20 June 2014, 10am
Sat 1 November 2014
Firstly, Erbil contains hundreds of archaeological sites: among the most famous is the Erbil Citadel. With an 8000-year long history it is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the world. The Citadel offers great views over the city.
Secondly, use your visit to discover the Kurdistan region and Kurdish culture. The area is home to multiple ethnicities and religions, one of which, Yazidism, is practiced only in Kurdistan and has tens of thousands of adherents.
Thirdly, the security situation in the Kurdistan Region is quite the opposite to the rest of Iraq. It is completely safe and there is no cause for any concern. You will have no difficulties with visas as you will be granted a free 15-day visa at the airport if you are from Europe, USA or several other countries. Erbil is an ideal destination for those seeking something off the beaten track, with its unspoiled mountain scenery and ancient archaeological sites.