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Turkey is a country known for its intercontinental position as a bridge between the continents of Asia and Europe. Therefore, it has an extraordinary ecosystem and habitat diversity. National parks in Turkey offer their visitors incredible views of nature. National parks protect the important flora and fauna species Turkey has. From underwater wonders to high mountain ranges and ancient historical sites, these national parks offer visitors a variety of sights and exciting outdoor experiences. I complied the list of ”Most Visited National Park in Turkey” for you, I hope you will like it.
10 Most Visited National Parks in Turkey
Aladaglar National Park
Received national park status in 1995 Aladağlar, Turkey is located south of the Taurus Mountains. This vast national park, with an area of over 55,000 hectares and a height of 3,500 meters, extends from Kayseri to Adana.
Köprülü Canyon National Park
Attracting attention with its wild beauty, Köprülü Canyon takes its name from the stunning canyon covering an area of approximately 366 km and in some places its depth goes down to 400 meters. Established as a national park in 1973, Köprülü Canyon is also known for its fresh trout that you can feast on.
Beysehir Lake National Park
Lake Beyşehir in Konya province in central Turkey hosts 140 varieties of flora and also an important refuge for more than 16 species of freshwater fish as well as water birds living on the lake. The park hosts many camping sites and hotels. Here you can witness the magnificent beauty of the lake, hike or rent a mountain bike and walk around.
Nemrut Mountain National Park
The history and importance of Turkey can be seen in Nemrut Mountain National Park. Climbing more than 2,000 meters high and reaching the peak rewards visitors with its famous sculptures, and a tumulus thought to be a royal tomb dating back to the 1st century AD.
Göreme National Park
Göreme National Park, the most popular part of Cappadocia and also a national park that combines the natural world and historical ruins. While offering breathtaking views to its visitors with fairy chimneys, rock churches and underground cities, it also provides opportunity to discover the area by bicycle or by using a hot air balloon. Goreme is listed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites.
Beydaglari Coastal National Park
Spreading over a large area of over 34,000 hectares, Beydağları includes the ancient Olympos, Phaselis and Idyros cities, which are intertwined with the wild vegetation and beaches of the park. The archaeological sites are open to visitors all year round, and they can spend time on the beach or take advantage of mountain hiking or camping if they wish.
Kazdağı National Park
Kazdağı National Park was founded in 1994 and is the highest mountain in the region, home to 68 endemic and rare plant species and wild animals such as wild boar, wolf, deer, fox and badger. Exciting activities such as trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, jeep safari and swimming, as well as magnificent forest trails, hot springs baths and the impressive view of Edremit Bay make this park one of the places worth seeing.
Yedigoller National Park
Yedigöller is known for its seven lakes formed by landslides, the leaves change color in different seasons and national park is a haven for photographers with many trees reflected in the water striking visual compositions is one of Turkey’s most beautiful parks. Camping or going for a long walk are activities are best to be done.
Uludag National Park
Uludağ, one of Turkey’s most important places for skiing, is situated in an excellent position with more than 2000 meters in altitude and winter sports activities. In summer, the national park is also an ideal place for hiking and camping in the rich flora and fauna world.
Kaçkar Mountains National Park
3972 meters high with rich flora and alpine meadows on the slopes overlooking the Black Sea, Kaçkar Mountains National park is Turkey’s the most humid rain forest. Surrounded by Fırtına and Hemşin Creeks, national park hosts wildlife too. Here you can find wild animals such as jackal, marten, wild boar, roe deer, wild goat, weasel, rabbit and wild rooster, or indulge yourself with camping, hiking and Heliski facilities.
Tour Guide to Turkish National Parks
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