Slow City Halfeti

Discover Sanliurfa and peaceful slow towns

The First Cittaslow of Southeastern

Halfeti is a hidden paradise and known as the first cittaslow of the Southeastern Anatolia region in Turkey. With its unusual geography and unique culture, the area is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination.


Halfeti is a little fishing town located in Sanliurfa province of the Southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey. Set on the banks of the Euphrates, Halfeti's history dates back almost 3000 years.

In 1954, this town became a district of Sanliurfa province. With the completion of the Birecik Dam, much of the region was submerged under the waters.

Rumkale and the other cultural treasures of Halfeti take visitors on a journey to the splendor of the past.

Anatolia's new slow city Halfeti also surprises its visitors with a pure beauty that resembles a coastal town. In addition, it is a great experince to see the specific black roses of Halfeti. Fruits and vegetables including bananas, grapefruit and dates grow in the region's Mediterranean climate.

Slow City of Southeastern

A hidden paradise, Halfeti was designated as the first slow city of southeastern Turkey by the Cittaslow International in 2013. The town has the potential to become one of the world's most interesting slow cities with its historical heritage, traditional cuisine, unique culture and unusual geography.

Things to Do and See

Halfeti Cuisine: Halfeti cuisine is famous for its traditional kebabs, appetizers and desserts which are offered to people in restaurants at the side of the Euphrates. Also do not miss to taste Halfeti's famous peanuts.

Houses of Halfeti: Halfeti has established by Romans to the east of Euphrates. Halfeti town has many caves which reflects its history. The houses of Halfeti have a unique architecture, which implies a spectacular wealth and prosperity. The stone architectural samples are rare and unique in this part of Anatolia. Terraces are integral parts of Halfeti houses.

Black Roses of Halfeti: Halfeti is also famous for its black roses, actually very dark red that only grow in this particular part of the world. The scented roses grow on a 1,5-meter rosebush that blooms in the spring and summer. The flowers measure 6-7 centimeters in diameter.

The First Cittaslow of Southeastern
Cittaslow Halfeti, Sanliurfa