Safranbolu Travel Guide

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Safranbolu Things to Do

  • Havuzlu Konak (Konak with Pool)

    The Turing Havuzlu Konak, or Mansion with Pool operated by the Touring Club of Turkey, which began serving guests in 1989, is the first historic mansion in Turkey to have been converted into a hotel. The nicest surprise of this mansion, which greets visitors at the entrance to the town and was once owned by one of its wealthiest families, is the...

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  • Safranbolu houses II

    The interiors of the houses are as elegant as their exteriors. The low-ceilinged middle stories used in winter are cozy and warm like a womb while the upper floors, used in summer, are airy with high ceilings. The master bedroom, the most beautiful room with the best view, is usually situated on the topmost floor. This room, decorated with woodwork...

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  • Safranbolu Houses I

    The sloping terrain at Safranbolu, which is situated in a deep canyon carved out by three rivers, produced interesting architectural solutions. The stone-built ground floors of Safranbolu houses, most of which are two- or three-storey mansions, generally follow the natural gradient of the street. The upper stories meanwhile, supported by...

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  • Hatice Hanim Konagi

    Hatice Hanim Konagi is a XVI century traditional architecture that is located in the city of Safranbolu. In the city of eighth cultural haritage of the world. The house builded by Goverment officer who is a member of Ottoman Army. He build a house and another for his brother. The house used for a long time by the family. By the time the houses are...

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  • Yoruk Koyu Village Laundry - Bektashi...

    Yourk Koyu's old village laundry is open to visitors. One can see how the laundray was cleaned, how people interacted while doing laundry, and the Bektashi symbolism that was prominent even here. The interior also has dawrings of prominent buildings in the town.

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  • Koprulu Mehmet Pasa Camii

    In the heart of Safranbolu's old town is the Koprulu Mehmet Pasa Camii, the mosque built by Koprulu Mehmet Pasa, a powerful official who rose to become grand vizier in the mid-17th century. Koprulu Mehmet was from Albania and rose through the ranks of the janissary system. He married the daughter of a local landowner from the Safranbolu area and...

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  • Visitor Information Centre

    There is a visitor information centre right in the central area of the old town. As one enters the old town by car from the new part of town (which is up hill from the core of the old area), one will arrive at a cnetral area with shops and parking, a small sqaure, etc. In that area is a small building with with the information centre. There, one...

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  • Scenic View from Hidirlik

    One hill in the old town, commanding scenic views over the town, is called Hidirlik. One must pay a small few (a couple lira) to go to the top, but this includes a drink in the small cafe at the top and it offers great views of the oldl town. There are also toilets and one can see the Ahmet Lutfi Turbesi (tomb) there.In the cafe, one can find...

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  • Sipahioglu Konagi in Yoruk Koyu

    Like Safranbolu itself, several of the old houses in Yoruk Koyu are open to visitors as museums. We went to one of the mansions in Yoruk Koru, Sipahioglu Konagi (the "Mansion of the Sipahi" - a sipahi being like a knight). The owner, who said he is among the 8th generation of the family to live there, provided a tour for 2 lira (about $1.50) per...

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  • Safranbolu Houses III

    During the years when Safranbolu was becoming a popular destination for tourists, there was a constant stream of visitors to the traditional houses. The house owners, who at first welcomed the tourists hospitably, naturally tired of this human traffic with time. But just at that point the museum houses came to the rescue. The first of them, and...

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  • Old Sundial

    In Koprulu Meydani, the walled courtyard next to the Mosque of Koprulu Mehmet Pasa Camii, there still stands on old sundial for telling time.

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  • Kileciler Konagi Museum

    The Kileciler Konagi (mansion) is a museum of a preserved Ottoman house in Safranbolu. There are actually several to visit and this just happens to be the one I got to see.

