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Lake which almost big enough to be a “sea”

We were on a tour of Eastern Turkey so seeing Lake Van was a must. On our many trips to Turkey I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sultanshat
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Newcastle, Australia
Passing through van

The weather was funky and I was tired of big cities after thiscpoint. People are very nice... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
zuni P
,
Lagunitas, California
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The largest body of water in Turkey, this triangular shaped lake contains salt water that is unsuitable for drinking or irrigation. The only life form that can survive in the water is a species of freshwater fish called darekh that has adapted to...more
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a tour of Eastern Turkey so seeing Lake Van was a must. On our many trips to Turkey I had noted its sheer size on the airline maps. Seeing it in the flesh was no disappointment. Driving around its shoreline reinforced its...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The weather was funky and I was tired of big cities after thiscpoint. People are very nice everywhere in Turkey . You can easily visit the monastery by local Bus . That is quite nice I stayed ROZ Hotel which was great for the price...More

Thank zuni P
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

The lake has blue & clear water .It is near city .half an hour time to reach from city center .There are some resturant s & places to enjoy .If weather is shiny the best situation to visit it.tere are some tours to tak you...More

Thank Soraya H
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

It was a very good experience to be here,using a boat to achieve island.it was so lovely ♥️ the church in the island is good to visit but it's not so much interesting but the environment and the nature and the view of the lake...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

must seen in van quite and nice district for relaxation and be far from cities noise. almost you can go too small water park of van

1  Thank v v
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

This lake is biggest in Turkey and has a clear water, great view from land and a small Island to see, if you are traveling to Van do not forget to see lake.

Thank armanmodern
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Lake van is the biggest lake in Turkey. Definitely it has a great potential in terms of touristic activities however there is not enough care of this lake especially near seaport. There is only a plain of walking path through the seaport and that's it....More

Thank Mehmet K
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

A small city not good for recreates travel .it s good for shopping and also night life As we have to travel by car it was tedious

Thank mahmas
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

I went to the pier to be organised for a lake crossing, and was surprised at the range of activities available. It is accessible by minibus from the centre, then a 500 m walk. That was jammed with parked cars on a Saturday and Sunday,...More

Thank Roderick S
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

We went to the Akdamar beach for swimming and swimming in blue water in late summer was very attractive. Then, get a boat trip to visit its island. The trip in the blue water lake with blue sky in top to receive mountain surrounded island...More

Thank arman580
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