Elazığ, which has traces of many civilizations, has lots of touristic values which consist of historical, cultural and natural beauties such as important tombs for faith tourism, historical Harput City, Archeology and Ethnography Museum, Hazar Lake, Keban and Karakaya Dam, Buzluk Cave, Golan Thermal Springs, Hazarbaba Ski Resort.
Elazığ, which is surrounded by three sides of water, as well as having peninsular view, it offers unique investment opportunities to investors in the tourism field while offering unique opportunities to the tourists with its historical and cultural touristic values.
In 2013, 2.567 foreign tourists and 125.340 local tourists visited Elazığ.
Elazığ, is one of the important historic center of the region with Harput Castle and historical settlements, ranging from BC 900. At the same time, the natural beauty of the province increases the province’s tourism potential. Major touristic places in Elazığ are listed below:
Harput Castle (Milk Castle): It is reported that during the construction milk and egg white are used for the mortar because of the drought. It is believed to have been made during Urartu period. The castle has quite an imposing image with its dominant position to the Elazığ plain. There are many historical items around the castle.
Great Mosque : The mosque is the oldest building in Harput and the surrounding area. It was made in 12th century by Artuks. The two-door structure, fused with IranoAnatolian Seljuk plans and features, is a signicant monument. The tilt of the minaret has moved up to the present day.
Buzluk Cave: The cave is located in the Northeast of the Harput Castle. Because of its geomorphological structure, there are stalatites and stalagmites in summer, on the contrary, it has a warm indoor environment in winter.
Virgin Mary Church: The church is in the rear side of the Harput Castle. It is one of the oldest Syrian church in the world. One wall of the church is composed of rocks, and there are roads to the Castle inside the church.
Arap Baba Tomb: There is unspoilt lifeless body of Arab Baba inside the tomb. It is built by Seljuk Ruler III. Gıyaseddin Keyhusrev. Its architecture contains many elements of the Seljuks.
Hazar Baba Ski Resort: Hazar Baba Ski Resort, located on Hazar Baba Mountain, has 19 lift and food and beverage facilities. The ski-run with the view of Hazar and Keban Dam Lake, has more attractive view than other ski-resorts.
Hazar Lake: Hazar Lake is a registered as a wetland natural lake, containing many endemic plants and lives. There are many beaches and recreational areas, and many facilities near the lake of which length is 22 km. The existence of sunken city which is registered as a conservation area, is very attractive for the diving facilities. “2011 World Oshore Championship” has been organized in Keban Dam Lake. Also every year, “Hazar Water Sports Festival” is organized. One of the other important activity organized every year is “International Hazar Poetry Evenings”. The region is very attractive for investors when considered with Hazar Baba Ski Resort.
Keban Dam: Keban Dam, the largest articial lake of Turkey, not only generates electricitiy but also has sh farms. Here the region is very attractive for investments on trout farming, because of which Elazığ is escalating to the 1st rank in Turkey. Recent years, it has been attractive to eat sh in a unique view for domestic tourists.
Thermal Tourism: Golan Thermal, in Karakoçan District of Elazığ, and Pertek Thermal, 25 km. away from Elazığ, are ready to welcome guests.
Palu Castle: Palu Castle has traces of many civilizations. It is located 1 km east of Palu centrum. The southern and southeastern parts of the castle are surrounded by the Murat River and because of its steepness in the north and the west, it is a castle that is natural to defend and difficult to conquer. Evliya Çelebi even wrote that although Timur saw the castle, he passed without trying to capture the castle.
In Palu Castle, many historical buildings belonging to the Urartu period have reached to date. There are many structures that are rare on earth such as inscriptions, rock tombs, rock tunnels, temples, water cisterns, worship niches, rock ladders and rock warehouses.