Turkey is located the Mediterranean, in the Anatolian region of West Asia, spanning on the Southeastern Europe, as well. Having coast lines on the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Aegean Sea, Turkey is a heaven for those looking to soak up the sun and try water sports. Although the majority of travelers arrive in Turkey through Istanbul, there’s much more to see here than this incredible city. So when you book a flight to Turkey consider adding at least a domestic flight to another Turkish city.
The Biggest Domestic Destinations in Turkey
When we talk about a country as diverse as Turkey, it’s impossible to see all the places during a single visit, so it’s important to get acquainted to the most popular destinations in Turkey, outside of Istanbul:
- Ankara: is the capital of Turkey and its second largest city. It’s a modern city, but there are quite a lot of historical landmarks to visit, as well.
- Antalya: is the largest city on the Turkish Mediterranean coast and a hub to an array of beach resorts. The old quarter, Kaleiçi, is a delight to visit, with narrow streets and city walls.
- Bodrum: is a coastal town in Southern Aegean. During the travel season it turns into the playground of Turkish and international travelers, looking for fun. It is also home to Roman ruins and an ancient citadel.
- Izmir: is Turkey’s third largest city, set around a huge bay and surrounded by mountains. If you are looking for a European Mediterranean feel, this is the place to visit.
Flights from Istanbul
Although not Turkey’s capital, Istanbul is the most important gateway into the country. Ataturk International Airport (IST) is located on the European side of the city, 24 km from the city center. It is Europe’s eighth busiest airport, handling most of the international flights to Turkey. It is also a major domestic hub and the main base for Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet, North Cyprus Airlines and Onur Air.
Domestic Airlines Operating in Turkey
Most of the domestic flights in Turkey are operated by the following airlines: Turkish Airlines, Andaloujet, Cyprus Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet, Izair and Onu Air. The largest ones – such as Turkish Airlines, Izair and Onu Air – operate flights all over Turkey, including to smaller airports in Turkey.