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As the first place you need to see in Elazig, you can visit the largest artificial lake in Turkey; Keban Dam which is flooded by domestic and foreign tourists throughout the year and you can have pleasant memories at 675 km2 area of the lake that is 45 min. away from the centre. If you wish, you can go to the hot springs that are told to be curative and spend peaceful time along with gorgeous views. Located 18 km to the centre of Karakocan, Karakocan Golan Hot Springs and welcoming the hundreds of guests every year, Peri Brook will spice up your holidays. You can swim in clean and immaculate waters of Lake Hazar that is located 22 km to the centre and by climbing to the hill of history-smelling Harput, you can watch the city panoramically.
Don’t forget to take a good camera with you while visiting Elazig with stunning natural beauties! This is because you will see many wonders of nature that offer unique views. You must explore Keban Dam Lake, Lake Hazar, Circir that is the youngest waterfall of the world and Harput Buzluk Cave that has a depth of 200 m and is covered with ice. If you like winter sports, you can enjoy white snows in ski tracks appealing both to professionals and beginners in Hazarbaba Ski Centre that is one of the important ski centres of Eastern Anatolia.
When you feel hungry in Elazig, we recommmend you stop by a restaurant that offers delicious Harput meatballs. Don’t forget to want a local taste; cheesy bread along with it. You should also try tastes like tutmac soup, umac soup, kara kavurma (a roasting type), lobik soup, kombe, sirin. You can crown your table with dolanger dessert along with Cedene coffee. In the late morning and late evening, you can spice up your holiday with dried fruit roll-up, walnut and fresh fruits.
Featuring many material and moral cultural assets, Elazig has a long list of places where you can chase the traces of the history. Ranking at the top of the list, Harput Castle was built by the Urartians in 8th century BC. Rumour has it that during the construction phase, milk was used instead of water in mortar, thus it’s also called as Milk Castle. An important nature and tourism wonder Buzluk (Ice) Cave is among the significant assets of the city. Dating back to the Urartians, the cave is covered with ice due to the air circulation. Consisting of stalactites and dickites, the cave is flooded by tourists every year. Besides, be sure to visit Elazig Archaeology and Ethnography Museum that features archaeological works, ethnography hall and carpet gallery.
Be sure to visit Komurhan Bridge, located on Euphrates and dating back to Murad IV. Take a good camera with you because the nature will amaze you until the end of your holiday. You can visit Mount Hazarbaba which offers a stunning view in winter and spice up your holiday by skiing. To buy some souvenirs, stop by the downtown and bazaars where you can find region-specific pinked chintz and angular hats. Local folk dance of Elazig, Cayda Cira dates back to almost 300 years ago. You will enjoy Cayda Cira and Kursubasi shows during you holiday, if you encounter with any.
An essential destination for travellers’ expedition of discovery, Elazig has a relatively still. If you are looking for fun along with upbeat music, you can visit Istiklal and Gazi streets. You can also go to bar, disco and live music places at the city centre. You can have fun in bars or discotheques of Elazig Hotels based on the accommodation options.
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