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Cittaslow Tarakli

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Slow City Tarakli

The southern historic town of Sakarya, Tarakli more than deserves its title of slow city for its elegant Ottoman mansions, wooden houses, vibrant neighbourhood culture and pristine nature.


The town of Tarakli in Sakarya province designated a slow city of Turkey by the international Cittaslow network in 2011, and began to attract more and more visitors. An old Ottoman settlement whose characteristic texture remains intact, Tarakli more than meets all criterias for being a slow city.

In Tarakli, you will be realized that everything you liked during your childhood are still here with all its liveliness. Each family has a nickname and the locals use these to refer to each other.

Ottoman Elegance

A small town to the southwest of Sakarya, Tarakli, with its graceful wooden houses and narrow streets, still retains an authentically Ottoman atmosphere but is completely off the beaten track as regards to visitors. The slow city Tarakli has hundreds of historical Ottoman houses. The wooden houses that have been standing for more than 3 centuries have a wonderful view between Hidirlik and Hisar Hills. Do not miss to visit traditional Tarakli Houses.

Yunus Pasha Mosque is a work of architect Mimar Sinan, dating from the 16th century. House of Culture is one of the old mansions in Tarakli, has been restored and converted into an ethnographic museum.

Natural Beauties

Hark Canyon and Cave near Tuzla Village, Gungormez Waterfall, Kemer Bridge, Acisu River, Gurleyik River, Belengermesi, and the therapeutic spring waters known as Hamza Spring, Cile Spring, Ak Fountain and Coban Fountain are all worth a visit.

When you go away from the city center, you will be fascinated by the nature and fantastic view of Karagol Highland. It is such a great idea you to come here. Karagol Highland, at 100 meters in altitude, the highland is also ideal for nature walks, caravan camping and paragliding.

Best Place for your Family

Cittaslow Tarakli is the best place to spend time for your family, with its green nature and unique history. The fact that the historical mansions are dispersed all over the town creates a feeling of being in a different time. No matter how old they are, the people are energetic. For them, this historical feel is not an ornament. It is a proof that they preserve their culture and unity for centuries. The colorful local bazaar of Tarakli always attracts your attention. In the bazaar, handmade crafts, wooden combs, spoons and especially products made by women are presented in many varieties.

The local food and deserts that were formed in years are another indispensable of Tarakli. Here, no one favors fastfood. The trees on streets and gardens are still the best friend of locals. 500 year old Kursunlu Mosque also known as Yunus Pasha Mosque and its neighbour 700 year old plane tree are the oldest inhabitants of the slow city Tarakli.

In his Book of travels, the 17th century travel writer Evliya Celebi describes it as an Ottoman village both fertile and famous for its vineyards, wooden spoons and combs.

Slow City of Tarakli, Turkey

Cittaslow Tarakli, Sakarya