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9 must-see natural wonders in Anatolia
9 must-see natural wonders in Anatolia
Anatolia is home to a rich array of natural attractions, including unique geography, climate, location and biodiversity, to explore. The region’s countryside offers a spectacular mix of lakes, highlands, rock formations, mountains, rivers, deltas and valleys. Here are nine natural wonders to add to your Turkey must-see bucket list. (Photos:Alamy)
Karagöl in Borçka, located in the northeastern province of Artvin, is a playground for photography and nature enthusiasts. Considered a hidden paradise, Karagöl, like some other lakes in the region, resulted from a landslide that took place in the early 1800s, as a result of the closure of a small stream with soil mass.
The lake, 27 kilometers from Borçka, and the dramatic valleys and highlands around it, attracts those who seek the solitude of nature, far away from the noise and stress of city life. The view of the pine trees reflected on the lake offers a visual feast. It would be a mistake to return without camping while enjoying this splendid landscape.
Gediz Delta is another wonder of nature where land and water are interlocked, and life renews itself before your eyes.
This ecosystem of fresh and saltwater swamps, where the Gediz River used to pour into the sea, is a miracle of nature. Watching flamingos and pelicans in the Gediz Delta, also known as the bird paradise, is a joy.
In Kars, you can see a stunning view of Aras River while watching the sunset on the banks of Ani Ruins.
In the region, once home to 24 different civilizations, the ruins of the historic church among the flowers and the softly flowing river below form a wonderful sight.
Altıparmak is known as the most beautiful point of the Kaçkar Mountains. The aesthetic ridges, heights, glacial lakes and greenery, which resemble the mountain views drawn by a painter on canvas, reflect the majesty of the summit.
You need to endure a challenging walk to reach the area, but for the landscapes that will eventually be seen, this is worth it!
Imagine a plateau with meanders gurgling through vast green plains. The azure pond located in the middle of the plateau and the meanders formed by the river coming out of this pond are among the rare views in the region.
The river enters a deep valley and forms the Çisenti Waterfall.
Located at an altitude of 1,800 meters in Çamlıhemşin, you can see clouds floating beneath you, just like the sea.
The plateau, filled with pine trees, draws you into the landscape with its natural structure resembling a terrace in the middle of the mountains.
A natural formation that resembles a lake and the green landscape around it fascinates visitors to this region.
It is possible to capture the most beautiful photo frame from the bird's eye view as you glide over Ölüdeniz (Blue Lagoon) with parachutes from Lycian Way and Babadağ.
If you haven't seen Cappadocia, which is famous for its fairy chimneys on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you are missing a lot. This is a unique geography in the world.
As you jump into a hot air balloon and soar over the valley at the sunset, you will admire the redness of the fairy chimneys and the shadows cast from their whimsical shapes.
Ulugöl in the Gölköy district of Ordu, where the longest-living people reside with a lifespan of 82 years, is another stopover for visitors.
Ulugöl, which is 74 kilometers away from the city center, is one of the places frequently visited by photographers.
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