Kahramanmaras City Guide

Kahramanmaras City Guide

Kahramanmaraş is one of the largest cities of the region in terms of population. More than 1 million people live in Kahramanmaraş and it’s located in Mediterranean Region of Turkey. However, some of its territory is located in Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia regions. Kahramanmaraş is also one of the most important city for the history of Turkish Republic. The city became the symbol of national resistance on the Southern Front of the Turkish War of Independence. Kahramanmaraş is also among the developed cities of the Mediterranean Region in terms of agro-industry, energy production, mining and agriculture. Especially in textile and yarn industry in Turkey and the Middle East has become a leading center position. Afşin-Elbistan Thermal Power Plant, hydroelectric power plants and lignite mines in the region contribute greatly to the economy of the city. There is the richest lignite basin in the country.

On the other hand, Kahramanmaraş is a touristic center that attracts attention with many places to visit. Kahramanmaraş is also a historical city has been hosted of many civilizations. There are many historical places to visit in the city like mosques and museums. Also, the city has great potential in mineral resources such as barite, iron and marble. If we look at the education perspective, Kahramanmaraş has the oldest university of the country like Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University. It is possible to reach Kahramanmaraş by road and airline. However, Kahramanmaraş is the most important attraction point for tourism and real estate investments. Check out the most comprehensive Kahramanmaraş city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Kahramanmaraş” or “How to get to Kahramanmaraş?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)




79 / km2

0,81 %

14.525 km2




27,126 ₺

There are important districts in Kahramanmaraş like Onikişubat and Dulkadiroğlu in terms of being metropolitan districts. On the other hand, the third biggest districts of Kahramanmaraş is Elbistan after Dulkadiroğlu. These three districts have about 800 thousand population. Afşin is also has an important feature for Kahramanmaraş. These districts are among the most popular districts of Kahramanmaraş. Places to visit in Kahramanmaraş is generally within the boundaries of these districts. Elbistan, Onikişubat and Türkoğlu has important industrial zones of the city. Onikişubat, Göksun, Pazarcık, Elbistan and Dulkadiroğlu are the most profitable districts for real estate investments in Kahramanmaraş.

The districts of Kahramanmaraş are Afşin, Andırın, Çağlayancerit, Dulkadiroğlu, Ekinözü, Elbistan, Göksun, Nurhak, Onikişubat, Pazarcık and Türkoğlu. You will find detailed information for all districts of Kahramanmaraş in this guide.

Short History of Kahramanmaraş

Kahramanmaraş and its surroundings have a long history from prehistoric times to the present day. There are traces of ancient era in Tekir Valley, Caves in Döngel Village and in Elbistan, Pazarcık and Türkoğlu districts. The first settlements in the region started in the Paleolithic Age. It is known that the first civilization in the region belongs to the Hittites (2000-1200 BC). In the Assyrian inscriptions, the city, which was called “Markasi” or “Markas”, became the capital of the Kingdom of Gurgum, a Late Hittite state. A short time later, the Gurgum Kingdom was annexed by the Assyrians. Later, Meds, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Seljuks, Mamluks, Dulkadiroğulları and Ottomans conquered the city. The city known as “Germenicia” during the Roman period; It is strategically important, easy to access to environmental civilizations, it is the transition region of trade and economy. The city, which witnessed Arab raids for a while, was conquered by the Seljuk State in 1086. However, the Maras lands changed hands between the Seljuks, Byzantines, Crusaders and Danisments. Then the city came under the sovereignty of İlhanlı and Memlük state. The Dulkadiroğlu Principality was established in the region in 1337 and became one of the most powerful principalities in Anatolia. The city was incorporated into Ottoman lands by Yavuz Sultan Selim in 1515 and became a state affiliated to the Ottoman State in 1531.

After World War I, Kahramanmaraş was occupied by the British first and then the French in 1919. The local resistance that started on January 21, 1920 forced the French to withdraw from the city. Maraş became the first city to save itself in the Turkish War of Independence by winning its independence on February 12, 1920. Maraş has become a symbol of national spirit and national resistance. The city was honored by the Turkish Grand National Assembly with the “Red Stripe Independence Medal” on April 5, 1925. Again, due to these achievements, the city was honored with the title of “Hero” on February 7, 1973. Thus, the name of the city became Kahramanmaraş.

Cultural Mosaic of Kahramanmaraş

Kahramanmaraş, which has been at the crossroads of important roads throughout history, has been a center where different civilizations, ethnics and religions have mixed and influenced each other. It connected the many cities of the Anatolian lands in terms of culture and trade. Kahramanmaraş is one of the oldest settlements in Anatolian history. The city has its own unique culture and rich historical heritage with its communities.

Accommodation in Kahramanmaraş is an important issue for people who visit city for different purposes like tourism or business. In Kahramanmaraş, close to the city center, it is possible to find luxury hotels in all-inclusive concept and accommodation options that serve in bed and breakfast, half board and room concepts only. You can stay in Kahramanmaraş hotels suitable for the needs of visitors coming to Kahramanmaraş for business and tourism purposes. If you want to get away from the city center to ski resorts of Kahramanmaraş and going to the Yedikuyular Ski Center you can choose the hotels in Dulkadiroğlu district. You can find a lot of accommodation alternatives in almost all holiday resorts of Kahramanmaraş. There are world-famous hotel chain like Hilton and Ramada.

