While Turkey's big tourist-centric cities like Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Ankara are crucial, the nation is brimming with lesser-known places packed with exquisite beaches, elegant resort towns, lush green valleys, towering mountains, and glacial lakes. If you're a type of visitor who prefers to wander off the beaten road and explore the aspects of a nation that make it genuinely distinctive, here is the least known travel destination list in Turkey.
Look no farther than Rize for an authentic Turkish experience and an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. Rize is the capital of Rize province, located in Turkey's Black Sea Region. Rize is notable for its steep rolling slopes and vast production of Rize tea, which is built around a tiny harbor on the Black Sea. While tourism has taken root in Turkey's more extensive and populous towns, Rize continues to provide guests with a genuine Turkish experience that is difficult to get elsewhere.
Konya is a charming city that appeals to both poets and dreamers. It's no surprise that Mevlana Rumi, the famous Sufi poet, and whirling dervish, wrote his favorite, heartfelt verses here in the 13th century. The Mevlana Museum, which is covered with lovely flowers and holds the tomb of the famed poet, should undoubtedly be your first visit.
Because of its high altitude and terrible weather conditions, Kars in Turkey's east is renowned as the "Winter Wonderland." The majority of the year in this city is covered in snow. As a result, Kars is home to Sarikamis, a magnificent ski resort tucked in the foothills of the Allahuekber Mountain Range.
The Cukurova Hills, immortalized in Yaşar Kemal's famous novel Memed, My Hawk, surround Adana, Turkey's sixth biggest city, near the Seyhan River. It's most renowned for producing Turkey's Adana kebab, which foodies will almost likely eat in one of the city's restaurants when they visit. On the other hand, this city has a lot more to offer travelers.