Burdur is in Turkey‘s Lakes District, inland from the Mediterranean coast.

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Burdur is a small city with 250,000 inhabitants, 80,000 of whom live in the city center. It is one of the oldest settlements in the world, dating back to 7000 BC. Burdur is a cosy city offering natural and historical treasures but not much of a nightlife. One day is more than enough time to spend in the city center for examining the architecture, visiting the museum, meeting with the warm people and tasting the delicious food. Another day should be spend for the surrounding areas; ancient city, cavern and the lakes. There are several theories about the origin of the name Burdur. In Greek mythology, Ulis, escaping from the gods heard Ezostas (“stop here” in Latin) and located here. The translation of the Ezostas (Burada Dur) transforms into Burdur. Another theory is that the name comes from the Tumulus near the train station, Polydorion. One theory is that the name is transformed from the word “Limobrama”, old name of the region meaning “the land of the lakes”. There are at least ten other rumors.

The only public transportation option to get to Burdur is bus travel.

Burdur is not a big city so walking is advised to tour all of the city. The city center has mainly few main roads crossing each other and there is no need for a public transportation. If needed, dolmuşes (little buses) may be used. It is hard to pick a taxi from the roads so calling a taxi is advised. The taxis are secure and drivers almost never try to cheat, but the rates are relatively more expensive than other cities.

Burdur people are very kind and helpful for directions but there may be some communication problems with elderly people. Try to approach youngsters to communicate in English.

Burdur Museum is a must see, it offers more than you can expect from such a little city. The museum was awarded a special prize from European Museums Forum in 2008. You may either buy a ticket or buy a Museum Card which is 4-5 times regular ticket price. A museum card is valid for a year and allows the bearer to enter most museums for free. Beside the museum, there is a little antique store with not much to offer but still, it is worth a look. (Bargaining is advised and keep in mind that some old coins cannot be taken out of the country: Even carrying them may violate laws.)

Burdur Yukarı Pazar

A traveller should visit Yukarı Pazar (Upper Bazaar) which is around the Ulu Cami (which is the most remarkable mosque in Burdur) Although there is too little to buy as a souvenir, the atmosphere is lovely. You will feel like travelling back 30 years. If you catch the bazaar day, incredibly tasty fruits should be bought without hesitation. In the mid-day, you may encounter the part of the funeral ceremony and final prayer for the deceased in Ulu Cami. Although it is a depressing sight, if you are still interested, you should avoid mixing with the crowd and taking photographs. It is considered to be rude. From Ulu Cami, the perfect route will be towards the Eski Hamam (Old Turkish Bath). Although the hamam is ruined, the narrow curved roads with cobblestones between architecturally beautiful houses gives a warm feeling. Try to communicate with the elderly people sitting on the sidewalks (you can always see them). Even if they know no English at all, they will welcome you, even invite you for a cup of tea. In Burdur, people are not bigots, but still do not mention alcohol and/or gay related subjects, especially with elderly people.

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