A huge wealth of historical sights, complemented by natural landscapes with sweeping highlands and pristine stretches of coastline, Turkey is a honeymooners’s paradise. Not just owing to the picture perfect locales, but the entire package, including the delectable food and the offbeat activities one can indulge in here. 

Go on and get a glimpse of how this country that stretches across two continents can make for a perfect backdrop for your honeymoon: 

1. Cappadocia

Cappadocia is one of those places that grows on you with every passing moment. An unruly, volcanic landscape to match your own racing hearts, Cappadocia leaves you enthralled, sure to cause a sensation on your honeymoon.

Check into a Cave Hotel

Cappadocia is naturally blessed with caves, some of which have been transformed into unique hotel experiences. Book a cave hotel for beautiful mornings in your sprawling cove, lazy afternoons at the spa, and evenings by the pool for a quiet, romantic cuddle.

Luxurious and intimate, a stay here is a great way to impress and pamper your partner with an otherworldly experience. The Museum hotel for instance, is known for its hospitality, impeccable guest-oriented service, and lavish upkeep.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Flying over the magical landscape of Cappadocia is reminiscent of a love story everybody yearns. And when you and your partner step on and take flight, it won’t be long before you realize that love is indeed in the air.  

Make a Hot-Air-Balloon tour booking one that also includes a hotel pick-up and drop. You’ll witness not just the picturesque landscapes, but also an incredible view of balloons of various colors sprinkled across the skyline. The experience trickles down even after landing, with a bottle of champagne waiting to be popped.  

Ithaka’s Pro Tip: For a truly ethereal experience, time your ride to coincide with either the sunrise or sunset.

Go To Cappadocia If: a hot air balloon ride and a romantic stay is your scene

Getting There: Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport is located 43 Km from the city, and can be reached from Istanbul or Izmir via Turkish Airlines. However, Domestic airfare can be steep in Turkey.

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


2. Izmir

On Turkey’s Aegean coast with a lineage steeped in Roman and Greek history, Izmir was rebuilt by Alexander the Great after once being razed to the ground. In complete contrast with Istanbul’s unabashed glamour, Izmir is a bashful little town, a museum of antiquity, and a total love nest too! After an exhaustive wedding, Izmir is the perfect honeymoon destination to wind down and be in the comfort of each other.

Visit the largest collection of Greek ruins

Waltz past ancient Greek ruins at Ephesus, one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a mere 3 km from Izmir. This ancient Greek city has the largest collection of Greek ruins in the Mediterranean. Let its charm wrap you as you walk beneath its lofty archways. 

Come evening and head out to the waterfront promenade at the Izmir Kordon for a happy stroll, or take a moment to look out into the horizon as a ferry takes you across the Izmir bay.

Explore the Local Markets of Izmir

Izmir Agora & Kemeralti Bazaars are 2000 year old markets sitting in the very heart of Izmir city. A casual stroll up their alleys, taking in the sights and smells together would be a nice way to call it a day.

Go To Izmir If: You plan to slow travel with your partner away from big cities

Getting There: Both Turkish Airlines and Pegasus run direct flights between Istanbul and Izmir. As a cheaper alternative, take a ferry from Istanbul to Bandirma, from where Izmir is a train ride away.

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


3. Antalya

Once a busy Roman Port, Antalya today, boasts of scenic beaches, cycling heists, and luxury living. In this quiet seaside resort city of Antalya, spend your honeymoon romancing the love of your life in ways that an otherwise buzzing city won’t let you.

Visit the Beach

A day spent doing absolutely nothing else other than reveling in each other’s company can be gratifying like nothing else, especially on a honeymoon. Sunbathe for one lazy hour after another, or simply loiter on the warm sands of Antalya’s many beaches.

Its busiest and most popular, Lara beach, gives you the touristy vibe in the otherwise sparingly populated town. If the two of you make an adventurous team, try your skill at its many water sporting activities on offer. Evenings can be spent on beachfront beer bars or hopping restaurants for their varied fare.

