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Facing the beachfront in İznik, Flora İznik Hotel & Suites features a shared lounge and a garden. The host was very friendly though we came late in the evening. The rooms were nice and clean and they were spacious enough. Although the bathroms were nice. I enjoyed also the beautiful garden though it was too cold to really enjoy it.
Limnades Hotel İznik has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in İznik. The property provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests. The location was pretty good. The food quality, staff, cleanless were all excellent. Thanks a lot.
Set in renovated İznik mansion, Seyir Butik also features a traditional architecture. The property also has a peaceful garden. Free WiFi access is available throughout this homestay. Breakfast was excellent. We thought the family that ran the hotel were friendly and very, very gracious. Itznik was the first place we went in Turkey and this hotel and the town were a wonderful introduction.
Offering free WiFi and a garden, Villa Atroa is located in Gölyaka, just by Iznik Lake. The accommodations features a sauna and shared pool is available for both units. Bursa is 22 mi away. Everything was perfect. Mr Yigit was very helpful and great host. Amazing lake view. Amazing decoration. I hope to go again!
It is a small town with some good historical sites situated on a lovely lake and in the middle of an agricultural region. When we were there, the main museum was closed, and it was off season, and the lake was not right for swimming or water sports. In other words, low key. We were there to see the tile work as well as the historic sites. We also wanted a slow start after arriving in Turkey. We really enjoyed seeing a small town that in the off season is pretty ordinary. It gave us a great introduction to Turkish life. People were friendly there. A lovely place close to Istanbul that provided a good intro to the country.
We rented a car from Istanbul to iznik and went there just to buy tiles! It was grey, rainy and cold when we got there, so probably less pleasant than a visit in summer. The olive gardens were still beautiful tho. We stayed in Iznik for two nights which was enough for us. Town is tiny but has a few sights: the ancient walls around the town and its pretty gates, nice to walk and drive by. The lake is beautiful. There are a few mosques there including aya Sophia which you can visit for free. The museum that is actually Nilufer Hatun Emirate was has been closed for years due to renovation. Walking in the main shopping street and around, we found two different excavation sites, an old madrassa which was turned into a tile bazaar and two more bazaars for tile/foodware shopping. We didn’t have time to go for a boat ride to see the underwater basilica (we weren’t also sure they’d still do the tour in the cold weather + I read the boats didn’t have glass flour so you couldn’t much). The best part of the town is probably the İznik Foundation: the school in which it trains local women to paint on quartz and ceramic; make handicrafts and sell them. Because of that, you’ll see most of ship keepers are women. Women who make those beauties in small workshops behind their shops. Best places for buying handmade tiles and foodware are 1- the Iznik Foundation (don’t forget to ask for a tour to their workshop) it’s a bit expensive but probably the best I’ve seen. Worth it. 2- the bazaar which I can’t recall the name but it looks like an old caravanserai, has a gate that reads the name of the town “NIKAIA,Iznik” on it. Don’t forget to try the breakfast at Koftechi Yusuf in the mainstreet.
We really enjoyed walking on and around the walls at the Yenisehir Gate. We wandered the streets for fun. We enjoyed walking/biking along the lake. Sunsets were beautiful. Loved the tile shops but couldn't even enter some because the cigarette smoke smell was so strong. Kofteci Yusef is the best place to eat!!
İznik (Nicaea) is a very important antique city where you can see a lot of structures still standing and roman statues collected in a museum. The Aya Sophia, the city walls and famous gates, roman theater etc. are to be seen.
This small little town was a nice surprise with plenty of historical sites to see. The trip to and from Iznik around the lake alone makes a trip to Iznik worth the effort. Had dinner at Cofteci Yusuf. Very busy with a lot of people coming and going, but this turned out to be one of the local quizine highlights of our tour of Turkey. A must for any traveller to Iznik!
We spent 2 days in Iznik and 1 night. We walked arround the town visiting many ceramic shops, craft shops with beauitful hand painted ceramics and tiles. We visited the Green Mosque, Suley Pasa school of theology, it now a tile and ceramic craft centre that houses workshops where visitors can watch artists hand paint tiles and plates. We walk around 2/3s of the city walls and sat by the lake.