BURDUR

HOW TO ARRIVE BURDUR

By Plane
Although Burdur has an airport (Süleyman Demirel Airport, also serves city of Isparta- 20 min away from city center-), there are few and only domestic flights. It is very unlikely to find a flight to suit your needs considering the low frequency of flights and odd hours. As of September 2015, there is only one outbound flight [Istanbul (IST) 13:25 -> Isparta (ISE) 14:35) and one inbound flight (Isparta (ISE) 15:20 -> Istanbul (IST) 16:25] per day.
Instead, trying the neighbor city's Airport will be a wiser solution since Antalya has the second busiest airport of Turkey with nearly half a million domestic and international flights per year.
By Bus or By Car
Burdur is situated on the high way leading to/from Istanbul – Antalya and to/from Ankara – Antalya. Each car heading to Antalya coming from Marmara, Eagean and Anatolia regions are passing through the city. It is quite simple to find a bus to Burdur, also quite hard to miss the city by your own car. A bus ticket from/to Antalya costs 17 TL and the time of arrival is 2 hours (122 km).
There are more than 50 buses each day, but if you stil ask for more, you can try local (district) bus firm Bucak Seyahat with mini buses every 25 minutes. (Within these, you may have to change bus in the middle and they are not as comfortable)

BURDUR
Burdur is a small city with 250.000 inhabitants, 80.000 of whom live in the city center. It is one of the oldest settlements in the world, dating back to 7000 BC. This cosy city offers natural and historical treasures but not much of a nightlife. One day is more than enough for the city center for examining the architecture, visiting the museum, meeting with the warm people and tasting the delicious food. Another day should be spend for the surroundings; ancient city, cavern and the lakes. The origin of the name Burdur has several rumors. In Greek mythology, Ulis, escaping from the gods heard Ezostas ("stop here" in Latin) and located here. The translation of the Ezostas (Burada Dur) transforms into Burdur. Another rumor is that the name comes from the Tumulus near the train station, Polydorion. One rumor is that the name is transformed from the word "Limobrama", old name of the region meaning "the land of the lakes". There are at least ten other rumors. Burdur is in the "lakes district" of Turkey and is an important habitat for birds and bird migration routes. One important example is the Dikkuyruk (Ruddy Duck), %66 of the entire world's Ruddy Duck population stays here in the winter. The plate number of the city is 15, the phone area code of the city is 0248.

WHAT TO DO IN BURDUR
Burdur is not a big city so walking is advised to tour all of the city. The city center has mainly few main roads crossing each other and there is no need for a public transportation. If needed, dolmus (little buses) may be used. It is hard to pick a taxi from the roads so calling a taxi is advised. Burdur people are very kind and helpful for directions but there may be some communication problems with elderly people. Try to approach youngsters to communicate in English. If lost, asking for the "Meydan" (town square) will direct you to the center of the city.
Burdur Museum is a must see, it offers more than you can expect from such a little city. The museum is awarded a special prize from European Museums Forum in 2008. You may either buy a ticket or buy a Museum Card which is 4-5 times of a regular ticket price. A museum card is valid for a year and allows the bearer to enter most museums for free. Beside the museum, there is a little antique store with not much to offer but still, it is worth a look. (Bargaining is advised and keep in mind that some old coins cannot be taken out of the country: Even carrying them may violate laws.)
A traveller should visit Yukarı Pazar (Upper Bazaar) which is around the Ulu Cami ( the most remarkable mosque in Burdur). Although there is too little to buy as a souvenir, the atmosphere is lovely. You will feel like travelling in time, 30 years before present time. If accidently the bazaar day is catched, incredibly tasty fruits should be bought without hesitation. From Ulu Cami, the perfect route will be towards the Eski Hamam (Old Turkish Bath). Although the hamam is ruined, the narrow curved roads with cobblestones between architecturally beautiful houses gives a warm feeling. Try to communicate with the elderly people sitting on the sidewalks (you can always see them). Even if they know no English at all, they will welcome you, even invite you for a cup of tea. When you come to Burdur, please do not turn back without visiting Insuyu Cave and drinking its curative water, visiting the Sagalassos Antique City, the museum, the Taşoda and Çelikbaş mansions which are the examples of civil architecture of Ottoman period, eating “Hickory Paste” which is a kind of hickory dessert, “Burdur Şiş” which is special to Burdur, and salmon with yogurt on the way of the Sagalassos Antique City

There are two cinemas in Burdur and during the year many concerts and teathers

WHAT TO EAT IN BURDUR
Burdur Şiş: Nice juicy meatbals cooked in shape of a stripe. A standard portion is composed of 3-5 stripes and served with pita bread. Easy to find, a portion costs 6-10 TL. The waiter usually asks if you want one and a half portion, it is your call to accept or not. The price is simply multiplied with 1,5 or a little discount is executed. (If one portion is 7 TL, 1.5 portion is probably 10 TL)
Kıymalı Pide: Long thin pizza with minced meat, generally served with ayran (liquid yogurt) and salad. You should eat fast, it is delicious when hot. If you are vegetarian, you can order pide with cheese (peynirli pide) which is as good. A portion costs 6-10 TL, 1.5 portion rule is also valid.
After the main dish, you should try the sweets, especially Kadayıf if possible. If you order Kadayıf, the waiter asks if you want cream on top of it. The cream affects the price. A portion of kadayıf usually costs 4-6 TL and cream adds 1-2 TL on top of it.
Tahinli Pide : A local and salty pizza/pastry that can only be found on Burdur, made with Sesame Oil.
Ceviz Ezmesi: Wallnut pastry, a diamond shaped sweet that can only be found in Burdur. Made with %70 wallnut and %30 sugar by volume. It makes a good present since it is local and will stay fresh for weeks.
Helva: Again, a local sweet made with boiled grape juice (pekmez) and a complementary ingredient. You can buy helva with walnut and helva with cannabis/hemp.

Turkey is a very inexpensive country for many international students and Burdur is one of the cheapest cities in Turkey to live in. It has a large student population, so housing and food costs are less than they are in many other places. Entertainment and transport costs are low because many students live within walking distance of the University, shops and social facilities. There are lots of places offering student discounts.
You will need approximately 200–250 Euros per month in order to cover basic expenses. You are advised to bring some Turkish Lira (TL) with you when you arrive in Turkey or change money at the airport. It will make life easier for you during your first few days, especially if you happen to arrive on a weekend when the banks and exchange offices are closed. It is also advisable to have an international credit card. To give you an idea of the living expenses for a student in Turkey, we have put together a modest budget for one month (figures are approximate):

Housing 600 TL (150,00 Euros per month)
Food 200 TL (50,00 Euros)
Transportation 100 TL (20 Euros)
Total 900 TL (220,00 Euros)