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Istanbul aside, Safranbolu was the most touristy place I've been to (complete with Japanese and Korean package holidaymakers). The whole town thrives on tourism with restored Ottoman houses converted to pansiyons, markets awash with souvenir items, and various other shops catering to tourists' needs. In fact, it was the least hospitable place I've visited, beating even megalopolis Istanbul.
Safranbolu's major tourism asset is the well-preserved old Ottoman village of Carsi - a World Heritage site. Traipsing through Carsi's narrow cobbled streets takes you back in time when the town was a favorite haunt of affluent Turks seeking refuge from central Anatolia's biting winter. Safranbolu's location on the meeting point of three valleys adds a dramatic effect to the whole old Ottoman picture (the location also shields the town from harsh winter winds).
Many of the old Ottoman homes have been lovingly restored and converted to pansiyons. In fact, the main highlight of my visit was staying in one of such homes. But there was an eerie feel to it. I wouldn't say it was haunted, but it felt you are being watched as you move around. The creaking wooden floors didn't help either.
- Pros:Authenticity of main attraction - old Ottoman houses
- Cons:Very touristy
- In a nutshell:Spooky!
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