Cornucopia’s travel guide

Western Anatolia


The Aegean coast of Western Anatolia was easily accessible to the ancient maritime peoples, but mountain ranges cut them off from much of the inland terrain, which was only lightly pierced by rivers such as the Gediz and Büyük Menderes in the west and the Aksu in the south. Today highways take traffic across the hills as well as along the well-worn highways of the caravansarai. The main towns in the south are Denizli and Isparta. Denizli, provincial capital of a region rich in painted mosques, is the hopping off point for the ancient sites of Aphrodisias and Hierapolis, with the adjoining spas and travertine formations at Pamukkale. Further east, inland from Antalya, Isparta is where exploration of the beautiful Lakes Region can begin. To the north are Kütahya, Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, Iznik still in its city walls looking down a long and glorious lake, Eskişehir, now an important university city, and Bolu.

1Cumalıkızık

The well preserved medieval streets and historic houses have resulted in Unesco World Heritage Site status.

2Bursa

Bursa was the Ottoman Empire's first serious capital. Green Bursa is now very grey, but baths and beauty can still be found.


3İznik

Famed for its lustrous ceramics and, as Nicaea, its ecumenical councils, İznik lies at the eastern end of Lake İznik and is a popular destination. 


4Kütahya

Best known for its distinctiuve ceramics, Kütahya has a Byzantine castle and a number of Ottoman houses. 


5Denizli

The hidden treasures of this ancient regional capital are the painted mosques of the surrounding villages. 

6Kula

Surrounded by warm-water springs, Kula has a wealth of interesting Greek and Turkish houses.



7Uşak

Famous for its carpets and the Lydian Hoard, Uşak is a small provincial capital on the Izmir–Ankara road.

8The Lakes District

Snow-capped mountains look down on a scattering of lakes, the ruins of Sagalossos and Isparta, City of Roses


9Lake Beyşehir

Turkey's largest freshwater late is overlooked by the Seljuk's 13th-century summer palace of Kubadabad