Halfeti is a hidden paradise with its unusual geography and unique culture, the area is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination.
Halfeti is a little fishing town located in Sanliurfa province of the Southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey. Set on the banks of the Euphrates, Halfeti’s history dates back almost 3000 years.
In 2000 with the completion of the Birecik Dam, much of the region was submerged under the waters.
Rumkale and the other cultural treasures of Halfeti take visitors on a journey to the splendour of the past. These are the very first places the Bible tells us stories about. The reason why the city called as Rumkale (Hromgla) was important in the 11th century was that there was a myth that the Johannes, Apostle of Jesus Christ resided in Rumkale during Roman Period and copied his drafts of Holy Bible in a room carved in the rocks. Besides, the importance of the castle increased when Poet St. Nerses held meetings with the envoys of empires there in order to compound the sects.
Anatolia’s new slow city Halfeti also surprises its visitors with a pure beauty that resembles a coastal town. In addition, it is a great experience to see the specific black roses of Halfeti. Fruits and vegetables including bananas, grapefruit and dates grow in the region’s Mediterranean climate.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
Halfeti Cuisine: Halfeti cuisine is famous for its traditional kebabs, appetizers and desserts which are offered to people in restaurants at the side of the Euphrates. Also, do not miss to taste Halfeti’s famous peanuts.
Houses of Halfeti: Halfeti has established by Romans to the east of Euphrates. Halfeti town has many caves which reflect its history. The houses have a unique architecture, which implies a spectacular wealth and prosperity. The stone architectural samples are rare and unique in this part of Anatolia. Terraces are integral parts of Halfeti houses.
Black Roses of Halfeti: Halfeti is also famous for its black roses, actually very dark red that only grow in this particular part of the world. The scented roses grow on a 1,5-meter rosebush that blooms in the spring