Discover Türkiye’s most romantic routes on Valentine’s Day
Türkiye offers uniquely romantic destinations for couples on February 14, Valentine’s Day
İstanbul: romantic sights of a cosmopolitan city
İstanbul is certainly among the most romantic cities in the world and a wonderful destination for a memorable Valentine’s Day experience. İstanbul offers a majestic backdrop for any celebration.
Almost every corner of the city features unique places and landmarks that blend gorgeous landscapes with nature and history. İstiklal Street, the Galata Tower and the Galata Bridge, Pierre Loti Hill and the Basilica Cistern, Rumeli Fortress, Çamlıca Hill, Emirgan Grove, Anadolu Kavağı and the stunning Bosphorus are just a few of the spots where you can enjoy poetic views and the city’s deep history.
The meeting point of Asia and Europe, İstanbul offers the perfect setting for romantic Valentine’s Day dining, with Michelin-starred restaurants and countless other establishments that cater to guests with modern and sophisticated tastes.
Cappadocia: a romantic break in a fairy-tale land
This fascinating ‘fairy tale’ land introduces an unforgettable setting for romance, featuring colorful hot air balloons, mysterious cultural sites and ancient winemaking traditions.
You can start Valentine’s Day early with a romantic sunrise tour in a hot air balloon. Launching from the village of Göreme around five o’clock in the morning, hot air balloon flights offer impressive aerial views of the famed Cappadocian geography – fairy chimneys, rock formations, and the Pigeon, Zemi and Paşabağ Priests valleys, among other sights.
The next stop of the day can be the Göreme Open Air Museum, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list, and the region’s spellbinding underground cities.
Crown your Valentine’s Day trip by staying in a cave hotel, where you can experience the area’s traditional stone and rock-carved architecture in comfort and luxury updated with modern conveniences. Make the evening even more special with a glass of local wine in front of the fireplace.
Kars: Anatolia’s hidden love paradise
Especially evocative in winter, the city of Kars offers an entirely different Valentine’s Day trip in a unique atmosphere featuring historical destinations, natural beauties and local delicacies.
You can travel to this enchanting snow-draped city on the Touristic Eastern Express, a remarkable journey by train starting from Ankara, the capital of Türkiye. The train passes through Kırıkkale, Kayseri, Sivas, Erzincan and Erzurum, revealing natural beauty and historical train stations on the way to Kars.
When you reach the Kars city center, the Baltic-style architecture will evoke the feeling of a European city. After exploring the timeless structures of the Ancient City of Ani, which is on the Unesco World Heritage List, you can visit Sarıkamış and ski in magnificent crystal snow.
On Çıldır Lake, which typically freezes over in the winter, you and your partner can enjoy romantic walks and sleigh rides, as well as watch fishermen break the ice to catch mirror carp.
Şirince-Ephesus: the most romantic route of the Aegean
If you find a warmer climate more appealing for Valentine’s Day, Şirince Village in İzmir, the pearl of the Aegean, attracts attention with its deep-rooted history and storybook architectural texture.
On a romantic trip to Şirince, you can stroll along narrow streets lined with historical houses and then visit the Ancient City of Ephesus, just 10 km from the village and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The ancient city reveals high-level urbanisation, architecture and religious history from different civilizations.
During this special holiday, where love and sensuality are experienced to the fullest, you can spend the evening in front of a roaring fire, sipping on the delicious fruit wines of this region – a land prominent in ancient legends.
source – The Vibes