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Batman Travel Guide

Batman is a city located in the region of Southeastern Anatolia in Turkey. After the discovery of oil on Raman Mountain, it developed rapidly and became one of the major cities in the region. Batman continues to grow with the advancement of its manufacturing, oil and construction sectors.

Batman Hasankeyf Nasıl Gidilir

Batman has five districts including Hasankeyf, a very important ancient touristic center. Previously a village called Iluh, it got named Batman in 1950 due to the Batman Stream. As a former district of Siirt in 1957, it became a province in 1990. The oldest sources about the past of the city are based on folk stories, myths and historical writings of Herodotus. According to common knowledge, the Meds are the first known tribes to settle in this region. 

River Tigris flows through Batman as one of the two major rivers that define Mesopotamia, while the other one is Euphrates and protects Batman’s rich history and the ancient settlements of Hasankeyf. The city is a true natural wonder with its historical monuments and more than a thousand caves. Hasankeyf is a magnificent and mysterious ancient site where the cultural, commercial and political center of the medieval world used to merge. The stream of Tigris, on the other hand, gives life to the region. 

The landscape of the region is a rare natural wonder. The canyons formed by the flood waters over thousands of years and the subsequent rugged terrain are endemic landscapes that make Batman one of the most beautiful places to visit.  Consequently, nature tourism is quite common in the city. You can visit the caves in Hasankeyf or stroll through the Raman and Mereto Plateaus. Hiking, camping and swimming in the Batman basin are among the common activities to cherish your time in Batman. 

General Information About Batman, Turkey

Country: Turkey
Region: Southeastern Anatolia
Area: 4.649 km2
Language: Turkish
Average temperature: 16.7 °C
Climate: Continental
Vegetation: Steppe
The difference between GMT: UTC+3
Telephone Code: +488
Currency: Turkish Lira
Socket Type: Type C

How to Get to Batman?

The easiest way to travel is usually by air travel. Pegasus Airlines provides direct flights departing from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Batman. To visit this beautiful city, you can book your Batman flight ticket today. 


Transportation from Batman Airport to City Center

Batman Airport is not far from the city center and can be accessed by municipal buses, taxi and Havaş shuttle. Public buses provide transfers working on different routes in line with the departure and landing hours of the planes. Alternatively, you can benefit from Pegasus Airlines car rental services and book your vehicle online to travel freely in Batman.  


Public Transport in Batman

Bus and minibus lines are commonly used for transportation in Batman. The bus network provides services on various routes, although it is relatively limited. All the necessary details can be accessed through the website, which is available in Turkish. 


Best Time to Visit Batman 

Batman is beautiful in every season, but winters are cold, and summers are dry with very high temperatures. The best time to explore Batman's ancient cities and to visit the ruins is the spring months. It’s recommended to stay at least 2  days to enjoy the city and its surroundings. 

Festivals in Batman

If you would like to experience the local cultural activities in the city, you can schedule your trip in accordance with the dates of following festivities:

  • İmam Abdullah Anma Günleri – Imam Abdullah Commemoration Days (June)
  • Ceviz-Bal Festivali – Walnut-Honey Festival (October)
  • Hasankeyf Festivali – Hasankeyf Festival (December)
  • Yılmaz Güney Kısa Film Festivali – Yılmaz Güney Short Film Festival (December)


Places to Visit in Batman

The multi-ethnic patterns of the city developed under the influence of many states are visible on the historical structures which happened to endure the devastating effects of time. 

Memikan Bridge

Memikan Bridge is thought to have been built in the 6th century when Muslims dominated the region. The bridge provided for the continuation of commercial relations on the Garzan Plain in Beşiri district of Batman as part of the ancient Silk Road. Memikan Bridge, which was on a busy trade route in the Middle Ages, is known to be the main transportation point reaching out to the North Mesopotamia through Hasankeyf. Unfortunately, it is in ruins today. 


