While the tourist cities have a lot to offer, the less traveled areas of Turkey are also worth exploring. Eastern Turkey is typically tourist-free so you’ll feel like a local and experience the country as the locals do. Şanlıurfa is known to be the birthplace of Prophet Abraham. Many people travel to visit the holy mosques of this city. Head to Cappadocia for hiking trails and enjoy colorful, diverse rock landscapes on the way. For a really unique experience, catch sunrise or sunset views from a hot air balloon. You’re likely to find a castle no matter where you stay, as nearly very Turkish city has its own distinct castle. Browse our retreat centers in Turkey!