Hundreds of miles away from the shores of the Mediterranean and Aegean, a mountain lake southeast of Elazığ in eastern Anatolia is attracting dozens and dozens of heat-stricken vacationers looking for places to cool off during the summer.
Located in the Sivrice district about 26 kilometers (16 miles) from the city center, Lake Hazar attracts holidaymakers with its tectonic character as a rift lake and its unique scenery, natural beauties and tourist facilities.
The lake offers several water sports, camping and hiking opportunities at an elevation of 1,250 meters (4,101 feet) above sea level. The lake also has a 56-kilometer-long shoreline that stretches between Mount Hazarbaba and Mastar, creating the perfect grounds for lounging on a sandy beach.
Ibrahim Bahçeci, the owner of a tourist facility around the lake, said about 4,000 people visit the lake daily.
“The fresh air at Lake Hazar, its clear waters and natural beauties attract people. Lake Hazar is really a vital place for the people in the region,” Bahçeci said, adding that the number of visitors has climbed since temperatures have risen.