Bitlis-Nemrut Crater Lake (Turkey)
Bitlis-Nemrut Crater Lake
Nemrut Crater Lake is the largest Crater Lake in Europe and the second largest in the world; it is located inside the crater area of Mount Nemrut, one of the youngest volcanoes in the Eastern Anatolia, in the East of the country. The lake itself was formed by the eruption of Mount Nemrut.
The main attractions in this area are the hot and cold water crater lakes on top of the mountain. The still waters of the Nemrut Crater Lake are ideal for swimming and boating. On the shores of the Ilik (hot) Lake, which covers an area of 1.2 sqm, there are several hot water springs. The temperature of the lake water reaches 40°C in winter and 60°C in summer. There are thermal baths located in small ponds close to the lake, which attract visitors who regularly come to receive treatment.
The uniqueness of Bitlis-Nemrut Crater Lake:
The unique location of the lake attracts thousands of tourists every year, with its numerous volcanoes and extraordinary nature, as well as the rich historical heritage. City-ruins, castles and other historical monuments, some of which date back to the Ottoman era, are a truly unique inspiration for all visitors.
Every summer, festivals are held in the region to promote its beauty. There is a fishing competition which is held at the big lake, but there are also swimming competitions, junior sailing group shows, concerts and various folk performances. The Presidential Symphony Orchestra concert is certainly one of the highlights of the summer season, not to be missed.
Before leaving, don’t forget to...
- Visit the city of Bitlis, dominated by a Byzantine Castle. You can also taste delicious honey there, as it is the center of honey production
- Visit Seljuk Cemetery in Ahlat District- the largest Turkish-Islamic graveyard in the world