Urfa's bazaar features everything from sheepskins and pigeons, to jeans and handmade shoes. It was largely built by Süleyman the Magnificent in the mid-16th century. One of the most interesting areas is the bedesten, an ancient caravanserai where silk goods including colourful local scarves are sold.

Near the bedesten is the Gümrük Hanı, with a delightful courtyard full of tea- or coffee-swilling moustached gents playing backgammon. We've had reader feedback that the ambience can sometimes be slightly intimidating for solo women travellers. Around the bazaar are several ancient and cheap hamams, including Arasa Hamamı.