The Most Beautiful Villages You Need to Visit in Turkey

Eski Datça | © Orçun Edipoğlu/Flickr
Eski Datça | © Orçun Edipoğlu/Flickr
Photo of Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
26 September 2017

Removed from the bustle of urban life, Turkey’s villages are idyllic havens where life is still simple and good. Here are our favorite villages where you can really wind down and enjoy life’s slow tempo entirely in tune with nature.

Yanıklar Köyü

Around 15km from the summer hotspot of Fethiye, the Yanıklar village is definitely more quiet and calm compared to the resort town. Here you’ll find the famous Anatolian sweetgum tree as well as beautiful streams, citrus tree gardens, and many species of birds.

Yanıklar Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla Province, Turkey

Lübbey Köyü

With only around 10 inhabitants, the Lübbey village is a place to be alone with your thoughts. A true Aegean village, the few remaining houses are still beautiful, while others have given way to nature’s cycles.


Almost hidden away within the evergreen pine and sycamore trees, the lovely stone houses of Birgi are both fascinating and beautiful. The village’s historic homes as well as the mosques and old medrese (Islamic schools) are definitely worth a look.

Birgi Mahallesi, 35750 Ödemiş/İzmir, Turkey

Çamlıbel Köyü

With the Kaz mountain looming right behind in all its glory, the Çamlıbel village is a real nature-lover’s delight with its amazing views and its many olive trees. Breathe in some of the freshest air available in Turkey and unwind in this fantastic natural haven.

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