Mardin Tourism

Mardin is a gorgeous city in southeastern Turkey that has an extremely strategic location on a hilltop near the Tigris river with a great view of the plains below. During the Roman period, the city used to be called ‘Merida’ which translated to fortress. The city has a rich history with settlers dating back to the 11th century. The city is often referred to as an open-air museum in itself with the large number of historical buildings. The city has very recently opened its gates to tourism and is a great place if you’re looking to enjoy a Mediterranean vacation without the hassle of too many vacationers. History, culture and modernity fuse beautifully in this little-known paradise. 

Essential travel information and Mardin tips for your visit

  • You may have to book your room months in advance if you plan to visit Mardin during the summer as the summer months attract the most number of tourists.
  • Carry an umbrella with you because rainfall is plenty in this region.
  • Travel guides say to pply loads of sunblock to protect your skin.
  • Although distances in this city are short, the road connecting the old and new part of the city is steep and can be very exhausting during the summer. So walking from the old city to the new or vice versa might not be a very good idea. Take a minibus instead.
  • If you’re travelling by car, be aware that a 100 km section of the highway that lies east of Urfa is full of potholes.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Mardin

  • Know the pollution level of Mardin before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 83.33 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 83.33 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 79.31 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Mardin

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.08 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.63 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 29.35 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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