If it’s a mellow option you seek, head to Konyaalti Beach, a quiet getaway to settle in and talk above the soft churn of the ocean. Located in one of the most picturesque parts of town, Konyaalti Beach is a virgin stretch of sand nestled between rising cliffs and mountains

 Mount Tahtali

The ride up to the top of Mount Tahtali is as magical as the views from the peak. Seat yourself in a cable car and be transported to a world of mystical mountains scantily clad with wispy clouds. November – December is the ideal time to visit as the snow capped mountains act as the perfect backdrop for your fairytale love story!

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

Getting There: Hop on a direct flight from either Istanbul or Ankara or Izmir. We also recommend doing a road trip from either of these cities via Turkey’s main highways.

Best Time To Visit: Between April and December. Beyond that, the weather is too cold to enjoy the city. Unless you are keen to do a trip primarily for the views of Mount Tahtali.


4. Pamukkale

Heard of the Hammam right? The traditional Turkish Spa-Bath in a heated marble-floored room is literally the star of Turkey. Now imagine the same in a natural spa, set in terraced hot-pools! Pamukkale, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, is Turkey’s very own backyard-spa.  Dipping your feet in warm water, or lazing in abandon with the love of your life is what you’re going to take away from here.

The best time to visit would surely be early morning before tourists start pouring in. Rich in minerals, these naturally occurring hot-water pools look like cascades of waterfalls. A picturesque sight, these cliff-like formations are white-water travertine pooled terraces, making them a site for many a romance flicks to be shot.

Go To Pammukale if: you’re looking for a romantic day trip surrounded by history and nature.

Getting There: The best way to get to Pamukkale is by road. Hire a car or hop on a shuttle vehicle.

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


5. Fethiye

All you thrill seekers can look to head to Fethiye for your honeymoon. It’s a nice mix of chilled beach scenes and magnificent mountains. This is a great chance to tick parasailing off your bucket list, as you get to zip and zoom across the Badabag mountains! Spot the Blue Lagoon near Oludeniz village on your trip to Fethiye that sits pretty on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.

There’s more. The Gulf of Fethiye boasts of incredibly clear waters and happens to be a great site for underwater diving. Book a couples’ dive and enjoy this breathtaking experience together. 

Cruise boats go up and down the gulf, and hailing a private cruiser to profess your love mid-sea is no less of a plan either.

Surprise your sweetheart with a day trip to the Greek Island of Rhodes. Fethiye provides entrée to the Rhode islands and a visit can be made in less than two hours aboard a ferry. Rhodes hosts awesome parties, and shaking a leg with your partner would be the perfect way to retire into the night.

Go To Fethiye If: you wish to bask in a gorgeous coastline and cruise the Greek islands

Getting There: A ferry ride from Fethiye will take you to Rhode Island in 1.5 hours docking at the Rhodes Ferry.

Best Time To Visit: April- May, and September-October are ideal


6. Konya

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If there ever was “out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing…a field”, that would be Konya. The celebrated 13th century Sufi poet and mystic, Rumi, once lived and breathed the Konya air and was eventually buried in the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya. A tour of the Alaeddin Mosque; a glowering example of Turkish religious maxim; a ride up part of the momentous, erstwhile Silk Road; a stopover at an old-fashioned caravanserai, together make up a round-trip to Konya. Do not miss the ‘Whirling Dervish’ show while you’re here, to get a glimpse of the Sufi spiritual lineages. Rumi worded love and gave it form that lovers have held with regard for ages. Now you too can renew your wedding vows in this town that breathes love.

Go To Konya If: you’re on the lookout for a Sufi town, bathed in 13th century old world charm, and well, Rumi
Getting There: The best way is to drive or hire a car from Cappadocia to Konya, taking a little over 3 hours
Best Time To Visit: Although summertime is peak season, visit in spring (March-April) for a quieter experience.