How about a holiday that will entice your palate in Bursa, one of the pearls of the Marmara, neighbouring the North Aegean? Distinguished by their traditional flavours and nostalgic atmosphere, Tirilye and Mudanya offer you unique taste adventures. If you want to enjoy a splendid holiday accompanied by the magnificent flavours of Bursa, you can find many accommodation options in Mudanya and Tirilye, surrounded by nature or with sea views. By making a reservation in any of our Bursa hotels, you can plan a perfect trip. Discover the history, nature and cuisine of this magnificent city.
Allowing for a small weekend getaway as a family, Mudanya can be reached by a ferry ride of about two and a half hours from Istanbul. Tirilye, which is very close to Mudanya, takes another 20 minutes by car.
Most important meal of the day: Breakfast
Mudanya’s thin-skinned, fatty, meaty and easily pitted olives are quite famous as a breakfast treat. Do not forget to stock up these olives with you for your return journey. For a great breakfast, İncir Cafe, one of Mudanya’s most reputable establishments, is about 10 minutes’ walk from the pier. A unique sea view accompanies your breakfast at İncir Cafe. It is a good idea to make a reservation before going to the place, which is very popular on the weekends.
Giritli Elini welcomes you with a magnificent view on its terrace. Offering in their own words an “Aegean style natural breakfast”, Elini has a very rich selection of breakfast options. You should definitely make a reservation before setting off to this local treasure, where you can enjoy an all-day breakfast menu between 08.30-18.30.
Tirilye Muhallebicisi, which is one of the first places in view as you look from on the pier in Mudanya, is famous for its desserts and cakes, but it is also renowned for the breakfast menu. You can also go to Tirilye Muhallebicisi for a simple dessert or a coffee.
If you plan is to breakfast in Tirilye, then go sightseeing and have dinner in Mudanya, let us recommend Tirilye Bağ Evi (Tirilye Vineyard House). We will warn you ahead of time that they do not take reservations on the weekend, so it’s best to arrive early. With its magnificent view, its rich presentation and cosy fireplace, Tirilye Bağ Evi is a nice option for other meals as well, even counting their unique breakfast.
Tirilye Yelken Kulübü (Tirilye Sailing Club), which offers breakfast on the beach in Tirilye, looks like Aegean villages with its blue-white design. You can sip your foamy coffee and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast spread while overlooking the sea. In addition, Tirilye Yelken Kulübü offers you special options for special occasions such as marriage proposals and anniversary celebrations.
What to see in Mudanya and Tirilye
Mudanya and Tirilye are places where you can both discover nature and embrace history as a family. The honey and cream you enjoyed at the breakfast table will give you energy to explore the old mansions or visit the exhibits at the Mudanya Armistice House Museum. You can start your tour with a short walk on the beach. If you are in Mudanya over the summer, you can sunbathe and swim in the sea with your family at Coşkunöz Beach, Kumkaya Beach, Güzelyalı Beach or Tirilye.
Perili Ev (Haunted House), Taş Mektep (Stone School), Tabut Ev (Coffin House – Deck Shaped House) are among the most interesting historical buildings in Tirilye. The old post office building, Dündar House (St. John Church), Yemekhane (Cafeteria) (St. Vasil Church), Fatih Mosque (Hagios Stephanos), Kemerli Church (Panagia Pantobasilissa Church) are among the places to be seen when it comes to Tirilye, as well as the traditional houses.
End of Day Report and Dinner
Meatballs with pita, İskender kebab, cantık, pita with tahini (tahinli pide) are among the indispensable tastes of Bursa. However, Mudanya and Tirilye have a slightly different cuisine than Bursa, with the added influence of the sea. You can easily find seafood and many Aegean herbs here.
When Mudanya and Tirilye are mentioned, the first cuisine that comes to mind is, of course, seafood. Mudanya and Tirilye, which are among the ancient Greek settlements, also host a rich variety of appetizers.
Meral Abla’nın Yeri, operated on the coast of Mudanya, is perfect for a pleasant family dinner. The restaurant, which also serves breakfast, is known for their fish dishes with a unique sea view.
Offering red meat options for those who do not want to eat fish, Şahinbey Sofrası is located in Bademli Mevkii. In addition to the centuries-old Turkish cuisine flavours, stuffed ribs, tandoori, lamb shank or lamb neck options, Gaziantep’s unique baklava is also available here. You can have a pleasant evening by making a reservation to celebrate your special day at Şahinbey Sofrası, or you can wake up early and go there to sample from the sumptuous breakfast buffet.
Kalami Balık, where Cretan pastes and stuffed zucchini flowers figure among the menu selections, is located in an old Greek mansion. The calamari of Kalami, where you can easily find seasonal fish, is definitely worth a try. Don’t forget to make a reservation before going to Kalami, where there is live Greek music some evenings.