Despite the fact it’s drab and nondescript, the dusty town of KAHTA, as the most commonly used gateway to Nemrut Dağı and its spectacular mountain-top sanctuary, receives more than its fair share of visitors. Many travellers arrive from elsewhere in Turkey at the provincial capital of Adıyaman, 25km west, though several inter-city bus companies have services direct to Kahta. There is nothing of interest in the town, but it’s only 1km from the Atatürk Baraji reservoir, where there are a few pleasant waterside restaurants and picnic spots.

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