the middle of the city and in the heart of the tourist and historical areas in Istanbul, is one of the most luxurious and upscale areas in Istanbul, as it tops its properties at the expense of all neighborhoods of the city, as the neighborhood ...

Where are the cheapest houses in Turkey? ›

Best Places to Buy Cheap Property in Turkey
  • Trabzon. Trabzon is a great location for cheap investment property since it was late to invest in its real estate market. ...
  • Bursa. There are many cheap houses for sale in Bursa Turkey. ...
  • Alanya. ...
  • Ankara.
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What are the most expensive cities in Turkey? ›

İstanbul and Ankara are the cities that have the highest ratio about making investments or purchasing property in Turkey.

Can I get a citizenship in Turkey? ›

You can obtain Turkish citizenship within three to six months. Among foreigners, Turkish citizenship by investment is in demand. This is how up to half of all applicants receive a Turkish passport. Over the past two years, over 35 thousand people have received Turkish passports in this way.

Which city in Turkey has the best climate? ›

Which City in Turkey has the Best Climate?
  • Antalya. Antalya is the place for spending an amazing summer, and it's completely warm in the winter. ...
  • Istanbul. You will witness all four seasons year-round in Istanbul. ...
  • Mugla. We recommend you to take a look at Bodrum in Mugla. ...
  • Bursa. Bursa is just the place for skiers.
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Is living in Turkey Good? ›

Turkey scored highest in the “Living” category, ranking first for “cultural, open and welcoming communities” and “ease of settling in”. Expats also praised Turkey for its “sunny skies and low cost of living”.

Are people of Turkey friendly? ›

Are Turkish people friendly? Yes! Turkish people are incredibly friendly, love to help, and are very inquisitive. They often ask questions such as “How old are you?” or “How much money do you earn?” that can feel invasive, and staring is common.

Are people in Turkey poor? ›

About 17 million people out of a population of 81 million lived below the poverty line in 2019. Now, the poverty rate has increased to about 12%. Many Turks are struggling to find employment and cannot pay for accommodation or electricity.

Which part of Turkey is poor? ›

In the Central Anatolia region, where the city of Ankara sits, more than 32 percent of households live in poverty. More than 26 percent of individuals living in the region live under the poverty line.

What is the top 10 safest city in the world? ›

The Top 10 Safest Cities in the World
  • Tokyo. Survey Score: 68.2. ...
  • Singapore. Survey Score: 71.6. ...
  • Sydney. Survey Score: 71.8. ...
  • London. Survey Score: 65.2. ...
  • Barcelona. Survey Score: 58.4. ...
  • Hong Kong. Survey Score: 52.7. Overall Score: 65.0. ...
  • Berlin. Survey Score: 55.0. Overall Score: 64.5. ...
  • Rome. Survey Score: 69.9. Overall Score: 64.5.
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What city has the lowest crime rate in the world? ›

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  • Tokyo, Japan.
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • Doha, Qatar.
  • Singapore.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Toronto, Canada.
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What is safest country in the world? ›

1. Iceland. According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the safest country in the world for the 14th year in a row. Iceland is a Nordic nation with a relatively small population of 340,000.

Where do English live in Turkey? ›

The majority of Britons are found in Istanbul and Izmir, with smaller populations scattered throughout the capital Ankara. Istanbul is generally seen as a favourite location due to the city being the country's commercial capital, the presence of international schools and better air links with the UK.

Can I live in Turkey with English? ›

One should note that there is no need for a visa for British citizens who want to enter Turkey and stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Persons who intend to relocate to Turkey from UK and intend to stay more than 90 days will have to apply for a Turkish visa and a residence permit.

Is English spoken in Antalya? ›

English is widely spoken in touristic cities of Turkey, such as Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Antalya, and Muğla. Most educated young people speak English to a certain degree since English lessons are integrated into the Turkish education system.

Which country is most visited in the world? ›

You might think a large country like the United States is the most visited in the world, but you'd be wrong — France takes that honor. About 90 million international visitors traveled there in 2019, and tourism makes up 8% of the country's gross domestic product, according to the French ministry of foreign affairs.

What is the coolest city in the world? ›

Time Out's top 10 coolest cities
  • San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Manchester, UK.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • New York, USA.
  • Montreal, Canada.
  • Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Tel Aviv, Israel.
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Which is the warmest place in Turkey? ›

In fact, Cizre can claim to be the hottest place in the entire country. In 2021 Cizre saw the highest temperature ever recorded in Turkey, when the mercury rose to a sweltering 49.1 °C.

Which beach in Turkey has white sand? ›

As the longest beach in Turkey: Patara beach in Turkey is a white sand beach, bordered by sand dunes on one side and turquoise blue warm water on the other. Located near the ancient city of Lycian, this is one of the secluded beaches in Turkey, mostly visited for leisure walks, sunbathing and swimming.

