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Halfeti

Need a break in a scheduled place?. l Then Halfeti is for you. This peaceful village lies about 40 kilometres north of Birecik,  right on the bank of the Euphrates.it is the perfect spot to unwind before tackling the busy cities of Şanlıurfa to the east or Gaziantep to the west. The setting couldn't be more appealing, with attractive houses that trip down the  side of the hillside above the river. Sadly, with the construction of the Birecik Dam, half of the city was inundated, including several archaeological sites and part of the population had to be resettled.

From Halfeti,  boat trips to nearby Rumkale can easily be organized ( about 30 EUR for the whole boat.) - it definite must do. This ruined fortress sets atop a rocky bluff overlooking The River and is accessible by a short but steep path. it features a mosque, a church, a monastery, a well and other remains, all in a relatively good state of preservation. And, man-oh-man, the views are just lovely.

Getting  there and  away

 

Halfeti is relatively easily accessible by public transport on weekdays. Hourly minibuses ply the route between Birecik and Halfeti.