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Most scenic national parks of Turkey
Most scenic national parks of Turkey
Breathtaking greenery, azure- and green-hued lakes combined with rocky cliffs and magnificent waterfalls, depict Turkey’s national parks as places described in fairy tales. Perfect for hiking and camping, the national parks of Turkey await visitors with their picturesque sights. Click through to see the most unrivaled natural beauties of the Anatolian lands, as compiled by Hazal Özcan:
The Aladağlar National Park, located between the Central Anatolian provinces of Niğde and Kayseri and the southern province of Adana, is the go-to spot of hikers and climbers. Aladağlar, meaning “Crimson Mountains” in English, is acknowledged as the Alps of Turkey. It includes many gigantic mountains along with enchanting waterfalls.
Located in the Black Sea province of Sinop, the Akgöl National Park is a secret heaven that awaits to be discovered. Even though the lake in the park was artificially formed by combining two different streams, it abounds with rich flora and fauna. Akgöl also is home to one of the most important caves in Turkey, the İnaltı Cave.
Another natural beauty embodied in the Black Sea region, Hatila Valley National Park, astounds visitors with its unparalleled geographic structures. Located in the Black Sea province of Artvin, Hatila’s rocks form a peculiar “V” shape, which is due to the volcanic activities of the past. Hatila is also habitat to a myriad of plant, flower and animal species.
A resplendent forestland where natural hues of blue, green and orange merge, the İğneada Longoz Forests National Park embodies the top floodplain forests in Turkey. Located in the northwestern province of Kırklareli, İğneada’s forests are perfect for those looking for a quest into nature. Small ponds, chirping birds and lush greenery make these intriguing forests a popular attraction for trekking.
Located in Artvin province, the Karagöl Sahara National Park is an unrivaled beauty of the Black Sea. Combining nature with traditions of the Black Sea, the national park consists of two parts; Karagöl and Sahara. While Karagöl attracts attention with its magnificent greenery and crystal-clear lake, the Sahara part is where traditional highland activities come to life.
Lakes, caves and lavish greenery make the Kızıldağ National Park a must-see spot in the Mediterranean. Located in the southwestern Isparta province, the national park is covered with abundant blue cedar trees. It also features one of the largest lakes in Turkey, the Beyşehir Lake.
One of the top destinations in Turkey when it comes to watersports, the Köprülü Canyon National Park is where natural and cultural heritage merge in an impeccable synthesis. Located in the southern province of Antalya, the Köprülü Canyon’s unchartered landscape is ideal for hiking.
A rare wonder of nature in eastern Turkey, the Munzur Valley National Park is a stunning heritage of Anatolia with its endemic plants, rich flora and wild animals. Located in the Tunceli province, Munzur Valley’s crater lakes, canyons and mighty waterfalls astonish visitors. The archaeological findings in the area also shed light on the chalcolithic and neolithic ages.
Another destination in Turkey with plentiful fresh air, Yedigöller National Park lies at the heart of Turkey’s verdant countryside. Located in the northwestern province of Bolu, Yedigöller offers views that can take your breath away. Its tall trees and green-hued lake provide a serene camping getaway.
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