In the past, Edirne was one of the capital cities in Ottoman Empire and its historical textures are still exist in modern day. In addition to this, Edirne hosts lots of natural beauties and the popular rivers which are Meriç and Tuna rivers also a fact for center of attraction for the tourists. If you want to make a short weekend holiday, Edirne is the right address for your vacation. Let’s get a closer look at Edirne together.
Places to visit
When you go to Edirne, first place you should visit is Selimiye Mosque which is in UNESCO’s “World Heritage List” and this mosque is considered Architect Sinan’s “Masterpiece” and the construction of the mosque took 8 years. Selimiye Mosque has a fascinating architectural texture in both interior design and exterior cover. The mosque has four minarets and it is located in the city center. Another popular mosque in Edirne is Old Mosque. The mosque was opened to the public in 1914 and it has manuscripts which was written in between 18th and 20th centuries. This mosque has both historical and sentimental values and this a mosque which is worth for a visit.
2nd Bayezid Complex also can be mentioned as one of the historical place in Edirne. This complex was built in 1488 and Complex of Hospital serves as a Health Museum in modern day. This museum shows 1480’s education and treatment methods also the museum displays the costumes and accessories which was used in 1480’s which is very interesting. Another historical structure in Edirne is Edirne Palace which was enormous in Ottoman Empire era however most of the palace was lost in time and very small remnants of the palace exists in modern day. If you want to see last standing parts of this majestic palace, we highly recommend you to visit Adalet Kasrı.
In the meantime, Edirne hosts Europe’s 3rd biggest and Turkey’s biggest synagogue which is Grand Synagogue of Edirne. This magnificent structure is open for public visits. Another worship place which is open for the public is Bulgarian Church which was built in 1880’s.
If you want to take a walk in city’s most crowded street, we invite you to Saraçlar Street. This street is with full of stores, cafes and restaurant and this street is the best place for you to feel liveliness and the texture of the city.
We can recommend you an another route while you are travelling in Edirne. You can rest in tea gardens which are around the Meriç Bridge (which is above Meriç River). After that you can visit Karaağaç Village for breathing clean air. While you are travelling in the village you can visit Karaağaç Train Station which was built in 2nd Abdülhamit era and transferred into Trakya University and you can also visit Lausanne Monument which is next to Karaağaç Train Station.
Hint: There are some places which are far from city center. We recommend you to have your car with you or you can rent a car for your vacation.
What to eat ?
One of the most popular flavours in Edirne is liver (ciğer). There are some people who come to Edirne just to eat the liver which has its unique aroma. There are lots of restaurants in Edirne which serve liver to the customers. In addition to this, meatballs are very popular in Edirne. Another popular flavour is Trileçe which is Edirne’s most popular dessert.This dessert very popular among tourists and the people who live in Edirne. Trileçe has an another name which is “three milky” and you should taste Trileçe in Edirne. Another popular dessert in Edirne is Hayrabolu Dessert. Lastly, Almond Cookie (Kavala Kurabiyesi) and Deva-i Misk which is from Ottoman Cuisine and it is a very popular halva which you should taste.
How to go to Edirne and where to stay in Edirne ?
Edirne is 240 km away from Istanbul and you can reach it with your own car or by bus. If you don’t have your car, you can rent a car and make a enjoyable trip to Edirne from Istanbul which takes 2,5-3 hours. Edirne may look like a small city however there are lots of places for visiting and you should spare at least 2 days for Edirne and you should stay at least one night in Edirne. There are lots of clean comfortable hotels in the city.