The Second Capital Of The Ottoman Empire; Edirne
The Edirne city, surrounded by the junction where Tunca River links Arda and Meric, is surrounded by plains and willow trees and located at the head of the Trakya plainIt is the second city of Europe Turkey and is located 6 km to the border of Greece and 18 km to the border of Bulgaria. Edirne, where was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for about a century before the conquest of Konstantinopolis in 1453, was one of the favorite cities of many sultans after conquest. It can be reached in 3 hours by bus or car from Istanbul and can be visited in one day with a brisk jaunt or in two days with more convenient jaunt. On the way, it is worth a short visiting to Lüleburgaz. Here you can see one of the most beautiful complexes that Sinan built for Grand Vizier Sokullu Mehmet Pasha.
Where is Edirne?
Edirne is located in the region forming Greece and Bulgaria border of Turkey. Edirne, located in the Marmara Region, is within the geographical borders called Thrace. The city was founded at the intersection of Tunca River with Arda and Meric. Edirne is 6 km from the border of Greece and 18 km from the border of Bulgaria.
When to go to Edirne?
Edirne can be visited every summer or winter. With its nature which is not very hot in summer, not very cold in winter, it welcomes its visitors. The temperature average in Edirne is 4ºC in winter and 25ºC in summer.
How to get to Edirne?
There is still an airport project in Edirne. However, it is not yet possible to reach the city by plane. The going to the city is provided by bus. There are direct bus services to Edirne from many points of Turkey. Otherwise, the city can be reached by changing busses from Istanbul.
Where to stay in Edirne?
You can have a comfortable stay in 4-star and 3-star hotels in the center of Edirne. Apart from the city center, there are also accommodation facilities under economic conditions in hotels which is converted from apartment. Edirne offers many hotel alternatives. You can find the hotel that best suits you via Booking.com. Moreover, many hotels have free cancellation options..
Edirne Cuisine, which is also called Rumeli Cuisine, offers us tastes such as Edirne Meatball, Liver Tava, Liver Sarma, Mamzana, Yanya Meatball, Rumeli Beğendisi, Tarhana Soup, Chickpea Bread, Almond Paste, Akıtma, Keşan Meatball, Cheese Dessert, Cheese Candy, Hayrabolu Dessert, Edirne Cheese, Cabbage Pickle, Eggplant Pickle and Crumpets in thick syrup. Although some names are used in different geographical regions, Edirne has brought these recipes a unique way.
Edirne has brought cultural interaction both to the other side and to the own side in terms of being intertwined with Bulgaria and Greece geography. As a result of this cultural exchange, common values occur. Edirne is at the top of the country in the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The tradition of taverns spread all over the city is still going on here.