Top 10 Most Unique Villages In Turkey With Suggestions From Expert Names
We live in the land where humanity first settled. Untouched nature, traditions and customs of hundreds of years, architectural texture of the past, the most original and natural flavors still exist in these villages. This is why our travelers interest in these small settlements is growing more and more every year. We went after the villages that must be seen in Turkey.
To make the plans a little easier for travelers who like village travel in Turkey, we asked the names of experts on Turkey's most unique villages. Are you ready to forget the days when we stayed in houses because of Corona and get away from the city life for a while?
1. AS IF IN A TALE: THE VILLAGE OF SELF-CONFIDENCE, ARTVIN
Yildirim Güngör / Travel writer, Mountaineer
The village of Özgüven, which is on the side of the Altiparmak mountains of the Yusufeli District of Artvin, is a fairy-tale world hidden among the high peaks. Besides its six stone and wooden houses, its magnificent nature is enough to put this much-unknown village among the most original villages.
Another natural value of this fairy tale village is the 165-metre ‘Ciro waterfall’, which falls in several stages within the MARSIS Mountains range, which hides the village of Özgüven in its foothills.
2. SMURF AS NAME: ŞIRINCE, IZMIR
Deniz Sipahi / Hurriyet Ege representative
An old Greek Village 8 kilometers away from Selçuk district of Izmir. In the early years of the Republic, the name was formalized as ‘Şirince’ under the instruction of Kazım Dirik, the governor of Izmir at the time.
Viticulture, wine production and olive grooming are held in the village. Some Greek houses serve as lodgings. No signage contamination. Cute as a name. It's like a natural film plateau! You can't get enough of spending time in Math village.
3. FILM SET LIKE: YUKAR DOĞANBEY, AYDIN
Mutlu Tönbekici / Author of the book ‘Small Hotels’
When the village of Doğanbey was moved down in the 1980s, the original settlement formerly inhabited by Greeks was both named ‘up’ and abandoned to its fate.
Years later, houses were bought and restored by Turkey's leading intellectuals, and today, incredible architectural examples have emerged. The village in Aydin has almost gained movement over time. Since no one is still alive, it is still a ghost village most of the year. It serves as a natural set for producers.
4. FROM OTTOMAN TO PRESENT: CUMALIKIZIK, BURSA
Şoray Uzun / TV programmer, Traveler
It is one of the five Kızık villages in the northern outskirts of Uludag Bursa. It is one of the first villages established by the Ottoman Empire. The most typical and colorful examples of Ottoman architecture are here.
In 2000, it was included in the tentative list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. It has remained the same until today, almost as if it were frozen at the time it was founded. There is also an ethnographic museum in the village. Especially home-made jams are one of the flavors that must be tasted!
5. A HEAVEN ON EARTH: MAÇAHEL, ARTVIN
Erdal Ipekeşen / Journalist
Maçahel, Borçka district, consists of seven villages located in the foothills of the Karçal Mountains. The name of the central village is Camili. The most important feature of maçahel is that it bears the title ‘Biosphere Reserve area’, which UNESCO registered in 2005, given to rare areas in the world whose ecosystems are intact.
With its geographical structure, unique biodiversity and natural wonders, it admires its visitors. Maçahel is also famous for Caucasian honey. The festival is held in mid-August each year, and is the most vibrant and crowded period in the region.
6. MAGNIFICENT BUILDINGS: ORTAHISAR AND UCHISAR, NEVŞEHIR
Gülhan Şen / TV programmer, Traveler
There are places where you can't believe it's real even if it's right in front of your eyes! It makes you feel like you're in a dream, in a fantasy movie, or in time travel.
The villages of Uchisar and Ortahisar in Cappadocia are almost like a ‘game of Thrones’ venue, especially with the effect of their magnificent castles. If you haven't seen it yet, you owe your imagination a great deal.
7. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE WITH VIEWS: LÜBBEY, IZMIR
Mustafa Türker Erşen / Editor Of Atlas Magazine
Lübbey, in Ödemiş District of Izmir, is the most interesting village I have seen in Turkey. Bozdağlar'da two sides of a cliff was founded on a high ridge. It is a very striking place with its historic houses, its harmony with geography and its landscape.
Because it was on a steep terrain, its inhabitants moved and settled in a new village called Çamyayla. They come to lübbey once in a while. For this reason, it is generally calm, maintaining its old texture as well.
8. ONE LAKE, TWO SHIPWRECKS: HALFETI AND BELKIS VILLAGES, ANTEP-URFA
Coşkun Aral / Photographer
Halfeti and Belkis villages, which have been among the traveler's routes in recent years, are a great destination for history, nature and culture enthusiasts. The lake formed by the Bilecik Dam gave these two villages a distinct authenticity.
The magnificent Roman Imperial period ruins in the region gave Gaziantep and Sanliurfa a magnificent archaeological museum. Halfeti was also the center of attention, especially for underwater, above-water and drone photography enthusiasts. Another feature of these villages between Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa is their delicious local flavours.
9. 100 YEARS OF MIGRATION STORY: ULUPAMIR VILLAGE, VAN
Saffet Emre Tonguç / Travel writer
Inside van's magnificent geography, Ulupamir village in Izmir has a historical structure blended with migrations, even though it seems an ordinary village from afar. Inside van's magnificent geography, Izmir Ulupamir village has a historical structure blended with migrations, even though it seems an ordinary village from afar. The slant eyes of the inhabitants and the traditional rugs around them reveal their Asian origins.
10. TURKEY'S PRECIOUS: VAKIFLI VILLAGE, HATAY
Aynur Tartan / TV programmer, Journalist
The settlement, located at the foot of Mount Musa (First Prophet of The 10 commandments), is the only remaining Armenian village in Turkey. It is 3 kilometers from the town of Samandag, Hatay. Traditions have been intact for centuries.
Every year, the second Sunday of August is celebrated, and the Feast of the Virgin Mary, (Mother of Jesus Christ Prophet) which is considered holy by the Christian world, is a religious ceremony and brings together different religions and sects. Walnut jam, one of the most diverse villages in Turkey with its air, scenery, organic products and flavors, should be tried.
Turkey the open treasure house hosts more than 3.000 historical sites and 25.000 monuments whether it be inland and rural, or along it's bleach white washed world famous beaches, from ages 7 to 77 there is always something amazing to see.