CITIES

Cities in Turkey to Visit

CITIES IN TURKEY

Turkey has 81 main cities for you to explore. From these you can plan your trip to iconic destinations. Every city has some unique characteristics, attractions and festivals. Turkey is a country of great diversity, in terms of both culture and economics. Big Turkish cities usually enjoy a more modern, western style culture and a wide array of economical options.

Ankara — the capital of Turkey and its second largest city
Antalya — the fastest growing city, hub to an array of beach resorts
Bodrum — a trendy coastal town in the Southern Aegean which turns into a crowded city in season when it serves as a playground for Turkish and international holidaymakers alike, featuring a citadel, Roman ruins, trendy clubs and a number of villages surrounding the peninsula each with a different character from classy to rustic
Bursa — the first capital of the Ottoman Empire
Edirne — the second capital of the Ottoman Empire
Istanbul (Constantinople) — Turkey’s largest city, the former capital of both the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, and the only major city in the world to straddle two continents
Izmir — Turkey’s third largest city
Konya — a quite large city that is the heartland of mystic Sufi order, the site of Rumi’s tomb, and with some elegant Seljuq architecture, all surrounded by vast steppes
Trabzon — the wonderful Sümela Monastery is just outside the city and it is a great gateway to exploring the Turkish Northeast
Urfa — magical city with beautiful architecture and extremely friendly locals at the gates of Eastern World; where Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, and Persian cultures mingle

OTHER DESTINATIONS

Flying over the turquoise waters in Ölüdeniz
Ani — impressive ruins of medieval Armenian capital in the far east of the country
Cappadocia — an area in central highlands best known for its unique moon-like landscape (the “fairy chimneys”), underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks
Ephesus — well-preserved ruins of the Roman city on the west coast
Gallipoli — site of 1915 Anzac landing and many WWI memorials
Mount Nemrut — a UNESCO World Heritage site with head statues dedicated to ancient Gods on its summit
Ölüdeniz — imcomparable postcard beauty of “Blue Lagoon”, perhaps the most famous beach of Turkey which you will see on any tourism brochure
Pamukkale — “the Cotton Castle”, white world of travertines surrounding cascading shallow pools filled with thermal waters
Sümela — stunning monastery on the cliffs of a mountain, a must-see on any trip to the northeast coast
Uludağ — a national park featuring school textbook belts of different types of forests varying with altitude, and the major wintersports resort of the country

SLOW CITIES

Cittaslow is an international network of cities where living is easy in the world. Slow city movement is spreading in Turkey.

PROVINCES

The population of the provinces of Turkey according to census results and latest register-based tabulations.

