Bursa is the the fourth largest city in Turkey, known for its greenery and Ottman-era architecture. The city’s setting is dramatic, bordering a fertile plain with Mount Uludağ towering over it and richly varied forests in the surrounding region. The best options for running in Bursa are in the city’s numerous parks and gardens. There are good options for trail running in the nearby forests and mountains.
A good way to get oriented in Bursa is to take our ‘runseeing‘ tour, where you can use the Atatürk Caddesi (road) to see many of the main sites. The Reşat Oyal Culture Park is nearby and one of the best places to run in Bursa. Other nice, green options are the Botanical Park and Hüdavendigar & Mihrapli parks. West of the city, Atatürk City Forest is a good spot for a shaded, easier trail run. For a destination run, head to Uludağ National Park, which has gorgeous scenery and trail running options for all abilities.
For transport, there’s a good subway system in central Bursa, accessing most of our routes. Notes: outside of outside of our designated running routes, the streets are crowded and not great for running. The air in Bursa can be poor and it’s quite hot in summer.