Our Newest Geocaching Country Souvenir: Türkiye

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The Republic of Turkey is transcontinental—spread across Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is surrounded by three seas: The Mediterranean, Black Sea, and the Aegean Sea. The unique geographic location and varied landscape give Turkey a diverse cultural richness that is evident in every region of the country. You’d be hard pressed to find a more passionate, fun, and cosmopolitan group of geocachers anywhere in the world.

And here’s the big news: Turkey is the newest Geocaching country souvenir to be released this year! Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations.

5 Wonderful geocache you can find in Turkey

Just five of the many wonderful geocache you can find in Turkey

To celebrate, we are also highlighting five must-see geocaches from this marvelous land. Come with us, won’t you?

 

First stop: IstanbulA gorgeous city that straddles two continents, ranks as the world’s 5th-largest city proper, and is the largest European city.

Istanbul is an enormous city that connects Europe and Asia, East and West

GC43K3Y – TOP 10 POI Istanbul

GC43K3Y - TOP 10 POI Istanbul

GC43K3Y – TOP 10 POI Istanbul

This Mystery Cache acts as a tour guide for the Sultanahmet district—a must see for any visitor. Framed as a mystery, this geocache leads you through the center of the Old City of Istanbul and many of the city’s points of interest (POI). You’ll need at least two days to solve this Mystery, but you’ll experience Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia/Ayasofia Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and Basilica Cistern so it is definitely worth it.

 

GCG3W3 – Pure Pearl

GCG3W3 - Pure Pearl

GCG3W3 – Pure Pearl

This Virtual Cache is found at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, also known as the Second Bosphorus Bridge, which crosses the Bosphorus strait and connects Europe with Asia. You’ll need to visit by automobile (on top) or boat (underneath). No pedestrians and certainly no stopping on the bridge allowed!

 

GC42RCW – TAG you are it !! – OMActivities

GC42RCW - TAG you are it !! - OMActivities

GC42RCW – TAG you are it !! – OMActivities

Enjoy the 24-hour hustle and bustle of Istiklal Street, bursting with shops, cafes, bars, and nightlife. No cars are allowed in this area, and the streets are full of locals and tourists alike looking for some fun. Find this beloved Traditional cache full of great Trackables and SWAG, then write a heartfelt log from a lovely street cafe over wine or coffee.

 

Next stop: Bodrum. Previously a simple fishing village, Bodrum has become a tourist mecca with idyllic beaches, boutique hotels, and a shining marina over the last few decades.

Bodrum is located in the southwest Aegean Region of Turkey

Bodrum is located in the southwest Aegean Region of Turkey

GC1HN97 – Gokart15 [Bodrum Castle]

GC1HN97 - Gokart15 [Bodrum Castle]

GC1HN97 – Gokart15 [Bodrum Castle]

Site of a long ago Turkish invasion, construction began in the 14th century with the  Knights Hospitaller and has continued into the 20th century. Bodrum Castle is a stunning array of English, French, Spanish, and German-influenced Medieval architecture. The cache is a small tin box that you’ll find between a rock and a hard place.

 

Final stop: Antalya. Antalya is full of beaches, mosques, churches, Turkish baths, and museums.

Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast

Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast

GC1FG1A – Duden Waterfalls

GC1FG1A - Duden Waterfalls

GC1FG1A – Duden Waterfalls

This EarthCache is a series of several waterfalls created from two large karstic sources that merge, go underground, and then resurface to form the falls. This geocache is best experienced from a boat for a truly spectacular view. But if you decide to take a boat, make sure you’re alright with the possibility of getting soaked.

 

Inspired yet? Turkey has so much to offer in terms of scenery, culture, and geocaching.

We’ll unveil one new souvenir every week until all FIVE are officially released and awarded by mid December. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. A list of of currently available Geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on Geocaching.com. And, if you’ve already found a geocache in Turkey, we will retroactively add this souvenir to your profile after all five country souvenirs are announced.

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Do you live in Turkey, have you ever been, or will you travel there in the future? Tell us your experience in the comments below!

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