With its spectacular landscapes, incredible architecture bearing stories from the past, and a coastline bordering the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea, Turkey makes for a uniquely romantic destination for a honeymoon.

Sweep your partner off of their feet at the panoramic landscapes of Cappadocia, or get lost in time as you find your way through old cities with your best friend by your side – either way, Turkey will spoil you rotten. If exploring the colourful bazaars of old cities and ancient Roman architecture with your better half makes your heart flutter, Turkey is the dream honeymoon destination you’ve been looking for.

1. Cappadocia

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Go There For: Romantic experiences set in a unique landscape

Quite easily one of the most popular destinations in Turkey for couples, Cappadocia promises an experience like no other. Its convoluted, otherworldly landscape coupled with underground cities, caves and tunnels, is nothing short of magical.

So no matter how touristy Cappadocia may have become in recent times, it still demands a visit for the sheer magic it weaves on travellers.

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Getting There: The nearest airport, Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport, is located around 43 Km from the city, and can be reached from Istanbul or Izmir via Turkish Airlines.

Best Time To Go: April to November, before it gets too cold

Must Do Experiences in Cappadocia:

1. Stay in an Underground Cave

Cappadocia’s volcanic landscape may look rugged but is sure to brew romance between you and your partner with the experiences that it offers. Cappadocia is blessed with natural underground caves that you can not only visit, but also stay at.

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Imagine a lavishly furnished exotic cave with sprawling rooms, where your days are spent by the pool or getting pampered at the spa. 

The Museum Hotel, where the architecture, warm Turkish hospitality and the lavish accommodation inspire romance, makes for an unforgettable honeymoon.

2. Take a Hot Air Baloon RIde with your Beloved

A hot air balloon ride with your beloved over Cappadocia’s volcanic formations is a sure shot way to impress your love. It is one thing to experience the city’s underground caves, but it’s a whole new feeling to get a bird’s-eye view as you glide above the beautiful rocky terrain away from the crowd.

As you soar higher up and the ground starts fading beneath you, watch the other hot-air balloons floating away as far as your eyes go. Watching these little pops of colour over the earthy terrain is one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll have on this trip.

If time permits, book a hot-air balloon ride to coincide with sunrise or sunset. Bask in the warmth of your love, as the melting golden sunshine warms your hearts and bonds you forever.

2. Istanbul

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Go There If: You want to experience a blend of the old and the new

The erstwhile hot seat of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, the city of Istanbul has an unmistakable old-world charm.

Geographically split into two halves by the Bosphorus Strait, the European and Asian parts of the city come together to create a beautiful cultural symphony. A melting pot of cultures, Istanbul will serve you a heady concoction of the old and the new, all seamlessly coexisting in the hustle and bustle of this city.

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Getting There: Istanbul is typically the entry point to Turkey, irrespective of where you’re flying in from. It has two airports, one on the European side (Istanbul Atatürk Airport) and another on the Asian side (Sabiha Gökçen Airport). Most major airlines arrive at the Ataturk Airport, including the national carrier, Turkish Airlines.

Best Time To Go: April through September, when the rainfall is at its lowest

Must Do Experiences in Istanbul

1. Take a romantic stroll down the cobbled streets of the old city with your partner

Take a romantic stroll down the cobbled streets of this old city with your partner by your side, as you take in all its sights, sounds and smells.

Marvel at Hagia Sophia’s stunning architecture and enjoy a few moments of quiet, along with a heart-warming cup of Turkish tea at the museum’s manicured gardens.

2. Shop at the Traditional Turkish Markets – Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar

As you soak in the historic sights of the city, don’t forget to get your fill of shopping at the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar, and indulge in a round of playful bargaining with the vendors.


3. Pamper your self with a Relaxing Turkism Hamam

To take your Turkish experience in Istanbul a notch higher, head over to the 450-year-old Suleymaniye Hamam, one of the oldest baths in the city and the only one to cater to couples and families. Make use of this opportunity to pamper yourself and your partner in a relaxing Turkish bath session and come out feeling rejuvenated. <

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4. Take a Romantic Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait

As the sun sets, illuminating Istanbul’s skyline, end the day with a romantic cruise on the Bosphorus Strait.

Check out this evening cruise from Bosphorus Tour for a memorable experience with your partner, as you watch the city light up the evening sky, while gorging on delicious local food accompanied by Turkish belly-dancing performances.

5. Hit the Clubs & experience Istanbul’s Nightlife

Raise a toast to your new life ahead as the drinks start flowing and the evening progresses. Top it up with a night of crazy partying at some of the poshest clubs of Istanbul located by the Bosphorus, like
Sortie or Ruby.

