Sprawling off the slopes of Uludağ (Great Mountain), Bursa may seem at first glance like a purely modern metropolis. In fact, as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire (during the 14th century), the city can be considered the birthplace of modern Turkish culture. Its innumerable ancient buildings, including those of the old spa suburb of Çekirge, a centuries-old tourist draw, are a reminder of Bursa’s weighty past.
Today, automobile and textile factories provide the majority of local jobs, and there’s affluence in abundance. The local government maintains an admirable record of environmental and progressive initiatives.
Besides its rich history, Bursa is renowned in Turkey for the Bursa, or İskender, kebap – döner kebap on a bed of fresh pide bread, topped with tomato sauce, yogurt and melted butter. Yum... You’ll find it all over the country, but here you can really go direct to the source.
Bursa destination guides
Best of Turkey
Explore the mysterious land of the Ottomans Intrepid-style. Marvel at Mehmet Aga's masterpiece, the Blue Mosque, and bargain for trinkets in Istanbul's massive Grand Bazaar. Try delicious Turkish snacks, be mesmerised by the Whirling Dervishes and discover the underwater treasures of the Mediterranean on a relaxing boat cruise.
Real Food Adventure - Turkey
Take a culinary journey through Turkey, a country steeped in history and tradition, where east meets west and the ancient bleeds into the modern day. Begin in astonishing Istanbul, eating meze in a traditional meyhane, being awed by the Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque and exploring the well-trod passageways of the Grand Bazaar.