Situated in the far east of Turkey, Van has a large surface area and a population of 1,060,000 people. Van has a continental climate, like other cities of the region. Winters are harsh, and summers are hot. The nearby Lake Van makes the weather milder.
Some of the historical and natural sights to see in Van are the well-known Ahtamar Church, Şeytan Bridge on Mahi Creek, Halime Hatun Mound, the Van Castle built by the Urartians, and of course Lake Van, the city’s landmark. The name of the city is associated with its local style of breakfast, which is famous throughout Turkey. Ciğer kavurması (fried lamb liver) is another well-known dish of the city. Other dishes to try are the tandır balığı (tandoori fish) and murtuğa (wheat flour porridge).
You can reach Van by air from the Ferit Melen Airport, and by road, and rail. Van has eleven districts including Erciş, Muradiye and Başkale.
Van Ferit Melen Airport is 5 kilometers away from the city center. Transportation to the city center is provided by taxi, minibus or municipal buses.
It is also possible to reach the city center by renting a car from the car rental offices at the airport.
Taking a taxi is one of the easiest ways to reach the city center. Taxi option becomes attractive because there is not a long distance between the airport and the city center.
Another option is to take a municipal bus. You can get on the buses to reach the city center from the bus stops, which are 300 meters away from the terminal building.
You can also prefer to get on the minibus which is another transportation option. Yet, you should remember that you need to walk a little bit to get on the minibus. You can reach the city center by getting on the “İskele” (pier) minibus on the minibus lane which is 900 meters away from the terminal.
You can also reach the city center by renting a car from the car rental offices of the companies like Avis, Budget and Europcar at the airport. You can save time and avoid any possible difficulty by booking a rental car in advance online or by telephone.Last Updated: January 06, 2017