Name Abbr. Status Capital Area
A-L (km²)
Population
Census (C)
1990-10-21
Population
Census (C)
2000-10-22
Population
Census (C)
2011-11-02
Population
Estimate (E)
2015-12-31
Turkey TUR Rep Ankara 769,604 56,473,035 67,803,927 74,525,696 78,741,053
Adana ADA MProv Adana 13,915 1,549,233 1,849,478 2,102,375 2,183,167
Adıyaman ADI Prov Adıyaman 7,033 510,827 623,811 594,163 602,774
Afyonkarahisar (Afyon) AFY Prov Afyonkarahisar 14,314 738,979 812,416 701,461 709,015
Ağrı AGR Prov Ağrı 11,470 437,093 528,744 553,241 547,210
Aksaray AKS Prov Aksaray 7,570 330,569 396,084 379,163 386,514
Amasya AMA Prov Amasya 5,690 359,265 365,231 323,331 322,167
Ankara ANK MProv Ankara 24,521 3,236,378 4,007,860 4,868,418 5,270,575
Antalya ANT MProv Antalya 20,723 1,132,211 1,719,751 2,035,563 2,288,456
Ardahan ARD Prov Ardahan 4,842 163,731 133,756 107,776 99,265
Artvin ART Prov Artvin 7,367 212,833 191,934 166,177 168,370
Aydın AYD MProv Aydın 7,851 824,816 950,757 999,131 1,053,506
Balıkesir BAL MProv Balıkesir 14,299 974,274 1,076,347 1,155,216 1,186,688
Bartın BAR Prov Bartın 2,080 205,834 184,178 187,129 190,708
Batman BAT Prov Batman 4,659 344,121 456,734 520,883 566,633
Bayburt BAY Prov Bayburt 3,739 107,330 97,358 76,859 78,550
Bilecik BIL Prov Bilecik 4,302 175,797 194,326 203,157 212,361
Bingöl BIN Prov Bingöl 8,253 249,074 253,739 261,276 267,184
Bitlis BIT Prov Bitlis 7,021 330,115 388,678 336,226 340,449
Bolu BOL Prov Bolu 8,320 262,919 270,654 276,976 291,095
Burdur BUD Prov Burdur 6,840 254,899 256,803 250,984 258,339
Bursa BUR MProv Bursa 10,422 1,596,161 2,125,140 2,640,128 2,842,547
Çanakkale CAN Prov Çanakkale 9,933 432,263 464,975 489,298 513,341
Çankırı CAK Prov Çankırı 7,490 249,344 270,355 175,716 180,945
Çorum COR Prov Çorum 12,792 608,660 597,065 534,825 525,180
Denizli DEN MProv Denizli 11,692 750,882 850,029 940,532 993,442
Diyarbakır DIY MProv Diyarbakır 15,058 1,096,447 1,362,708 1,561,110 1,654,196
Düzce DÜZ Prov Düzce 2,567 273,679 314,266 342,281 360,388
Edirne EDI Prov Edirne 6,074 404,599 402,606 400,554 402,537
Elazığ ELA Prov Elazığ 8,455 498,225 569,616 559,063 574,304
Erzincan ERC Prov Erzincan 11,619 299,251 316,841 214,863 222,918
Erzurum ERZ MProv Erzurum 25,323 848,201 937,389 781,626 762,321
Eskişehir ESK MProv Eskişehir 13,842 641,301 706,009 778,421 826,716
Gaziantep GAZ MProv Gaziantep 6,819 1,010,396 1,285,249 1,739,569 1,931,836
Giresun GIR Prov Giresun 6,832 499,617 523,819 420,433 426,686
Gümüşhane GÜM Prov Gümüşhane 6,437 168,845 186,953 129,045 151,449
Hakkari HAK Prov Hakkari 7,179 172,479 236,581 271,405 278,775
Hatay HAT MProv Antakya 5,828 1,109,754 1,253,726 1,472,282 1,533,507
Iğdır IGD Prov Iğdır 3,588 142,601 168,634 187,842 192,435
Isparta ISP Prov Isparta 8,276 434,771 513,681 412,039 421,766
İstanbul IST MProv İstanbul 5,196 7,195,773 10,018,735 13,565,798 14,657,434
İzmir IZM MProv İzmir 12,012 2,694,770 3,370,866 3,952,036 4,168,415
Kahramanmaraş KAH MProv Kahramanmaraş 14,346 894,264 1,002,384 1,052,336 1,096,610
Karabük KAB Prov Karabük 4,109 244,177 225,102 220,401 236,978
Karaman KAM Prov Karaman 8,845 215,181 243,210 234,441 242,196
Kars KAR Prov Kars 10,127 355,823 325,016 306,238 292,660
Kastamonu KAS Prov Kastamonu 13,153 423,206 375,476 360,694 372,633
Kayseri KAY MProv Kayseri 17,043 944,091 1,060,432 1,251,907 1,341,056
Kilis KIL Prov Kilis 1,428 130,198 114,724 124,276 130,655
Kırıkkale KIK Prov Kırıkkale 4,534 350,360 383,508 276,847 270,271
Kırklareli KIR Prov Kırklareli 6,278 309,512 328,461 340,977 346,973
Kırşehir KIS Prov Kırşehir 6,352 256,684 253,239 221,935 225,562
Kocaeli KOC MProv İzmit 3,612 920,255 1,206,085 1,595,643 1,780,055
Konya KON MProv Konya 38,873 1,752,658 2,192,166 2,033,227 2,130,544
Kütahya KÜT Prov Kütahya 11,977 577,905 656,903 564,403 571,463
Malatya MAL MProv Malatya 11,776 704,359 853,658 749,225 772,904
Manisa MAN MProv Manisa 13,096 1,154,418 1,260,169 1,337,731 1,380,366
Mardin MAR MProv Mardin 8,806 558,275 705,098 758,181 796,591
Mersin (İçel) MER MProv Mersin 15,485 1,267,253 1,651,400 1,660,522 1,745,221
Muğla MUG MProv Muğla 12,851 562,809 715,328 837,804 908,877
Muş MUS Prov Muş 8,059 376,543 453,654 412,430 408,728
Nevşehir NEV Prov Nevşehir 5,379 289,509 309,914 284,150 286,767
Niğde NIG Prov Niğde 7,352 301,691 348,081 337,456 346,114
Ordu ORD MProv Ordu 5,952 826,886 887,765 712,998 728,949
Osmaniye OSM Prov Osmaniye 3,124 384,104 458,782 483,639 512,873
Rize RIZ Prov Rize 3,922 348,776 365,938 322,367 328,979
Sakarya SAK MProv Adapazarı 4,838 683,281 756,168 886,382 953,181
Samsun SAM MProv Samsun 9,083 1,161,207 1,209,137 1,250,598 1,279,884
Şanlıurfa SAN MProv Şanlıurfa 18,765 1,001,455 1,443,422 1,701,127 1,892,320
Siirt SII Prov Siirt 5,473 243,435 263,676 309,599 320,351
Sinop SIN Prov Sinop 5,792 265,153 225,574 203,288 204,133
Şırnak SIR Prov Şırnak 7,152 262,006 353,197 453,828 490,184
Sivas SIV Prov Sivas 28,549 766,821 755,091 627,195 618,617
Tekirdağ TEK MProv Tekirdağ 6,313 468,842 623,591 824,223 937,910
Tokat TOK Prov Tokat 9,958 718,738 828,027 592,481 593,990
Trabzon TRA MProv Trabzon 4,664 795,849 975,137 757,857 768,417
Tunceli TUN Prov Tunceli 7,432 133,584 93,584 84,896 86,076
Uşak USA Prov Uşak 5,341 290,398 322,313 340,636 353,048
Van VAN MProv Van 19,299 637,433 877,524 1,059,734 1,096,397
Yalova YAL Prov Yalova 847 135,121 168,593 205,664 233,009
Yozgat YOZ Prov Yozgat 14,072 578,719 682,919 465,214 419,440
Zonguldak ZON Prov Zonguldak 3,304 653,739 615,599 614,775 595,907
  • State Institute of Statistics, Republic of Turkey (web).
    The population figures for 2007 and later are based on register tabulations; they are not completely comparable to previous census results.

