Erbil is the capital of the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan in Iraq and offers visitors a fascinating mix of Kurdish history, cultural diversity and nature highlights. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Erbil promises insights into a turbulent past. Different cultures and religions meet here, giving the city an impressive diversity. Last but not least, Erbil is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes such as the Zagros Mountains with the Gali Ali Beg Canyon, which will make your trip unforgettable.
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Erbil is a special destination for all those who are interested in culture, history, nature and cuisine and want to experience Iraq as a unique destination. The most impressive sight is the Erbil Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. Combine the visit with a walk through the traditional Quaysari Bazaar, where you will be immersed in a colourful and vibrant world. Here you can buy traditional Kurdish handicrafts, textiles, jewellery or spices. If you are interested in the history of the city, you should plan a trip to the Erbil Museum.
The surroundings of Erbil are also worth a trip with their impressive nature and are especially popular with hiking and outdoor fans. Discover the scenic beauty of the region, for example, by visiting the Gali Ali Beg Canyon, a spectacular gorge in the Zagros Mountains. Those who visit Erbil also embark on a culinary journey. Try Kurdish specialities such as tepsi kebab, dolma, kofta or baklava and enjoy the fresh local ingredients and vibrant spices and flavours.
The climate in Erbil is continental: the summer months are very hot and dry with temperatures of up to over 40 degrees, while temperatures in the winter months can easily reach zero degrees. You will find a pleasant travel climate in spring from April to June or in autumn from September to November.
Erbil International Airport is the most important airport in northern Iraq and one of the largest airports in the Middle East. It bears the international abbreviation EBL and is located about seven kilometres northwest of Erbil. The airport has one terminal.
How do I get from EBL airport to the city?
You have several options for transport to Erbil. Taxis can be found right outside the terminal. You should negotiate a price with the driver before you take the taxi. You can also book a rental car at the airport, but the traffic in Erbil can be a bit chaotic. Many hotels also offer shuttle services to get you to your destination easily and comfortably.
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