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Winter Holiday Destinations of Turkey: Erzurum and Palandoken

Winter Holiday Destinations of Turkey: Erzurum and Palandoken

If you’re looking for a cold vacation spot to visit in the winter where you could lay low and experience the comforts of living apart from having some thrill occasionally then Turkey’s got a location that’ll satisfy you splendidly. The Erzurum and Palandöken are the perfect spots for both sightseeing and adventure sports that could be enjoyed for several months if you plan to stay longer.

Although other places in Turkey also contain a variety of landscapes, the beauty of these locations is unparalleled in terms of aesthetic pleasure and outdoor activities. Since they’re situated not far away from an international airport, one could easily reach there from Istanbul which in itself is another wondrous place that you must visit at least once in your lifetime, especially during the winter.


The residents of Turkey observe an influx of tourists for five to eight months in the Erzurum city which is known for its appetizing cuisine, cultural heritage, skiing events, and resorts. The snow-capped mountains of the largest city in eastern Anatolia offer great opportunities to shop for hand-made jewelry as well as superior snow sports equipment.

Even in cold winters, one could relax in the nearby hot springs or see historically important places of the Turkish-Islamic culture that has deep roots in the ancient Byzantine Empire despite being directly relevant to the Turkish Republic.

The city walls and fortress built during the reign of Emperor Theodosius stands at an altitude of 2000 m along with other monuments nearby such as the popular Çifte Minareli, Yakutiye Madrasa, Osh Vank Church, and more. An open-air museum also features other historical houses and tombs including the home of the founding father of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and the building where the Congress of Erzurum assembled.


Vacationers who like winter sports flock together to Mount Palandöken which is merely 6 km from Erzurum boasting numerous hotels, the largest waterfall in Turkey called the  Tortum Waterfall, and the best snow quality that matches that of which can be found in the Swiss Alps.

The slopes of the mount Palandöken also offers night skiing with illuminated tracks which enthral the expert skiers and tourists alike as it has 24 long and steep trails out of which two tracks are registered for slalom competitions by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

All-in-all these locations are prime attractions throughout the winter for enthusiasts and sightseeing tourists who want to experience the best of Turkey in terms of architectural wonders and snow sports.