As the cradle of the Ottoman state, Bursa is populated with historic mosques, tombs, caravanserais, bazaars and parks. In 2014 Bursa was added to the UNESCO world heritage list. 

Depending on the time of year you choose to visit Bursa there are activities for every season. In the winter months outdoor enthusiasts come to Bursa to enjoy an afternoon of skiing or snowboarding at Uludağ National Park.

Bursa is famous for being the birthplace of the widely popular lamb, tomato, and yogurt dish called Iskender Kebab, which you can find throught Turkey. Being a big city there is every kind of cuisine available withing everyones's budget.

There are many Turkish baths in central Bursa, where you can enjoy an exfoliating massage in the traditional Ottoman style. 

Any visit to Bursa is not complete without seeing the Grand Mosque, Green Mosque, Green Mausoleum, and the Silk Market.

Opportunities to purchase local products like chestnut, honey, olive oil, Turkish delight are everywhere including the Turkish Delight & Olive Oil Outlet center. 

The Whirling Dervishes of Bursa

No visit to Turkey is complete without seeing the whirling Dervish and Bursa has the perfect place to view this. On a quiet side street in Bursa you'll find the Karabaş-i Veli Culture Center, one of Bursa’s last remaining dervish lodges where art shows, poetry readings, musical presentations, and nightly whirling dervish performances are hosted. These nightly performances are open to the public and often well attended.

Cats! Why Are There So Many Cats in Turkey?

Turkey is famous for its love of their furry, four-legged residents! It is estimated that the number of stray felines in Istanful is around 700,000. This is not a problem for the human residents. They cherish and welcome their furry friends. The tradition and long history of caring for them is firmly rooted in the Turkish culture. The cats are not wild and most are not owned by anyone. There are laws that protect the cats from anyone doing them harm. They are part of the charm of Turkey.

The rise of the Feline Empire dates back to the Ottomans, who worshipped cats because of their ability to hunt. In ancient days, where disease-spreading rats, mice, and other vermin were a serious problem, cats where very important. They also played a vital role in preserving history. Paper books contained the knowlege and history of many historical intellectuals. If damaged by rodents to use this material to build their nests, this valuable information could have been lost forever. For each intellectual there was a resident cat side-kick, responsible for the protection of that knowledge.

Today you will find cats blending gracefully with residents and visitors, especially at local restaurants. The cats are seldom afraid, mean, or hungry but most aren't overly friendly either. If there is any warning to heed, its that these cats have a sixth sense and can detect those humans who are a pushover to their furry flirtation.

Some breeds of cats have become synonymous with the country of Turkey. The Turkish Van comes from the Lake Van area of modern-day Turkey, part of the Armenian Highlands, and are known as the swimming cats. It is said that they would often be found swimming in the lakes there to cool off from the heat or possibly to catch fish. The Turkish Angora is also popular world-wide for its clean, soft coat and no undercoat.

Some of the cats in Istanbul have even become celebrities. Gil, who resides at Hagia Sophia, has his own Instagram account with more than 115,000 followers. A movie has been made about the cats of Istanbul featuring "Kedi" who is the star of the show.