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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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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.