Turkey is one of the most photogenic countries on the planet.
Every destination is spectacular, from mountain ranges to deep turquoise waters and ancient ruins to modern architecture.
Turkey’s most famous locations for stunning shots are listed here but, there are many more.
Whether you’re a photographer of nature, scenery or architecture, Turkey will have exactly what you’re looking for.
Turkey is one of the world’s top ten travel destinations welcoming 35 million visitors from around the world every year.
The beautiful architectural structures and the richness in culture make Turkey a must visit country for travelers.
While this transcontinental country is modern enough to be extremely comfortable it is also traditional enough to be utterly interesting and very photogenic.
With so many incredible experiences to live and capture in Turkey, it becomes very difficult to choose the best locations. After exploring Turkey, you can be sure your Instagram will be well and truly flooded with vivid, colorful and spectacular images.
Pamukkale is undoubtedly one of the most instagrammable spots in Turkey.
The landscape and vivid turquoise thermal pools that sit on plateaus make for some absolutely fantastic shots be it at sunrise or sunset. There are many pools that you can explore or even take a dip into. The lower pools always seem to be less busy then the upper pools and the shots from here are second to none.
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul hosts many amazing shops but the popular ones for photography are the beautiful lamp shops.
As you will have probably seen online at one time or another, The Grand Bazaar has to be one of the most atmospheric shopping experiences you can have and easily one of the most photographed places in Istanbul.
The place is vibrant with colors, no more so than the spectacular lamp shops, of which there are many.
Be aware though, the shops do have signs stating ‘no photos for non customers’ and that’s fair enough. Most people would visit and leave with a purchase anyway.
Some shops have much more spectacular displays than others so it’s best to have a stroll around first. Also in Istanbul you can find Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque which are also places of architectural beauty and well worth a visit.
The Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz, Fethiye is a paraglider and kayaker’s dream. It’s also a place of immense natural beauty and great for photography.
The long- distance Lycian Way trail starts here, but even for non- hikers the azure blue waters and pebble surrounded beach is a must visit if you’re a keen photographer. The vivid blue waters and a lush green backdrop of Pine forests that cover the mountains against the blue sky, is simply breathtaking. Photographs of the paragliders are also popular here with the colorful parachutes against the blue sky.
Cirali beach is a tropical like beach located west of the Gulf of Antalya and for nature lovers, looking to photograph a tropical paradise it doesn’t get much better than Cirali.
The deserted beach is surrounded by deep green forests and mountains. Cirali is also close to ancient ruins from the Lycian Empire so photographers interested in history would also be very interested here. The beach itself is a protected area due to sea turtles that nest in the sand. If you’re really lucky, and visit during the hatching season, you may get to capture one as it makes its way to the ocean.
The spectacular Kursunlu Waterfall is located near Antalya in the nature park.
The waterfall itself is hidden deep inside a thick Pine forest. The waterfall is just 10 meters tall with a stunning green- blue pool at its feet.
The colors are beautiful here with lots of wildlife and a restored mill nearby. This location is ideal for photographers of wildlife and nature and also for those who just want a picturesque and relaxing day out.
Lake Salda is a very beautiful location found in southwestern Turkey, within the boundaries of Yesilova district of Burdur Province.
Some call it the Turkish Maldives because of the pure white sand and crystal clear water. The scenery here is simply breathtaking with many different shades of blue in the water, which is rich in magnesium sulphate. It’s a must to take your camera gear to capture the memories.
The lake is surrounded by mountains, making a great place for avid photographers of nature.
Uludag National Park is located in Bursa and is one of Turkey’s favorite winter sport destinations.
The beauty of this place is that it’s just as beautiful during the autumn and winter as it is in the summer. The trees change color and transform into fiery shades of bright orange, red and yellow during the autumn making for a great place to take some awesome photographs. You can also hike through the forests that cover Mount Uludag for some hidden gem shots.
Saklikent Gorge is a wonderful destination near to Fethiye and is actually a 300 meter deep canyon. The rocky landscape against the turquoise water makes for a great photo.
This park has more than 30 waterfalls so there are plenty of places to capture the perfect shot.Kekova Island is just west of Antalya and is a must go to for photographers.
The Simena Castle and ancient ruins of an ancient Lycian site are only one of the spectacular highlights of the stunning Kekova Island. Sunken ruins and ancient towns dating back to the 2nd century sit under the water’s surface. The tranquil bay and turquoise waters are very picturesque and create beautiful photographs.
So there’s just a few of Turkey’s ideal photographic locations. There are so many more, way too many to list here. Explore and travel around Turkey and you won’t be disappointed.