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Turkey is one of the oldest and most historical countries in the world, heavily influenced by the civilisations and developments in Asia and Europe. Despite being the border to these two influential continents, Turkey’s own culture is quite unique and in many factors, unlike the ones prevalent in the countries around it. There are several gems in Turkey’s crown, some famous and some hidden, that capture the beauty and the heritage of this wonderful nation. Spreading a joyous colour around its long line of rulers is the unpolished gem of Safranbolu. A city favoured by both the Ottoman rulers and the traders. The city owes its name to the highly precious saffron flower that has been growing in this region for several years. This brought a lot of traders into town, followed by the Ottoman royalty who made Safranbolu their residence. The royal family and all those who serviced them provided patronage to the growth of Safranbolu. The buildings and other structures they constructed are visible in town till date. This attracted the attention of UNESCO who declared Safranbolu as a World Heritage Site. These sites are made up of palaces, museums, Turkish baths, caravanserais and even architecture to support the life of the citizens. There were palaces, aqueducts, hospitals, civic halls etc. for the people of Safranbolu. Visitors can see how well developed the city was even in those times. Today, tourists can roam around in the old city that is full of the heritage sights or the new city that is full of modern buildings deeply inspired from the Ottoman traditions. One can easily see the modern-day practices juxtaposed beside the carefully-preserved historical traditions. Tourism is a highly developed business in Safranbolu and guests are always a privileged member of the Turkish society. Visitors can roam around, hike, ride horseback or simply check out palaces till they grow tired. Once they are weary, they can head to the famous Turkish baths to pamper themselves. Safranbolu is the perfect Turkish feast for the human senses.

Safranbolu Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Safranbolu tips for your visit

  • Time zone: GMT +03.00
  • Currency: Turkish Lira
  • Language: Turkish, Arabic, Kurmanji
  • Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz
  • Internet: You will need a solid source of internet as Wi-Fi is not freely available.
  • Security: Emergency numbers: police – 155
  • Medical emergency: 112
  • Directory assistance: 118
  • Tipping: 10% on all major services.

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Facts and Stats for Safranbolu*

  • Pollution Statistics in Safranbolu

    Know the pollution level of Safranbolu before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 79.17 (High)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 83.33 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Safranbolu - Quality of Life

    • Pollution Index 77.3 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Safranbolu

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Safranbolu

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.45 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 16.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 45.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 24.95 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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