ŞANLIURFA : About 75km (50 miles) south of the lake formed by damming the Euphrates River lies lovely Sanliurfa. Known as the birthplace of Abraham, visitors can explore the mosque complex surrounding Abraham’s Cave (Ibrahim Halilullah Dergâhi) and visit the pools of holy carp. The city was once known as Edessa, and it remained an important garrison town well into Roman times.
MARDIN: Mardin is a city in southeastern Turkey. The capital of Mardin Province, it is known for its Arab-style architecture, and for its strategic location on a rocky mountain overlooking the plains of northern Syria. As a melting pot of Kurdish, Yezidi, Christian and Syrian cultures, it also has a fascinating cultural mix. Minarets emerge from a baked brown labyrinth of meandering lanes, a castle dominates the old city, and stone houses cascade down the hillside above the Mesopotamian plains. With regular flights from İstanbul, Izmir and Ankara, you’ll see lots of local visitors in summer. Mardin’s honey-coloured collage of old buildings and markets is worth seeing not to forget Dara or Savur attractions.
GAZIANTEP: This city is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. Today, it is the eastern region’s economic powerhouse, a bustling modern city brimming with history and civic pride; it has also been the recipient of much European Union ‘revival’ finance. Its shining star is the Archaeological Museum. The Zeugma mosaics excavated from the nearby dig at Nizip are unbelievable, and many visitors come specifically to see these.