Van, the pearl of Eastern Anatolia, welcomes thousands of visitors every year due to its natural and historical beauties. Especially nowadays more and more tourists are visiting Van as its beauties are promoted more and thus, many people learn about them. People visit this distinguished city not only to see its natural and historical beauties but also to taste its unique cuisine. Well, is that all? Of course not. Here are 7 interesting facts that you need to know about Van and make you want to visit there!
1. The best version of breakfast: Van breakfast
When someone says Van, the first thing that comes to mind is no doubt Van breakfast. Van breakfast is famous across the country and when you look at its characteristics, you see that this fame is well-grounded. Compared to regular ones, Van breakfast contains much more options and all products are completely natural. Breakfast halls in Van are generally opened with the sunrise and closed with the sunset. Delicacies that are waiting for you at a breakfast in Van are around 40 different types of natural products such as Van honey, clotted cream of yoghurt, clotted cream of milk, churned butter, tsatsiki, herby cheese, braided cheese, feta cheese, scrambled eggs with fried meat-spicy sausage, olives, murtuğa, kavut and gencirun. This unique breakfast culture in Van is still preserved from the past to the present, which means an extraordinary experience for the visitors in Van.
2. Words are not enough to tell: Thousands-old history of Van
Thanks to its natural beauties and fertile soil, Van has been a home to many civilizations for thousand years. As many civilizations have made this area their home due to its location and all these beauties, it gave the city a rich historical legacy. Van still has many historical beauties which have survived from the past until today. If you enjoy historical trips, we can guarantee that your trip to Van will not be boring at all!
3. A lot more than a legend: Lake Van
Known with legendary Lake Van Monster, Lake Van is the largest alkaline lake in the world. Containing both saline and fresh water at the same time, Lake Van offers a one-of-a-kind view. Therefore, Lake Van that you will experience during your visit will be an unforgettable memory for you, just like for the other visitors.
4. Let’s travel and see: The attractions in Van
As we told above, Van has many historical and natural beauties. So, there will be several sightseeing locations during your Van trip. Van Fortress, Akdamar Church (the Church of the Holy Cross), Kaya Çelebi Mosque, Hüsrev Pasha Mosque, the Gonbad of Halime Hatun, Hoşap Castle, Lake Van, Muradiye Waterfall, Vanadoccia and Museum of Van are some of the must-see places.
5. Cute kitty: Van cat
Van cats, which are highly adored by especially cat people thanks to their cuteness, originally live in Van and there is a place in this city where you can pet these cats: Van Cat House! Van Cat House was established in 1992 by Van Yüzüncü Yıl University to protect endangered Van cats and help them reproduce. If you wish, you can visit this house and pet these cute cats during your Van trip.
6. Festivals of Van
Basically five festivals are organized in Van every year. The first one of these festivals is the International Pearl Mullet Migration Culture and Art Festival organized in June every year. Another festival drawing foreign interest is Akdamar Island Ceremonies organized in the second week of September. Again in September, Lake Erçek Flamingo Migration Festival is very significant for bird watchers. Additionally, Kanispi Honey, Walnut and Nature Festival organized to promote the district of Çatak, and Emrah Selvi Culture and Art Festival organized to promote the district of Erciş are among other festivals. If you wish, you can visit Van on these dates by checking out the festivals and events in Van to enrich your trip with an unparalleled experience.
7. Shopping in Van
Many people prefer to have shopping options in wherever they go, regardless of their purpose of visit. Besides its historical and natural beauties, Van promises also an enjoyable shopping experience owing to its different culture. As the city is historically on the way to Silk Road, handicrafts are very advanced. Therefore, Van offers diverse options of handmade products that you can buy. The silverwork, which is known to start with the Urartu - that has a significant place in the history of Van - and survived until today, is also very advanced. So, you can return home with special handicraft gifts and turn your Van trip into an unforgettable one!
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