What to do and see in Safranbolu, Turkey: The Best Places and Tips

July 18, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

Safranbolu (Greek: Σαφράμπολις, Saframpolis) is a town and district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. It is about 9 km north of the city of Karabük, 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Ankara and about 100 km south of the Black Sea coast. The town's historic names in Greek were Theodoroupolis (Θεοδωρούπολις, i.e. city of Theodorus or female Theodora) and later Saframpolis (Σαφράμπολις). Its former names in Turkish were Zalifre and Taraklıborlu. It was part of Kastamonu Province until 1923 and Zonguldak Province between 1923 and 1995.
Restaurants in Safranbolu

1. Safranbolu Eski Carsi

Safranbolu, Turkey
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
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0%
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4.5 based on 153 reviews

Safranbolu Eski Carsi

Reviewed By CasRijvers

Very picturesque with a good number of other attractions nearby. While it is certainly touristic nearly all the the tourists are Turkish themselves (according to some local shopkeepers). This is also the home to lokum, or Turkish delight, and there are amazing variations here that I've never seen anywhere else. The architecture is also extremely appealing with a stone kervansaray surrounded by stone and wood houses in a small valley with a ravine running through the middle of it.

2. Bulak Cave

Gurleyik,8km to Safranbolu, Safranbolu, Turkey
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
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2%
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4.5 based on 345 reviews

Bulak Cave

Reviewed By Ergunfamily - Ankara, Turkey

Plan at least 2 days visit to Safranbolu. One of "the must" is to take a city tour. Othervise you cannot understand Safranbolu. Batuta Turizm (0370 725 4533) is serving near to Cinci Hamam.
Atiş Cafe is the best for local delights, backside of Cinci Han.

3. Tokatli Kanyonu

Incekaya Safranbolu Karabuk, Safranbolu 70500, Turkey +90 370 725 21 21
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
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0%
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Tokatli Kanyonu

Reviewed By AnBe1986 - Stade, Germany

If you enjoy taking walks in the nature and don't mind climbing a few steps you should definitely walk through this beautiful canyon. It'll make you feel like you're in a Wild West movie. The natural Waterfalls, trees and flowers are just beautiful. You can have a picnic there or enjoy a snack at the restaurant inside the canyon. We spend several hours there just enjoying this wonderful place.

4. Kaymakamlar Muze

Hidirlik Yokusu Sokak, Safranbolu, Turkey
Excellent
43%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
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0%
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4 based on 206 reviews

Kaymakamlar Muze

Reviewed By HenryWorthing - Worthing, United Kingdom

If you are staying in one of the Konak hotels, this house will look very familiar. The only difference will be the tableaux and the accompanying descriptions (in English fortunately). This will give you an idea on how life was lived during Ottoman times and an appreciation of the social history of Safranbolu. It is not vast, so only put aside about 20 or 30 minutes for this visit. Nice garden café attached or pop next door to the Taşev for a drink.
By the way the mannequins are very amusing and a little weird.

5. Yoruk Village

Karabuk, Safranbolu, Turkey
Excellent
59%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
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2%
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Yoruk Village

Reviewed By bethdogan - Ankara, Turkey

This is not a typical 'village', which at least in Turkey, usually means very rustic and populated by uneducated people. The people living here are the original inhabitants or at least their descendants. They have renovated the buildings similar to those you see in Safranbolu. However, the tour of one house in the village was much more informative than any other tour I've had of these houses. We learned so much about the architecture and decoration of the house.
Really friendly people here and wonderful food at the cafe--don't miss it.

6. Hidirlik Tepesi Safranbolu

Hidirlik, Safranbolu 71100, Turkey
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
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14%
Poor
1%
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2%
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4 based on 140 reviews

Hidirlik Tepesi Safranbolu

Reviewed By Spartachuss - Istanbul, Turkey

Safranbolu is the rich city in its history.. Famous with leather products.. Today you will see none of the leather products in there but old ottoman architecture villas lying down there.. Hıdırlık is the one of the best views for Safranbolu..
Just a warning.. Safranbolu all surrorunded with the stone even in wehicleor pedestirian walk paths.. Rather to use spoty shoes..

7. Kristal Teras

Incekaya, Safranbolu, Safranbolu, Turkey +90 370 725 19 00
Excellent
45%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
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4 based on 376 reviews

Kristal Teras

Reviewed By brahms37 - Dalaman, Turkey

I'm not good with heights at all but because the glass was not see through I thought I'd give it a go and made it to the far side. However if there are more than a few people on the glass at the same time it bounces up & down which is not godd if you of a nervous disposition!

8. Kasim Sipahioglu Konagi

Yoruk Koyu, Safranbolu 78600, Turkey +90 370 737 23 32
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Kasim Sipahioglu Konagi

Reviewed By LifenFrancesKan - Taipei, Taiwan

Love this museum type of house. it's full of history and the old lady showed us around with great enthusiasm and kindness. it's fun to go through each room and see how the people lived their lives a while ago. definitely worth a visit. much better than visiting a regular museum because this is real living history. if you ever come to visit the house, be sure to take a while to walk around the area too. it's such a charming and lovely village. much smaller than Safranbolu, but just as nice to visit.

9. Tarihi Saat Kulesi

Kale Meydani Sokak, Safranbolu 78600, Turkey
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Tarihi Saat Kulesi

Reviewed By bethdogan - Ankara, Turkey

Apparantly, this is the only historical clock tower in Turkey that is still in operation. The stairs seem rickety, but they are actually solid enough, and the guide at the top was very informative. Interpreter recommended.

10. Incekaya Su Kemeri

Incekaya Safranbolu Karabuk, Safranbolu 70100, Turkey
Excellent
34%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 23 reviews

Incekaya Su Kemeri

Reviewed By Ahmet A - Istanbul, Turkey

It is easy to reach and very good for take a photograph. There is a gratis parking place. The best time is late afternoons, before sun set.

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