Tony's EPIC Road Trip Across Europe Turkey (East)
Istanbul - Ankara - Kayseri - Cappadocia - Selve - Malatya - Dyarbakir - Hasankeyf - Mydiat - Nusaybin - Mardin - Sanliurfa - Harran - Nemrut - Gaziantep - Adana - Bursa Text and Photos: Tony Steurer 3,000 km four weeks
In more rural areas there are frequent collective taxi services (called Dolmush), plying predetermined routes, and stopping on request. In remote areas transport can be an issue, however. I also considered a rental car, but decided against it, given that we were covering about 3000 km on this roundtrip plus the sometimes immense heat in August, which on occasion felt as if someone had left open an oven door.
Modern and clean Sanliurfa (1 million inhabitants) daily hoses down its streets with water. Citadel on a rock with 25 m deep ditches. Nearby is Halil Rahman mosque (the fifth holiest site in Islam). This is the birthplace of Abraham, who is highly revered here, lots of pilgrims and domestic tourists. In the grounds are the famous fishpond of Abraham, there must be thousands of fish, they are considered holy and fed by the countless visitors.