Mardin seems quite touristy. According to Lonely Planet, people from other parts of Turkey who used to avoid the Southeast are now flocking to Mardin. There are lots of "butik" hotels and they are more expensive than any other place I have seen in the Southeast. There are lots of shops selling artisanal soap. You get the idea. There are a lot more people in Mardin wearing western clothes, and women who are not covered up, than in Urfa. I imagine a lot of these people are tourists from other parts of Turkey.
Another thing I noticed about Mardin is that if you try to get something to eat after, say, 8PM, your choices dry up fast. I think people eat early here.
Mardin is very close to Syria and the hill that it sits on looks towards Syria.
|A minaret on the Ulu Cami (great mosque)|
|Looking toward Syria|
|Part of the Ulu Cami|
|Lots of shops selling various nuts - including sugar coated almonds which are very good|
|I saw a lot of these donkeys|
|Fancy soap shop|
|Lots of wine shops selling some kind of local wine.|
|In the market|