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Lesser known destinations in Turkey

Lesser Known Turkey, Safranbolu, Gulevi hotel interior

Turkey is one of the favorite destinations of European tourists, but not all its treasures are known to the general public. There are traditional towns and beautiful tourist attractions, but remains somewhat in the shadows compared to the major holiday destinations such as Istanbul and Antalya.


Safranbolu is a town in the Province Karabuk, Turkey region, situated on the Black Sea, 200 km north of Ankara. Safranbolu is one of the most authentic Turkish cities. Between the thirteenth and twentieth century, Safranbolu was an important destination, being used as a halting place for caravans.

Its name comes from the name of saffron, the plant grown in this region, and commercialized. Ottoman architectural style, numerous mosques, fountains and baths are among the attractions. Safranbolu was included in UNESCO World Heritage List due to houses and Ottoman-style architecture was well preserved.


Mardin is a city in southeastern Turkey, known for Arab-style architecture. Excavations have revealed that the area was permanently inhabited since 4000 BC up in 700 BC during the history; the city played an important role in both commerce, and religion.

Once, Mardin was an important center of Christianity, and today can be visited here churches and monasteries, along with mosques. Tourists visiting the city thanks to its wealth of historical, cultural and architectural.


In Antalya Province, is a little known village called Cirali. Tourists who come here will discover a beautiful long beach and the ruins of Olympos. Destination is chosen by those who want a peaceful area in a hostel and sunbathe.


Sanliurfa is a city in southeastern Turkey with a rich cultural heritage. Here is the first university in the Islamic world. The city hosts baths, inns, mosques, fortress walls, fountains and even a castle. Throughout history, the city played an important role in religious plan and cultural.