Mardin City Guide

Mardin City Guide

Mardin is located in Southeast Anatolia Region of Turkey. With more than 800.000 population, Mardin has become one of the most important tourism and agricultural destinations of Turkey at the last years. The masters of the art of stone processing, dating back centuries, built this city on the south-facing part of a high hill, and built an ancient city that always looked over Mesopotamia from above. With many historical destinations, Mardin welcomes local and foreign tourists from all over the world every year.

Mardin, which is one of the oldest settlements in Mesopotamia and has all the traces of the past with its long history of 2350 years; It hosted many ancient communities such as Sumerians and Akadlar. There are many different rumors about the name of the city, which is the meeting point of civilizations. Check out the most comprehensive Mardin city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Mardin” or “How to get to Mardin ?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Southeastern Anatolia


95 / km2

1,16 %

8.858 km2




7.494  $

Mardin is one of the quick developing cities of Turkey which is located in Souteastern Anatolia Region. Kızıltepe is the most developed and populated district of Mardin. The city center Artuklu district takes the second place. If we look at the tourism potential of the city, Midyat is an important tourism center. There are a lot of historical places to visit in the district.

The districts of Mardin are Kızıltepe, Artuklu, Midyat, Nusaybin, Derik, Mazıdağı, Dargeçit, Savur, Yeşilli and Ömerli. You will find detailed information for all districts of Mardin in this guide.

Short History of Mardin

Many civilizations have been settled in the Mesopotamia region between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers throughout the history. Mardin, established on the top of a mountain, is one of the oldest cities of Upper Mesopotamia. Mardin, which sees the settlement in a classical sense starting from 450 BC, is the Arami Syriac place. Arami / Assyrian Subari is an important open-air museum that can blend many buildings related to Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Mitanni, Assyrian, Persian, Byzantine, Arabs, Seljuk, Artuklu, Ottoman Period.

Accommodation in Mardin should be researched well if you are going to Mardin for the first time. Although Kızıltepe and Artuklu are the most populated districts of the city, the concept of accommodation is developed in Midyat. Thanks to the tourism potential, you can find a lot of hotels, hostels and daily rental houses in Midyat. For different budgets, there are some accommodation alternatives in Mardin.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Mardin or real estate for rent in Mardin, you are on the right page. After obtaining “metropolis” title, Mardin started to be preferred by both local and foreign investors at the last times. As a result of demand increase, the real estate prices increased in different districts of the city.

In the last month of Mardin’s housing market, house prices for sale increased by 1.75%. While the average residential square meter prices in the city of Mardin are 1,271 TL, the return time is calculated as 19 years.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Mardin ? If you’re, our special health guide will be helpful for you. In Mardin, there are 6 state hospitals and 3 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 Mardin.

Mardin is located in Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. There are many transportation alternatives for the city. You can reach Mardin by airway and road transportation. Mardin Airport, located in the Kızıltepe district of the city, is located 25 kilometers from the city center. You can come to the city center by using Mardin Municipality public bus shuttle services from the airports to different regions of the city. If you want to come to Mardin by bus, there are bus services from many cities to Mardin.

Road Transportation

You can find direct bus lines from all over Turkey. All of the buses departing from Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir reach the city by using the Adana, Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa routes.

Air Transportation

Mardin Airport is located in Kızıltepe district. It takes 20 minutes to the city center. It’s possible to find direct flights to Mardin from Ankara and Istanbul daily.

Inner-city Transportation

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

Check out the “Best places to visit in Mardin” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Mardin” in this guide. Choose your destination, click on the guide and start discovering Mardin deeply now. Especially, Midyat is the most colorful district of Mardin in terms of historical destination. Mardin is one of the important cities of Turkey in terms of its contribution to historical and architectural tourism. It has a fascinating beauty with the city view that sees the Mardin Plain from the hill and its silhouette lying on the outskirts of Mardin Castle, one of the symbols of the city. Mardin Castle is an important symbol of the city. Inspired by many poets, Mardin Castle has the most beautiful view of the city. We recommend you to make your trip with a guide. Zinciriye Madrasah is another important historical destination of the city. The madrasah built by the Artuklu Sultan, Melik Necmettin İsa bin Muzaffer Davud bin El Melik Salih in 1385, is also known as the Sultan Isa Madrasah. It is a structure that fascinates those who see it with its aesthetic details reflecting the historical and architectural structures of Mardin.

One of the natural beauties of Mardin is the Gurs Valley. The valley is located 7 kilometers from Kızıltepe district and has become a complete escape point with its waterfall and many natural beauties worth seeing. On the other hand, you can visit Turabdin Plateau, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, City Museum and Midyat Old Town in Mardin.

There is 1 state university in Mardin named as Mardin Artuklu University.


Enes Sahin

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