Turkey’s Halfeti district of southeastern Sanliurfa province attracts visitors with its artificial coast, historical sunken city and endemic roses throughout the year.

Halfeti was included in the quiet city network of the Cittaslow International Coordination Committee in 2013 with its calm and peaceful features. Hosting Birecik dam lake, Halfeti seems like a coastal place although it is located in the country’s southeastern steppes.

Visitors can take boat tours in the dam lake and take the opportunity to see the sunken city Rumkale, which was home to many civilizations, and the Savasan Quarter, where abandoned old buildings are located.

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