Hakkari City Guide

Hakkari City Guide

Hakkari is the rising star of Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey with more than 280.000 population. Border trade and livestock activities are the main economical players of the city. At the last years, with the new investment made in different sectors like infrastructure, health and education, the city started to give some developing signals. Today, Yüksekova is an important attraction point for local and foreign investors.

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

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Eastern Anatolia


39 / km2

-1,91 %

7.228 km2




4.441 $

Yüksekova is the biggest and most developed district of Hakkari. With 120.000 population, the district has become an important trade center of the region at the last years.

The districts of Hakkari are Şemdinli, Yüksekova, Çukurca and Derecik. You will find detailed information for all districts of Hakkari in this guide.

Short History of Hakkari

From the documents obtained in the researches in the region and the names of the rocks found in the area, it was determined that the region was a settlement in prehistoric times, and that the Sumerians, Akkadians, Urartians and Assyrians lived for a long time, respectively. With the Ankara Treaty signed in 1926, Hakkari, whose five regions including Mosul are excluded from the national borders, gained the status of a province in the same year. It was attached to Van Province in 1933, and in 1936 it gained the status of a province again.

Accommodation in Hakkari will be important if you are not resident in this city. Today, with the new investments on accommodation sector, you can find a lot of hotels in Yüksekova and city center.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Hakkari or real estate for rent in Hakkari, you are on the right page. As of the end of July 2020 in Hakkari , the prices of houses for sale increased by 6,3% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 140 square meters. Considering the annual averages, as of the end of July 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Hakkari for housing were Yüksekova and Çukurca  in descending order.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Hakkari ? In Hakkari, there are 3 state hospitals and 1 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city.

Road Transportation

You can visit Hakkari by road transportation easily. Today, there are many bus lines from major cities of Turkey to Hakkari.

Air Transportation

Yüksekova Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport is located in Yüksekova district of Hakkari. You can find direct flights to Ankara and Istanbul.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Hakkari” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Hakkari” questions in this guide. Located in the Southeastern Anatolia Region, at the foot of the Zap Valley, Hakkari has a long history as it has hosted many civilizations throughout history. When you go to this city located at the intersection of Mesopotamia and Anatolia, you can see the traces of the rich heritage from those days. Seyithan Lake, located in Berçelan Plateau, which turns into a garden of paradise with flowers blooming in summer and spring, is one of the most popular places in the city. This lake, which is engraved in memory with its unique view created by clear and deep blue waters, is also a frequent destination for families who want to have a picnic. Taş Bridge, which is about 16 kilometers away from Şemdinli district, is located on the Şemdinli stream. Although the exact date of its construction is not known, the Stone Bridge, which is estimated to have been built in the late 19th century, has become one of the city’s symbols today. Cennet Cehennem Valley, which is 45 kilometers away from Hakkari and where four seasons are experienced together, manages to impress itself with its natural beauties at an altitude of 3,500. The other part of the valley, which is surrounded by huge glaciers of hundreds of years, reflects a wonderful image decorated with flowers.

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


Enes Sahin

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