One of the biggest and oldest salt mines in the world, the CANKIRI SALT CAVE has been producing salt for over 5,000 years. It is situated 18 kilometres to the east of CANKIRI within the boundaries of the village of BALIBAI. 18 thousand m2 of vacant galleries that had previously been used for salt manufacturing were taken over by Special Provincial Administration in 2013 with the operating company’s permission and refurbishment work for tourism purposes began.
With the onset of the new season and the warming of the weather, the salt cave, which is situated in the Tuzluca neighbourhood of Idr, is ready to welcome both domestic and foreign guests.
The Salt Treatment Center in Idr’s Tuzluca neighbourhood, which opened roughly two years ago, continues to welcome guests all year long. The cave, from which the salt used in the area’s dishes, industry, and snow-making in earlier years was removed, was later made a tourist attraction.
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The cave, which sees a lot of people during the spring and summer, is prepared to greet them as the weather begins to warm. Moreover, tour operators have added this cave to the route, which is frequented by both locals and tourists.
The cave, which is run by the Tuzluca District Governorship and opened with the help of the Governorship of Idr, is still being worked on. Fatih Keşan stated,
“With the warming of the weather, we decided let’s take advantage of the chance and come to our area of Tuzluca. Those who are overcome by hot weather come to the cave to cool down and heal. It is impossible to avoid visiting the salt caves while in Tuzluca. Considering that this is one of Idr’s core values. Typically, visitors come here throughout the summer. They come here largely in search of healing and to chill off. Despite being in the east, Idr is hot, even being referred to as the Ukurova of the east. People periodically go to the salt cave to cool off for this reason. I advise visitors to Idr to visit this location. This is my second or maybe third time visiting this lovely location. In other words, I draw as much of who I am from my work, power, and intensity. This is a lovely location with good value that should definitely be preserved and visited. I endorse this location to others.”
The salt caves, which are supposed to be beneficial for a number of respiratory conditions, are also being prepared for health tourism. After the conclusion of the research, it is hoped that the area would act as a Salt Treatment Center both domestically and internationally.