Top 10 Best Cities in Turkey

Turkey is a fascinating country that straddles two continents and is steeped in history and culture. From the bustling metropolis of Istanbul to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Turkey. However, with so many cities to choose from, it can be challenging to know where to start.

Whether you're looking for a bustling city that never sleeps, or a charming town tucked away in the mountains, there's something for everyone in Turkey. These cities offer a unique blend of ancient history, modern architecture, and vibrant culture that will leave you awestruck.
The Top Ten
1 Istanbul Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city, straddling both Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. It boasts a rich history with monuments such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, making it a must-visit destination for tourists.

I had no idea that Istanbul is not the capital of Turkey. But even though it's a high population city, it is the best city in Turkey to visit and to live in. Especially that big mosque you can already see from the skyline.

So beautiful! I've travelled to a lot of cities, including Berlin, Rome, Venice, Vienna, etc... They are awesome too, but nothing can beat Istanbul.

Istanbul is a very historical place and I love historical places.

2 Izmir Izmir is the third-largest city in Turkey, located on the Aegean coast. Known for its ancient ruins and modern flair, it is home to the ancient city of Ephesus and the Kemeralti market, which showcases Turkish culture and craftsmanship.
3 Ankara Ankara is the capital city of Turkey, situated in the heart of the country. It is the center of Turkish politics, featuring the Presidential Complex and the Grand National Assembly. Additionally, the Ataturk Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations are key sites to visit.

Agood quote bout Ankara "There are two things to be done in Ankara. Either you study, or you fall in love".

I just like all of them. Turkey is so amazing!

4 Bursa Bursa, located in northwestern Turkey, is the country's fourth-largest city. Known for its historical significance, it was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Key attractions include the Green Mosque, Uludag National Park, and the Silk Bazaar.

And amazing city! Green, historical. It was once the capital of Ottoman Empire. In my opinion, Bursa should come after Istanbul.

It is definitely better than Ankara.

5 Adana Adana is the fifth-largest city in Turkey, located in the southern part of the country. The city is famous for its delicious Adana kebab and the ancient Roman-era Stone Bridge that spans the Seyhan River.

Its essentially your average poor village. No biggie!

Weather, agriculture and food. Someone like hot.

Not best in turkey, best in the world!

6 Antalya Antalya is a popular tourist destination on Turkey's southern Mediterranean coast. The city boasts beautiful beaches, stunning waterfalls, and historical sites, such as Hadrian's Gate and the ancient city of Perge.

There are a lot of touristic places and there are a lot of things to do. Entertainement, Culture, Fun, Sea, Sun, Sand... Viva Antalya!

Best city in the world according to the one of the best leader ever lived...

Beautiful city... Modern.. Lots to do...

7 Gaziantep Gaziantep is a southeastern Turkish city known for its rich culinary heritage, particularly the famous baklava. The city is also home to the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, which houses stunning Roman mosaics, and the ancient ruins of Rumkale.

The best city with many restaurants of Kabab.

8 Konya Konya, situated in central Turkey, is a city steeped in religious and cultural history. It is the birthplace of the famous 13th-century poet Rumi and houses the Mevlana Museum, which holds Rumi's tomb and artifacts related to the Whirling Dervishes.
9 Mersin Mersin is a bustling port city on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Known for its rich agricultural lands, it is a significant contributor to the country's citrus production. Key attractions include the ancient city of Tarsus, Cleopatra's Gate, and the pristine beaches of Kizkalesi.

Proud to be a Mersin citizen
We Got Anamourion, Maidens Castle, Tantuni and a lot more...

10 Diyarbakir Diyarbakir is an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, situated on the banks of the Tigris River. The city's imposing basalt walls and the Grand Mosque are testaments to its historical importance, while the Hevsel Gardens provide a serene escape from the bustling streets.
The Contenders
11 Eskisehir Eskisehir is a vibrant city in northwestern Turkey, renowned for its thriving student population and lively arts scene. The Porsuk River, Odunpazari Houses, and Eskisehir Aviation Museum are highlights of the city.

The best and the safest and the most colourful and the funniest city in Turkey. It shouldn't be 13th, it must be 1st...