Major Cities

Name Adm. Population
Estimate (E)
2014-12-31
1 İstanbul IST 14,025,646
2 Ankara ANK 4,587,558
3 İzmir IZM 2,847,691
4 Bursa BUR 1,800,278
5 Adana ADA 1,663,485
6 Gaziantep GAZ 1,510,270
7 Konya KON 1,174,536
8 Antalya ANT 1,068,099

Cities & Towns

The population of the Turkish cities and towns with more than 20,000 inhabitants according to census results and latest register-based tabulations.

Name Adm. Population
Census (Cf)
1985-10-20
Population
Census (Cf)
1990-10-21
Population
Census (Cf)
2000-10-22
Population
Estimate (E)
2011-12-31
Population
Estimate (E)
2014-12-31
Adana ADA 777,554 916,150 1,130,710 1,609,790 1,663,485
Adapazarı (Sakarya) SAK 272,039 283,752 429,331 462,087
Adıyaman ADI 71,644 100,045 178,538 211,789 230,630
Afşin KAH 26,805 28,524 35,834 42,296 44,578
Afyonkarahisar (Afyon) AFY 87,033 95,643 128,516 179,344 209,406
Ağrı (Karaköse) AGR 54,492 58,038 79,764 105,623 112,339
Ahlat BIT 16,742 34,787 20,141 22,172
Akçaabat TRA 26,240 39,102 40,277 41,369
Akçakale SAN 15,211 32,114 27,457 32,229
Akçakoca DÜZ 13,582 25,560 23,424 24,161
Akdağmadeni YOZ 12,220 20,312 25,573 24,395
Akhisar MAN 68,553 73,944 81,510 104,777 111,887
Aksaray AKS 81,056 90,698 129,949 182,339 195,990
Akşehir KON 45,320 51,746 60,226 61,557 62,904
Aksu ANT 46,953 48,584
Akyazı SAK 19,331 23,192 41,738 43,674
Akyurt ANK 3,533 8,069 26,138 28,760
Alaca COR 20,646 24,983 21,685 20,478
Alanya ANT 28,733 52,460 88,346 103,673 109,656
Alaşehir MAN 36,649 39,590 47,722 49,396
Aliağa IZM 25,450 37,537 56,440 64,110
Amasya AMA 53,431 57,087 74,393 90,665 98,935
Anamur MER 28,726 38,817 49,948 35,044 36,401
Ankara ANK 2,235,035 2,583,963 3,203,362 4,338,620 4,587,558
Antakya (Hatay) HAT 107,821 123,871 144,910 213,296 218,568
Antalya ANT 261,114 378,208 603,190 964,886 1,068,099
Araklı TRA 12,141 22,506 22,345 21,877
Ardahan ARD 16,895 16,761 17,274 18,298 19,657
Ardeşen RIZ 17,340 45,392 28,618 26,813
Artvin ART 18,720 20,306 23,157 25,234 25,525
Aydın AYD 90,449 107,011 143,267 191,037 207,554
Ayvalık BAL 25,687 31,986 37,182 39,092
Babaeski KIR 22,823 25,559 29,342 28,264
Bafra SAM 53,482 65,600 83,733 87,416 88,205
Balıkesir BAL 149,989 170,589 215,436 263,000 272,569
Bandırma BAL 70,137 77,444 97,419 119,750 125,402
Bartın BAR 25,117 31,974 35,992 54,555 63,253
Başiskele KOC 67,363 76,454
Batman BAT 110,036 147,347 246,678 339,970 381,814
Bayburt BAY 28,068 33,677 32,285 35,654 38,462
Bayındır IZM 21,701 21,728
Belen HAT 15,629 18,646 22,588 23,765
Bergama IZM 42,554 52,173 60,559 63,825
Besni ADI 26,076 36,123 28,516 29,328
Beypazarı ANK 26,225 34,441 36,334 38,093
Beyşehir KON 30,412 41,312 34,741 38,835
Biga CAN 20,753 27,549 38,681 47,898
Bilecik BIL 18,506 23,273 34,105 49,671 57,117
Bingöl BIN 34,024 41,590 68,876 95,669 103,441
Birecik SAN 28,440 40,054 48,117 48,051
Bismil DIY 24,862 39,834 61,182 58,471 62,666
Bitlis BIT 36,073 38,130 44,923 46,301 47,904
