Top ChoiceSeafood in Eğirdir

Big Apple Restaurant

Our favourite Yeşilada seafood place has perfectly grilled fish, excellent calamari and lush meze. Order your levrek (sea bass) or çupra (gilt-head sea bream), throw in a garlic-heavy rocket salad and some dolmas...

Mosque in Eğirdir

Hızır Bey Cami

Originally a Seljuk warehouse (built 1237), this simple stone structure in the centre became a mosque in 1308 under Hamidoğulları emir Hızır Bey. It features a clerestory (an upper row of windows) above the...

Market in Eğirdir

Pınar Pazarı

On Sundays between August and October, you can buy apples, cheese, yoghurt or even a goat at this village market run by the Yörük Turks, who descend from their mountain redoubts to hawk their wares and stock up...

Seafood in Eğirdir


Eat on the waterfront, where fishers pull in their nets, or in the less atmospheric interior across the road. Poyraz offers seafood dishes of trout, perch and calamari as well as köfte (meatballs) and grilled...

Teahouse in Eğirdir

Akpınar Yörük Çadiri

For panoramic lake views head to this mountain-top teahouse in Akpınar village, 5km uphill from Eğirdir. Order your tea by the pot as the locals do (for two/three people ₺10/15) and relax on the shaded deck....

Cafe in Eğirdir

Eğirdir Outdoor Centre

Eǧirdir's main organisation and information point for outdoor activities also serves up home-style Turkish fare (including vegetarian options), snacks and quick meals of tost (toasted sandwiches). Cappuccino and...

Food in Eğirdir

Eǧirdir Market

The Eğirdir region is renowned for apples, and this compact shop on the main road heading out to the island is a one-stop shop for dried apple snacks, apple pekmez (syrup made from juice) and apple-infused soaps.

Beach in Eğirdir

Bedre Beach

To sunbathe on a sandy beach, head 11km out of the centre on the road from Eğirdir to Barla. Bedre Beach is best, with 1.5km of sand. You can walk or cycle here, or get a taxi (around ₺30).

Market in Eğirdir

Thursday Market

Eğirdir's market takes over the centre of town every Thursday, with stalls spilling out into surrounding streets. It's a bustling hive of activity with plenty of local produce.

Sports in Eğirdir

Dedegöl Mountaineering Festival

Over a Friday and Saturday on or after 19 May, Eğirdir's mountaineering club organises this communal scramble up Mt Dedegöl (2998m). A night is spent at the Karagöl base camp (1600m), before a 4am start for a...

Church in Eğirdir

Ayastafanos Church

Eğirdir's last remaining Orthodox church is on Yeşilada, near İskele Park. Thirteen other churches were torn down after the Greek community departed in the 1923 population exchange. The 12th-century Byzantine...

Kebab in Eğirdir


Super-friendly Günaylar is where you come for basic pide (Turkish-style pizza) and şiş kebap (roast skewered meat) plates. We weren't fussed with its overly dry dürüm (döner kebap sandwich), so order a couple of...

Historic Building in Eğirdir

Dündar Bey Medresesi

In 1281 Hamidoğulları emir Felekeddin Dündar Bey turned this grand stone structure in the centre – then a 67-year-old Seljuk caravanserai – into a medrese (seminary). The small on-site bazaar sells Galatasaray...

Beach in Eğirdir

Altınkum Beach

Pebbly Altınkum Beach is 3.5km northwest of central Eğirdir. There's a small admission fee. It's not a particularly pretty beach. In high summer, dolmuşes run here every 15 minutes from in front of Eğirdir's...

Castle in Eğirdir

Eǧirdir Castle

The massive walls of the ruined castle of Akrotiri (the Byzantine name for Eğirdir) allegedly dates back to 5th-century BC Lydian king Croesus.

Beach in Eğirdir

Belediye Beach

Sandy Belediye Beach is at Yazla, less than 1km from Eǧirdir centre on the Isparta road. There are changing cabins and simple restaurants.

Statue in Eğirdir

Atatürk Statue

Eğirdir stretches for several kilometres along the shore of Eğirdir Gölü. Its centre is at the base of a promontory jutting into the lake, marked by this statue of Atatürk.