Top Things to Do In Turkey For First Time Travelers

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top things to do in Turkey

These days, Turkey is famous because of the Turkish Ice Cream dance by Çılgın Dondurmacı in Antalya. A lot of tourists and local people daily visit that ice cream stall and enjoy dancing with the famous Turkish ice-cream seller.

Well, apart from that, there are a lot of things to do in Turkey for first-time travelers. There are a lot of historical places to visit in Turkey that have a history back to the Ottomans or even to the Greeks and Romans eras.

You can enjoy the Turkish food, visit different museums to know about Turkish history and you can get to know about the Turkish traditions as well.

Things to Do In Turkey

When you get your Turkey visa online, you need to pack your bags and plan your first trip to Turkey as follows:

Enjoy A Turkish Bath

Turkish Bath

Let’s start your day with the morning bath. No, not in your hotel room, but at a historical place called, Çemberlitaş Hamamı. This old-style Turkish Hamam was built by Turkish architect Mimar Sinan in 1584 in Istanbul, Turkey.

This will be a lifetime experience as this Turkish bath idea is based on old Roman hot public bathing. Çemberlitaş Hamamı is a public bath where steam is used and this feature is associated with the Islamic history of the Ottoman empire.

You might have seen Turkish dramas and they also show a steam bath in their dramas. To experience the Turkish bath, visit the place early morning and make your booking.

Watch Spiritual Sufi Dance: Dervish

Spiritual Sufi Dance Turkey

Sufiism has roots in Turkish history. Ibn ul Arabi and Rumi are the famous Sufis of Turkey during the time of the Ottomans dynasty. The spiritual Sufi dance by Devenish is a beautiful tradition of Turkey.

You should experience this swirling dance by the Sufi dancers on soothing Sufi music. They relate this music to the almighty and consider it a way to connect with God. Sama and Dhikar (Zikar) are the two spiritual practices that were introduced by the Sufi saints.

When you visit Turkey for the first time, you should experience this Spiritual Sufi dance with traditional instruments by Dervish.

Visit Ancient Troy

Troy Horse Turkey

Troy belongs to Greek mythology and the story of the Trojan war. This is a very important historic site in Turkey that belongs to Greek history and the time of the Trojan war.

Though there is not much left that you can explore in the ancient city of Troy in Turkey, still, if you love history, you should visit this place. You can explore the site within 1 hour, but this 1 hour will be memorable for your entire life.

Ankara Castle


This fortification place in Turkey is a paradise for those who love historical places. Ankara Castle was built about 2800 years ago in the 8th century BC. Then in 278 BC, it was rebuilt by Galatians and the castle witnessed great empires.

If you explore the Ankara Castle, you will see the architectural design of Romans, Byzantine, Seljuks, Ottomans, and other civilizations. It is one of the oldest fortifications available in the city of Ankara.

Final Words

Just fill out your Turkey visa application to get your visa and then explore these places in Turkey. Also, experience the traditional Turkish bath and the Sufi dance. There is a lot more to do in Turkey and I will update you soon about this.

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