Bodrum MUG 20,931 32,227 34,866 37,813
Bolu BOL 50,288 61,509 84,565 125,842 144,864
Bolvadin AFY 35,509 44,969 52,398 30,993 31,328
Bor NIG 24,556 29,804 39,309 41,257
Bostaniçi VAN 21,461 27,984
Boyabat SIN 21,506 24,681 26,467 26,730
Bozüyük BIL 33,162 47,469 59,048 62,846
Bucak BUD 27,407 28,833 38,453 43,282
Bulancak GIR 24,172 32,182 38,948 41,867
Bulanık MUS 14,988 24,020 23,385 25,345
Burdur BUD 53,995 56,432 63,363 70,326 75,460
Burhaniye BAL 21,805 31,227 40,824 45,832
Bursa BUR 612,510 834,576 1,194,687 1,704,441 1,800,278
Çan CAN 23,855 28,878 28,831 29,536
Çanakkale CAN 48,059 53,995 75,810 104,321 119,806
Çankırı CAK 41,420 45,496 62,508 72,473 76,490
Çarşamba SAM 38,863 49,189 64,160 66,694
Çatalca IST 11,550 15,779 36,592 41,337
Çaycuma ZON 16,303 18,734 23,673 26,424
Çayeli RIZ 14,947 22,546 24,089 23,469
Çekmece HAT 18,124 20,309
Çerkezköy TEK 23,102 41,638 79,697 95,247
Çeşme IZM 20,622 25,257 21,394 25,343
Ceyhan ADA 72,624 85,308 108,602 106,487 109,636
Ceylanpınar SAN 33,238 44,258 46,713 49,672
Çiftlikköy YAL 18,538 25,604
Çine AYD 15,201 17,867 20,285 20,158
Cizre SIR 29,496 50,023 69,591 104,844 112,973
Çorlu TEK 59,107 74,681 141,525 226,921 253,500
Çorum COR 96,725 116,810 161,321 225,927 243,698
Çubuk ANK 22,935 46,605 77,258 80,128
Çumra KON 28,781 42,308 30,011 31,082
Dalaman MUG 15,025 17,607 24,594 26,074
Demirci MAN 20,576 21,230 20,350 19,564
Denizciler HAT 17,154 20,039
Denizli DEN 169,130 203,741 275,480 511,751 557,300
Derik MAR 20,364 21,404
Derince KOC 66,141 93,997 123,323 130,583
Develi KAY 32,961 35,084 37,348 39,342
Devrek ZON 16,442 21,360 25,847 25,061
Didim AYD 11,378 25,699 46,571 59,864
Dikili IZM 17,895 21,627
Dilovası KOC 42,426 42,953
Dinar AFY 34,990 35,424 25,120 24,842
Diyadin AGR 19,783 20,597
Diyarbakır DIY 305,940 373,810 545,983 875,069 930,266
Doğubayazıt AGR 35,213 56,261 73,505 77,079
Dörtyol HAT 30,722 47,144 53,597 72,769 78,090
Döşemealtı ANT 30,133 38,482
Düzce DÜZ 45,077 65,209 56,649 133,551 148,061
Düziçi OSM 31,813 39,097 42,052 45,987
Edirne EDI 86,909 102,345 119,298 144,531 152,628
Edremit BAL 30,159 35,486 39,202 53,826 58,501
Elazığ ELA 182,296 204,603 266,495 341,220 351,504
Elbistan KAH 48,756 54,741 71,500 92,386 99,537
Elmadağ ANK 19,490 22,518 42,952 42,399
Emirdağ AFY 21,144 20,508 19,637 19,093
Erbaa TOK 33,554 45,595 60,546 61,867
Erciş VAN 36,582 40,481 70,881 76,463 88,461
Erdek BAL 13,246 18,626 21,068 21,826
Erdemli MER 30,042 40,175 48,606 52,541
Ereğli KON 68,749 74,283 82,633 97,610 101,486
Ereğli ZON 54,837 66,859 79,486 101,485 113,063
Ergani DIY 37,365 47,333 67,273 74,941
Erzin (Yeşilkent) HAT 22,477 25,879 30,571 31,389
Erzincan ERC 82,616 91,772 107,175 94,598 97,759
Erzurum ERZ 246,053 242,391 361,235 382,383 386,408
Eskişehir ESK 366,765 413,082 482,793 648,396 685,135
Espiye GIR 17,379 20,938
Fatsa ORD 29,811 39,467 63,721 69,141 75,978
