The Republican Period in the city began with an unfortunate event. In 1939, a powerful earthquake hit the city, killing tens of thousands of residents and practically wiping the city off the map. The settlement was rebuilt from scratch at a location slightly north of the old city. Erzurum’s winters are usually very severe, so the best time to visit Erzurum is in the summer months when temperatures range between 20 and 25 degrees. Visit flypgs.com for cheap flight tickets to Erzurum.
When you land at the Erzincan Airport with Pegasus, you have a 9 km trip to reach the city center. Transportation in Erzurum is provided mainly by taxies and minibuses. If you are keen on a more luxurious option, you can rent a car on flypgs.com.
Despite the sophisticated homemade food culture of Erzincan, the city does not offer much to visitors. The restaurant menus consist mainly of meat products. At least the meats are really tasty. Check out our list for what to eat in Erzincan:
This is the most famous döner spot in Erzincan. They even take orders for delivery via internet, and the döner is appetizing.
Ordu Caddesi No: 34, Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 223 43 43
Sefa is the name that comes to mind when you ask for köfte (grilled meatballs). The restaurant has been in business for 30 years and makes delicious köfte grilled on skewers.
Merkez Çarşı No :56 Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 21474 90
Konak Mazlum Restaurant
We highly recommend the special kebab. It is also an ideal spot for breakfast.
Halitpaşa Caddesi No: 52 Merkez Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 224 30 24
The restaurant aims to promote Erzincan’s homemade food culture. You will find very special flavors as well as great desserts. However, give priority to the local specialties.
The restaurant is located in Işıkpınar village, and we recommend their tandır (pit roast). The other kebabs and meze (appetizers) are also great. The scenery adds to the pleasure of eating here.
Işıkpınar Köyü Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 239 73 51
Kılıçoğlu Cafe is a great idea for 5 o’clock tea and a delicious dessert.
Fevzi Paşa Caddesi Er Merkez K: 2 Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 212 21 02
Seven Kevser Restaurant
This is another famous spot for döner, and they have a very special recipe.
Fevzi Paşa Caddesi Er Merkez K: 2 Erzincan
Although alternatives are limited, there are a few shops where you can find nice souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.
Copper red coffee pots, tea urns, trays and many other hand made products are waiting for you. These souvenirs will be authentic and long-lasting.
Cheese Makers Bazaar
This is the destination for the nationally famous Erzincan tulum (skin aged) cheese. It will be difficult to choose among the many shops, but it is a must try.
The shopping center has everything you need, from appliances to clothing, as well as a variety of activities such as bowling and fitness.
Erzincan hotels usually offer a standard level of quality in their services. Keep these recommendations in mind while choosing a place to stay.
Grand Simay Hotel
Grand Simay offers the comfort you are looking for, with services ranging from wireless internet to a big restaurant. It is a great choice for business trips.
Halitpaşa Caddesi No:53 Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 214 14 14
Konak Mazlum Hotel
The hotel is centrally located, and it offers spacious and clean rooms. It is especially favorable for accessibility.
Halit Paşa Caddesi SSK Kavşağı No:52 Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 224 30 24
Karakaya is one of the best hotels in Erzincan with spacious and clean rooms as well as a newly renovated façade. There is a hamam and a sauna inside the hotel.
Fevzi Paşa Caddesi No:40 Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 214 66 66
Büyük Erzincan Hotel
The hotel offers meeting rooms, a small swimming pool, a large capacity restaurant and a 500 person poolside reception area.
Erzurum karayolu üzeri, Tedaş karşısı, Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 226 09 10
Erzincan has hosted ancient civilizations, and places to visit are mostly historical such as fortresses, mosques and tombs. Here are some of the historical and natural attractions Erzincan has to offer:
This is one of the most intact Urartian cities to be found. It is possible to see the remains of two layers of city walls, the palace complex, some tombs and the temple. Other artifacts are exhibited in Ankara.
Terzi Baba Tomb
An important 18th century religious scholar, Terzi Baba’s tomb is an interesting work of art. It has a peculiar architecture, especially with its columned entrance.
Mama Hatun Social Complex
Built by the Saltukids dynasty, this complex is an interesting example of Turkish architecture in Anatolia. The complex consists of a caravansary, a hamam, a prayer room and a tomb.
Dating back to Urartian and Hittite periods, the structure is a natural fortress. The fortified structure that was created by natural elements was later surrounded by walls.
The mosque was built by Gülabibey in 1450. There are three inscriptions on the building. Some elements were added during repairs in the 18th century, but the square layout that reflects the earlier period’s features was preserved.
The waterfall offers great scenery as well as a favorite picnic area with refreshing water in the summer. In winter, its icicles are used for climbing.
Hıdır Abdal Sultan Tomb
Hıdır Abdal Sultan had established a Bektashi convent at this location, and his tomb was built with ashlar stone.
The travertine terraces created by the mineral waters that mix into the lake are considered to be the only examples of this type of formation in the world, so it is a natural conservation area. The stunning view is a must see.
Information about the church is limited, but the date inscribed on the building is 1845. There is a chapel and two obelisks outside the church. The inscriptions on the obelisks are dated to much earlier periods.
The banks of this crater lake is used as a recreation and picnic area. The area attracts many visitors with its natural beauty.
The famous mineral water of the region is extracted here and is thought to be medicinal for many ailments. There is also a nearby thermal spring where people try to cure arthritic conditions.
These giant ice masses, icicles and pillars must be visited.
The most vibrant and popular neighborhood in the city offers most of the things you might be looking for.
Erzincan does not offer many alternatives for nightlife. The locals usually use recreation areas, and there are nice cafés that are open in the evening. Here are some addresses…
It is a nice hangout that occasionally offers live music.
Nerim Tombul Caddesi No: 7 Erzincan
The café offers live Turkish classical music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and serves dinner.
Fevzi Paşa Caddesi Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 224 22 24
A nice spot for dining and hanging out with a view of the clock tower that is nicely lit in the evenings.
Ordu Caddesi PTT karşısı Erzincan
Tel: 0 446 224 14 34
Provincial Code: 0 446
Provincial Directorate of Tourism: 0 446 214 31 89
Police: 0 446 214 75 50
Gendarmerie Emergency: 156
Police Emergency: 155
Medical Emergency: 112
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