Many people do not realize how huge and rich in culture or history Turkey is. As a bridge between Europe and Asia, it has countless influences from both cultures that have shaped the country.  When talking about Turkey most of us think of cities such as Istanbul, Antalya, Ankara, or Izmir. However, this is only a substitute for what Turkey really has to offer. There are many hidden gems that are less well-known but sometimes have more to offer. Let yourself be drawn into the depths of Turkey. You will see that you will fall in love with what you can find here.


Olympos is very close to Antalya, but not many people are aware of its existence. This place has a wonderful beach, but that is not all. Olympos also has an important historical significance. Olympus or Olympos was a city in ancient Lycia. Its ruins are located south of the modern city of Çıralı in Kumluca. Together with the sites of the ancient cities of Phaselis and Idyros, it is part of the Olympos Beydaglari National Park

One of the other hidden gems is the eternal Flames of Chimera at the hill called Yanartaş.


Lake Van is the largest in all of Turkey. It is located in the far eastern part of the Van district. In the area of Van Lake, you can see many historical monuments such as Hosap Castle and the Castle of Cavustepe. The city of Van is a great base for visiting places such as Doğubayazıt. Where you can visit the Ishak Pasha Palace or enjoy the views of Mount Arata. This mountain has the highest snow-capped mountain peak with two volcanic peaks. This is definitely one of the more important hidden gems in eastern Turkey.

Hidden Gems in Van

The area around Lake Van may also appeal to cat lovers, as this region has its own unique breed of cat. Van cats are relatively large, have snow-white fur. What distinguishes them significantly are blue or amber eyes or they have heterochromia, having one eye of each color.

Van cat


This place is not popular outside of Turkey, but in Turkey, it is one of the most popular cities for students. It is a great place to come on an Erasmus too, due to the much lower cost of living than in larger cities in Turkey.  Here you can also find amazing local food such as Çiğbörek or see the amazing castle in Sazova Park. Eskisehir is also often called the Turkish Venice. 

One of Hidden Gems - Sazova Park

The city is located between Istanbul and Ankara, thanks to the high-speed train you can move between these cities very easily.

These are just some of the hidden gems found in Turkey. You can find definitely more and they can provide countless attractions. Turkey is undoubtedly a country that has a rich history, culture, and nature. Here you will find everything you desire.

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