Fly to Şanlıurfa at the Best Prices
Sanliurfa, which is one of Turkey's top three cities for the number of its cultural assets detected through researches, is virtually an outdoor museum. A host to numerous religious legends, Sanliurfa is also called “the city of prophets”. According to Historian Abu'l Farac, Sanliurfa is one of the first cities established after the Noah's Flood. The sights of this old and deep-rooted city reflecting the Mesopotamian culture are countless, but the most frequently visited ones are as follows: Pool of Abraham, Palace of the Girls, Sipahi Bazaar, Halfeti Ancient City, Savasan Village, Suayb City, Haleplibahce Mosaic Museum, Tektek Mountains National Park, Yucelen Caves. In 1984, Turkish Grand National Assembly granted Urfa the title of "Sanli" (Glorious) to be used in front of its name for its outstanding success in resisting the French invasion during the War of Independence. A host to numerous cultures, located on important trade routes, Sanliurfa naturally has a very advanced food culture. Sanliurfa is generally renowned for its cig kofte (steak tartar a la turca), but the local tastes like sogurme, sillik dessert, agzi acik, semsek, lebeni, liver kebab, borani, bostana, palm meatball, yuvalak, tray kebab, mashed kebab, gourd with chickpea, tirit meatball, onion kebab, cauldron kebab, stuffed vine leaves with egg, hırtlevik, dovmec are also unforgettable.
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How to go to Sabiha Gokcen Airport from the City Center?
Put into service in the year 2001 together with its elegant architecture, functional means of transport, and airport services, Sabiha Gokcen Airport has been named after Sabiha Gokcen, Turkey's first female pilot and the world's first female fighter pilot. Sabiha Gokcen Airport is the only airport of Istanbul Anatolian side and Turkey's second highest capacity airport.
In addition to the easiness of transportation to the centers like Pendik, Kartal, Bostanci, Kadıkoy, Taksim, Besiktas, Levent, it also provides the cities like Kocaeli, Sakarya, Yalova, Duzce, Bolu, and Bursa with transportation opportunity. Having a strategic position in Turkey's air traffic, approximately 30 million domestic and international passenger flights are performed at Sabiha Gokcen Airport every year.
Although the factors like traffic density, weather conditions, work start and finish times can be determinant, taxi is a transportation option you can prefer to go to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
By taxi you can find almost everywhere in Istanbul, you can go up to the departing passenger gate easily. You can use various taxi fare calculation applications to calculate the cost of a taxi journey in Istanbul.
Havabus that provides shuttle bus service from certain points in European and Anatolian sides for a direct transfer to Sabiha Gokcen Airport from the city center is one of the alternatives preferred for fast transportation.
Serving from Taksim, Kadıkoy, and Yenisahra, Havabus provides a practical service by departing at brief intervals. For detailed information on Havabus services and fares, please click here.
You can benefit from the developed public transport system of the city to go to the airport. You can come to Ayrilik Cesmesi by riding the Marmaray trains, where you can change to Kadikoy-Kartal metro. After getting to Kartal, you can get on E-9 buses that go to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
There are bus services that will enable you to get to Sabiha Gokcen Airport from numerous points in Anatolian and European sides.
You can ride the buses number E11and E10 departing from Kadıkoy, E9 from Bostanci, E18 from Altunizade and Umraniye and KM20 from Pendik. If you will go to the airport from 4. Levent, the bus number E3 will help you.
You can use the car rental firms that have branches at the airport to go to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
You can visit the national and international car rental offices in Istanbul. Besides, you can ensure that your car is prepared in advance by booking one online.
General Information on Sanliurfa
Called “the City of the Prophets” for having witnessed the lives of many prophets in its lands, the main venue of numerous legends, Sanliurfa is a very colorful city. Rumored to be one of the first cities established after the Noah’s Flood, Sanliurfa has hosted the Sumerian, Babylonian, Indian, Assyrian, Persian, Macedonian, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman civilizations throughout its long history.
