As one of Turkey’s most spiritual cities, Kayseri is also an economic powerhouse of the country, with the two factors bringing a unique and fascinating experience for both those who reside in the city and those who are visiting. Old and new make for perfect bedfellows, especially if the cityscape is anything to go by. There’s a strong sense of community throughout the city as Kayseri’s residents are proud of the developments of recent years and are sure of its fruitful future. Due to the economic status of the city, there is no reliance on tourism for income, making it an ideal destination for those looking to discover something away from the tried and tested route.
A powerful car with great suspension is required on the rough roads that can be found in the city, and the size of a small SUV will keep handling the roads very easy for most drivers.
Driving in Kayseri
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Important things to note
Until recent years, the roads in and around the city where quite dangerous, but renovation to the roads surrounding Kayseri have made them far safer.
The roads within the city, especially on the outskirts of the centre itself, can be quite treacherous with potholes and sharp bends.
Rush hour traffic occurs on a daily basis, especially on the road leading to and from the centre. It is advised to avoid driving Monday-Thursday at 7-9am and 4.30-6.30pm. On Fridays, avoid driving 7-9am and at midday as the shops close early.
Highlights & Hotspots
One of the absolute highlights for the city is the Citadel, comprised of black volcanic stone which were constructed in the early years of the 13th century. The first castle was built in the 3rd century, while the area now is home to a fantastic market place selling some of the finest materials on offer in the country.
As any lovers of Turkey will know, the country is full to brimming with history and historical finds, making the Archaeological Museum a must-visit in the city. While relatively small, the objects within are fascinating, with many objects dating from the Bronze Age, Roman era, and Hellenistic era.
History and religion combine with the Ulu Cami, one of the most notable mosques in the city. Construction began on the building in 1142 and finished in 1205, and while there have been numerous restorations over the years, it’s a fine example of Seljuk style.
Sahabiya Medresesi was once an Islamic theological school, dating back to 1268 and is built in a beautiful style that reflects the architecture of the time. While the school is no more, the building is now home to a book bazaar, making it ideal for eagle-eyed culture vultures.
Kayseri Airport is served regularly by the major cities domestically and from a few major cities internationally. The airport is primarily used for connection flights, making it surprisingly busy throughout the year.
The airport is just off the D300, located a couple of miles north of the city centre. It can be reached from the city centre too.