5 Of Our Favorite Hidden Gems In Turkey

A list of awe-inspiring sites, but haven’t been popularized by masses of tourists.


When most travelers think of Turkey, images of Hagia Sophia or the Grand Bazaar probably come to mind. But there are quite a few hidden gems in Turkey, however, that are worthy of a trip to one of the most fascinating countries in the world. From secluded lakes to a collapsed church, this list is filled with awe-inspiring sites, but hasn’t been popularized by masses of tourists.

1. Sumela Monastery

This Greek Orthodox monastery is a breathtaking montage all on its own. Nestled in a steep cliff at 3,900 feet above ground, the monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Facing the Altindere valley, the monastery was closed in September 2015 for renovation so that it would qualify as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photo: Sumela

2. Mt. Nemrut

A royal tomb is what makes Mount Nemrut an astonishing landmark. Situated in the southeast of Turkey, Mount Nemrut contains massive statues that were erected during 1st century BC. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nemrut attracts large amounts of tourists every year. The best time to visit is between April and October, arriving there via a helicopter is not a bad idea!



3. Church of the Holy Redeemer in Ani

Like right out of a storybook, the 19-sided church was built in 1035 with a giant central dome. Located in Ani – a ruined medieval Armenian city within the Turkish province of Kars – the church was constructed by Prince Ablgharib Palavid. After a wreck from a storm in 1955, what can only be seen today is the western half of the church that makes an epic photograph.


4. Lake Egirdir

For anyone who loves to vacation on the beach in a tranquil manner, Lake Egirdir is a great choice. This is the fourth largest lake in Turkey, and we highly recommend you to stay on the tiny island then hike up St. Paul Trail.

5. Tuz Golu

Lake Tuz is a favorite for travelers during summer months since it dries up and exposes an average of 30 centimeters of thick salt layer. Instagrammable pink moments are often captured when travelers are able to step into the middle of the lake with hands and feet, sunken into salted H2O.

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Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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