Members of the Culture Routes Society will soon start work in Van and Bitlis on a new project – an Urartu Cultural Route which will encircle Lake Van. The team will have a first meeting there next week with the mayors and officials of the area. During this part of the project, in summer 2017, the team will develop three routes around the lake and conduct investigations into marketing and maintaining a long-distance route. The area has so many attractions and wonderful scenery that can be linked into a sustainable tourism attraction.
Van castle, with Urartan hieroglyphic inscriptions, and Akdamar church, on an island in the lake, are two of the most famous. The lake near the castle is famous for migrating birds, and is close to the ferry which runs across the lake from Van to Tatvan. The island is especially beautiful when the almond blossom is in flower.