Mardin, Artuklu/Mardin, Turkey
Historical Mardin The old town of this ancient city is set on the side of a hill overlooking the upper Mesopotamian plains. Mardin Castle sits atop the hill, towering over the honey-colored limestone structures. While wandering through the winding alleyways, you will encounter numerous mosques, madrassas, and churches, some dating back thousands of years, often tucked into corners. You can find many excellent places to try the local cuisine, but Cercis Murat Konağı is at the top of the list. Make sure not to miss out on a glass of regional wine, either. The Mardin Bazaar is one of the most colorful, complete with decorated donkeys and brightly colored textiles, and historic Emir Hamam is an excellent spot for relaxation. If you are traveling in Turkey and looking for an interesting and intoxicating location in the Southeast, make sure to spend a few days in Mardin.