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  • Yoruk Koyu

    Near the city of Safranbolu, and in the Safranbolu district, is the quiet village of Yoruk Koyu. This was apparently a whole village of Bektashis, and Bektashi elements abound. This is essentially like a smaller, sleepier, less touristy, and less well-preserved version of Safranbolu itself. It is full of the same type of old half-timber Ottoman...

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  • Walk Around the Old Town

    Clearly the primary reason for visiting Safranbolu, from a sightseeing perspective, is exploring the extensive and very well-preserved old town. It is this that led the entire old town being declared a UNESCO world heritage site. This part of Safranbolu, rather than being changed over the years with old buildings torn down to be replaced, was...

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  • Incekaya Aqueduct

    The aqueduct is built during the Byzantine times and restored by the Ottomans to supply water to Safranbolu.About 8 kms from the old town of Carsi.

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Safranbolu Hotels

  • Gulevi - Safranbolu

    Hukumet Sokak 46, Safranbolu, 78600, Turkey

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Degirmenci Konak

    Cambaz Sokak No: 27, Safranbolu, 78600, Turkey

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Safir Konak

    Baglarbasi Mahallesi, Koyici Meydani Arslanlar Cd., No. 2 Baglar, Safranbolu, 78600, Turkey

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Safranbolu Restaurants

  • Not bad but expensive

    This restaurant is located in the market square of Safanbolu and offers both indoor and outdoor tables. During the evening it happens to attend live traditional music performances.The food (traditional Turkish food) is OK but we found the prices higher than in other restaurants in Safranbolu.

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  • In the Karavan Serai ( Palace )

    A little history about this place : Safranbolu Cinci Han which was established on the historical Silk Road leading from China to Anatolia Land. Cinci Han was built by Safranbolu notable Karabaszade Huseyin efendi in 1645. Its architect is unknown, but it is supposed that it was built by Mimar Kasim who was one of the main architects in that period....

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  • Great Turkish Food in Historic Building

    In the heart of Safranbolu is the old kervansaray, Cinci Han. Built around 1645, this beautiful building is now operated as a hotel and restaurant. The restaurant is in a beautiful, huge collonaded room covered with arches and domes that was supposedly the old stables for the merchants and caravans who would use the han/kervansaray. In beautiful...

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Safranbolu Nightlife

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    by Tijavi Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    While exploring Carsi's maze of shops, I bumped into a group of university students who were so eager to practice their English. Their natural sense of friendliness won me over and we soon found ourselves chatting about a range of topics (Islam, Turkey, Russia - one of them was very proud of his Russian roots, and of course, football) at Mumtazlar Konagi (the same house-museum with a tea garden outside) over bottomless cay.

    The night drove on, and sensing our collective hunger, I invited them for dinner. But they had other plans - having dinner at their flat in Kirankoy. We had to walk 1.7km uphill to Kirankoy because it was late (around 10 already) and there were no mini-buses anymore. We had to wait for more than hour for them to prepare the dinner since they ran out of gas. But it was all worth it when we finally had our hands on their lovingly-prepared salsa omelette courtesy of Bahri's (one of the guys) girlfriend. And the surprise didn't stop there. They managed to convince me to try Turkish raki (an aniseed-flavored grape brandy - this enticing description belies its villainous after-effect!) which made me sick immediately.

    But it was a fun evening. Thanks, guys!

    Bahri and his gang Bahri and gf (who cooked tasty omelette)
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Safranbolu Transportation

  • Metro intercity bus

    Think twice about traveling to or from Safranbolu on Metro. I rode a Safran Turizm bus on my way to Safranbolu; it transported me from Ankara in three hours and ten minutes. When I left Safranbolu for Istanbul, Metro covered this same stretch in five hours (largely because it made many detours to collect passengers at tiny, out of the way...

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  • Train experience

    You can also ride the Karaelmas ('Black Diamond') train going from Ankara to Zonguldak, but get out at Karabük, and take a bus or taxi to Safranbolu, but the train runs only 3 days per week, and takes 8 hours from Ankara to Karabük; the bus travels the same distance in half the time (4 hours).