Sanliurfa has been granted the title of “Sanli (Glorious)” for the exemplary struggle and heroism displayed by its citizens during the War of Independence. A real mosaic of cultures with its different ethnicities and traditions, Sanliurfa shows this colorful cultural harmony in its cuisine as well.
These lands flooded by thousands of tourists for its local tastes that have become world-renowned brands are doubtlessly one of the most important routes of the flavor tourism. In addition to flavors, Pool of Abraham, Sanliurfa Fortress, Sanliurfa Museum of Archeology, and its marvelous historical mosques are the must-see places.
How to go to the City Center from Sanliurfa GAP Airport?
Serving since June 17, 2007, Sanliurfa GAP Airport is the airport that has the longest runway in Turkey. Located 45 km to the city center, Sanliurfa GAP Airport gives its guests a high-quality service with its lounges, cafés, and restaurants as well as a car park for 500 vehicles. There are numerous transfer options to the city center from Sanliurfa GAP Airport that gives civil flight service.
The fastest and the most comfortable option to go to the city center from Sanliurfa GAP Airport is taxi. You can go to the city center or any point you want in the city easily by taxi you can find in front of the airport exit gate 24 hours a day. Although it may vary by traffic and weather conditions, you can go from Sanliurfa GAP Airport to the city center in 45-55 minutes approximately.
Havas Shuttle Buses
Havas shuttle buses may also be preferred to go from Sanliurfa GAP Airport to the city center and certain districts of the city. In addition to the city center, these shuttle buses carry passengers to Siverek, too. Havas shuttle buses depart 25 minutes after the landing of the aircraft.
Rent-a-car is the most personal transportation option you can use to go from Sanliurfa GAP Airport to the city center or other districts of the city. You can select a car in any segment from the car rental firms under the roof of Sanliurfa GAP Airport and go to the city center or the neighboring cities.
What to eat in Sanliurfa?
Admired by numerous food lovers for its unique food culture for centuries, Sanliurfa cuisine is richly nutritious as well as delicious. Maintaining the tradition of the Prophet Abraham who had never sat down to a meal without a guest and always shared his food with someone even if that person was a stranger, the Sanliurfa citizens are rather hospitable. In Sanliurfa identified with the phrase “Abraham’s Table”, you can find yourself invited for a lunch or dinner when you least expect it. Some of the meals you must eat absolutely when you visit Sanliurfa are Cigköfte (steak tartar a la turca), Ayran Soup, Hamurlu, Sari Soup, Saca Basma, Dogme, Kenger Asi, Meatballs with Eggs, Cheese Halva, Un Bulamaci, Zerde, Cheese Kadaifi, Katmer, Cheese Bread, Stuffed Meatballs, Stuffed Dried Eggplant and Pepper, Mumbar, Kemeli Kebab, Miftahi Tas Kebab, Kunculu Akit, Pencer Cacigi, Sour Grape Salad, Basma Likliki Meatballs, Uzlemeli Firikli Pilaf.
Cigkofte, one of the first flavors coming to mind when it comes to Sanliurfa, is one of the most beloved local meals. Cigkofte, which is generally offered for tasting, not for filling, is offered in two different styles: with or without meat. If hot spices are not good for you, you must state this in advance in the places where you want to eat cigkofte. Otherwise, you may be unable to eat it because of the extra hot isot of Sanliurfa. Another taste special to Sanliurfa is “sillik dessert". This dessert that includes flour, walnut, butter, and sugar is served warm and as decorated with ground pistachio.
Where to stay in Sanliurfa?
Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit Sanliurfa that has continental climate.
Frequently preferred by numerous people in the Southeastern Anatolia Region, Sanliurfa offers rich accommodation options, as it has high number of visitors.
Most of the hotels are located in the city center. In this city where you have options ranging from 5-star hotels to boutique hotels, the accommodation facilities reflect the architecture of the city.