Population: 1,165,088 (2007)
Traffic Code: 38
Kayseri is one of the most important trade centres of the Anatolia region. Located in the middle of the country, it has the feeling of a modern and busy city as well as a strong traditional and religious atmosphere. The setting is spectacular with the mountains of Erciyes Dağı and Kara Dağı in the background, a snow capped volcano and green fields and the nearby Sultansazligi bird sanctuary.
The city is also well known for its textile and carpet industry and has impressive monuments that reflect its history. While in Kayseri, it is recommended to taste the city’s best known dish, a mantı, which is a type of meat pastry made with yoghurt & garlic sauce. Pastırma, sucuk and kesme çorbası are the other local specialties to try when visiting the area.