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This is a list of the top 10 most popular cities to visit in Turkey defined according to a concept of tourist attractions. These cities each offer the best of five-star establishments, shopping, gorgeous historical sites and natural scenery.
Ankara: Ankara, which is Turkey's capital and 2nd largest city, the seat of government and diplomacy and is also a university city with a large student population.
Edirne: Edirne is home of the world famous annual Kirkpinar oil wrestling competition. Also it is one of the oldest settlements in Turkey, dating back to the Neolithic age and was the second largest city of the Ottoman Empire.
Eskisehir: Eskisehir is one of the most vibrant and modern cities of our country. It is an excellent destination for those looking for a city trip full of entertainments, parks, gardens, museums and historical ruins.
Bursa: Bursa, which is the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, combines historical sites and thermal springs in city with skiing on the slopes in Uludag.
Mardin: Mardin is an ancient Turkish city with its wonderful mix of culture and history. It is a great destination for travelers wishing to experience some unique cultural and historical motives.
Istanbul: The city of the past, the present and the future, Istanbul is Turkey's largest city and the country's undisputed cultural and financial centre. Istanbul offers a great deal in the way of history, culture, food and entertainment, in fact far too much to take in on a short city break.
Antalya: Antalya is the largest city on the Mediterranean, also known as the Turkish Riviera, offering over 300 days of sunshine, fantastic beaches, resort towns, luxury hotels, a myriad of water-front bars and restaurants and great shopping.
Izmir: Izmir is Turkey's third largest city and second most important port on the Aegean coast. Luxury hotels and facilities for sports, entertainment, shopping and business meetings give the city a cosmopolitan and lively atmosphere all year round.
Canakkale: Canakkale, which holds a location of strategic importance, is the most popular base for visiting the ruins at Troy, as well as Gallipoli, and has become a very popular destination for local and international tourists.
Trabzon: Trabzon on the Black Sea coast has its own Hagia Sophia from the 13th century and makes a good base to visit the cliff-hugging Sumela Monastery set in the spectacular semi-tropical forested landscape that so typifies this region.
Clock Tower, Konak, Izmir
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