1 Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara

A treasure-hoard of artefacts contained in one of Turkey’s most prestigious museums.

2 Kütahya

Is Kütahya Turkey’s most underrated city? Fantastic little museums, an incredibly appealing old town, superb food… and not a tourist in sight.

3 Stay the Ottoman way in Safranbolu

This small town’s laidback nature is best appreciated in its wonderfully restored Ottoman houses – many are now hotels, featuring low-slung beds, creaky floorboards and authentic antiques.

4 Hattuşa

Former Hittite capital in a magnificently bucolic setting – even more reason for a 6km trek around the old city walls.

5 Rock tombs of Amasya

The highlights of this spellbinding city are the massive rock tombs of the Pontic kings – carved into a cliff-face and lit up at night to great effect.

6 Tokat kebap

Every Turkish city has its own kebab, but Tokat’s is truly unique – not least because it’s about twice the size of any other.

7 Selçuk monuments in Sivas

At the centre of this intriguing city you’ll find superlative examples of Mongol-inspired architecture, with highly decorative facades and beautiful mosaic work.

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