Turkey is a fascinating, unique country. It’s surrounded on three sides by three different seas, divided between the European and Asian continents, and is a cultural mix of Ottoman, Mediterranean, and western influences. The people are friendly, the landscape is gorgeous, and the food is delicious. There are so many romantic things to do in Turkey for couples!
In this post, you will find all the necessary information to plan your romantic Turkey getaway. From the best cities and regions to visit, must-sees and -dos, to the tips to make your trip as smooth as possible.
What’s The Best Time Of They Year For Your Romantic Trip To Turkey?
Lucky for you, Turkey has a fairly moderate climate year-round.
The best season to visit depends on what exactly you’re looking to do.
If you’re a beach bunny, May to October is the best time of year to visit the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. During the other months, most resorts here tend to close for the off-season, and temperatures can drop down to the low 20s.
If you’re more of an adventurer and plan to do as much hiking and other outdoor activities as you can visit during April, May, June or October to avoid the winter rains or stifling summer temperatures.
The Most Romantic Places In Turkey
One of the most unique regions of the country, Cappadocia is a great place to spend your romantic Turkey honeymoon.
The landscape is dotted with “fairy chimneys”, volcanic rock formations that thrust towards the sky. This same soft volcanic rock was used to form the many cave hotels in the region.
Cappadocia is made up of many different cities and towns. Highlights of the region include riding a hot air balloon, exploring the landscape on horseback, and touring the underground cities. And you can’t miss out on attending a traditional Turkish Night!
Popular cities to visit while in Cappadocia include Ürgüp, Göreme, and Uçhisar.
Where To Stay In Cappadocia?
Take a look at Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa CCR, one of the best resorts for couples in Turkey.
Alternatively, check out Goreme Inn Hotel. It’s a perfect place to spend your romantic Turkey honeymoon.
The Most Romantic Tours In Cappadocia
Bodrum, off the Aegean Sea, is one of the top romantic Turkey holiday destinations with its sparkling blue waters and tranquil atmosphere.
Taking a day cruise is a popular activity here, letting you explore the many beautiful coves, bays, and inlets of the area. It’s one of the best things to do in Turkey for couples.
Take a tour of the fully renovated Bodrum Castle, which also houses the Underwater Museum of Archaeology where you can check out various shipwrecks that were uncovered from the surrounding seabed.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World is also here in Bodrum: the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. And after a long day of exploring the city and lounging on the beaches, enjoy a traditional dinner of meze with a view of the sunset at the famous Limon Cafe in Gümüşlük.
Where To Stay In Bodrum?
There’s no shortage of romantic hotels in Bodrum. Arguably the best are:
The Most Romantic Tours In Bodrum
Among the most romantic places in Turkey is the lovely city of Antalya, the gateway to the Turquoise Coast of the Mediterranean. Book a taxi to the center to wander the charming streets of the Old Town, visit the iconic Hadrian’s Gate, and take in picturesque views of the city from the top of the clock tower, the Antalya Saat Kulesi.
You can’t miss out on the more adventurous activities surrounding the city either. Book a Turkey cruise of the wondrous Duden Falls, relax at Konyaalti Beach, and hike up Mount Chimaera to see the mysterious flames that dart out from between the rocks.
During sunrise or sunset (or both), walk along the Lycian Way for unparalleled views of the Lycian Coast and the Mediterranean Sea.
Where To Stay In Antalya?
One of the finest Turkey beach resorts is Akra Antalya.
Alternatively, check out the Sealife Lounge.
The Most Romantic Tours In Antalya
As the country’s prestigious capital, Ankara is one of the top destinations for the romantic Turkey honeymoon.
Of all the city sights, the Mausoleum of Atatürk is probably the most well-known.
The Kocatepe Mosque is another impressive architectural feat not to be missed. Bargain to your heart’s content as you explore the lively Old Quarter with a walking tour.
For the best panoramic view of the city, head to the Atakule landmark, rising 410 feet above Ankara. There’s a restaurant there, too, set on a 360-degree rotating platform.
Where To Stay In Ankara?
During your Turkey romantic holidays, consider staying at Metropolitan Hotels Ankara.
If money is tight, the Ankara Plaza Hotel is perfect for cheap romantic holidays to Turkey.
The Most Romantic Tours In Ankara
Istanbul is probably the most popular of all romantic Turkey honeymoon destinations.
Literally straddling two continents, there’s no end of unique experiences in this eccentric city. With so much to do and see, it can become overwhelming trying to plan out your perfect itinerary. To make it easier, take a look at Istanbul honeymoon packages or book Istanbul taxi to drive you around.
There are definitely some sights that you just can’t miss, such as gawking at the marvelous Hagia Sophia, touring the underground Basilica Cistern, and climbing the Galata Tower.
The Blue Mosque, while impressive in the day, is one of the best places to visit in Istanbul at night when it’s lit up with a mesmerizing glow.
Perhaps one of the most famous romantic restaurants in Istanbul is Tuğra Restaurant & Lounge, with live Turkish music, beautiful traditional decor, and a moonlit view of the Bosphorus.
Where To Stay In Istanbul?
For a dose of romance, Istanbul Hotel Amira is the place to stay.
Alternatively, check out the Basileus Hotel Istanbul.
The Most Romantic Tours In Istanbul
Pamukkale translates to ‘Cotton Castle’, and it’s not hard to see why. The city is famous for its pure white mineral terraces formed from the hot springs of Cal Mountain.
Some of the terraces have developed into basin pools, where you can immerse yourself in the warm turquoise water.
Local legend holds that these waters have miraculous healing properties. Asides from the unique travertines, Pamukkale is also home to the Roman ruins of the ancient city Hierapolis, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spend a day visiting the Temple of Apollo, the Byzantine Church, and the Antique Pool where Cleopatra herself is said to have swum.
For the view of a lifetime, go paragliding over the sparkling travertines and Hierapolis ruins.
Where To Stay In Pamukkale?
Among the best resorts in Turkey for couples is Doga Thermal Health and Spa.
During your Turkey honeymoon, stay at the romantic Venus Hotel Pamukkale.
The Most Romantic Tours In Pamukkale
Basic Turkish Words To Learn
Thanks to mass tourism in the seaside resorts and popular cities like Istanbul, it won’t be hard to find people who speak English there. However, in less touristic areas this isn’t usually the case. Either way, you’ll be much appreciated if you respect the culture and at least learn how to say Hello and How are you in Turkish:
- Hello – Merhaba (pronounced: MEHR-hah-bah)
- How are you? – Nasılsın? (pronounced: NAHS-suhl-suh-nuhz)
- Thank you – Teşekkür ederim (pronounced: tesh-ek-KEWR eh-dehr-eem)
- Please – Lütfen (pronounced: LEWT-fehn)
- Yes – Evet (pronounced: eh-VEHT)
- No – Hayır (pronounced: HAH-yuhr)
- Where is… – …nerede (pronounced: NEH-reh-deh)
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