Safranbolu

Safranbolu is a charming town in the Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. It’s about 200 km north of Ankara and 9 km north of Karabük. The Old Town features many preserved old buildings (1008 houses confirmed by authorities as older than 100 years and still original) and historical artifacts, such as its private museum, mosques, tombs, historical fountains, Turkish baths, and caravanserais, as well as natural beauties from ancient settlements like rock tombs and historical bridges.

Safranbolu has been listed by UNESCO World Heritage since 1994 due to its rich history and unspoiled and well-preserved 18th & 19th century traditional Ottoman architecture. Indeed, the town glories in its collection of old Ottoman wooden houses, konak, and a rich treasury of art pieces representing Turkish life and culture.

You can visit Yoruk Village, famous for its Ottoman houses. Or you can walk along the old narrow streets and see traditional handcrafters still practicing today in their shops. From Hidirlik Hill there is perfect view down into the town, definitely a must-see.

Kaymakamlar Museum, Arasta Bazaar, Cinci Inn & Baths, the Clock Tower and Arasta are noteworthy places to see.