25 August 2016
When it comes to travelling, there are facts commonly known and shared and there are those lesser known gems that the majority of travellers may miss out on. See below a list of some breath taking sites to visit when in Turkey that will improve your understanding of its history and natural environment. Remember to obtain reliable travel insurance before you go, read our travel advice and plan your trip well.
Just 16.7 miles south there is an underground city more than 1,400 years old. Instead of streets, there are tunnels that run both horizontally and vertically to connect all the different room chambers, workshops and even animal pens, creating a human scale ant-colony.
Originally called Enegup, this city is believed to have been built by Christians as a refuge from foreign invaders. It could accommodate the inhabitants of an entire village for weeks.
On your way from Konya to Afyonkarahisar, about 12 miles before arriving, you find an amazing site that doesn’t appear on most tourist guides. The Heybeli Thermal Centre. As you get closer your nose will tell you that you are in a geothermal area and endless plains appear in front of you with countless pools of thermal water. In the middle of the plains you will find a centre where two big domes rise majestically. Each has a large round pool, one for men and another for women, and since it is not a tourist spot, it is very cheap.
Pamukkale is one of the greatest Turkish natural treasures and is aptly named the Cotton Castle and is made up of vast mineral forests and terraced warm basins with seventeen hot springs. The whole amazing structure resembles a snowy cotton mountain from afar but when you get closer you’ll see the travertine terraces forming pools of hot water cascading over the white cliffs. Aside from being beautiful, Pamukkale is said to be beneficial to your health. The hot springs water is mineral-rich containing magnesium sulfate, calcium and bicarbonate. The temperature is between 36 and 38 degrees Celsius.