Hotels / Travel Guide, TurkeyHotels / Travel Guide, Turkey

Hotels / Travel Guide, TurkeyHotels / Travel Guide, Turkey
Forgot password?

Travel Guide to Afyon

afyon_slayt
  • Turkey
  • Afyon
  • 0000 km²
  • Lira
  • Turkish
  • 00000 million
    [widgets_on_pages id="Travel Guide To Afyon Weather"]

General Information About Afyon

Afyon's official name, as decreed by Turkish parliament in 2004, is Afyonkarahisar meaning Opium Black Fortress. Afyonkarahisar is located within the boundaries of the Aegean part of West Central Anatolia Region.

Afyonkarahisar province is geographically located in a major intersection of Turkey. In general, the city consists of the plains between mountainous areas and plateaus split by river valleys.

Afyon city is a tourism heaven with the historical and natural beauties, archeological remains reflecting the art of civilizations from thousands of years old, caves formed millions of years, thermal richness and natural beauty, old ruins, handmade crafts, fairy chimneys, open-air temples and peculiar cuisine of the region. Especially thermal and natural, hot springs which are an increasing value and attraction in view of health tourism are made the Afyon the capital city of natural springs and natural healing.

The production of opium for pharmaceutical purposes is still the most important activity for the agricultural sector of the region. Afyon produces more than a third of the world's legally-grown opium.

Transport

The best way to get around Afyon and the surrounding area is to hire a car. But you can also use public transportation or walk along the streets. Below you may find advantages and disadvantages of most popular ways getting around in Denizli and area nearby.

Getting around Afyon is also easy using the Dolmus (a small minibus). The Dolmus runs frequently and can is available on all key routes. Running every 10 mins, all you need to do is to wave and it will stop and let you get on. Prices are low approx. 1$ per person.

As everywhere around the world, you can use a taxi in Afyon. All taxis in Turkey are equipped with taximeters but after midnight we recommend to ask driver the cost before the trip as the cost may be higher in comparison to daytime.

Nature

Akdag Natural Park has 14,916- hectare area which is located between Sandıklı and Civril district of Denizli. Akdag is best known for its abundance of wildlife, canyons, valleys and landscape, as well as having great opportunities for recreation.

Akdag Natural Park creates habitat for animals thanks to its high mountain climax ecosystem. You can see animals like deer and jade on this area. According to records, it is known that a number of deer is over 500. Moreover, some protected jaegers like a black vulture, red vulture, bearded vulture and booted eagle can be seen on this area.

Weather

Afyonkarahisar has a continental climate and semi-arid climate with cold and snowy winters and hot and dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly during the spring and autumn.

pilates

About Sport in Afyon

Interesting geological configurations and rich underground resources make Afyon an important centre for tourists. You will like lakes and plateaus if you wish to relax with charming nature and have a quiet vacation. Plateaus covered with flowers and trees during the spring and summer months such as Kalecik are worth to see. These places are also suitable for adventurous and enjoyable trekking.

Çay and Eber lakes are sheltered for many kinds of bird species. Freshwater fishing is one of the most popular activities in the region.

Popular GYM in Afyon

Palace Name 1
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 417 02 01
Palace Name 2
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
Afyon-Apameia-Antik-Kenti

Afyon Culture and History

imageframe-image

History

The top of the rock in Afyon has been fortified for a long time. It was known to the Hittites as Hapanuwa, and was later occupied by Phrygians, Lydians and Achaemenid Persians until it was conquered by Alexander the Great. After the death of Alexander the city (now known as Akroinοn (Ακροϊνόν) or Nikopolis (Νικόπολις) in Ancient Greek), was ruled by the Seleucids and the kings of Pergamon, then Rome and Byzantium. The Byzantine emperor Leo III after his victory over Arab besiegers in 740 renamed the city Nicopolis (Greek for "city of victory"). The Seljuq Turks then arrived in 1071 and changed its name to Kara Hissar ("black castle") after the ancient fortress situated upon a volcanic rock 201 meters above the town. Following the dispersal of the Seljuqs the town was occupied by the Sâhib Ata and then the Germiyanids. The castle was much fought over during the Crusades and was finally conquered by the Ottoman Sultan Beyazid I in 1392 but was lost after the invasion of Timur Lenk in 1402. It was recaptured in 1428 or 1429.

The area thrived during the Ottoman Empire, as the centre of opium production and Afyon became a wealthy city with the typical Ottoman urban mixture of Turks and Armenians. During the 1st World War British prisoners of war who had been captured at Gallipoli were housed here in an empty Armenian church at the foot of the rock. During the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) campaign (part of the Turkish War of Independence), Afyon and the surrounding hills were occupied by French, Italian and then Greek forces. However, it was recovered on 27 August 1922, a key moment in the Turkish counter-attack in the Aegean region. After 1923, Afyon became a part of the Republic of Turkey.

The region was a major producer of raw opium (hence the name Afyon) until the late 1960s when under international pressure, from the USA in particular, the fields were burnt and production ceased. Now poppies are grown under a strict licensing regime. They do not produce raw opium anymore but derive Morphine and other opiates using the poppy straw method of extraction.

Historical city center

Afyon Castle is the main historical sight in the city. Fortress situated over 226 mt high of volcanic rock. It was used by Hittite empire in BC 1350 as fortified castle during the attack against Arzava city. Castle was named as Hapanuva in time and Akroenos in Roman and Byzantine periods and karahisar in Seljuks period.

On the top of the castle culture marks belonging the Phrygians from 1200 – 700 B.C can be seen. In the castle, many places dedicated to mother goddesses Kybele and used for worshipping and 4 big cisterns are found. Defending walls of the castle was rebuilt during the Seljuks period and a palace together with a small prayer room was built in the castle.

imageframe-image
imageframe-image

Local tastes

Till the staying in the Afyon, we recommend you to try special dishes with which city is famous.

• sucuk - the famed local speciality, a spicy beef sausage, eaten fried or grilled. The best-known brands include Republic.

• etli pide - a kind of minced beef pizza.

• ağzı açık or bükme - filo-style pastry stuffed with cheese or lentils.

• keşkek - boiled wheat and chickpeas stewed with meat and sweets.

• local cream kaymak eaten with honey, with a bread pudding ekmek kadayif, or with pumpkin simmered in syrup. Best eaten at the famous Ikbal restaurants (either the old one in the town centre or the big place on the main road).

• Turkish delight.

• helva - sweetened ground sesame

afium

Afyon Nightlife

Nightlife in Afyon is not very active.

In fact, Afyon is a good relaxation place. Maybe you can again energy in this city before moving to another one. Open-air cafes are very popular in spring and summer time. In resorts near thermal springs, you can find special programmes for spending sunset time.

Popular Resturants and Bars in Afyon

 

Palace Name1

Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567

Famous Clubs in Afyon

 

Palace Name1

Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567

Sort results by:

ikbal thermal spa (7)

İkbal Thermal Otel
Afyon Afyon Zafer Airport

0 reviews

From the first moment you enter IKBAL, you will realize that you have made the right choice for your holiday.

avg/night0,00€ SELECT