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  • How to go

    Direct buses run from Istanbul and Ankara to Karabük, from which minibuses run you to Kiranköy, the modern hilltop district in Safranbolu. From Kiranköy, take a taxi or municipal bus to your inn, which may be down in the valley (called Çarsi (market) about one km (6/10 mile) beyond Kiranköy.

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Safranbolu Shopping

  • lokoum( turkish delight) with saffron

    The typical shop is situated in the center of the old bazzaar and this shop is very famous with the turkish delight ( lokoum) with saffron lokoum with saffron not too much

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  • Inexpensive, Easy-Going Souvenir...

    Safranbolu, being a touristy town that mostly caters to other Turks and relatively few foreigners, is a great place to do relatively relaxed shopping at better prices. This is particularly true compared to places like Istanbul and Kusadasi, with heavy volumes of foreigners. The prices are better here, the items less geared to foreigners, and the...

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  • Saffron Treats and Other Candies

    Safranbolu is a wonderful place to buy safron treats, especially candies. There are various sweet shops throughout the town, especially in the old town, selling safron Turkish delight and other safron candies.We purchased candies from one called Zariftat. Safron Turkish Delight, other safron candy, safron tea, etc. They also sell a range of other...

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Safranbolu Local Customs

  • Local Sweet:The Baklava of Safranbolu

    The pastry which is rolled out as thin as leaves with starch and is layered into a greased tray. Walnuts are spread between the sheets of pastry. The baklava is made with 40-50 sheets of pastry and is about 3cm in height. the pastry is cut into the shape of a star leaving the pieces diamond-shaped. The baklava is baked in the oven. The syrup which...

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  • Local food :Perohi

    A dough is rolled out and cut into squares and strained yogurt and mint is put in the dough and folded in a triangle and is dropped into boiling water. When it is cooked, melted butter is poured on the pasta and it is served (somewhat similar to ravioli).

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  • Local Sweet:Turkish Delight

    This delicacy is produced daily in many kinds such as with coconut, hazelnut, double roasted, saffron, rose and mastic. The turkish delight of Safranbolu is different from other turkish delight because it is less sweet and very light. It is a perfect gift for the elders we visit during special occasions and for our family and friends.

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Safranbolu Off The Beaten Path

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    by traveloturc Written Jun 13, 2009

    The Bulak (Mencilis) Cave is located on the border of Safranbolu and Karabük. It is 8.5km distance from the centre of town and 5km distance from Deðirmenbaþý. The cave has 2 entrances. The first entry to the cave can be made from the source where the water flows. However, this entrance ends at a siphon at 30m. The second entrance can be made at the fossil entrance, left of the hill behind the cave.
    The total lenght of the Mencilis Cave is 2725m. There are four declines in the cave 3, 5, 11 and 15m long, respectively. 350m of the cave has been illuminated and is open for touristic visits.

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Safranbolu Favorites

  • Family Structure and Daily Life

    Big family structure influences the houses’ plan. The oldest man is chief of family. Children is under sovereignty of their father. This custom ensures living together of family. This big family is like a factory. Boys have to live with their family for comfort and good living. Girls get married and go to bride-groom’s house. Accoding to custom,...

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  • Tradition:Wedding II

    Bottom drawer of bride is taken to bride groom’s house on Monday. Bride’s bridal dress, ornaments and henna is taken to bride’s house from bride grooms house. Bride goes to the bath on Tuesday and it is also “best man night” on Tuesday night. Best man (sagdiç) is choosen from relatives of bride or bride-groom. Wednesday is henna day. Bride’s...

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  • Tradition:Wedding

    After “ kiz görme”( encounter), “kiz isteme” ( ask permission) and “nisan”(engagement), which are kind of custom.before wedding, the day of the wedding is decided. People decide that the wedding is not organized between two religious festival (Ramazan and Kurban) and it is organize when people have more vegetable and fruit. Meals are prepared one...

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