The borders of Kahramanmaraş are located in 3 regions. Therefore, the city has a variable climate but generally Mediterranean climate is seen. Summers are hot and dry, winters are warm and rainy. Annual average temperature about 16.8 ºC in the city. The best time to visit Kahramanmaraş is late spring and early autumn months. Find the best hotels in Kahramanmaraş in our guide easily.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Kahramanmaraş or real estate for rent in Kahramanmaraş, you are on the right page. The prices of houses for sale in Kahramanmaraş have increased by 28.40% in the last year. The average residential area is 160 square meters. The depreciation period of the houses for sale is around 19 years. The fact that Kahramanmaraş is energy production center with dams and thermal power plants. It is possible to see housing projects of various construction brands in most parts of the city. The districts that gained the most value in Kahramanmaraş province were Onikişubat, Göksun, Pazarcık, Elbistan, Dulkadiroğlu respectively. On the other hand, the districts with the fastest return in Kahramanmaraş province were  Dulkadiroğlu, Andırın, Türkoğlu, Onikişubat, Afşin respectively. Since affordable and luxurious sites are built in these regions, it is preferred by those who want to invest. You can make the most correct investment by examining our ads for apartment options for sale from Kahramanmaraş real estate agent. You can also add your listings easily if you are selling or renting a house in different districts of Kahramanmaraş.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Kahramanmaraş? If you’re, our special health guide will be helpful for you. In Kahramanmaraş, there are 1 city hospital, 7 state hospitals, 1 university hospital and 8 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city. You can get high-quality health services in many health instutitions in Kahramanmaraş. Especially, Kahramanmaraş Necip Fazıl City Hospital is the biggest and full-fledged hospital of the city with its high capacity.

If we look at the general perspective to Kahramanmaraş, the city is located in Mediterranean region of Turkey. However, the city is located at the junction of Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, Southeastern Anatolia and Mediterranean regions. So, there are many transportation alternatives for the city. You can reach Kahramanmaraş by air and road transportation. Kahramanmaraş Airport is located 7 kilometers away from the city center. You can come to the city center by using airport public bus services from the Kahramanmaraş Airport to different regions of the city. If you want to come to Kahramanmaraş by bus, there are bus services from many cities to Kahramanmaraş.

Road Transportation

For the road transportation concept, Kahramanmaraş has many connections. You can visit Kahramanmaraş by D-825, D-835 and some other important roads from Gaziantep, Osmaniye, Sivas, Malatya and Adıyaman. Also, Adana – Şanlıurfa Highway passes through the city’s borders. Kahramanmaraş Intercity Bus Station is the main bus station of Kahramanmaraş and it’s located in Onikişubat district. You can find direct lines from many cities of Turkey to Kahramanmaraş.

Air Transportation

Kahramanmaraş Airport is the main airport in Kahramanmaraş and this is located in Dulkadiroğlu district. It takes about 7 km from Kahramanmaraş Airport to the city center, so you can use public bus shuttle to reach city center from the airport. You can find connecting international flight from Kahramanmaraş to many countries and cities of the world. Also, you can fly to many domestic cities of Turkey from Kahramanmaraş Airport.

Inner-city Transportation

There is only bus transportation alternatives such as city buses, public buses and minibuses in Kahramanmaraş. The rail system is not yet built in the city. You can use all of the districts of the city by public transportation.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Kahramanmaraş” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Kahramanmaraş” questions in this guide. Choose your destination, click on the guide and start discovering Kahramanmaraş deeply now. Kahramanmaraş has a lot of places to visit. Kahramanmaraş is one of the cities worth seeing in the Mediterranean region. Besides its historical and natural beauties, Kahramanmaraş has a deep-rooted culture. You can start your trip in Kahramanmaraş by visiting the historical Kahramanmaraş Grand Bazaar in the city center. You can also shop in this market. Then those who want to have information about the history of the city can visit the Kahramanmaraş MuseumElbistan Ulu MosqueHatuniye MosqueKahramanmaraş Taş MadrasaHurman Castle and Ceyhan Bridge are among the historical buildings we recommend you to see in Kahramanmaraş. Besides its historical buildings, Kahramanmaraş also has natural beauties. Kapıçam Nature ParkYavşan Plateau Nature ParkKumaşır LakeTekir Yeşilgöz Promenade AreaFırnız Promenade AreaBaşkonuş PlateauKazma Vineyards and Çokran Waterfall are worth seeing. For travelers interested in cave tourism, Direkli CaveBulut Deli CaveDöngel CaveGümüşkaya CaveSavruk Cave and Eshab-ı Keyf Cave are quite interesting. On the other hand, you can visit the hot springs in the city such as Ekinözü İçmeler and Büyük Kızılcık İçmesi. Also, Yedikuyular Ski Center can be an excellent alternative for your winter vacation. For more, check out our guide now !

There are 2 state university in Kahramanmaraş named as Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University and Kahramanmaraş İstiklal University. Especially, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University is one of the oldest universities in Turkey and it’s preferred by thousands of students every year. Find the best university in our guide below.


Enes Sahin

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