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Erbil

Trip Planner Middle East  /  Iraq  /  Erbil Province  /  Erbil
(3.4/5 based on 550+ reviews for top 10 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, parks, shopping

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The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE. Centered on its ancient and World Heritage-listed citadel, the city blends old and new, retaining some of its long-established architectural and cultural charm in its grand bazaars and minarets, while adding a number of modern malls and nightlife haunts. Trips to Erbil remain a safer option to visiting other areas of the country--they also provide a chance to get to know a diverse local population proud of their tolerant and fast-growing city. With the Inspirock custom trip planner, Erbil and other destinations across the globe can be made central to your personalized travel plans.
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Where to stay in Erbil

Running out from the central citadel in concentric circles, the city of Erbil offers a good set of accommodations. As a rule, the farther from the center you get (while still within the city proper), the newer the buildings and the more luxurious the hotels. If you're a real fan of luxury, look to the west of the city center, where impressive modern hotels overlook Sami Abdulrahman Park. If you're looking for something suited to tighter budgets, consider guesthouses and simple, older hotels.
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