Eastern Anatolia Region

Discover Turkey and craggy Eastern Anatolia

On the Trail of History

Marked by some of the most striking examples of culture and architecture, Eastern Anatolia offers visitors a geography worth seeing. The unique historical treasures in the region carry the traces of civilizations.

Eastern Anatolia Region

Eastern Anatolia region is located in the eastern part of Turkey. It is the largest region occupying 21% of the total area of the country.

The sparsely populated Eastern Anatolia region is covered with high mountains. These mountains' average elevation of the peaks is more than 3200 m. Many of the peaks are extinct volcanoes, with the traces of lava left behind confirming the fact that they have been active in the recent past. The fertile areas and the various river valleys are far away from the any human inhabitation. The remaining of the Eastern Anatolia comprising the northern rugged highlands referred to as Turkey's Siberia, the craggy mountains and the vast lands of the region are poor to produce any vegetation.

Because of the Eastern Anatolia region is far from the sea, and has high altitude, it has a harsh continental climate with long winters and short summers.

Things to Do and See

This region of Turkey has a very high potential in terms of tourism. The remarkable treasures of Eastern Anatolia offer visitors an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience, where ancient stone structures are juxtaposed against towering minarets and age old steeples. The mix of culture and faith amidst the bustle of a traditional way of life is an inspiration to inhabitants and visitors alike.

Where to Go

Eastern Anatolia region is one of the most special areas in our country. The region are full of unique cities and towns everyone must visit.

Provinces: The provinces that you can visit in the Eastern Anatolia region; Agri, Erzurum, Erzincan, Kars, Malatya, Tunceli, Van, Ardahan, Bingol, Bitlis, Elazig, Hakkari, Igdir, Mus.

Towns: The most popular towns of the Eastern Anatolia: Kemaliye, Ahlat, Uzundere, Tatvan, Akdamar Island.


The richness of Turkish cuisine can also be seen in the Eastern Anatolia region. It is a cuisine known especially for its meat dishes, soups, cheeses, desserts and variety of dough based dishes. Since it is a cold region, foods are stored by people living in rural areas by drying and roasting. Animal products are stored in earthenware jars.

On the Trail of History
Urartian Tushpa Fortress, Van