1 Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara
A treasure-hoard of artefacts contained in one of Turkey’s most prestigious museums.
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.
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.