Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Şanlıurfa


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…
Top Choice Museum in Şanlıurfa

Edessa Mosaic Museum

This modern domed structure protects the excellent Haleplibaçhe (Aleppo Gardens) mosaics, part of a Roman villa complex only discovered in 2006 when construction started on a planned theme park. Highlights include w…
Top Choice Museum in Şanlıurfa

Şanliurfa Archeology Museum

Opened in late 2014, Şanliurfa's spectacular new Archeology Museum forms the city's Archeopark with the new Edessa Mosaic Museum. Across three massive floors, the region's archeological heritage includes sculpture a…
Historic Site in Şanlıurfa


Legend claims that Abraham (İbrahim), the Islamic prophet, was in old Urfa destroying pagan gods when Nimrod, the local Assyrian king, took offence. Nimrod had Abraham immolated on a funeral pyre, but God turned the…
Ruins in Şanlıurfa

Göbekli Tepe

Around 11km northeast of Urfa, 'Pot Belly Hill' was first unearthed in 1995, and its circle of Neolithic megaliths is estimated to date from 10,000 BC, around 7000 years before Stonehenge. A wooden walkway circles t…
Park in Şanlıurfa


Southeast of Gölbaşı is the Dergah complex of mosques and parks surrounding the colonnaded courtyard of the Hazreti İbrahim Halilullah, built and rebuilt over the centuries as a place of pilgrimage. To visit these i…
Fortress in Şanlıurfa


Urfa's fortress on Damlacık hill, from which Abraham was supposedly tossed, has good city views, but there's not much to see at the actual site. On the top, most interesting are the two columns dubbed the Throne of …
Kebap in Şanlıurfa

Beyaz Köşk

Turkey's best lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza) restaurants reputedly huddle in Gölbaşı's labyrinth of lanes, and the 'White House' is a great place to try plate-covering pizza sprinkled with spicy ızot. Head upstairs t…
Kebap in Şanlıurfa

Ikiler Ciğer Salonu

Informal streetside ciğer salonu (simple eateries serving grilled meats) are easy to find throughout the city. Grab a cornerside table at Ikiler, and tuck into a mini-feast of grilled lamb, chicken or liver, served …
Breakfast in Şanlıurfa

Zahter Kahvaltı & Kebap Salonu

Skip your hotel's breakfast and instead wolf down gooey honey, pekmez (grape syrup), jam and kaymak (clotted cream) on flat bread. Wash it all down with a large glass of çay or ayran – all for around TL10.