Established in ancient times, Elazığ is located in Eastern Anatolia Region. Surrounded by Bingöl, Tunceli, and Malatya provinces, Elazığ boasts a moderate climate. While its climate had quite cold and snowy characteristics in previous years, the winter season in Elazığ is a bit milder now because of the dams built in the area. Our province is located on very fertile soils. It was established on lowland and has quite few forested areas.
Construction of Keban Dam has contributed much value to the city. Thanks to the dam, productivity in agriculture has increased and the city has become rich in both underground and surface ground materials. The biggest rival to agriculture is the mines underground. As a rich province in terms of chrome and copper, Elazığ is highly developed in industry as well. In fact, one of the biggest hydroelectric power plants is in the city, and it contributes to the development of both our city and our country as a whole.
Places to Visit
As one of the oldest cities of Anatolia with its rooted traditions and developing tourism, Elazığ has become a city where curious travelers go on exploration missions. Having hosted many civilizations, Elazığ calls to you with its historical and natural beauties.
- Elazığ Covered Bazaar: As one of the oldest and most important trade centers, it has become a popular place to visit not only among local people, but also tourists.
- Harput Castle: A remarkable structure built by Urartians.
- Kömürhan Bridge: It dates back to Sultan IV. Murat period and carries historical significance.
- Elazığ Archeology and Ethnography Museum: The best structures that reflect history of a city are museums. They will be your biggest guide during city tours. Reflecting social living and history in the best way, this museum includes a good many historical artifacts.
- Harput Ice Cave: Dating back to Urartians, this cave is very important in terms of tourism because it is cool during the summer and warm during the winter season. Though stalactites form during summer in this cave, the reverse situation happens in winter.
- Hazar Lake Beach: It is a place where green and blue coalesce into each other. Its unsalted and soda-less clear water is accepted as a sea by the locals.
- Çırçır Waterfall: Deriving from Keban Dam Lake, this waterfall is one of the youngest in the world. People who want to see this place can peacefully enjoy a salmon feast.
- Keban Dam Lake: This area, where electricity production, fishing, and hunting are done, is one of the most important investments of our country.
How to Get There
Accepted as a junction point of the roads, Elazığ has a good highway connection. Apart from the renovated highway, it is also possible to visit Elazığ via air travel. Ferry transportation to some counties of Tunceli is available through the dam in Elazığ.