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Introduction

City Walls at Diyarbakir

City Walls at Diyarbakir

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Diyarbakir is a city in Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. The city has about 600,000 inhabitants, mainly Kurdish people. Therefore, it is sometimes unofficially called the 'capital of Kurdistan'.

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Sights and Activities

  • The city walls - Diyarbakir is surrounded by a 5.5-kilometre-long city wall. There are four gates into the old city and 82 watch towers on the walls.
  • Ulu Camii ("Great Mosque")
  • The Archaeological Museum

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Events and Festivals

The Newroz Festival (21st March) is absolutely huge, attracting thousands of people every year. It's possibly the biggest festival in all of the Kurdish speaking regions. The Muncipality offers free buses to the location and it's a great day out with music, traditional dance, food stalls and a great atmosphere. Just watch your things.

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Getting There

By Plane

Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) has a few flights. Onur Air flies to Istanbul, Pegasus Airlines to Ankara and Istanbul, IZair to Izmir, Turkish Airlines to Ankara and Istanbul, and SunExpress to Izmir, Antalya and Bursa.

By Train

The Güney Ekspresi leaves for İstanbul via Malatya, Sivas and Kayseri at 11.36am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sun­day.

By Bus

Buses serve numerous destinations througout Turkey, with multiple connections to the main cities. Dolmus (minibuses) travel to many regional cities and towns.

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Sleep

Budget

Hotel Surkent, on Hz. Suleyman Caddesi, is a decent cheap option. The rooms are clean, en suite and come well stocked with fridge, wardrobe, TV etc. 25TL for a single room and 35TL for a double room in March 2010. Owners don't speak much English, but this isn't unusual in Diyarbakir - the receptionist normally calls a friend who is fluent to translate.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be found everywhere except small rural villages. The cost of an hour use of internet ranges from 1 YTL to 1.5 YTL. Wireless internet is becoming popular in some cafes in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, and at airpots. But in many other places it's still not available, or sometimes at a very high cost.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Turkey's international country code is 90. Dial 112 for an ambulance anywhere, from any telephone, without a charge. In case of a fire, dial 110; for police, call 155. However, in rural areas there is not a police coverage, so dial 156 for gendarme, a military unit for rural security. All these numbers are free of charge and can be called from a telephone booth without inserting a calling card, or any phone including cell phones.

There are telephone booths owned by Turk Telekom in major parts of cities. public phones now operate with chip telekom cards which are available in 30, 60 or 120 units and can be obtained at post offices, newspaper and tobacco kiosks.
It is estimated that approximately 98% of the population of Turkey lives within the coverage areas of Turkey’s three cell phone line providers. Line providers from most countries have roaming agreements with one or more of these companies. Pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for approximately TRY20-50. These can be purchased at the airport on arrival or from the many outlets in Istanbul and other large cities. Providers include Vodaphone.

Post

PTT is the national post service in Turkey. Services are generally moderately fast but quite reliable. There is an extended price list on the PTT website, where you can see the costs of sending items within Turkey, countries in Europe and further afield. For sending packages one might also use international companies such as DHL and UPS and local companies such as Yurtici Kargo. Post offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign and are generally open between 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:30pm to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Some might keep longer hours or be open during the weekend as well, but this mainly applies to the larger ones or those in central places and tourist areas.

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