Known as the “Green Bursa”, this city of over 3 million people sits on the lower slopes of Uludag in Anatolia's Marmara region. Bursa’s adjective "Green" comes from its gardens and parks, and of course its location in the middle of an important fruit growing region. In Bursa, there are plenty of things you can't miss. First of all, it is the homeland of the delicious "Iskender Kebap", one of the best dishes of world famous Turkish cuisine. Candied chestnuts (Kestane Sekeri) are a dessert specialty and have an unforgettable taste.
Bursa's peaches are also unique. As for something to buy: Bursa is a center of the silk trade (since the first silk cocoons were brought here with the Silk Road caravans) and towel making. It is also the homeland of the very famous figures of Turkish folklore, the shadow puppets Karagöz and Hacivat.
Because Bursa was the first Ottoman capital, it is very rich in religious monuments, mosques, tombs and baths. One of the places to see in Bursa is the Yesil Cami (Green Mosque), with its carved marble door. There is also the Ulu Cami (great mosque) built in the Seljuk style, with impressive calligraphic wall decorations. Also not to be missed is the Ottoman Museum which offers a lively exhibition of the traditional Ottoman lifestyle.
What you will enjoy in Bursa are the hot, mineral-rich springs. In fact, most of the hotels in this province have spa facilities. As for souvenirs, the covered bazaar, "Bedesten", or the Koza Han, an attractive Ottoman building with its architectural style and also a center of silk trade is worth visiting. It is certain that Bursa will delight all visitors.