Kahta, on lake of Atatürk Dam is a good base to explore the area and Mount Nemrut from, although there’s not a lot of life in the town.
Kâhta is a town in Southeastern Anatolia.
Indeed Kahta should be the main base for visiting Nemrut. There is also another way to Nemrut from Malatya. However the trip from Kahta to Nemrut will include a sightseeing of Karakuş Hill, Arsemia Castle, and ancient Kahta Castle. All of these attractions are included in the National Park. Hence, a visit to Nemrut is shorter and more valuable if done from Kahta.
The nearest airport is in Adıyaman, about 15 km away, which has connections from many cities in Turkey. AnadoluJet, which is sub division of Turkish Airlines flies from Ankara ESB IATA International Airport to Adıyaman on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights depart at 18:55 and arrive at 20:05 to Adıyaman.
There are frequent dolmuş services from Adıyaman, which depart every 15 minutes until around 22:00.
Dolmuş from Adıyaman to Kahta 4 TL. (March 2016)
Dolmuş from Kahta to Karadut 5 or 6 TL. (March 2016)
From Karadut it’s approximately 12 km to Nemrut. You can either walk, try to hitchhike, or arrange a ride from one of Karadut’s accommodation providers.
You can walk pretty much everywhere in town.
- Mount Nemrut. The mountain with its statues is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Visit Black Bird Hill (Karakuş Tepesi), the Roman Bridge, Arsemia.
- Watch sunset and sunrise on Mt Nemrut.
There are plenty of good options for Southeastern Anatolian food. You may try Papatya Restaurant int the city center for kebab and other red meat/chicken food. However do not forget to eat fish at the restaurants in the shore of the Atatürk Dam (Baraj as called in Kahta). Especially Zeynel’in Yeri is good choice. Fish from the dam itself and from Kahta river should be tried. Yayın (a fatty freshwater fish) and Sarıgöz are pretty delicious fish. These restaurants also serve alcoholic drinks, including raki which is a good company with fish.