Activities & Sports
Watch an oil-wrestling (yağlı güreş) competition, the national sport of Turks (although surpassed a little by soccer lately), which annually takes place in the stadium in Sarayiçi, northwestern outskirts of the city, on the banks of Tundzha. (Although dates vary year to year, it always takes place in late spring or early summer, such months as May, June or July.) This is the most prestigous wrestling tournament in Turkey and the winner is titled başpehlivan (“chief of all wrestlers”) of the year.
The Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Hamam, just north of the town square, is also worth a visit.
Shopping in the Ali Pasa Bazaar is also popular, as it offers a less touristy experience than Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. This city is known throughout Turkey for its fruit shaped soaps. Other popular souvenirs include textiles, handicrafts, and sweets.