12 Trabzon Trabzon is a coastal city in northeastern Turkey, nestled along the Black Sea. Known for its rich history and natural beauty, Trabzon is home to the Sumela Monastery, Hagia Sophia Mosque, and Uzungol Lake.

Clean and developed city. Awesome views everywhere

13 Erzurum Erzurum is a city in eastern Turkey, known for its Seljuk and Ottoman architecture. The city features the Çifte Minareli Medrese, the Yakutiye Medrese, and the ancient site of Ani. In winter, the nearby Palandöken Mountain offers excellent skiing opportunities.
14 Canakkale Canakkale is a charming city located on the Dardanelles Strait in northwestern Turkey. Known for its role in the Gallipoli Campaign during WWI, the city is also a gateway to the ancient city of Troy and the ruins of Assos.
15 Kayseri Kayseri is a thriving industrial city in central Turkey, boasting a rich history and striking architecture. The city is a starting point for trips to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site, Cappadocia, and features the Gevher Nesibe Museum of Medical History and the Kayseri Castle.
16 Denizli Denizli is a vibrant city in southwestern Turkey, best known for its proximity to the famous Pamukkale thermal pools and the ancient city of Hierapolis. The city also features the Denizli Archaeological Museum and the Ataturk and Ethnography Museum.

Very surprised that Denizli wasn't on the top 10 list! Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) is there, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Despite all its beauty, it is a very poorly introduced city of a poorly introduced country. Turkish people could do a lot better than that! I am lucky for having a chance to visit.
I think, Denizli people have the cutest accent.

17 Kirsehir Kirsehir is a city in central Turkey with a long history dating back to the Hittites. It features the Ahi Evran Mosque and Tomb, the Cacabey Mosque, and the picturesque Seyfe Lake, which is a natural habitat for migratory birds.
18 Kütahya Kütahya is a city in western Turkey, renowned for its traditional tile and ceramic craftsmanship. Key attractions include the Kütahya Castle, the Archaeological Museum, and the Germiyan Street, which showcases the city's Ottoman-era architecture.
19 Mardin Mardin is a stunning city in southeastern Turkey, known for its distinctive stone houses and maze-like streets. The city boasts a rich cultural heritage, with attractions such as the Deyrulzafaran Monastery, the Great Mosque, and the Mardin Museum.
20 Çorum Çorum is a city in north-central Turkey with a rich archaeological heritage. The Hattusa ruins, the ancient capital of the Hittite Empire, and the Alacahöyük archaeological site are key attractions in the region, showcasing the area's historical significance.
21 Bayburt Bayburt is a city in northeastern Turkey, surrounded by stunning mountains and rich in historical sites. The Aydintepe Underground City, the Bayburt Castle, and the historic Sirakayalar Waterfall are among the city's notable attractions.

BAYBURT is the most developed city in Turkey. It has the most enlightened population and has over 10,000 years of history. It is a hub for technology and innovation with a wealthy, openminded society. Bayburt should be #1

Probably, it's one of the biggest opponents of Monowi, Nebraska. Still, they have a good art museum.

22 Cankiri Cankiri is a city in north-central Turkey with a history that dates back to the Hittite period. Its key attractions include the Cankiri Castle, the Rock Tombs, and the Ilgaz Mountain National Park, which offers skiing and trekking opportunities.

It is ideal for people who wants to be alone in the nature with its snow covered high mountains for the half of the year; forests covering its one third lands; plateaus appropriate for camping, caravans, horseback riding, photography and hunting and such touristic activities; rich thermal springs and mineral springs, cultural values of centuries mingle with the tenderness and traditional hospitality of the citizens.

23 Aydin Aydin is a city in western Turkey, known for its rich history and agricultural heritage. The city is close to the ancient ruins of Aphrodisias and Miletus, and the Bafa Lake Nature Park offers a serene escape for nature lovers.
24 Sinop Sinop is a coastal city situated along the Black Sea in northern Turkey. With its rich history, Sinop offers attractions such as the Sinop Fortress Prison, the ancient city of Sinope, and the Alaaddin Mosque, along with picturesque beaches and stunning coastal views.
25 Bodrum Bodrum is a popular tourist destination in southwestern Turkey, situated on the Aegean coast. Known for its vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches, and the ancient Bodrum Castle, this lively town offers visitors an unforgettable experience steeped in history and fun.
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