Welcome to the large city of Erzurum. With low airfare compliments of Pegasus, a trip to this conservative city is more affordable than ever!
Being the biggest and most crowded city of Eastern Anatolia Region and the capital of winter sports in Turkey, Erzurum also has the title of being one of the first settlements in the history. Erzurum, which has been home to many tribes and races from Urartians to Romans and Arabs, protects a very rich heritage of museums and historical sites. Naturally, it hosts many guests who visit the city from all around the world every time period in the year. In this city, that is located in the skirts of the Palandoken Mountain, winters harsh and cold and summers are extremely hot. Palandoken, which is preferred by tourists who are interested in winter sports in winter, is the home to the best tracks of the world. However, we can say that the best time for tourists who want to have city tours is spring months. Erzurum is one of the most important touristic cities of Turkey for both its natural beauties and historical buildings as well as old city ruins.
When you fly into Erzurum, you will notice the mountains surrounding this large city.
Erzurum is small enough that a person can walk almost anywhere. However, if transportation is needed, taxis and public buses are available.
It's possible to reach Erzurum by air, land and railway. If you have preferred Pegasus Airlines' cheap flights to Erzurum, you can easily reach the city center by renting a car on flypgs.com. Airport shuttles, which stop by Station Square, Gaz Neighbourhood, Hastaneler Street, Kiz Meslek Lisesi, Oto Terminal, Oto Terminal, Erzurum Büyük Şehir Belediyesi Spor Tesisleri and the airport respectively, can be preferred for transportation to the city center. Local people use municipal buses for public transportation in the city. You can also reach anywhere you want by using these buses that function in a wide network.
It's possible to find different shopping alternatives in Erzurum, which has a big university like Ataturk University and naturally, a young population. Locals of Erzurum prefer Erzurum Mall for shopping. Erzurum Mall has an important place in the city life of Erzurum with its cinema.
Rustem Pasa Arcade is one of the historical arcades that should be seen in Erzurum. Located at city center, Rustem Pasa Arcade is a must-visit shopping address where you can find handmade prayer beads made of black amber (oltu tasi) and souvenirs. Another important address for objects made of black amber is Tashan, that is located on Cumhuriyet Street that leads to the city center. You can buy not only prayer beads but also many accessories and ornaments made of black amber in Tashan.
The most important delicacy of Erzurum's kitchen is "cag kebab" which has a reputation throughout Turkey. Since it's the most important delicacy of the city, naturally there are many places which serve this taste. However, one of the most famous one among these is Koc Cag Kebabi. Located on the opposite of the Congress Building on Kongre Street, Koc Cag Kebabi is one of the places which are frequently preferred by city's locals as well.
One of the best places to recommend for another famous delicacy of Erzurum named "kadayif dolmasi" is Kadayifci Muammer Usta. Go to Muammer Usta, which serves both "cag kebabi" and "kadayif dolmasi", and either eat only "kadayif dolmasi" or taste "cag kebabi" and order your dessert afterwards. You can try the Terminal Street branch of Muammer Usta, which has 3 branches in Erzurum.
If you want to taste local foods in an authentic atmosphere in the city, Erzurum Evleri will be the right choice. You can have a different experience by eating on old floors tables. Some of the foods of the restaurant you need to taste are sour stuffed vine leaves, "su boregi" and tandoor.
Another restaurant we can recommend in Erzurum is Donerci Hacibaba, which will attract the attention of those looking for a more familiar taste. If you like doner kebab, you should taste the doner that is served with salad and roasted pepper. Donerci Hacibaba is located on Ismetpasa Street, on the opposite of Provincial Police Directorate.
Accommodation in Erzurum is mostly done in luxurious hotels at the skirts of Palandoken, which is the city's skiing center. However, there are also accommodation alternatives in the city center. You can find accommodation alternatives on a wide range of budget in Erzurum and pick the one that is the most suitable for you. If you'll go to Erzurum for skiing in winter season, don't forget to make your reservations in advance. Occupancy rates of Erzurum hotels get seriously high in that period.
Being one of the oldest settlement areas of histor, Erzurum is very rich with historical artifacts. You'll witness not only the history of Erzurum but the history of Anatolia while going around in Erzurum. Get ready for new explorations in Erzurum with mosques and madrasahs, artifacts of old settlements, castles and many other historical and natural beauties.
It's not possible to talk about an active nightlife in any part of Erzurum. However, nights are a bit more lively in Palandoken during ski season. During these times, you can drink something and dance in the bars of Palandoken even though not until late hours. Parties and activities organized by hotels generally make up the nightlife of Palandoken. Also, you can warm the cold weather with hot drinks by a fireplace and listen to live music in many hotels.