Fethiye MUG 37,466 50,689 81,467 91,244
Foça IZM 28,629 26,036
Gaziantep GAZ 478,635 603,434 853,513 1,376,352 1,510,270
Gazipaşa ANT 13,697 16,536 22,009 23,669
Gebze (incl. Çayırova, Darıca) KOC 92,592 159,116 253,487 545,229 606,429
Gediz KÜT 20,113 22,687
Gelibolu CAN 18,670 23,127 30,273 28,962
Gemlik BUR 36,693 50,237 63,710 93,464 95,683
Gerede BOL 18,780 25,188 24,245 24,481
Geyve SAK 21,317 22,358
Giresun GIR 55,887 67,604 83,636 101,107 105,748
Göksun KAH 22,847 30,232 19,090 19,059
Gölbaşı ADI 29,588 28,656 28,204 29,253
Gölcük KOC 56,087 65,600 55,790 135,954 143,169
Gönen BAL 26,849 36,263 44,641 46,031
Gümüşhane GÜM 22,067 26,014 30,270 31,011 40,078
Güroymak BIT 16,613 22,521 20,906 22,715
Gürsu BUR 12,730 21,518 58,081 69,904
Hakkari HAK 20,754 30,407 58,145 60,946 57,585
Harbiye HAT 25,001 25,798
Havza SAM 17,962 19,385 20,293 20,316
Hendek SAK 24,029 28,537 44,680 47,887
Hilvan SAN 14,152 16,094 21,899 23,489
İdil SIR 12,905 19,123 24,087 26,453
Iğdır IGD 29,460 38,917 59,880 81,162 86,567
Ilgın KON 25,032 26,698 31,464 31,771
İmamoğlu ADA 21,484 30,428 20,402 20,103
İncesu KAY 19,336 20,062
İncirliova AYD 20,291 21,975
İnegöl BUR 54,659 71,120 105,959 172,406 191,053
İskenderun HAT 152,096 154,807 159,149 184,593 186,644
İskilip COR 19,624 19,648 20,428 19,478
İslahiye GAZ 34,607 38,770 31,468 33,318
Isparta ISP 101,215 112,117 148,496 192,093 207,266
İstanbul [Istanbul] IST 5,475,982 6,629,431 8,803,468 13,301,345 14,025,646
İzmir [Izmir] IZM 1,489,772 1,758,780 2,232,265 2,783,866 2,847,691
İzmit (Kocaeli) KOC 190,741 195,699 300,611 310,973
İznik BUR 17,232 20,169 22,661 22,697
Kadirli OSM 47,609 55,061 65,227 82,110 86,560
Kağızman KAR 15,274 21,685 17,597 18,653
Kahramanmaraş (Maraş) KAH 210,371 228,129 326,198 428,724 475,793
Kahta ADI 25,510 42,183 60,689 64,441 70,382
Kaman KIS 26,038 27,962 21,966 21,859
Kapaklı TEK 60,877 83,701
Karaağaç HAT 20,152 21,227
Karabük KAB 94,818 105,373 100,749 108,504 113,277
Karacabey BUR 31,665 40,624 54,296 57,493
Karaköprü SAN 52,301 88,230
Karaman KAM 64,735 76,525 105,384 138,135 148,362
Karamürsel KOC 24,462 29,353 47,172 49,029
Karapınar KON 26,849 35,285 32,449 33,888
Karasu SAK 14,500 24,672 29,615 33,901
Kars KAR 69,293 78,455 78,473 76,928 79,289
Kartepe KOC 88,539 96,716
Kastamonu KAS 46,986 51,560 64,606 93,347 103,724
Kayseri KAY 373,937 425,776 536,392 844,656 904,699
Kazan ANK 6,509 15,871 40,343 45,404
Kelkit GÜM 15,003 20,742
Kemalpaşa IZM 16,354 25,448 73,423 79,358
Kemer ANT 22,498 22,943
Keşan EDI 40,656 42,755 57,195 60,654
Kestel BUR 15,239 27,496 38,457 42,545
Kilimli ZON 24,367 23,158
Kilis KIL 59,876 84,077 70,670 84,184 90,327
Kırıkhan HAT 52,780 68,601 63,615 72,888 76,879
Kırıkkale KIK 208,018 185,431 205,078 193,950 189,044
Kırkağaç MAN 21,421 25,093 27,350 27,150
Kırklareli KIR 40,881 43,017 53,221 66,226 70,161
Kırşehir KIS 64,754 73,538 88,105 110,499 120,508
