Malatya is a modern-looking city close to the site of one of the oldest human settlements in history. The area was a thriving agricultural center in Mesopotamian times about 6,000 years ago, and the Romans knew the city as Melitene. Fly to Malatya today, however, and you ll be visiting a tranquil, laid-back urban center that s known chiefly for its apricot harvest.
Apricots are the theme of Malatya s Apricot Market, where you ll find soaps and cosmetics made from the golden fruits as well as unique apricot confectionaries. The Malatya Museum, a short distance outside of town, showcases Neolithic, Hittite and Roman archaeological finds. In the town of Orduzu, a 20-minute ride from the center of the city, you can visit the ruins of Aslantepe, which is mentioned in the Bible under its Hittite name Milidia. Nature lovers who want to get away from the city will enjoy a trip to the Gunpinar Waterfall.
When you fly to Malatya, you will arrive at the Malatya Erhac Airport (MLX), 16 miles from the city center. Malatya is a transportation hub for the surrounding area and is amply served by rail and bus. Malatya has hot, dry summers with temperatures hovering at just below 90 degrees, while the winter is cold and snowy, dipping to the mid-20s.
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