Five Popular Inland Cities to Visit in Turkey

Turkey is a great country for holidays, and is located in Western Asia and South-eastern Europe.With the country located in both Europe and Asia, therefore every year millions of tourist visits Turkey. This country ranked in the top 10 most popular tourist destinations in the world, and offers great relaxing holidays for your family. The demand is high and the cost of travelling is very competitive. It is best to use our online search tool for cheap flights to Turkey from your nearest airport, to find the best travel deals for your flights and hotels.

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The top five Turkey’s inland cities to visit are;

Ankara:

Ankara is Turkey’s capital and is the second largest city after Istanbul. Ankara is a very historic city and has well preserved examples of Roman and Ottoman architecture throughout the city. There are many historic tourist sights to visit in Ankara, and the major concentration of these historic sites is and around the high hill topped by Ankara’s ancient Hisar (Citadel), which includes;

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations has the artistic wealth of 7500 years, especially the rich art and artifacts from the Hittite era (2600 to 1300 BCE).

Hisar (Citadel) is the oldest part of Ankara is this hilltop fortress, sometimes called the Kale. This was the original town of Hittite times about 3000 years ago.

Cengel Han Rahmi M Koc Museum was built in 1522. This museum displays the scientific instruments, engineering, road transport, maritime and others items.

Ahi Serafettin Mosque and Tomb has been here on the slope of the citadel hill since 1290. This opens only at prayer times.

Roman Ankara remains are located at the foot of the citadel hill near Ulus Square, which includes the ruined Temple of Augustus and Rome, the Column of Julian and the extensive Roman baths.

Edirne:

This city has rich history and a great travel destination for history lovers. Edirne is one of the oldest settlements in Turkey, dating back to the Neolithic age and was the second largest city of the Ottoman Empire. The most symbolic monument of Edirne is the Selimiye Mosque, which was built in between 1569 and 1575. The other historic places to visit are Edirne Palace, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and Archaeological Museum. This city hold a festival in June, which is the oldest organised sporting event called Kirkpinar oil wrestling competition. There is no direct flights available, therefore the British travellers can price compare for their cheap travel, and fly to the nearest major airport Alexandroupolis International Airport Greece (AXD / LGAL) which is 142 km or Tekirdag Corlu Airport Turkey (TEQ / LTBU) which is 151 km from the centre of Edirne.

Konya:

Konya is an extremely old city, and its roots going back to the days of the Hittites. This city is the home of the Whirling Dervishes (Mevlevi – the followers of Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi, 1207-1273). Konya is the most religiously conservative city in Turkey, and host a Sufi festival every December, when the city comes alive with visitors. The main tourist places to visit are Alaeddin Mosque, Mevlana Museum, Konya Archaeological Museum, Seljuk Tower (tallest building in Konya), Aziziye Mosque, Ataturk’s House Museum and many more places.

Bursa:

Bursa being the first Ottoman capital is very rich in mosques, religious monuments, tombs and baths.  The city is very religious, due to its historic contributions to Islamic development. The local people are kind and welcoming, but due to be orthodox Muslim, be respectful in taking photographs inside historic religious structures. The most famous places to visit are Yesil Cami (Green Mosque), Yildirim Beyazit Mosque, Orhan Gazi Mosque, the Mausoleums of Osman (the founder of the Ottoman Empire), Saitabat Waterfall, Koza Han (silk cocoon market) and Cumalikizik Village which has 270 houses that are made of rubble stones, adobe and wood.

Mardin:

Mardin is an ancient city in South-eastern Anatolia, situated on the top of a hill. It is a great destination for travellers who prefer unique architecture consisting of heavily decorated stonework. The main places to see are the Syriac Orthodox church dating back to 10th century, Zinciriye Medresesi (Islamic school built in 1385), Hasankeyf (village with cave houses) and Beyazsu (white water) is about an hour drive from Mardin with waterfalls and some greenery.

Turkey is the most popular tourist destination and millions of people visit the country every year. There are no direct flights available to visit these places.  You may require stopping at one or two airports before you reach these destinations.  The Istanbul city is the most important tourist place in the Turkey, and when you are visiting these cities next time, why not book your cheap flights to Turkey Istanbul and stopped for few days before travelling to your next destination. The major airport like London Heathrow or Gatwick offers cheap flights to Turkey from London, UK.  Due to the high demand, many travelers have choice to fly from different airlines like Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Pegasus Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, Air France and many more.