Fly to Iğdır at the Best Prices
Located in the Eastern Anatolia Region, Turkey's easternmost city Igdir has become Turkey's 76th city after its separation from Kars in 1992. Its name Igdir, which means good, big, brave chief, originates from Igdir Beg, Oghuz Khan's grandson. It is suggested that the Hurrians from the Central Asia were the first people who had settled in Igdir that was a settlement in the prehistoric ages too according to several evidences. Neighbor to Iran, Nakhichevan, and Armenia, Igdir is the only city in our country, which has borders with three countries. This has enriched Igdir culturally. Host to our country's icons like the River Aras and the Mount Ararat, Igdir is one of our country's leading cities in the alternative tourism branches such as tableland tourism, birdwatching, grass skiing, and paragliding. The city is visited mostly by the Azerbaijani and Iranian tourists. In the city, the centers mentioned in numerous legends, like Korhan Fortress, Korhan Highland, Black Church, Korhan Meteor Craters, Bulakbasi Ahura Mazda Water, Ahura Glacier, Hell Valley, Irem Garden, Ancient Rock Graves, underline Igdir's tourism potential. Since it has been a host to numerous cultures, Igdir also has a rather developed food culture. The soups like Gatigasi, Kelecos, Horre, and Helise are special to the region. Stone Meatball, Chicken Soup, Tandoori Shish Kebab, Cizdik, Bozbas, and Fat Soup are the leading tastes of the locale.
Since its geographical position and rich culture make Igdir favorite for numerous tourists, there are flights to Igdir from many cities with affordable flight ticket opportunities.
General Information on Igdir
Igdir, which is called “the first place where the sun shows itself” touches the borders of 3 countries: Nakhchivan, Iran, and Armenia. Igdir, which came to life at the meeting point of Aras River and Arpacay, also includes a large part of the Mount Agri within its borders. This city, which represents Turkey’s easternmost point, hosted numerous civilizations from the Hittites to Assyrians, Persians to Sumerians throughout its history that goes back to circa 5000-4000 B.C.
In addition to its historical richness, it also includes the salt caves that are capable of meeting Turkey’s salt need for 100 years. The visitors who think that the salt caves can have positive effects on the respiratory tract diseases flood this place.
The crater created by the meteor that hit a region that is 42 km to the city center in 1892 was recorded as the second biggest meteor crater of the world. Therefore, the curious travelers visit this place absolutely.
With its deep-rooted history, cultural mosaic remaining from numerous civilizations, architecture that bears the traces of the past, fascinating nature, ruins, salt caves, local tastes, and unique landscapes, Igdir is a great option for those who want to have a different experience.
How to go to the City Center from Igdir Sehit Bulent Aydin Airport?
Active in the civil air transport field since 2012, Igdir Sehit Bulent Aydin Airport is 18 km to the city center. Igdir Sehit Bulent Aydin Airport where only the domestic flights are performed is located near Kulluk Village of Igdir. Igdir Sehit Bulent Aydin Airport that functions as a bridge for transportations to the Eastern Anatolia Region has a car park for 75 vehicles.
You can prefer the taxi option for an easy and comfortable transfer from Igdir Sehit Bulent Aydin Airport to the city center and any point you want in the city. You can find taxi easily in front of the airport terminal building exit gate. Your travel from Igdir Sehit Bulent Aydin Airport to the city center takes 30 minutes on average.
Another option to go to the city center rapidly and more economically than taxi is the buses. You can find the buses that will carry you from the airport to the city center in 30 minutes in front of Igdir Sehit Bulent Aydin Airport terminal exit. In addition to the buses that depart separately for each flight, you can go to Tuzluca district by minibus you can find in front of the terminal exit gate.
You can also prefer renting a car as a personal alternative to go to the city center and any point you want in the city from Igdir Sehit Bulent Aydin Airport. You can go anywhere you want in the city and to the neighboring cities easily by selecting a car in the segment you want from the car rental offices at the airport.
What to eat in Igdir?
In Igdir, where you can see the diversity brought by historical richness and being a home to different civilizations in every family house and the restaurants, a wide-ranging food culture awaits you. In this city, you can taste all different meals special to this region only and made in none of the other regions, and meet extremely delicious new tastes.
“Bozbas” made of lamb meat and chickpea and enhanced with spices tops the list of the meals special to Igdir. After it has been cooked, the meal is served in zinc mugs.
“Horre” that is made of margarine, flour, and water only is one of the most beloved soups of the region. You can find this soup, which is very easy to make and attention-grabbing for its taste, easily in the local restaurants.
“Sour rice with lepe” is another taste made of meat over rice. What makes this meal different from the normal rice with meat is lots of turmeric it includes. This unique meat meal that has a different aroma is served on rice.
“Katlet” that is interesting for its dimensions and shapes is one of the most beloved tastes of Igdir. “Katlet”, which is a meatball made by adding parsley and spices to onion and potato grated in a bowl, is fried in frying oil in a long and bulky form.
The “eggplant jam” that you must try if you like to try different tastes especially leaves a unique taste in your mouth. You can consume this delicious taste that is prepared by boiling the eggplants that are left in lime water the night before in sugared water with lemon, comfortably in breakfast and as a snack.
The world-renowned Igdir apricot (Salag) is also one of the natural tastes you can find in the region. This species of apricot, a festival is organized for which every year, grows in Kagizman. Since it ripens early, its harvest can be started in early June.
Briefly, it is possible to find the tastes of different civilizations in Igdir. The recipes each of which has been adopted by the local people and produced naturally by using the local products create a global cuisine in which you can find all tastes of the Anatolian civilizations in one place.
Where to stay in Igdir?
The Teacher’s Lodge at the intersection of the Irfan and Kurtulus Avenues that will meet you when you arrive in the city is one of the first places where you can stay in. You can stay in the Teacher’s Lodge that is attention-grabbing with its decency and cleanliness by making a reservation in advance and enjoy your travel.
The hotels and boarding houses located on Kazim Karabekir Avenue that is the center of the city are available on the right and left sides of the avenue. Around the hotels where you can rent a room on the basis of “full board”, “half board”, “for one night,” or “for one week”, there are the public institutions like municipality, university, and police station. From these centers that are located within a walking distance, you can obtain detailed information on the city and inquire about the cultural tours.
Another advantage of the hotels that are located in the city center is that they are at an equal distance to both the cultural riches and the natural wonders. You can go to these places by car, or enhance your cultural tourism experience by urban buses, and program your day-trips easily.
If you consider visiting Igdir in time of the festivals, you should make reservation in advance. In this region that attracts the attention of both domestic and foreign tourists, although the number of accommodation facilities has been increasing day by day, it is possible to have a peak season in festival periods. You can get help from the local shopkeepers and operators to book a place that meets your needs and budget, and ensure a comfortable and hygienic stay easily.
Saturday, Sunday : Closed