Erzincan is an ancient city in Eastern Anatolia. After suffering from powerful earthquakes (in 1939 which leveled the whole city and most recently in 1992), it has undergone a process of renewal and has become a modern city—Erzincan is one of the most orderly cities in Turkey. The population is approximately 300,000. Many stores and shopping malls can be found in Erzincan.
There is a daily train (Doğu Express) from Istanbul. Doğu Express calls at Ankara, too. There is also another daily train from Ankara (Erzurum Express), which is reported to be more comfortable (and also more expensive) than Doğu Express.
Peevish rivers (upper Euphrates) around Erzincan offers rafting opportunities full of adrenaline.
One of the most special and unique culinary offer of Erzincan is Erzincan döneri, served with a special Lavash bread and onion and greens salad. Check out Kebabistan or Evin Döner around Dörtyol area; a portion (100 gr) should cost no more than 9 TL. Try ordering açık ayran (a cold beverage of yogurt mixed with water) as a drink accompaniment. Another local specialty is Şiş köfte (grilled lamb meatballs), which has a more distinctive taste and shape than served in other areas of the country. It comes with an extra-ordinary onion salad mixed with sumac and local lavash bread. Two restaurants Sefa Köfte and Özcan Köfte, the latter a little far from the city center offer this rarity.
Erzincan's telephone code is (+90) 446.