Kızılpınar TEK 15,682 21,723
Kızıltepe MAR 40,852 60,134 113,143 141,024 158,979
Konya KON 439,181 513,346 742,690 1,073,791 1,174,536
Körfez KOC 48,420 63,194 81,938 131,764 142,524
Korkuteli ANT 21,314 23,613
Kovancılar ELA 10,270 21,255 21,891 23,344
Kozan ADA 50,234 54,451 75,833 78,587 81,991
Kozlu ZON 35,011 36,819
Kozluk BAT 22,499 27,109 21,824 23,379
Kula MAN 17,208 24,217 24,713 25,247
Kulu KON 17,425 28,024 22,844 22,188
Kumluca ANT 17,166 25,081 32,326 34,520
Kurtalan SII 17,295 24,865 29,622 31,652
Kuşadası AYD 31,911 47,611 68,225 77,861
Kütahya KÜT 118,773 130,944 166,665 214,286 232,123
Lüleburgaz KIR 43,420 52,384 79,002 103,723 108,576
Mahmutlar ANT 24,227 30,385
Malatya MAL 243,138 270,412 381,081 419,959 438,000
Malazgirt MUS 19,079 23,697 20,477 20,388
Malkara TEK 20,180 24,898 28,788 28,771
Manavgat ANT 21,520 38,498 71,679 94,661 106,325
Manisa MAN 127,012 158,928 214,345 301,218 319,976
Mardin MAR 44,085 53,005 65,072 88,054 88,768
Marmaris MUG 16,361 28,660 31,397 33,761
Menderes IZM 9,405 16,792 57,568 65,453
Menemen IZM 29,006 46,079 122,722 136,277
Mersin (İçel) MER 314,350 422,357 537,842 859,680 915,703
Merzifon AMA 40,431 45,613 54,296 54,425
Midyat MAR 22,169 29,569 56,669 58,415 64,696
Milas MUG 28,741 38,063 54,068 58,390
Mudanya BUR 12,129 20,682 54,301 61,095
Muğla MUG 31,279 35,605 43,845 62,635 68,173
Muratlı TEK 19,537 20,778
Muş MUS 42,159 44,019 67,927 81,918 88,409
Mustafakemalpaşa BUR 37,938 46,731 55,567 56,800
Mut MER 17,600 36,482 28,852 29,503
Nazilli AYD 77,627 80,277 105,665 110,401 113,476
Nevşehir NEV 50,204 52,719 67,864 88,170 95,476
Niğde NIG 49,068 55,035 78,088 114,376 127,980
Niksar TOK 35,201 44,808 33,090 35,694
Nizip GAZ 50,067 58,604 71,629 97,956 104,293
Nusaybin MAR 45,178 49,671 74,110 86,395 90,152
Ödemiş IZM 47,475 51,620 61,896 75,299 77,618
Of TRA 15,794 25,478 19,101 18,125
Oltu ERZ 21,817 23,064 21,109 22,272
Ordu ORD 80,828 102,107 112,525 145,455 154,895
Orhangazi BUR 23,168 31,889 44,426 56,703 59,387
Ortaca MUG 12,109 16,923 26,858 28,723
Ortaköy AKS 19,612 26,961 18,464 18,509
Osmancık COR 21,347 28,423 26,837 27,879
Osmaniye OSM 103,824 122,307 173,977 204,057 218,531
Patnos AGR 25,046 33,759 71,829 64,732 62,812
Payas HAT 33,426 35,063
Pazarcık KAH 25,154 24,374 28,716 29,834
Polatlı ANK 52,737 60,158 79,992 100,736 100,919
Reyhanlı HAT 42,451 52,135 62,360 59,162
Rize RIZ 50,221 52,743 78,144 102,145 107,405
Safranbolu KAB 24,351 31,697 41,954 43,975
Salihli MAN 63,759 70,861 83,137 97,810 101,121
Samandağ HAT 29,857 34,641 45,199 47,249
Samsun SAM 240,674 304,176 363,180 500,995 541,330
Sandıklı AFY 22,359 37,804 32,634 32,269
Şanlıurfa (Urfa) SAN 194,969 276,528 385,588 515,199 561,465
Sapanca SAK 15,542 21,727 32,732 33,894
Saray TEK 13,038 17,769 23,085 24,960
Sarıkamış KAR 21,743 23,236 19,691 18,004
Sarıkaya YOZ 12,275 22,102 20,125 18,179
