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Honouring tradition

I went to the Güreş on my own, and as a very distinctly looking western woman, with some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elke W
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Istanbul, Turkey
Perfect Gay Activity

Oil weestling for gay tourists. Its a masculen traditional sport. Guys making oil massage eachother... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Mehmet D
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the Güreş on my own, and as a very distinctly looking western woman, with some trepidations. Would this be a problem? But far from it, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and after a few minutes of sitting down in a...More

Thank Elke W
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Oil weestling for gay tourists. Its a masculen traditional sport. Guys making oil massage eachother on the begining then competition start. Its a summer outdoor activity.

2  Thank Mehmet D
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

The oil wrestling in Edirne is a national championship that has an over 650 years of tradition. If you are interested in an authentic and ethnic sports event this is a must. Plus you can combine it with an historic visit to one of the...More

Thank Kcdc2006
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Three day event. Festival/Fair atmosphere surrounding a stadium where the wrestling takes place. Take in belly dancers, beer, and roasted lamb at the festival while taking a break from the wrestling. Be a savvy traveler as there is not much English spoken in or around...More

Thank Laker44
Reviewed 13 April 2017

KIRKPINAR, TRADITIONAL OIL WRESTLING The former Ottoman capital of Edirne hosts a wrestling festival early July. The Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Tournament, which has been held annually for over 630 years, begins with a prayer for the wrestlers recited by the cazgir, or tournament announcer, who...More

Thank aydemiray
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We didnt have time to go inside the oil wrestling stadium.. It is only held in summer. We were outside. The place is a lovely countryside.. It would be interesting though..

4  Thank arrleen
Reviewed 21 July 2013

You have to admire an athletic competition that has been around -- and relatively unchanged -- for the past 650+ years. These guys are tough ... no whining, no trophy just for showing up, and no mercy for second place! It helps to have a...More

3  Thank CDG-IST
Reviewed 15 May 2013

This was a great and very interesting life exprience. Oil wrestling is a very old tradional sport for Turks. Every year the first week of july this event is being repeted in Edirne. I highly recommend to visit this interesting event.

3  Thank EdirneTraveller
Reviewed 13 July 2012

This type of wresling exists only in Turkey.Different from Sumo in Japan or Mongolian wresling. It has a history of 651 years.And it is supported by a mass of Turkish people. I attended for two full days under simmering heat. The final game,in which Ali...More

8  Thank globetrottingloner
Reviewed 10 July 2012

We went to the 651st annual Kirkpinar. It was a once in a lifetime experience. The roar of the crowd, the excitement, the wrestling, the traditions were all fascinating!

1  Thank peerey53
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