Are you bemoaning the end of summer? Already missing your summer vacation? No worries! Because autumn is the time of the year when the vestiges of the summer heat still remain offering us moments of serenity and calm enhanced by a festivity of colors. Autumn in Turkey is something worth experiencing. Here are some top domestic destinations you can visit during the autumn...
You can make a balloon tour in Cappadocia, which is one of the go-to places in autumn, stay in concept hotels embedded in Fairy Chimneys and go out for wonderful nature hikes. In this place with a unique autumn atmosphere, you can have a pleasant and peaceful time.
As the famous Greek historian Strabo said: “God sent his beloved creatures to Datça for them to live longer.” Who says summer destinations can only be visited in summer? Datça is a quite calm place in summer and even calmer in autumn. You will pass through Marmaris on your way to this beautiful spot. Datça is not the sum of its town center or its sub-municipalities; you will be exposed to magnificent views over the mountains when making your way to Datça via Marmaris. You can swim here until October and even November. Who knows, maybe you will find yourself having beach fun in autumn.
Most households in Şirince, which is a mountain village in İzmir, earn their living from home winemaking. Though a bit busy and crowded during the high season, the crowd disappears with the advent of the autumn and the village regains its usual serenity. You can also visit Şirince and wander the streets between Old Greek houses, taste delicious wines and sip your Turkish coffee in Aegean style.
Gökçeada is another place to visit in autumn. You will be mesmerized by the smell of thyme in the air, the sweet wind blowing and the beauty of the goats. In this place where you can watch the sunset at its most beautiful, you can taste magnificent home wines.
İğneada, located in the Demirköy district of Kırklareli, is one of the spots located on the Black Sea coast of Thrace. A hidden paradise, this place offers a wonderful experience with its forest and lagoons. When you come to İğneada, you can go canoeing on the lakes in Floodplain Forests, taste delicious fishes in fish restaurants and have romantic moments.
Şile, which is one of the closest places to Istanbul to visit in the autumn, stands out with its caves, magnificent cliffs, a beautiful sea and a gorgeous view. It is easily accessible from Istanbul. There are also accommodation options if you wish to stay and you can do cycling tours or go for a hike in touch with nature.
Kaz Mountains, Balıkesir
The Kaz Mountains, also known as Mount Ida, are located between Çanakkale and Balıkesir. These mountains, which stretch towards the Gulf of Edremit, reach an altitude of 1774 meters. It is a go-to place for those wishing to enjoy the wildlife, waterfalls, tiny lakes and forests. There are also accommodation options in this place where the autumn offers a festivity of colors for you to enjoy.
Bozcaada, the second largest island in the Aegean Sea, is located in Çanakkale. Here you can participate in vine-harvest festivals or other fall activities peculiar to this place. In this place where you can enjoy quiet autumn evenings, you can listen to nice music and taste the best of the Aegean cuisine.
Yedigöller, a national park since 1965, is located 42 km from Bolu. There are seven lakes in Yedigöller: Sazlıgöl, İncegöl, Küçükgöl, Nazlıgöl, Deringöl, Seringöl and Büyükgöl. If you want to be fascinated by autumn, then you should definitely put Yedigöller on your map.
Another location that can be visited in autumn is Mardin. This beautiful city, home to many civilizations, is waiting for you with its ruins, museums, madrasas, historical houses and magnificent tastes. Mardin is a great choice for those wishing to see the ancient Mesopotamian region!
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