24 May 2021
The city, which hosts many beauties with its historical Harput Neighborhood, Buzluk Caves, Hazarbaba Mountain, Hazar Lake, Saklıkapı and Karaleylek canyons, Keban Dam Lake and Çırçır Waterfall, is ready to host nature, history and adrenaline lovers.
Elazig awaits its visitors with its natural beauties, historical places and culinary culture. The city is a candidate for being an isolated holiday route for nature, history and adrenaline lovers with its many beauties, especially the historical Harput District, Buzluk Caves, Hazar Lake, Hazarbaba Mountain, Saklıkapı and Karaleylek canyons, Keban Dam Lake and Çırçır Waterfall.
Hazar Lake in Sivrice district is a favorite holiday destination of the citizens in the region with its unique view, natural beauties and touristic facilities.
Located on the 56-kilometer coastline between Hazarbaba and Mastar Mountains, the lake, which is preferred by the citizens of the region for cooling and rest in the summer months, offers various water activities, sports, camping and hiking.
According to written sources, the historical Harput quarter, which is the meeting point of 4 thousand years of civilization and culture, is on the “World Temporary Heritage List” of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Harput, which resembles an open-air museum with its historical buildings dating back to civilizations such as Urartians, Hurrians, Assyrians, Seljuks, Byzantine and Ottomans, attracts attention with its natural beauties.
The number of visitors to Buzluk Cave, which is located in the countryside of Harput Mahallesi, 11 kilometers away from the city center, and where the temperature drops to 10 degrees below zero during the summer months due to the air circulation in the cave, increases in the summer. The cave offers the opportunity to cool off in a natural environment for those who want to get away from the muggy heat.
Natural wonders Saklıkapı and Karaleylek canyons also attract nature lovers. Starting from Keban Dam Lake, Karaleylek Canyon, which has a length of 40 kilometers, and Saklıkapı Canyon, which is located between Baskil and Keban districts, stretches along the valley floor of 4.5 kilometers, steep cliffs, caves, historical settlements and different bird populations, especially the black stork. offers an insatiable view.
In addition to its visual beauty, Keban Dam Lake offers its visitors a feast with a variety of fish. Circir Waterfall, which was formed after the construction of Keban Dam, is the center of attention of those who see it.
Tourism Hotel Managers Association Eastern Anatolia Regional President Taner Durmuş said that they checked the enterprises during the period of complete closure due to the epidemic, they took detailed measures and expected to open the season.
Saying “We are ready as regional businesses. I hope we aim to provide a quality service to the guests who will come to the region in the new season”, Durmuş stated that they are in an area intertwined with nature and that social distance is provided well. Durmuş said, “Therefore, it is an area open to nature and water sports, boat trips, eating and drinking activities. Guests come from the surrounding provinces and abroad. We have an area that will appeal to large masses when we get rid of the epidemic process,” he said.
Sivrice Mayor Turgay Gündoğan stated that the district is a place intertwined with nature on the shore of Lake Hazar and at the foot of Mount Hazarbaba. Expressing that Sivrice welcomes nature lovers, especially those coming from the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia regions, Gündoğan said, “Our district is cool in the summer. We have facilities and camps established on the lake shore. There were mandatory closures with the pandemic. Probably, these places will open on June 1. “It is an area where they can spend their holidays in accordance with the rules.”
Noting that there is an adventure park and recreation areas on the slopes of Hazarbaba Mountain, and the sunken city on the lake, Gündoğan emphasized that Sivrice is a district that hosts many activities such as water sports, diving tourism and paragliding, where citizens from all walks of life can come and have a good time. Gündoğan invited citizens to the quiet town and said, “We are a district without density. It is completely isolated from the epidemic. Our people need here. We are ready to offer this service to our people.”
Stating that they expect support for the promotion of the region, Gündoğan called on tourism professionals to invest in the region. İbrahim Bahçeci, who runs a holiday village in the city, stated that they have completed the preparations and that they want to host the guests after 1 June. Bahçeci stated that they have taken many precautions from the installation of sunbeds suitable for social distance to inspection at the entrance and exit, and that the sunbeds are cleaned and disinfected after they are used.