My latest adventure took me to the region of Beypazari, which is approximately 100 kilometers from the capital of Ankara. The area is being heavily promoted for international and domestic tourism so I had to see for myself what the excitement was all about.
Within a day, it was easy to see why Beypazari is becoming popular, for either a weekend break or a trekking and wildlife holiday in the surrounding valleys.
The Old Ottoman Houses
The star feature of Beypazari has to be the old Ottoman houses that present a uniformed effect across the region.
Looking down on the town from a high viewpoint called Hıdırlık Hill, I saw rows of orange roofs and white washed walls. The houses appear very similar to those seen in Safranbolu and there is a perfectly good reason for that.
After a major fire destroyed most of the town in the late 19th century, architects come from Safranbulu to redesign the houses so that they would not succumb to the same fate again.
Most of the original Beypazari houses are very big and used to be called konaks. The reason for their size was that traditionally each generation of a family would all live together.
Over time, this trend has changed and people no longer want the big houses so they are now used as restaurants, museums, or hotels.
My hotel was an old renovated Konak that kept its style of traditional design and I was actually very surprised to find the bathroom cleverly disguised within the wardrobe like it used to be in the old days.
I will be writing a lot about Beypazari in the next couple of months. It is a wonderful area to visit even if you just want a weekend break away.
As well as staying in a traditional Beypazari hotel, you can sample delicious food, meet the locals, and head out into the surrounding countryside for some amazing landscape views.
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