Is Bodrum better or Antalya? ›

Several waterparks and theme parks also make Antalya a great family destination. In a beach comparison between Bodrum and Antalya, Antalya is the winner. While Bodrum has several wondrous beaches nearby, Antalya has some excellent public beaches within the city.

Is gold cheap in Turkey? ›

The main difference here in Turkey is the quality and creativity of the designs plus the excellent workmanship. The price of gold is the same all over the world but gold jewellery here tends to be cheaper than many places due to lower labour costs.

How much is visa for Turkey? ›

Turkey Tourist E-visa fees for citizens of United States of America
Type of visaEmbassy feeService fee
Single entry (90 days stay)$60.00$209.00
Single entry (90 days stay)$160.00$209.00
Multiple entry (90 days stay)$52.00$59.00
Multiple entry (90 days stay)$52.00$69.00
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What is Turkey's most popular food? ›

7 Most Popular Turkish Dishes
  1. Baklava. Dating back to the Ottoman Empire, baklava is one of the most iconic Turkish dishes and a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. ...
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  3. Döner. ...
  4. Köfte. ...
  5. Pide. ...
  6. Kumpir. ...
  7. Meze.
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Which is better Antalya or Istanbul? ›

Backpackers appreciate Antalya's impressive old town as well as the area's stunning beaches. Istanbul is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. There are plenty of hostels and budget accommodation options, and there's also plenty of ways to meet other travelers.

Which is better Izmir or Istanbul? ›

Istanbul ranks better than Izmir in terms of trade, business and economy. But it is very crowded and it can be said that it is full of tourists on most days of the year. In terms of cost of living, food prices are almost the same in both cities. Agricultural products in Izmir are cheaper than Istanbul.

Which is better Izmir or Antalya? ›

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).

Which city in Turkey has the best weather? ›

Which City in Turkey has the Best Climate?
  • Antalya. Antalya is the place for spending an amazing summer, and it's completely warm in the winter. ...
  • Istanbul. You will witness all four seasons year-round in Istanbul. ...
  • Mugla. We recommend you to take a look at Bodrum in Mugla. ...
  • Bursa. Bursa is just the place for skiers.
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Is Bodrum better or Antalya? ›

Several waterparks and theme parks also make Antalya a great family destination. In a beach comparison between Bodrum and Antalya, Antalya is the winner. While Bodrum has several wondrous beaches nearby, Antalya has some excellent public beaches within the city.

Do they speak English in Antalya? ›

English is widely spoken in touristic cities of Turkey, such as Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Antalya, and Muğla. Most educated young people speak English to a certain degree since English lessons are integrated into the Turkish education system.

How far is Izmir from Istanbul by plane? ›

Izmir (ADB) to Istanbul (IST) flights. The flight time between Izmir (ADB) and Istanbul (IST) is around 1h 38m and covers a distance of around 357 km. This includes an average layover time of around 10 min. Services are operated by Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

Does it snow in Izmir Turkey? ›

There is occasionally snow in Izmir, but it is uncommon. It just usually does not get that cold during that time of year. In terms of weather, the period right before and right after the rainy season is nicest.

Is Istanbul bigger than Izmir? ›

Istanbul, Turkey's economic and cultural capital is the largest city with a population of 15.84 million. Izmir, Turkey's second largest city has a population of over 4.3 million as of 2019.

Is Bodrum better than Izmir? ›

Izmir is an urban city but Bodrum is a resort town. Both have its own attractions. If you have more fun and entertainment in mind, then go to Bodrum. You can drive out of Istanbul to Izmir or Bodrum.

Which is cheaper Izmir or Antalya? ›

Which city is cheaper, Antalya or Izmir? The average daily cost (per person) in Izmir is $22, while the average daily cost in Antalya is $25.

What is the coldest place in Turkey? ›

Different regions of Turkey experience different quality of winter. It can range from mild to snowy or from rainy to dry cold. Temperatures may vary from -13C to 24C depending upon the climate zone. Erzurum is the coldest place in Turkey during the season.

What's the hottest city in the world? ›

Dallol, Ethiopia

Dallol holds the official record for highest average temperature for an inhabited place on Earth. From 1960 to 1966, the annual mean temperature of the locality was 34.4 °C (93.9 °F), while the average daily maximum temperature during the same period was recorded as a scorching 41.1 °C (106.0 °F).

What is the hottest month in Turkey? ›

Turkey has a mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and mild winters. If you're a sunseeker the best time to visit Turkey is between June and September. The hottest month of the year is July with an average daily maximum of 35 C and an average low of 25 C.


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