Fly to Kars at the Best Prices
Named after the Karsak people, Kars is "the Turkish city that has the oldest Turkish name". The city famous for its breakfast, its honey in particular, and its magnificent stone buildings is the first Anatolian city that has won a Veteran medal by winning the Kars Victory Medal for its victory against the Russians in the Ottoman - Russian War of 1853 - 1856. Home to numerous civilizations throughout its history, the most famous historical buildings and sites of Kars are Sarikamis Ski Center, Kars Fortress, Inkaya Micingirt Fortress, Katerina Mansion, Topcuoglu Turkish Bath, Church of Apostles, Ani Ruins, Kars Museum, Ghazi Ahmet Muhtar Pasha Mansion, and Evliya Mosque. In Kars, the top ski tourism center in the east, that the ski center located southeast of Sarikamis district center is covered with crystal snow allows the skiers to ski more comfortably and the tourists to meet a natural beauty. Having made a distinguished name for itself with its honey and cheese, its breakfast in general, Kars also has equally delicious dishes. Umac Halva, Kars Kete, Hangel, Hasil, Feselli, Hasuda, Kars Flaky Pastry, Nezik, and Kars Yellow Cheese are some of the most-renowned tastes of the region. Kars citizens' recipes that include goose meat are indispensable.
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General Information on Kars
Kars, an Eastern Anatolia Region city that is virtually a winter postcard, has been one of the most popular destinations recently. In this city that looks like a fable land for its natural beauties, archaeological findings suggest that the first settlement started 1 million years ago. Kars that has hosted many civilizations throughout its history also maintains numerous Eastern Anatolian and Caucasian cultures in its lands, as it is also a border city.
Kars that hosts numerous historical artifacts is flooded by visitors thanks to its numerous historical sites like Ani Ruins, Church of Apostles, and Kars Fortress. This city that reflects its wide cultural spectrum in its cuisine as well is a brand name in Turkey and the world for its honey and yellow cheese.
How to go to the City Center from Kars Harakani Airport?
Open to civil transportation traffic since 1988, Kars Harakani Airport is Turkey's highest airport with an altitude of 1795 meters. 7 km to the city center, Kars Harakani Airport also provides the customs and passport services for the international flights. An air transport bridge for the neighboring cities, there are direct or connecting flights to numerous cities from Kars Harakani Airport. It is possible to find numerous practical transfer options from Kars Harakani Airport thanks to its closeness to the city center.
You can prefer taxi that is the fastest and the most comfortable alternative to go to the city center from Kars Harakani Airport. You can go to the city center or any point you want in the city by taxi you can find easily in front of the airport terminal exit.
Buses and minibuses can also be preferred as an alternative means of transport to the city center from Kars Harakani Airport. By riding the buses that depart separately for each flight, you can go to the Lion Statues in the city center. You can go to the bus terminal from the city center through a brief trip to go to the neighboring cities or the touristic points like Ani Ruins, or ride the Sarikamis municipality buses departing from the city center to go to Sarikamis Ski Center.
If you prefer a private means of transport to go anywhere in the city and the neighboring cities from Kars Harakani Airport, car rental will be a good alternative. You can make your transactions in the car rental firm at Kars Harakani Airport.
What to eat in Kars?
Kars is a city that satisfies its guests in terms of taste variety and gourmet meals. You can try the original tastes freshly in the restaurants in the city center and the districts as well as the stores that sell local products.
The first two tastes you must try in this city are the world-renowned “Kars gruyere cheese” and “Kars aged yellow cheese”. These cheese types are prepared in the form of big wheels. You can buy these cheeses in whole or in pieces, as you wish. You can carry the cheeses you can buy here in vacuum packages to your city in aircraft. Since they are hard and waterless, they will last until you arrive in your destination.
“Kars honey” is also a taste you must try in the city and take with you while returning to your home. The flowers and trees that constitute the natural beauties of Kars are the perfect eden for the bees. The honeydew and flower honeys created through combination of the nectars collected from this special flora by the bees have the aromas you have not tasted anywhere else. This is the perfect opportunity for those who miss and cannot find natural honey.
One of the most important tastes that must be tried in Kars where stockbreeding is widespread is goose meat. The goose meat is cooked in different recipes in numerous restaurants in the city. This meat is generally served in the form of bone-in meat or fillet on bulgur/rice pilaf or in the form of stew potions of again bone-in meat or fillet. You can eat warm soups like “ayran asi soup” in the city and experience Kars cuisine to the fullest with “umac halva” that is a more grainy form of flour halva, which is special to Kars.
Where to stay in Kars?
Since Kars has globally attention-grabbing places like Ani Ruins and Sarikamis Ski Center, there are many accommodation options of high-quality. Almost all of the hotels have free Wi-Fi. You can benefit from the services special to the guests, like the restaurants, in the hotels.
Kars hotels are clustered in the city center and Sarikamis in general. There is no hotel in or with a view of Ani Ruins, but you can stay in a central hotel that is almost two kilometers to the ruins and visit the ruins by car or a day-trip you can buy in the city center.
If you will visit Sarikamis Ski Center, you can stay comfortably in the hotels around the center.
The guests who will stay in Kars can book rooms in Kars hotels online, by phone, or personally in the hotel. However, since it is busy in special days, during festivals, commemoration days, and in the months when the ski season starts, it is beneficial for you to make your plans in advance against the possibility of unavailability of a vacant room. Other than the hotels, there are boarding houses, the guest house of Kars University, and one teacher’s lodge and police lodge in the city center.
Kars is one of the cities that must be seen absolutely with its sights, unique natural beauties, authentic tastes, easy transportation, and numerous shopping and accommodation options.