Turkey is well known for being the home to multiple wonders: Blue Mosque; hot air balloons in Cappadocia; Hagia Sophia; unique cultural backgrounds and lively festivals, the country also possesses diverse wildlife and spectacular national parks. Let's find out about the most attractive national parks that will make your jaw drop.
Köprülü Canyon National Park
As one of the most popular national parks in Turkey, Köprülü Canyon National Park is a canyon and a national park in Antalya, Turkey. The national park not only possesses an impressive diversity of fauna and flora, it also has well-served dishes, such as: fresh trout.
But what makes this national park so appealing to many people is the fact that it is located by the turquoise blue Koprucay River, surrounded by the largest cypress forest in Asia minor. Because of that, enjoying the thrilling rafting in the river is one of the greatest experience here.
Location: 40 km from Antalya
Tickets: Entry free
Best time to visit: Spring season; from March to May
Places to stay: Eko Motel and Eco Family Park and Elips Royal Hotel in Antalya.
Lake Beyşehir National Park
Perfectly set by the fresh water lake of Turkey, lake Beyşehir, this is the home for the variety of plants: juniper, oak, walnut, … Besides, the thick forest cover also makes the place more charming and mysterious.
This park is one of the favorite sites for photo lovers and avid adventurers. There are a huge number of activities travelers can join during the visit: biking, climbing, sailing, camping, ….
Location: Konya, Turkey
Ticket: Entry free
Best time to visit: May to October
Places to stay: Atapark Otel Restaurant Camping and Ali Bilir Otel.
Göreme National Park
Göreme National Park is a must-visit site in Cappadocia. Listed as one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this national park is a perfect combination between diverse landscape and historical structures.
The place enjoys an endless list of things to see and do, from cave houses, churches, fairy chimneys to underground cities and volcanic rock formation. If you go for hot air balloons in Cappadocia, you will have a chance to witness the incredible view from the sky.
Location: Goreme, Turkey
Ticket: INR 6316/person
Best time to visit: April to May or September to October
Places to stay: any hotels at Cappadocia, Stone House Cave Hotel, Walnut House, Hostel Terra Vista.
Yedigöller National Park
Filled with 7 beautiful lakes, Buyukgol, Deringol, Seringol, Nazligol, Sazligol, Incegol and Kucukgol, Yedigöller National Park is one of the most wonderful lakes in Turkey. The beauty of the park comes from the change of colors of the vegetation in different seasons.
This national park is an ideal place for trailing, fishing and camping.
Location: Merkez/Bolu, Turkey
Ticket: Entry free
Best time to visit: March to April, September to November
Places to stay: Soylu Hotel, Karpalas City Hotel and Spa.
Nemrut Dağı National Park
Unlike other national parks in Turkey, Nemrut Dağı National Park is known for the isolated gravel covered mountain and a variety of statues, at the foothill, dating back to 1st century BC. This historic tourist attraction is believed to be one of the most best-known images of Turkey.
Located at an elevation of 2106 m, people climb up to Nemrut Dağı peak to enjoy the breath-taking scenery. The haunting surrounding of this place also adds to the fascinating atmosphere of the park.
Location: Karadut, Turkey
Ticket: Entry free
Best time to visit: from May to September
Places to stay: Gunes Motel, Euphrat Hote
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