Discover Top Drone Videos of Western Turkey


Istanbul From Above in 4K | Turkey


Top contributor Hamza Mujtaba treats us to a drone's eye view of Istanbul, Turkey.  While the Turkish city has long been one of the world's most well known, in recent decades its recognition has been boosted by appearing in numerous James Bond movies.  Its first appearance was as the primary shooting location for the 1963 hit From Russia with Love; the film featured extensive footage of the Hagia Sophia mosque, captured in the opening of this video.


Flying with Flamingos

Alp Karagulle

In this mesmerizing video, contributor Burak Buyukbayrakt managed to use a drone to film a rather large group of flamingoes on a glass-smooth body of water near Izmir, a city near the Aegean Sea in western Turkey.  Flamingoes are wading birds which are found natively around South America, Africa, and the Middle East.  The aerial footage of these graceful creatures flying over the reflective and glass-smooth water is truly epic! 


Ephesus Antic City

Alp Karagulle

Turkish aerial videographer and contributor Alp Karagulle brought his drone to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus which is located on the coast of Ionia on Turkey's Mediterranean Sea coast. The city, which was built in the 10th century BC, is one of the world's most well-preserved ancient metropolises.  It is particularly known for being the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  


Lake BAFA - Ancient City of Herakleia


Contributor Ezgierol used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this magnificent video of one of the most important lakes in Turkey.  The lake is part of the Bafa Lake Nature Preserve, which straddles the Muğla and Aydin Provinces of southwestern Turkey.  Prior to the Classical Period, the lake was actually part of a gulf of the Aegean Sea.  You'll also see some epic aerial footage of the ruins of Herakleia, an ancient city which is an important cultural landmark of the region.


Göztepe Spor kulübü 92. Anniversary Ceremony Anamorphics ( Director’s Cut )

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Contributor Elci Creative created this epic drone video of a massive celebration of a Turkish football team in the Guztepe section of the city of Izmir.  Izmir is situated in the middle of the Aegean coast of western Turkey.  It is the third largest city in the country, after Istanbul and the capital city Ankara.  As you will appreciate from this video, the football fans of Guztepe LOVE their professional team; this celebration included 1 million flares!


Aizanoi - Ancient Greek City in Kütahya


Aizanoi is an ancient city in the Kütahya province of western Turkey.  It was built by the Greeks and continued to be an important administrative center into Roman times.  Due to its well preserved ruins of a temple and a stadium complex, the city has been submitted to UNESCO for designation as a World Heritage site.  In this Drone Video of the Week nominee, contributor Iskenderfilm gives us a bird's eye view of this ancient city. 



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Contributor Pascha created this stunning drone video of Cunda Island, which lies off the northwestern part of Asian Turkey.  A popular Aegean sea resort destination, Cunda is in the Ayvalık archipelago, which is part of the Balıkesir province.  The island has been connected to the Turkish mainland since a causeway was built in the 1960's.  The video captures the stunning blue waters of the Aegean as well as the numerous smaller islands which surround Cunda. 



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Contributor Pascha used a drone to capture some epic kitesurfing action off the coast of Western Turkey.  Ayvalik is a coastal town in the Balıkesir Province on the Aegean Sea.  It's surrounded by a number of smaller islands.  As you'll see in the video, the area has caught the attention of the world's kitesurfers.  Prepare to be amazed not only by the kitesurfing but the incredible camera work capturing these fast-moving targets! 


Winter Flights - Flyover Bursa


Contributor Ugurevin used a DJI Phantom 2 drone to create this spectacuar aerial video of the mountainous area around Bursa in western Turkey.  Bursa is in Turkey's Marmara province, which covers much of northwestern Turkey including the metropolis of Istanbul.  Bursa is Turkey's fourth largest city after Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir.  The video captures the city and its surroundings during the depths of winter, which (perhaps surprisingly) involves a good deal of snow cover.


Kilimli Koyu / 4K


Contributor Iskenderfilm created this spectacular drone video of the Kilimli bay in Şile, Turkey.  Şile is an ancient small town on Turkey's Black Sea, just to the northeast of Istanbul.  It is known for its beaches, which are considered some of the finest on the Black Sea.  It's also known for the spectacular rocks that lie just offshore.  Despite the beautiful beaches, it's also known for treacherous currents which can make swimming very dangerous.  


İzmir Arkas Sailing Race


Izmir is the largest city in Turkey's Aegean region and the third largest city in the country overall.   Among other roles, it is the epicenter of the world of Turkish sailing, which is one of the largest in the world.  Contributor Burak BÜYÜKBAYRAKT used a drone to film the Arkas sailing race, which is held off the city's coastline.  It's a major event in the sailing world, and his video does an outstanding job of capturing the excitement which surrounds the competition.


Turkey Ayasofya Museum

Semih Berk

Sometimes all you need is a single shot of a stunning subject to create a compelling video. That is certainly the case with this forty-second clip of Turkey's Ayasofya Museum by Semih Berk. Originally a Greek Orthodox Cathedral, later an Ottoman Mosque, it is the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture." Also known as Hagia Sophia it is famous for its massive, beautiful dome easily seen in this video.




While most of the best-known spots in Western Turkey are on the sea, the interior of the region offers some spectacular scenery.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of Muğla province, which has a tiny bit of coastline along the Aegean but is mostly inland.  It's a land of beautiful lakes, marshes, and spectacular mountains.  While some of the provinces most popular resorts are on the seaside, as you'll see from the video the province's hinterlands are simply spectacular. 


Bodrum is Unique


Contributor Ozzy0512 created this beautiful drone video of the Turkish Aegean Sea coast in the area of Bodrum.  Bodrum, which is part of the Muğla Province of southwestern Turkey, is home to some of Turkey's greatest cultural treasurers.  The area has been inhabited for many millennia and was the site of the Tomb of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Nowadays, Bodrum is probably at least as well known being home to some of the world's best sailing waters.  


Ephesus - Virgin Mary - Selcuk


The House of the Virgin Mary is near the location of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, outside of Selçuk, Turkey.  These famous ruins, which are considered to be both a Catholic and Muslim shrine, were discovered in the 19th century and believed by many to the home of the Virgin Mary in the last years of your life.  Videographer Jesus_tr filmed this modest but important shrine in this beautiful drone video.  Ephesus is part of the Izmir Province on Turkey's western (Aegean) coast.