Sarıhacılar Köyü: walking the old Silk Road

At about an hours’ drive from the Mediterranean coast near Side, not too far away from Ormana, you will find the village of Sarıhacılar. This mostly undiscovered village by today’s tourists was once at the center of the Silk Road caravan traffic. Now, the almost eerie-like village with its charming button houses and a century-old mosque is the perfect spot for walking timelines, far away from the madding crowds.

Describing the feelings that overwhelm you when strolling around Sarıhacılar might very well be an impossible task, but you won’t be able to say that we didn’t try! And we’re secretly hoping that you will go and check it out for yourself after reading this post.

Authentic Sarıhacılar

Authentic Sarıhacılar

Sarıhacılar: the resurrection of a ghost village

At the end of a winding road, just off the D695 to Beyşehir, you reach Sarıhacılar. Just before entering the village, the narrow road is flanked by walls on both sides, adding a slightly dramatic touch and feeding your expectations that you’re about to end up somewhere special. The first glimpse of the village mainly consists of almost entirely collapsed button houses, the typical building technique of the Akseki region.

Read more about button houses in our post about Ormana

Finding a place to park the car isn’t much of a challenge, as – at first glance – Sarıhacılar seems totally deserted. There are no other cars, and seemingly no other people. We do, however, hear music, so someone else must be there somewhere. Near the village square, you are surrounded by a strange mixture of expertly restored button houses and derelict, ruined buildings. Sarıhacılar feels like a ghost village. Although, other than the music, the village does seem to be awaiting tourists judging by the street corner signs. In any case, the whole atmosphere makes us even more excited to discover this intriguing village.

Proof That We Weren't The Only People There!

Proof That We Weren’t The Only People There!

The Stunning Woodwork Of The Button Houses

The Stunning Woodwork Of The Button Houses

It is hard to imagine that Sarıhacılar was once of relative importance, as a stop on the Silk Road. Standing here today, nothing indicates that you’re setting foot on one of the most important historical trade routes between East and West. And yet, you are. Literally, as it turns out, as part of the original Silk Road is still visible here today.

Semaver, Button House, And The Minaret In The Background

Semaver, Button House, And The Minaret In The Background

Beautiful Sarıhacılar

Beautiful Sarıhacılar

The remaining traces of the Silk Road

Rarely have we seen such implicative traces of something so evocative as the Silk Road. Some 800 years ago, here, in Sarıhacılar, merchants traveled this path of barely two meters wide with their camels. It runs straight through the village, which – as an alternative to a caravanserai – was used as a resting place. If you are remotely interested in history and hiking, we highly recommend walking the original Silk Road stretch between Akseki and Sarıhacılar. It’s an easy and well-waymarked hike of about 3 kilometers with the Taurus Mountains as a spectacular backdrop.

Click here to access a detailed route description of the ‘Tarihi Kervan Yolu’ (or historical caravan road) hike

With the disuse of the Silk Road in favor of faster means of transportation, Sarıhacılar lost its importance and its main function. It has long remained a quiet mountain village where people lived in harmony with nature until the younger generations started preferring city life over living in a remote village, and Sarıhacılar was deserted.

Walking Timelines On The Old Silk Road

Walking Timelines On The Old Silk Road

After 2010, things changed in Sarıhacılar, when a businessman from Istanbul became passionate about bringing the village back to life. A decade later, several houses are expertly restored, and some are now a hotel annex restaurant and an Ethnographic Museum, holding the private collection of the businessman. The museum is open to visitors who are willing to pay the 40TL per person entrance fee. (prices in 2020)

Entrance To The Ethnographic Museum At Sarıhacılar

Entrance To The Ethnographic Museum At Sarıhacılar

Still Life At The Museum

Still Life At The Museum

The century-old village mosque

The beautiful button houses and the fascination Silk Road stretch aren’t the only draws in Sarıhacılar. This inconspicuous village houses a 600-year-old mosque with a spectacular interior. As it turns out, Sarıhacılar had maybe been on our to-visit list for a little too long, as the mosque had only recently been closed for restoration. Never mind, this is an excellent reason for a return visit! Still, we wouldn’t want to keep its fabulous interior from you, so we figured that a virtual visit would ease the pain. Don’t forget to look at the spectacular ceiling! (You can even zoom in and out to check out the details!)

The colorful mosque features some exquisite woodwork, including the mihrab, the minbar, and the dome, just like the mosque in Akköy, near Pamukkale. Inside, visitors can admire an Ottoman flag from 1917, gifted by Sultan Mehmed Reşad.

If you like mosques such as this one, you love our posts on the painted mosques near Pamukkale or the mosques in Yazır Köyü or Boğaziçi Köyü.

Also, don’t forget to read up on mosque etiquette if you intend to visit one.

The Village Square Area

The Village Square Area

Final thoughts on visiting Sarıhacılar

Even without being able to visit the mosque, Sarıhacılar is a beautiful place to visit. This village deserves to be seen, though we fear that too many tourists would ruin its unique atmosphere. This place is a hidden gem far away from the tourist crowds, except when one of the few excursion buses that have it on their program invade it. In a way, it’s a blessing that you have to make an effort to get here. Sarıhacılar is easy to reach by car and signposted from the D695 road. There’s no public transportation to the village.

We wholeheartedly recommend visiting the village independently to grasp the magic fully. You can easily combine it with Ormana and İbradı as a day trip from Side, or Alanya for example.

Lucky For Us, They Left The Gate Open!

Lucky For Us, They Left The Gate Open!

Off The Beaten Track In Sarıhacılar

Off The Beaten Track In Sarıhacılar

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This is where we usually refer to reviews on TripAdvisor to give you an objective idea of what other travelers think. But, Sarıhacılar is off the beaten track. Clearly that far off, that there’s no review of it. If you have any questions about, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page.

Again, we would like to advise you to rent a car to visit this village independently to experience it at its best.

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Check out the wider area! Do not miss out on Ormana, Side, Perge, Aspendos, and Alanya Castle, just to name a few. Use our Turkey Trip Planner to discover places nearby and to get directions.

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We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey.

You can not book accommodations in Turkey on ‘Booking’ from within Turkey. If like us, you still want to use it, you’ll need a VPN as a workaround. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy more internet security and privacy too!

Click here for a massive discount for a great VPN to use with unlimited devices.

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! 😉

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country 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.

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! 😉

This is where we usually refer to reviews on TripAdvisor to give you an objective idea of what other travelers think. But, Sarıhacılar is off the beaten track. Clearly that far off, that there’s no review of it. If you have any questions about, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page.

Again, we would like to advise you to rent a car to visit this village independently to experience it at its best.

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 wider area! Do not miss out on Ormana, Side, Perge, Aspendos, and Alanya Castle, just to name a few. Use our Turkey Trip Planner to discover places nearby and to get directions.

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 still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey.

You can not book accommodations in Turkey on ‘Booking’ from within Turkey. If like us, you still want to use it, you’ll need a VPN as a workaround. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy more internet security and privacy too!

Click here for a massive discount for a great VPN to use with unlimited devices.

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! 😉

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country 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.

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! 😉

Sarıhacılar Köyü: Walking The Old Silk Road
Sarıhacılar Köyü: Walking The Old Silk Road
Sarıhacılar Köyü: Walking The Old Silk Road
Sarıhacılar Köyü: Walking The Old Silk Road
Sarıhacılar Köyü: Walking The Old Silk Road

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