Şarkışla SIV 16,839 20,654 20,777 22,020
Seferihisar IZM 27,422 32,249
Selçuk IZM 19,412 25,414 28,158 29,192
Şereflikoçhisar ANK 38,248 42,083 29,195 27,530
Serik ANT 23,106 30,579 54,712 60,602
Seydişehir KON 37,226 42,737 48,372 40,375 42,065
Siirt SII 53,884 68,320 98,281 134,871 140,278
Silifke MER 28,111 46,858 64,827 54,818 57,427
Silivri IST 26,049 44,530 132,264 149,082
Silopi SIR 23,430 51,199 81,949 87,839
Silvan DIY 45,825 60,731 64,136 42,694 45,178
Simav KÜT 16,110 28,415 24,186 25,662
Sinop SIN 23,148 25,537 30,502 38,705 39,239
Şırnak SIR 12,141 25,059 52,743 61,335 63,047
Sivas SIV 198,553 223,115 251,776 310,647 319,532
Siverek SAN 48,333 63,049 126,820 115,891 132,459
Söke AYD 44,556 50,866 62,384 69,446 72,523
Soma MAN 39,088 49,977 60,674 76,138 79,027
Sorgun YOZ 31,179 53,884 50,582 50,270
Suluova AMA 36,223 42,715 37,465 37,636
Sungurlu COR 30,521 35,397 33,546 31,986
Suruç SAN 25,660 40,395 44,421 56,083 58,760
Susurluk BAL 18,906 22,305 23,847 23,757
Talas KAY 26,584 34,879 101,664 122,973
Tarsus MER 146,502 187,508 216,382 241,876 252,649
Tatvan BIT 51,906 54,071 66,748 65,086 68,157
Tavşanlı KÜT 38,214 47,224 65,784 68,216
Tekirdağ TEK 63,215 80,442 107,191 147,490 154,100
Tekkeköy SAM 37,111 37,658
Terme SAM 20,381 25,052 30,866 32,034
Tire IZM 37,855 42,988 52,620 56,139
Tokat TOK 73,008 83,058 113,100 132,300 137,831
Torbalı IZM 21,167 38,099 121,984 139,527
Tosya KAS 22,810 23,257 27,991 28,370
Trabzon TRA 142,008 161,886 214,949 239,704 240,333
Tunceli TUN 18,471 24,513 25,041 32,815 33,270
Turgutlu MAN 65,740 73,634 93,727 119,985 127,489
Turgutreis MUG 19,216 22,190
Turhal TOK 60,097 69,079 95,536 63,987 62,476
Ünye ORD 35,508 45,716 61,552 77,568 82,461
Ürgüp NEV 19,219 20,522
Urla IZM 25,648 36,579 45,034 49,901
Uşak USA 88,267 105,270 137,001 183,640 196,466
Uzunköprü EDI 34,741 36,162 40,620 40,403
Van VAN 110,653 155,623 284,464 353,419 387,766
Vezirköprü SAM 20,633 23,211 27,987 30,545
Viranşehir SAN 45,329 57,461 121,382 94,025 101,878
Yahyalı KAY 20,401 22,665 20,114 20,067
Yalova YAL 53,857 65,823 70,118 100,863 107,928
Yalvaç ISP 28,028 35,316 20,297 20,667
Yenişehir BUR 21,210 26,068 31,203 32,566
Yerköy YOZ 26,248 32,228 29,984 28,802
Yozgat YOZ 43,686 50,335 73,930 76,745 79,611
Yüksekova HAK 16,334 28,909 59,662 65,635 68,757
Zeytinli BAL 17,499 20,510
Zile TOK 46,090 52,640 35,330 34,291
Zonguldak ZON 117,879 117,975 104,276 110,043 108,213
  • State Institute of Statistics, Republic of Turkey (web).
    The 2014 population of cities in municipal provinces is calculated summarizing the population of selected city quarters; in some cases this computation may over- or underestimate the actual population of the urban core.
    The population figures for 2007 and later are based on register tabulations. This methodical alteration and boundary changes have impact on the comparability between different years.

