Buldan: underrated weaver’s town waiting to be discovered

Buldan. A lot of you may never have heard of this town in the Denizli province, little over half an hour by car from world-famous Pamukkale. This industrialized town hides a lovely and very authentic old-town, where the beats of the loom are in harmony with the rhythm of life. The town is famous for its handwoven fabrics, a tradition that has been kept alive since before the Ottoman times.

If you’re the kind of traveler that loves to get off the beaten path, exploring lesser-known places, Buldan will seduce you with its charm and genuineness.

Don’t be fooled; this is not the new Kaş, nor another Birgi. Visiting Buldan requires a bit of effort from your end. You’ll need to work yourself past its modern-day industrial look to experience its deeper soul. But if you do, you’ll be rewarded with warm and welcoming greetings, a maze of old-town streets, and some extraordinary houses now and then. Discover this hidden gem in this article.

Steep Streets And Lots Of Metal Plate Covered Houses

Steep Streets And Lots Of Metal Plate Covered Houses

Tradition Is Everywhere In Buldan

Tradition Is Everywhere

Wandering the streets of old-town Buldan

Appearances can be deceiving. That certainly applies to your first impression of Buldan. Upon arrival, it seems as if this town has little to offer as a travel destination. On display are unappealing streets with vale-colored concrete buildings, but the only way is up! Literally, in the case of Buldan, as the more you drive up towards the old city center, the more you get the feeling that something more promising awaits.

It starts when you hit the commercial heart of town, and shops showcasing the fabric & cloth products that gave this town its century-old fame surround you. Clothes, peştemals, and all kinds of other robes and gowns create a vibrant and colorful wave of fabric that dances in the wind. This is where your Buldan journey begins.

Colorful Buldan Textiles

Colorful Buldan Textiles

Leave the shopping spree until you come back, so you won’t have to carry your treasures around. First, you’ve got some climbing to do, as some of the old-town streets are very steep. You’ll even notice that a few alleys have railings to hold onto, that’s how steep some streets are! Don’t be discouraged though, as long as you’re not exposing yourself to the dreadful August heat, or you’re having serious mobility issues, you should be fine.

Buldan old-town isn’t a ghost town, the houses are inhabited, and their occupants seem to be able to reach their houses without fainting. 🙂 We met a lot of locals during our walk, and they were happy to welcome us to their town, or to point out where some of the old Ottoman houses were.

One Of Our Favorite Houses In Buldan!

One Of Our Favorite Houses In Buldan!

When The Autumn Colors Are In Perfect Harmony With The Houses

When The Autumn Colors Are In Perfect Harmony With The Houses

We heard ‘hoşgeldiniz’, the Turkish word for welcome, countless times, and we were also met with the heartbeat of Buldan, the sound of the looms. The otherwise quiet little old-town streets sometimes reveal what’s going on behind the doors of numerous houses without having to look inside. The distinct sound is the rhythm of the loom; a sound locals call the heartbeat of Buldan.

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Look At The Woodwork In Front Of That Window!

Look At The Woodwork In Front Of That Window!

Don't You Just Love Corners Like This?

Don’t You Just Love Corners Like This?

The deep-rooted weaving tradition of Buldan

Buldan’s long-lasting weaving tradition is passed on from one generation to the next ever since the first looms were used around 800BC. Fast-forward to the Romans, who boosted Buldan’s textile production, and the town became renowned for its exquisite fabrics, especially the peştemals. The handwoven, durable fabric was mostly made out of cotton from the nearby fields, and sometimes silk.

Even today, families in Buldan still make a living out of weaving, though only a few are still handweaving. Most of the processes are motorized now, or even fully automated in one of the mills around town. Still, many believe that the tradition should be preserved, and the skill of handweaving needs to be kept alive. Check out the handweavers of Buldan in this stunning video from STORIES+OBJECTS.


This brings us to the shopping spree we suggested to postpone until after your walk. Some shops in Buldan carefully select their collection of fabrics and other products, ensuring that almost everything they sell is handmade. Choosing to buy in one of those shops is supporting the preservation of this culture and way of life.

While only the more experienced eye may notice the difference between handwoven or industrial fabrics, supporting small family-run businesses and the weavers’ trade will get you a product made with love, full of tradition. As a bonus, a handwoven peştemal or cloth is more hardwearing than its factory-made counterpart.

Number 16 Must Have Been Someone's Lucky Number!

Number 16 Must Have Been Someone’s Lucky Number!

Typical Buldan Street

Typical Buldan Street

One of the shops heavily investing in keeping the tradition alive is Buldan Evi. They have a myriad of peştemals, handwoven scarfs, and other clothes, as well as other regional produce such as handmade soap. Be warned; it will be hard to resist the urge to buy something once you set foot in the store!

A Vibrant Selection Of Handwoven Peshtemals At Buldan Evi

A Vibrant Selection Of Handwoven Peshtemals At Buldan Evi

Some Sights Are Almost Like A Painting

Some Sights Are Almost Like A Painting

Buldan is probably not the type of destination you’d drive across the country for, but it is worth visiting when you’re in the area. This little town will give you a taste of authentic Turkey with its traditional houses and hospitable inhabitants. In short, this is the perfect road-trip stop for travelers wanting to go beyond the beaten path.

More noteworthy places to visit near Buldan include Tripolis, Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Laodicea, or the beautifully painted wooden mosques near Denizli. Check out the tabs below for more practical information about traveling to Buldan, including reaching the town using public transportation.

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Charm In Abundance!

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We told you this place was offbeat. In this section we normally refer to reviews on TripAdvisor to give you a broader perspective of the pkace we visited. But this time, you’ll notice you won’t find any pictures or reviews on the town itself. Not to worry, we promise that all photos are our own, and the information is up to date. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

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Check out the area using our interactive tourist map of Turkey. You’ll see that you can create an interesting road trip taking you past Tripolis, Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Laodicea, or the beautifully painted wooden mosques near Denizli, just to name a few.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

The hotels in Pamukkale offer good value for money. We stayed at Bellamaritimo Hotel and could see the balloons taking off from our bed.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

The closest airport to Buldan is Denizli. Check out flight prices here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

If you relying on public transport, click here to go to the current timetables for connections between Denizli and Buldan.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We told you this place was offbeat. In this section we normally refer to reviews on TripAdvisor to give you a broader perspective of the pkace we visited. But this time, you’ll notice you won’t find any pictures or reviews on the town itself. Not to worry, we promise that all photos are our own, and the information is up to date. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Check out the area using our interactive tourist map of Turkey. You’ll see that you can create an interesting road trip taking you past Tripolis, Hierapolis & Pamukkale, Laodicea, or the beautifully painted wooden mosques near Denizli, just to name a few.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

The hotels in Pamukkale offer good value for money. We stayed at Bellamaritimo Hotel and could see the balloons taking off from our bed.

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

The closest airport to Buldan is Denizli. Check out flight prices here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

If you relying on public transport, click here to go to the current timetables for connections between Denizli and Buldan.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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Buldan: underrated weaver\'s town waiting to be discovered