Beyond Istanbul: Must-See Spots in Turkey’s Heartland

Turkey, a land where ancient history and modern vibrancy converge, offers a treasure trove of unique experiences that are as diverse as its landscape.

From the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul to the lunar-like valleys of Cappadocia, the country is a palette of cultural and natural wonders.

However, beyond the usual tourist trails lie hidden gems that promise an unforgettable adventure.

In this article, we spotlight three must-visit destinations that capture the essence of Turkey’s rich heritage and natural beauty: the historic ramparts of Ankara Castle, the otherworldly formations of Cappadocia, and the mesmerizing underwater world of Aqua Vega Aquarium.

Join us as we explore why these attractions are the ones you don’t want to miss on your journey through Turkey.

Ankara Castle

Ankara Castle is also sometimes referred to as Ankara Kalesi and it is a fortification that remains intact from the early medieval era of Turkey. There is a bit of mystery and mystique to the site, as the locals don’t even know when the castle was built, but this is just one of the things that add excitement to the destination. That being said, it is known that the castle was established sometime in the 7th century AD. It was have thought to been utilized by the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, Seljuq Turks, the Crusaders, and the Ottoman Empire. That’s quite the lineup and you can visit and explore everything within its 43,00 square kilometers when you pay a visit to the country of Turkey.

In addition to this, there are a lot of old, impressive Ankara houses still on the grounds that show off the architectural styles of this period. The mosques are also worth checking out, as they are filled with stunning décor and architectural aspects.


Located in central Anatolia, Turkey, you’ll find what is known as Cappadocia. This is a hilly and rocky site that is now officially part of the Gerome National Park. In fact, it is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, and this is just one of the many reasons to visit. Another is for the unique culture and historical significance of the region. It proposes natural wonders along with exceptional sites that make it one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the area. When you see it, you’ll understand why.

Visitors of the region usually like to head there to see the unique geological features in the four cities of Cappadocia, which include Aksaray, Nevsehir, Kayseri, and Nigde. If you want a real treat and something unique and exciting, you’ll check out the hot-air balloon exhibit set up just near the site. It’ll provide you with a beautiful bird’s eye view of the entire area. Something you surely do not want to miss out on.

Aqua Vega Aquarium

Also located in Ankara, Aqua Vega Aquarium is without a doubt one of the largest underwater wolds in all of Europe. It houses what is known as the third largest tunnel aquarium and is a fun time for the entire family. With a total of 4.5 million liters of water in the salt and freshwater aquariums, they create a home for thousands of exciting and fascinating sea creatures from all over the world. There are tons of exhibits that’ll get everyone of all ages entertained and excited. Such exhibits include Adrenaline Wold, the Sea Shell Museum, and Jungle Corner. These exhibits allow visitors to explore the amazing underwater world and everything that it has to offer.

While here, you and the family will be able to get up close and personal with sharks, koi fish, napoleon fish, clownfish, and tons more of exotic species. Certainly, a site that you do not want to pass upon.

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