The Van seaside

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Other names: Arteme (Kurdish)

Driving between Van and Akdamar you might want to pause in Edremit, the decidedly scruffy “beach resort” on the outskirts of Van. Hopefully money will eventually be found to tidy it up and turn it into the drawcard it really ought to be.

In the meantime, if you don’t mind the broken pavements and lopsided lampposts it’s a good place to watch the sun dip down into the lake, and an even better place to sit down for a supper of really excellent meatballs sandwiched inside half a loaf of bread and served with all the trimmings. 

Be careful not to confuse this Edremit with the other Edremit over on the Aegean coast near Assos.


Merit Şahmaran

Regarded by many as the best hotel in "Van", the Merit Şahmaran boasts a great location right on the lake as well as the mod cons sadly missing from many of the real Van hotels.

Tel: 0432-312 3060, www.meritsahmaranotel.com

Transport info

There are frequent dolmuşes from Van to Gevaş via Edremit.



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