Top Free Things to do in Turkey

Turkey Tourist Places

Packed with ancient monuments from various conquerors and impressive sceneries, Turkey is a beautiful destination, which for thousands of years, has been a route for trade for Europe and Asia. With a Turkey Visa, you’ll enjoy the vibrant culture, vast history, and famous food along with the glorious landscapes of the Mediterranean, mighty mountains, and steppes. Let’s look at some free things to do in Turkey. 

Temple of Artemis 

Ephesus is famous for the Temple of Artemis or Temple of Diana, designed and constructed in the 6th century BC. It was rebuilt completely twice, once after a terrible flood and the second time, after it became a victim of arson. 300 years later, it was named among the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, it is located 1 km from Selcuk Town. You can easily walk from Selcuk to the temple. The temple had been destroyed by 401 AD. Now only foundations and fragments remain at the site. 

Kabak Bay

Kabak Bay is a shore along the Lycia village. You can use a taxi, dolmus, or car to reach Oludeniz in an hour. There aren’t any ATMs or shops in the vicinity but it’s an escape from the city life. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, and snorkelling by the beach. The beach is usually filled with tourists and is a place just to relax and enjoy. 

Taksim Square

Taksim Square is Istanbul’s busiest city centre. It includes the Republic’s prominent monument, crafted by a famous sculptor named Pietro Canonica. It was made in remembrance of the military campaigns of the Turkish War of independence. You can take some photographs of the Taksim Square with a 19th-century city backdrop. 

Valleys in Cappadocia

The Cappadocia valleys have bizarre rock formations. The colours range from bright white to shades of dark pink. This is the area’s main attraction. You’ll have these never-seen-before sceneries stick with you even after you leave. Picking the valleys from many to see in a limited time is tough, but some of the ones you can visit for free are – Love Valley, Rose Valley (enter from Cavusin), Gorkundere Valley, Sword Valley, Devrent Valley, Zemi Valley, Pigeon Valley, White Valley, and Meskendir Valley (if you enter from Red Valley, entry ticket required).


The popular and old town Kaleici in Antalya has lots to offer for tourists. Start from Kaleici from the Hadrian gate, stop at various viewpoints like the watchtower, or take a dive along the clean beaches. It is best to explore Kaleici on foot and enjoy the sunset. It’s definitely one of Turkey’s must-visit places.

Duden Waterfall

Duden Waterfalls are among Turkey’s extraordinary places you have to see. Its view is one-of-a-kind, and the waterfall cascades to link with the Mediterranean Sea. This makes the waterfall really special. It flows into the municipal park and Mediterranean Ocean from other streams. The rare sight of Duden Waterfall attracts tourists and is a must-visit place in Turkey. The waterfalls include a natural cave and spiral stairs formation in it. You can either take a dip at the waterfall or do rock climbing. 


One of Turkey’s prominent buildings, Anitkabir is the place of rest for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and president of Turkey. The museum includes elegant stairs which have intricate carvings and a courtyard to take a stroll. The museum displays objects and pictures that were used in the Turkish War of Independence struggle. This museum will definitely educate you about the country. 

Feed Ducks at Kugulu Park

Kugulu Park is a popular park located in the centre of a shopping street in Ankara. Along with feeding the ducks, you can also enjoy the city life around you. You can even take a stroll down Tunali and Arjantin Caddesi to enjoy the best shops and cafes in the city. 

Ankara Castle

Ankara Castle is not too far from the town, and you won’t have to pay any entrance fee. It was founded by the Phrygians (8th century BC) and was rebuilt by the Galatians in 278 BC. Even though the date of construction is unknown, the evidence is plentiful that it has witnessed the comings and goings of various empires from Romans to Ottomans. You can also enjoy the sunset, and a good idea will be to visit a little later during the day. 

Emirgan Park

During springtime, you can witness various colours and types of tulips blooming at Emirgan Park. This park hosts a festival called Istanbul Tulip Festival around April. This festival provides a seasonal treat. Many parks in Istanbul have blooming tulips but Emirgan remains the most popular because of its size and its wide range of tulip collections.  You can do a lot of free things in Turkey to ensure your trip is memorable and fun. It is an exciting country where you can experience an interesting culture and immense beauty.

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