If you want to escape the sun-sea-sand holiday makers and experience Turkey’s more traditional side, then this is the region for you. A crossroads of civilizations in biblical times. The Syriac monasteries in Mardin and Midyat still chant in Aramaic. The summers are long and dry. As the region is perfect for agriculture, you won’t be surprised that the best kebabs and vegetables are part of everyday life as you feast on the local cuisine.