3. Izmir

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Go There If: You like to slow travel, away from the big cities

Quite contrary to the pulsating vibes of Istanbul, Izmir is for those who want to slow travel with their partner, especially after a hectic wedding schedule. Bordering the Aegean Sea, Izmir is perfect for couples looking for some peace and quiet, away from the crowd but still wanting to get a taste of Turkish history and culture.

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Getting There: The easiest way to get to Izmir is by taking a flight from Istanbul. Turkish Airlines and Pegasus both run direct flights between the two cities. Alternatively, you can also take a ferry from Istanbul to Bandirma, from where Izmir is a train ride away.

Best Time To Go: June to August, when the weather is pleasant and dry

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Must Do Experiences in Izmir

1. Visit the largest collection of Roman ruins 

The biggest highlight of basing out of Izmir is its proximity to the Ephesus, which is considered to have the largest collection of Roman ruins in the Mediterranean region. Izmir will fill you and your partner with a unique sense of adventure as you make your way through historic sites and hear fascinating tales from the past.

Izmir Kordon, the city’s beautiful waterfront promenade also offers romantic ferry rides across the bay, allowing you to spend some time with your new life partner without a worry in the world.

2. Explore the Local Markets of Izmir – Izmir Agora & Kemeralti Bazaar

Begin your exploration from the 2000-year-old local marketplace called the Izmir Agora, followed by the Kemeralti Bazaar, as you soak in the laid-back vibes of this town and cherish the company of your better half.

4.  Antalya

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Go There If: You’re looking for a mix of beach fun and historic sightseeing

Turkey’s gateway to the Mediterranean Sea, Antalya is a vibrant coastal town, known for its varied and beautiful landscapes. From gorgeous beaches dotted with resorts to lush green hills and ancient ruins, Antalya is a honeymooner’s paradise.

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Getting There: Taking a direct flight from Istanbul, Ankara or Izmir is the most convenient way to reach Antalya. Alternatively, you can also consider doing a road trip from either of these cities via Turkey’s main highways.

Best Time To Go: Between April and December. Beyond that, the weather is too cold to enjoy the city.

What do in Antalya?

1. Visit the Lara Beach 

A resort town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, Antalya is a massive crowd-puller. Live your dream beach life and luxuriate under the warm sun on one of Antalya’s busiest and most popular beaches – Lara Beach.

Home to exclusive resorts and boutique hotels, beach clubs and cafes, this is what honeymoon dreams are made of. Head over for a day of beach activities and spend the night letting your hair down.

2. Visit the Konyaalti Beach

If you’re looking to spend some quiet time with your partner and cherish each other’s company, Konyaalti Beach would be the perfect getaway.

Located in one of the most stunning parts of the city, this beach is tucked away amid a stretch of cliffs and mountains – undisturbed and unspoilt.

2. Mount Tahtali

Make your way from spectacular beaches to the top of Mount Tahtali, located at a height of 2365 metres. Glide your way through misty mountains, and catch a glimpse of the panoramic views during the cable car ride to the top with your partner.

A visit during the months of November and December will also mean that you get to romance your way up the mountain with a rare view of snow-capped peaks in Turkey.

5. Pamukkale

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Go There For: A very romantic experience amid unique natural formations

With gorgeous white travertine terraces, resembling a cascading waterfall from a cliff, Pamukkale looks and feels like the ultimate backdrop for a romantic escapade. The main highlights here are the stunning mineral-rich, warm, natural pools, which are a sight to behold.

Even though direct access to these pools is now restricted for conservation purposes, you will be able to take a dip in a separate swimming pool for a relaxing time with your partner and cherish the surreal beauty surrounding you. Come here prepared with a picnic basket, and spend a day of leisure amid these turquoise pools.

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Getting there: The best way to get to Pamukkale is by road – either by self-driving or catching an intercity shuttle bus. Alternatively, you could also fly in to the nearest airport in a town called Denizli, about a 40-minute drive from Pamukkale.

Best Time To Go: April to Mid-June, and September to October

6. Fethiye

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Go There For: Gorgeous coastline and cruise to Greek islands

Located on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, Fethiye is all about white sandy beaches and enchanting mountains.

Go on a paragliding adventure from the Badabag mountains and share a thrilling experience with your partner, as you catch a glimpse of the Blue Lagoon near Oludeniz village.

Blessed with a beautiful coast, let the Gulf of Fethiye draw you in with its incredible water, ideal for a couple’s underwater dive or, even better, for a laidback day cruise. The clear waters of the gulf, coupled with the scenic surroundings make for the perfect setup for a romantic day out on a cruise boat.

Fethiye also acts as the gateway to the Greek island of Rhodes, that can be reached in around 1.5 hours by a ferry. Make the most of your visit to this coastal town by taking a day trip to this Greek island known for its warm, sunny days and vibrant nightlife. Book an exclusive ferry ride from Fethiye to Rhodes and charm your way to your lover’s heart as you both soak in the picturesque surroundings.