"Slemani" As Sulaymaniyah by maykal
As Sulaymaniyah Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 48 photos
I'm finding this quite a difficult intro to write for some reason. It's not because Slemani was fantastic...it wasn't. But it wasn't awful either. It was nice. That's probably the best way to describe it. Nice.
Like all the other tourists I met in Iraqi Kurdistan, I'd done my homework online and following links and doing searches led me to downloading some pages from Lonely Planet's Iraq chapter. I'm not sure what tea the LP author was drinking, but it can't have been legal...Slemani was described as "cosmopolitan", "a gem" waiting to be discovered before the masses arrive, and from his over-the-top descriptions I was fooled into believing Slemani to be a cross between arty Istanbul and beautiful Esfahan surrounded by enormous mountains... the reality fell somewhat short.
I liked Slemani, not because of the imaginitive write-up it received, but because it was a friendly sort of place, likeable...erm...nice. The weather wasn't kind, as I had a day of rain, and once that had stopped, it became fairly humid, so the stunning mountain backdrop as described by LP stayed shrouded in a haze. But that didn't stop me enjoying wandering round the huge bazaar which is definitely on par with Erbil's Qaysari Bazaar. I did a fair bit of walking too, out to the infamous Amna Suraka security museum twice, to the largest city park, and out to the upmarket suburbs where again Slemani rivals Erbil with its many new shopping malls.
Maybe the best thing in Slemani was the Sha'ab Chaixana. No, forget the maybe...it was the best thing. After a sombre day trip to nearby Halabja, we got talking to someone on the bus back to Slemani who invited us for tea...we passed through a nondescript door, down a corridor, and emerged into an amazing teahouse where Slemani's intellectuals and artists gather to peruse the bookshelves, play dominoes, smoke nargileh and sip tea. No other teahouse in Iraqi Kurdistan compared, so it's almost worth recommending a trip out to Slemani just for the Sha'ab Chaixana.
I visited three of Slemani's parks. The closest to the city centre is the small one next to Suleymaniyeh University,... more travel advice
The "highlight" of any trip to Slemani ought to be this museum, housed in one of Saddam's old torture facilities known... more travel advice
maykal's Related Pages
As Sulaymaniyah Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Facts about Iraqi Kurdistan"
- "Sulaymania-capital of kurdish culture in Northiraq"
- "Travelling to Sulaymaniah from Tehran by car"
- See All...
- Things to Do in As Sulaymaniyah
- Hotels in As Sulaymaniyah
- Transportation in As Sulaymaniyah
- Nightlife in As Sulaymaniyah
- Restaurants in As Sulaymaniyah
- See All...
Badges & Stats in As Sulaymaniyah
- 8 Reviews
- 18 Photos
- 2 Forum posts
- 1 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (39)
Have you been to As Sulaymaniyah?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in As Sulaymaniyah
Photos in As SulaymaniyahSee All Photos (18)
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Lundy Island Intro, 33 reviews, 147 photos
- Marseille Intro, 22 reviews, 97 photos
- Tunisia Intro, 26 reviews, 92 photos
- Istanbul Intro, 33 reviews, 71 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Vigo Intro, 19 reviews, 83 photos
- Kassala Intro, 53 reviews, 38 photos, 5 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Arbil Intro, 20 reviews, 70 photos
- Morocco Intro, 15 reviews, 73 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Prizren Intro, 20 reviews, 68 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Cartagena Intro, 18 reviews, 68 photos