Erzincan City Guide

Erzincan City Guide

Erzincan is located in Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey with 230.000 population. With its vast mountains, fertile plains, amazing rivers and lakes, Erzincan offers a lot of options especially for nature sports enthusiasts. It hosts many sports branches from rafting to paragliding, from skiing to canyon climbing. In addition, the local cuisine of the city, which we will talk about in a moment, is also quite delicious. Turkey’s highest quality goat cheese is produced here. The economy of the city is based on agricultural activities and the industry isn’t developed in this city.

Check out the most comprehensive Erzincan city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Erzincan” or “How to get to Erzincan ?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Eastern Anatolia


20 / km2

-0,55 %

11.746 km2




9,922 $

All districts of Erzincan have lower than 15.000 population and the main activity is agriculture in there.

The districts of Erzincan are Çayırlı, İliç, Kemah, Kemaliye, Otlukbeli, Refahiye, Tercan and Üzümlü. You will find detailed information for all districts of Erzincan in this guide.

Short History of Erzincan

There is no clear information about the First Age period of Erzincan, which is located on the historical Silk Road. According to the estimates of historians, in the second millennium the Hurrians and the Kingdom of Azzi-Hayaşa were ruling in this region. B.C. After 1050, the Hittites, who established a great empire in the region, also dominated the Erzincan region. When the Mongols who invaded Anatolia in the 1240s defeated the Anatolian Seljuk State in the Kösedağ War, Erzincan came under the rule of the Ilkhanians. The region, which was the scene of various throne fights until the 1400s, was taken under Ottoman rule by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1419. Afterwards, although the region was captured by various principalities for a while, it did not take long for the Ottomans to take the region back.

Accommodation in Erzincan will be important if you are not resident in this city. There are only a few hotels in Erzincan.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Erzincan or real estate for rent in Erzincan, you are on the right page. As of the end of August 2020 in Erzincan, the prices of houses for sale increased by 32.24% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 135 square meters. Considering the annual averages, as of the end of August 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Erzincan for housing were Tercan and Üzümlü, respectively.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Erzincan ? In Erzincan, there are 7 state hospitals , 1 training and research hospital and 1 private hospital. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city.

Road Transportation

Road transportation to Erzincan, which is located on the transition route between Anatolia and Eastern Anatolia regions, is quite comfortable. You can find direct bus services to Erzincan from many provinces as it acts as a corridor between east-west provinces. Erzincan Bus Station is 5 km from the city center. placed away. Municipal buses are constantly serving between the city center and the bus station.

Air Transportation

The distance between Erzincan Airport and the city center is approximately 6 kilometers. You can find flights to Erzincan Airport directly from Istanbul and Ankara, and indirectly from other cities.

Railway Transportation

Erzincan is one of the cities on the Eastern Express railway route. You can go to Erzincan with the Eastern Express Train that operates between Ankara and Kars every day. Erzincan Train Station is 2 km from the city center. It’s in such a close location. You can reach the center by using the municipal buses from the stop at the station exit.

Otlukbeli Lake is an another symbol of Erzincan city which is located in Otlukbeli district. The lake, which is declared as a natural monument that hosts a unique view for those who love to take nature photographs, is an ideal spot for discovery lovers. Aygır Lake, which is one of the important places to be discovered in Erzincan, is located in Üzümlü district. Located 45 kilometers from the city center, one of the most important features of the lake is; It is one of Turkey’s largest crater lake. In addition to being a very important place in terms of tourism, camping and rock landings are carried out in and around the lake. Girlevik Waterfall, bearing the same name as Girlevik Village, one of the most beautiful villages of Erzincan, is located 35 kilometers from the center. You can choose this waterfall to have a pleasant time and have fun and you can take nature walks by examining the endemic plants that grow around the waterfall.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Erzincan” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Erzincan” questions in this guide.

There are only one state university located in Erzincan named as Erzincan University.


Enes Sahin

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