Hidirlik Hill Safranbolu

We left Karabük for the booked hotel in the old town of Safranbolu. It is approximately 10km (15 minutes) from Karabük to Safranbolu.

Photos from Karabük to Safranbolu Old Town; Araç River, Safranbolu new towns and going to the old town.

Photos from Karabük to Safranbolu Old Town; Araç River, Safranbolu new towns and going to the old town.

Safranbolu is a town of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region. It is about 100 km south of the Black Sea coast. According to the 2000 census, the population of the town of Safranbolu is 31,697.

My reserved hotel, Kadıoğlu Şehzade Sofrası & Konakları.

My reserved hotel, Kadıoğlu Şehzade Sofrası & Konakları.

I do not recommend this hotel to you. This Kadıoğlu Şehzade Sofrası & Konakları is the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed at. My room was almost like a barn or shed. Possibly, a prison is better than the room.

The Martyrs Mustafa Arikan Secondary School is in the neighborhood of this lowest hotel.

The Martyrs Mustafa Arikan Secondary School is in the neighborhood of this lowest hotel.

The name of the town derives from ‘saffron,’ since Safranbolu was a trading place and a center for growing saffron.

Put baggage at the hotel, and we walked up to the Hidirlik Hill.

Put baggage at the hotel, and we walked up to the Hidirlik Hill.

The hill top, Hidirlik Park

The hill top of Hidirlik Park

View from Hidirlik Hill

View from Hidirlik Hill

Hıdırlık means a place where Hıdırellez festival (spring festival) takes place. In some Muslim cultures, it is believed that Khidr (divine messenger of God) and Prophet Elijah meet once each year.

Hıdırlık Tepesi Çay Bahçesi (Hıdırlık Hill Tea Garden)

Hıdırlık Tepesi Çay Bahçesi (Hıdırlık Hill Tea Garden)

I met a local woman Fatima, who guided me in the park.

I met a local woman Fatima, who guided me in the park.

It would be time to say good-by to Fatima. I walked down the hill of Hidirlik.

It would be time to say good-by to Fatima. I walked down the hill of Hidirlik.

 

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