TRAVEL 22 June 2021 The land of red fairies in Eastern Anatolia: Narman Fairy Chimneys Posted By: administrator 0 Comment Narman Fairy Chimneys, which are called “the land of red fairies” among the people in Erzurum, attract the attention of those who see them with their red color and interesting shapes. Narman Fairy Chimneys in Erzurum, which were included in the UNESCO World Temporary Heritage List in 2012 by the UNESCO Turkish National Commission, are flooded by local and foreign tourists. Narman Fairy Chimneys, also known as “the land of red fairies” among the people, are similar to the Grand Canyon in the Colorado Valley of America in terms of its formation and structure. The area where the fairy chimneys are located, whose formation process dates back 300 million years, resembles an open-air museum. Consisting of three valleys with a total length of 62 kilometers, the “red fairyland” has become one of the places frequented by nature lovers and photography enthusiasts in the region. Narman Fairy Chimneys and its surroundings gained a new look with the joint project of the Governorship, Metropolitan Municipality and Narman Municipality. Within the scope of the project, the 2-storey facility, whose construction was completed in the region where the fairy chimneys are located and which includes resting areas, will be put into service shortly. Those who come to the Narman Fairy Chimneys, counting the days to welcome their guests with its renewed face, will be able to both stay and eat and meet their needs in this facility. Those who come to the valley, which has a wide area of 62 kilometers, where the Narman Fairy Chimneys are located, which impresses its visitors both with its geological and visual richness with its red soil and stone structure, will be able to stroll here in winter as well as in summer. This year, activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV safaris are planned for those who will come to the fairy chimneys, which have 12 different canyons along the valley and are similar to the Grand Canyon in America’s Colorado Valley. With the investments within the scope of the project, it is aimed that the domestic and foreign tourists who will come to the region can travel comfortably in the region by meeting their needs and contribute to the economy by staying in the region for a longer period of time. Erzurum Governor Okay Memiş said that Narman Fairy Chimneys are one of the unique geological parks. Emphasizing the natural beauty of the region, Memiş said, “It is a magnificent geography and a world-class place. We call it the red fairy land. We have built a facility here for both our compatriots from Erzurum and our guests from other parts of Turkey.” Stating that they built the facility with the joint work of the metropolitan municipality and the Narman Municipality, Memiş said, “We are putting this facility into operation. Our Metropolitan Municipality will operate the facility. In this facility, we will both welcome our guests with our local dishes and enable them to visit this unique nature view.” Explaining that they finished the facility during the Covid-19 process, Memiş said: “The pandemic has braked us a little, as it has the whole world. We have complied with the rules regarding the pandemic, but in the meantime, we have finished the installation. There is a 3.5-4 kilometer route here. Our municipality will pave. People will come and watch this unique nature comfortably. If they want, they can walk along this path and see the view, if they don’t, we will offer them tea and they will get on their bus and go to the facilities.” Noting that they are planning to do balloon tours in the region, as in Nevşehir Cappadocia, Memiş said: “There will be opportunities to travel with motor vehicles, which we call horse safari and ATV, and mountain bikes. If the natural conditions allow, we are also considering balloon safaris like in Cappadocia. “We are very hopeful about tourism. This is a magnificent place. I hope people will understand better what we mean when they come here. There is a highland atmosphere of Erzurum, which does not overwhelm even if our visitors come here in August.” Memiş said that they plan to start activities such as horseback and ATV safaris and mountain biking within this year, if the Covid-19 outbreak allows and guests get their vaccinations. Thanking those who contributed to the project, Memiş invited nature lovers to Narman Fairy Chimneys.