I'll have a day and a half in Sanliurfa, and while initially I was really keen on the idea of Harran, the more I read about it, the less I think it is worth eating into the Sanliurfa time for a trip out.
How long do you need to leisurely look round the whole site?
Is it easy to find the site from where the bus from Urfa drops you off (my understanding is that you have to walk through the new town, but is it easy to find the way?)?
How long does the bus take? Google maps has it at 51 minutes.
What times do the buses start leaving Urfa? If they start leaving early (say 7am?) this is good as I can make an early start, getting back to Urfa to do some more exploring there.
Is it easy to get a bus back to Urfa? If not would it be possible to find a taxi driver in Harran?
Last but not least, does it have the feel of a tourist trap? That's the overwhelming impression I get from doing research about it. I initially loved the idea of seeing the beehive houses, but I've read that they're actually quite modern and just made for tourists.
The guide book also says it's the one place in Turkey where there is a real risk of malaria, so it would mean having to take a full course of pills (for 5 weeks).
Any thoughts, advocates or critics welcomed!