Palandoken offers its guests a unique opportunity to go skiing in the snowy mountains. This is one of the most popular ski resorts in Turkey. Here, in addition to various types of winter sports, various events and festivals are held every year. You can relax here throughout the year.
In the vicinity of Palandoken there are many attractions, both historical and natural. In 2011, snowboard and freestyle competitions were held in Palandoken as part of the Winter Universiade.
Palandoken How to get there?
Palandoken is located 4 km from the city of Erzurum. The city has its own airport, but unfortunately it only takes local flights. So, you can get to Palandoken with transfers in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya or Izmir. From these cities you can fly to Erzurum by choosing one of the three airlines — Turkish Airlines, and two low-cost airlines – Pegasus and SunExpress. From the center of Erzurum to Palandoken just 10 minutes away. You can cover this distance by city bus G6, taxi or rented car.
Those who prefer another option can get to Palandoken by train (from Ankara, Istanbul, Sivas, Kars and Kayseri) or by intercity bus from the bus station.
Information about Palandoken
Palandoken is one of the youngest ski resorts in Turkey. The center is the official place of training camps of the Turkish national alpine skiing team. The resort has ski runs suitable for all ages and levels. A total of 22, they are divided depending on the degree of complexity. 8 of them are light, 9 medium and 3 advanced ski slopes. In addition, Palandoken offers the opportunity to have a good time for lovers of slalom and snowboard. The ski season lasts from mid-December to mid-April, the best skiing conditions from January to March. Ski equipment rental is also available here. Most hotels in the resort operates on an “all inclusive”.
There are many interesting sights in the surroundings of Palandoken. In addition to skiing, you can also visit:
- Yakutiye Medresesi (14th century Muslim school)
- Cifte Minareli Medrese (Theological School of the end of the 12th century)
- Ataturk Museum
- Tomb of Abdurrahman Gazi (Ottoman period)
- Waterfall and Lake Tortum
Hotels in Palandoken
Hotels in Palandoken are presented in a wide variety, so that a tourist with any budget size can find a place to stay. There are 4 – 5 stars hotels, guesthouses and detached bungalows.
Dedeman and Palan Hotel are among the most famous hotels in the ski resort, but there are also many alternative hotels here. Dedeman Hotel is known for its proximity to the ski slopes, it offers 5 ski lifts. Palan Hotel is ideal for tourists who want more affordable prices.