Best places to visit in Turkey: Our pick #9
Located in the north of Turkey, Safranbolu maintains its antique Ottoman charm and beauty with its white-washed, red-roofed houses and winding cobbled streets. Its name derives from the word ‘saffron’, a spice which can be found in abundance here and was originally the reason the town was put on the map. The very heart of Safranbolu lies in its Old Town, where numerous bazaars sprawl across labyrinthine alleys and are packed to the brim with sweets, leather goods, fabrics, jewellery and more. For those looking to learn about the city’s history, a visit to Kaymakamlar Müze Evi (Museum House) is a must. This house shows the public what one of Safranbolu’s typical houses would have traditionally looked like before they were all converted into hotels. To really capture the beauty of Safranbolu, take a hike to the top of Hidirlik Tepesi, a hill which commands stunning views of the landscape peppered with quaint Ottoman houses.