Turkey is a land of diverse bloom, redefining the sense of beauty. While its capital's history and architecture are of major interest to tourists, its coastal islands in both the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea are nothing less than a paradisiacal escape, making one's life an unforgettable experience. Whether you are looking for a hotspot vacation by the sea or for a historical and cultural adventure around Istanbul’s sites and skyscrapers, Turkey has destinations that will suit any vacationer.

Just a short ferry ride from the city, one can discover the most stunning islands, featuring amazing views, sublime nature, and beautiful landscapes. Here are 10 Gorgeous Islands In Turkey For Stunning Views.

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10 Princes' Islands or Heybeliada

Istanbul’s locals hop on a ferry departing from Istanbul to visit the Princes’ islands. Located in Marmara’s sea, Heybeliada is a short day trip from city life. Known as the second-biggest island of this group, it is best explored by bike or on foot since no cars are allowed around the area. Tourists stroll the streets of the island lined with wooden villas and search for perfect panoramic views to meditate on across the sea. Heybeliada offers various accommodation options for its guests.

9 Kekova Island

The magnificent Kekova island, known as an underwater wonderland, is mostly explored for its charismatic and fascinating character, making it a great attraction for tourists. Aiming for new experiences, people take a boat trip around the island to discover historic aircraft and ruins preserved in the water after an earthquake destroyed and sank the city in the 2nd century. The Kekova island is accessible from tours departing from Kas or from the nearby harbor village of Üçağız and offers a wide selection of hotels that people can book for the night.

8 Nicholas Island

Also called Gemiler island, the English name of St. Nicholas Island comes from the historian's belief that it is the place where St Nicholas (aka Santa Claus) was buried. People head on a popular trip from Fethiye to see the charming small rocky island of St. Nicholas. The island features well-preserved Byzantine churches, ruins, tombs, and remnants of buildings. It is recommended to hire a small motorboat or a kayak from Gemiler Beach, directly opposite the island. Boat excursions are also available from the beach resort of Ölüdeniz and Fethiye and include beach activities along the coast. Visitors are also recommended to book the night at Nicholas Island.

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7 Gocek Island

Gocek island, situated in the Fethiye region, is blessed with stunning beaches such as Help Beach and SeaMe Beach and a natural harbor featuring yachts and fishing boats. Fethiye is also home to many attractions, like the daily market, where one can buy locally produced products, such as dairy products, Turkish coffee, and fruits. It's also worth booking a stay at one of Fethiye's iconic hotels. Visitors also visit the fish market to dine in some of the most popular restaurants and savor seafood plates. A trip to Fethiye is never complete without exploring the breathtaking views of Ölüdeniz beaches, featuring the famous blue lagoon that is one of the most captured beaches in the world.

6 Sedir Island

Located in Alanya, Sedir Island, also called Cleopatra Island, is a magnificent island, perfect for tourists aiming for day trips and relaxing weekends at one of the island's unique hotels. People enjoy peace of mind watching its exotic nature and plants and old ruins and enjoying a tranquil day at the golden sandy beaches which, according to the legend, were brought from Egypt. People come and swim in the clear blue water where Cleopatra and Anthony swam.

5 Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island, also named Bird island, is the place where birds migrate during specific seasons and is the symbol of Kusadasi. The island was also used to protect the shores of Kusadasi castle from pirate attacks coming from the sea. Tourists visit the island to watch the breathtaking view of the scenic city and enjoy a sunset drink. It is recommended to visit the Byzantine castle and try water activities along the Mediterranean coast. To make the most of the visit, booking the night at Pigeon Island would be a great idea.

4 Kizkalesi Island

Kizkalesi is a town in Mersine named "Maiden Castle" after the old castle built on a small island facing the town. Visitors enjoy visiting the Byzantine castle and admiring its history, thrusting ruins, and defensive walls. The castle is best explored during a private tour and reached through boat trips, canoe, or pedalo from the shores. Kizkalesi offers various accommodation options to its visitors.

3 Bozcaada Island

Bozcaada Island is a perfect destination for people looking to enjoy some quiet time by the sea. As one of the largest islands in Turkey, this small pearl offers stunning coastlines and vine-covered walkways. Named Tenedos in Greek, it provides a peaceful getaway, rustic atmosphere, natural landscapes, adventurous experiences, and affordable beaches for tourists. It's worth booking the night at Bozcaada Island.

2 Akdamar Island

Akdamar Island, known as the island of tolerance and located in Lake Van, is famous for its religious and historical landmark, the old church of the Holy Cross, built by the Armenian King Dagik Artzruni. The church's majestic facade and interior are well-preserved and mark the surviving heritage of Armenian artwork. The exterior walls also feature stones with paintings depicting Old Testament scenes. The island is perfect for swimming and spending time in its nature. It is also accessed by boats departing from Akdamar Harbor, and people can book a stay there.

1 The Greek Island Of Kastellorizo

The island of Kastellorizo is one of the prettiest islands to explore in Turkey and the best for honeymooners because of its romantic vibes. Named Meis in Greek, it is one of the two Greek islands in Turkey and is visited by many tourists who hop on a boat to discover the blue grotto and swim along the island’s coast. The island also offers some spectacular views and historic ruins and churches. Those looking for a romantic getaway are advised to book a night at one of Kastellorizo's charming hotels.