Tourism in Turkey is focused largely on avariety of archaeological and historicalsites, and on seaside resorts along its Aegeanand Mediterranean coasts. In the recentyears, Turkey is also becoming a populardestination for the SPA and health care tourism
Turkeys largest city, Istanbul, has a number of majorattractions derived from its huge historical status as capital ofthe Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. These include the SultanAhmed Mosque (the "Blue Mosque"), the Hagia Sophia, theTopkapı Palace, the Basilica Cistern, the DolmabahcePalace, the Galata Tower, the Grand Bazaar, and the Pera Palas.Istanbul has also recently became one of the biggest shoppingcenters of European region by hosting malls and shoppingcenters like Metrocity, Akmerkez and Cevahir Mall (which isthe biggest mall in Europe and second largest shopping centerin the world).
Major cultural and historical attractions elsewhere inthe country include the sites of Ephesus, Troy,Pergamon, House of Virgin Mary, Pamukkale,Hierapolis, Konya , Didyma, Church of Antioch,religious places in Mardin and the ruined cities andlandscapes of Cappadocia.
Beach vacations, particularly for Turkish city-dwellers andvisitors from Western Europe, are also central to the Turkishtourism industry. Most beach resorts are located along thesouthwestern and southern Aegean coast, especially along theMediterranean coast near Antalya. Antalya is also accepted asthe tourism capital of Turkey. Major resort towns includeBodrum, Fethiye, Marmaris, Kuşadası, Cesme, Didim andAlanya.