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“Malatya Malatya you are matchless. Your sun and moon exhilarate the hearts”… Just like in the song, it is not wrong to call Malatya matchless for its history, natural beauties, and local tastes. The archaeological researches and excavations made have revealed that the local people left the caves and started to be engaged in agriculture and stockbreeding for the first time in the Paleolithic age and shifted to settled village life in circa 7000 B.C. Influenced by the civilizations like the Hittites, the Medes, the Persians, Rome, and Byzantium, Malatya occupies an important part in our country's history with numerous historical buildings from the Ottoman era as well. The must-see places in Malatya, the city of civilizations, are Levent Valley, Battalgazi Great Mosque, Gunpinar Waterfalls, Tohma Canyon, Aslantepe Archaeological Site, Armorer Mustafa Pasha Caravanserai, Sire Bazaar, Malatya Baskonaklar Ethnography Museum, Arslantepe Mound, Hasan Ghazi Tomb, Orduzu Plane Tree Waterfalls, Somuncu Baba Tomb, and Hamidiye Bazaar.
You can also go to the Mount Nemrut, the mountain of legends, by participating in the excursions organized. Most renowned for its apricots, the other local tastes of this city are also legendary. Some of these tastes accompanied by cracked wheat mostly are girik, banik (cracked wheat meatball), cabbage meatball, black soup, bitter ayran, analikizli, stuffed meatballs, roasted meat with apricots, pimpirim soup, apricot dessert, Malatya kombe, gelelli kebab, cherry leaf meatball, arapgir pisi, kasefe, hot cigleme, and beyran.
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General Information on Malatya
Malatya, which has become virtually a brand city with apricot, is one of the rare centers of the Eastern Anatolia Region for its serenity and nature. Bearing the traces of numerous civilizations it had hosted, the history of this city goes back to circa 6000 B.C. Malatya, which hosts numerous historical structures that are worth seeing, has come to life on a rough terrain between the Euphrates River and the Taurus Mountains.
One of the most unique cities of the Eastern Anatolia Region, Malatya is an ideal travel route with its apricot, rich cuisine, historical texture it has preserved until today, cultural diversity, vast highlands, and dam lakes. Malatya, which is an important commercial center for the Eastern Anatolia Region for its apricot production and continuously increasing export, is one of the cities that must be explored.
How to go to the City Center from Malatya Erhac Airport?
One of the first airports of Turkey, Malatya Erhac Airport has been giving service since 1941. It is possible to find direct or connecting flights to numerous places in Turkey from Malatya Erhac Airport that is 34 km to the city center. There are numerous alternatives to go to the city center from Malatya Erhac Airport.
You can select the taxi option to go to the city center from Malatya Erhac Airport rapidly and comfortably. You can go anywhere in the city by taxi you can find easily at the terminal exit of the airport 24 hours a day. Although it may vary by traffic and weather conditions, you can go to the city center in 40 minutes on average.
If you want to select a comfortable and private option for going to the city center from Malatya Erhac Airport, you can use the car rental option. There are numerous firms that give car rental service at the airport. You can go to any point in the city and also the neighboring cities with pleasure by selecting a car in any segment you want by utilizing the rent-a-car service. You can ensure that your car is made ready for you before you arrive at the airport by making an online reservation.
What to eat in Malatya?
In Malatya, which offers the local tastes of the Eastern Anatolia Region in its distinguished cuisine, many different types of meals are cooked in the special days like vow-making, celebration, and engagement ceremony. On the “Hidrellez” day especially, the meals called “Hizir kombe” and “sehen kesmesi” are cooked and distributed to minimum seven neighbors. The meals offered to the guests in wedding celebrations are divided into three different groups. The bulgur pilaf with meat, meal with tirit, and the seasonal fruits and salads are most favored ones.
In Malatya cuisine that includes considerable varieties of meatballs and patties, some of the ones most frequently cooked by the local people are as follows: “sikma meatballs”, “polat meatballs”, “cigleme”, “cigkofte (steak tartar a la turca) with lentil”, “sour meatballs with sumac”, “stuffed meatballs”, “gidirikli meatballs”, “pumpkin patty with yogurt”, “cigkofte with meat”, “pat meatballs”, “cabbage patty”, “yavandan patlicanli meatballs”, “bulama meatballs”, “yumru meatballs”, “kursungeçmez meatballs”. When you are in Malatya, you must taste minimum four or five of them. Malatya also has numerous famous meals other than meatballs and patties. “Sour bread”, “tandoor bread”, “bazlama”, “gendime soup”, “pirpirim soup”, “dogme soup”, and “anali kizli” top the list of the meals you must try absolutely.
Malatya, which is Turkey’s most important apricot production center, is called the matchless land for its delicious apricots. The apricot gardens you can see everywhere in Malatya satisfy the visitors in terms of both visuality and taste. You can also eat this delicious fruit in its homeland by timing your Malatya visit to the ripening period of apricots. Besides, you can also try a delicious match by inserting walnut, almond, hazelnut, or the other dried nuts in dried apricot.
Where to stay in Malatya?
Composed of 13 districts called Arapgir, Arguvan, Battalgazi, Akcadag, Darende, Dogansehir, Doganyol, Hekimhan, Kale, Kuluncak, Puturge, Yazihan and Yesilyurt, Malatya province is suitable for visits in certain periods of the year only, as it has harsh continental climate. The visitors who want to travel and have a holiday here are suggested to stay in the city center, Darende, and Yesilyurt, which are more touristic. In Malatya that has rather busy seasons in terms of visitors, there are numerous different hotel or guest house options for accommodation.
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