Batman Hasankeyf

Hasankeyf is a historical district of Batman, separated by Tigris on both sides. Its history goes back to 10,000 years ago. It was declared a natural protected area in 1981. The excavations at Hasankeyf mound yielded archaeological findings from 3,500 to 12,000 years ago. The settlement was strategically important as it was founded on the road from Upper Mesopotamia to Anatolia and on the banks of the Tigris. The Castle of Hasankeyf is known to have been built by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.  Unfortunately, this historically important site faces the danger of being flooded and losing all its cultural treasure due to the reservoir of Ilısu Dam built on the Tigris River. For this reason, precious works such as Hasankeyf Castle, Al-Rızk Mosque, Imam Abdullah Tomb, Kızlar Mosque and Grand Palace are being moved to their new place.

Tomb of Zeynel Bey

Batman Zeynel Bey Türbesi

The 550-year-old Tomb of Zeynel Bey, located in the Ilisu Dam Lake area, has been moved to 2 km away by rail system. The tomb, which is the only work of the Akkoyunlu State, was placed in its new place, Hasankeyf New Cultural Park Area. The peculiarity of the tomb stems from the fact that it brought the architectural features of Azerbaijan and Turkistan region to Anatolia. 

Mor Aho Monastery

Mor Aho Monastery is estimated to have been built during the Hasankeyf period, which was dominated by the rule Assyrians. It was established some 2 km north of Üç Yol Village in Batman. There is no clear information about the monastery's exact construction date, and it was severely damaged as a result of natural events. 

Hızır Bey Mosque

Hizir Bey Mosque is located in Kozluk as the largest mosque of the district. It was built by Hizir Bey, son of Ebubekir Roskin of Sason and Kozluk in 1512, according to the Gregorian calendar.

Where to Stay in Batman?

Batman Tarihi Hamamlar

Number of accommodation options that appeal to different taste and budgets are present in the city center of Batman. Hotel Bozoogullari, Mesa Hotel, Real Konak Hotel and Grand Hasankeyf Hotel are among the preferred places among the visitors. 


What to Eat in Batman?

At the crossroads of Eastern Anatolia, Batman invites visitors to share its rich food culture. Pastries, meat dishes, authentic soups and Hevra bread are some of the traditional flavors of the city. Meatballs (stuffed meatballs, raw meatballs), dolma, bumbar, tandoor bread, rice, lentil soup are the typical tastes of Batman's culinary culture.

You can find some of the most special dishes in the subsequent places:

  • Ayran Soup, Stuffed Rib, Meatball: Diyar Meat Restaurant
  • Liver: Xalo Fan Liver Lounge
  • Sheet Pan, Casserole: Çömçe Restaurant
  • Kadayif: The Diyarbakir Kadayifci


Shopping in Batman: The Best Souvenirs to Buy

Hasankeyf is the main center of local handicrafts. Weaving is highly adhered in the region. When the weaving factories had not yet developed, people living in the caves of the Hasankeyf Castle were weaving the fabric called as şilebezi. Although the craftsmanship has currently lost its prevalence as a natural result of the technological developments, it holds an important place in the urban culture. Needlework, rugs, cross-stitch, wool socks and saddlebags are still in high demand as authentic souvenirs. Batman Bazaar, Ulucami Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar on Gülistan Street are traditional market places where you can find authentic local goods and artifacts. 


Nightlife in Batman

Batman is not known for its nightlife but best places for to go out at night are generally bars and restaurants located in the city center. Life Point Cafe Restaurant is located in the center of Batman as a great alternative where you can find music and local dishes served in a warm environment. The local customs and celebrations of its residents such as “sıra gecesi or dost meclisi” make up the traditional entertainment culture in Batman. Antik Türkü Evi, Saray Nargile Café, Simyacı Café & Bar are some of the liked places in the city. 


Things to Know Before Visiting Batman

  • Despite the possible concerns regarding the security situation when travelling to Batman it is one of the safest places in the region. 
  • Often called as the pearl of Mesopotamia, Mardin is about 2-hour drive from Batman. 


Essential Numbers

Batman City Code: 488

Batman Airport: 0 488 218 04 44

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