Cities in Turkey to Visit

Turkey has always been a popular destination for beach or cultural holidays but another type of holiday that travelers do not often think about is city breaks in Turkey. They are great for tagging onto the end of a tour and include just about every attraction that solo travelers, couples, friends, or families could want including nightlife, shopping, historical attractions, local foods and customs. Let’s look at the cities in Turkey that are ideal for a two to a four day city break
Istanbul
Istanbul will always be at the top of the list. Frequent flights from all over the world make it an easy destination to reach. It was the former capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires so historical attractions include Topkapi palace, the Basilica cistern and the Blue mosque.

Izmir
Izmir is on the Aegean coast and things to do include the local zoo, horse-racing track, shopping in Alsancak and gaining a panoramic view from the castle. Izmir also has an active nightlife and is famous in the summer for serving Aegean cuisine.

Ankara
Ankara is the capital of Turkey and there are enough attractions within the city to keep anyone busy for at least a week. If the hustle and bustle is too much for you, head to the outskirts and the Ottoman village of Beypazari

Antalya
The Antalya region is the most popular holiday destination in Turkey because of its beaches but we recommend visiting the old town of Antalya for a city break that delves into the past. Also ascend up Mount Tahtali in a cable car and attempt some adventure rope climbing in Kemer.

Trabzon
Located in the north east, Trabzon is a cosmopolitan city with friendly locals. The nearby attraction of Sumela monastery makes Trabzon the ideal base to see one of the biggest attractions in Turkey. Also within the city is the Hagia Sophia and house of Ataturk.

Konya
Konya is a city steeped in history and is well known for its connection to Sufism and the great poet of Rumi. On your way there, stop off at Tuz Lake or add Konya onto a tour of nearby Cappadocia.

Gaziantep
Gaziantep is home to the delicious pistachio and baklava. The tourism office has also set up a cultural route for visitors to follow. Do not forget a visit to the old bazaar where traditional trades are still carried out by hand.

Urfa
The main reason for visiting Urfa is Balikli gol, also known as the pool of Abraham. Stay in the old town and taste some delicious Urfa kebabs. If you have energy, walk up to the castle for an amazing panoramic view over the city.

Mardin
Old Mardin is Arabic architecture, narrow cobbled streets and the city where locals still get around on donkeys. Recommended thing to do while you are there is taste Syriac wine and visit the nearby town of Midyat.

Van
Van is well known for being home to the biggest lake in Turkey and its ruins of old Armenian churches that make for interesting exploration. Keep an eye out for the van cats, which are well known for their different color eyes.

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