Hürmetçi Reed Bed
Filling with water at the first rains of the season, the reed bed was, in 2004, defined as an internationally important wetland as it fulfils one of the nine Ramsar criteria. It is located on the migration route that passes through Europe, Asia, and Africa. As an important area for wildlife as well as recreation, the reeds are habitats for various bird species such as the great egret, grey heron and little swan.
Sultan Marshes Wetland
This is one of the rare ecosystems where fresh and salt-water ecosystems coexist. For 301 endangered or nearly endangered bird species, the reed field provides a habitat and a breeding area.
That this is the only area in Europe where cranes, flamingos, egrets, and spoonbills incubate together demonstrates its resource values. It is located at the intersection of two major bird migration routes that pass through our country and are used by migratory birds that travel between Africa-Europe-Asia every year.
Gesi Vineyards and Pigeon Houses
In ancient times, in various parts of Anatolia, the excrement of wild pigeons was a valued fertilizer for vineyards and gardens. To enable easier collection of this substance, dovecotes and pigeon houses were established. The Gesi Vineyards (Gesi Bağları) are a unique example; they are built in stone in the shape of a tower and are the only type of this kind in Türkiye. The underground chamber located in the Gesi Vineyards dovecotes is also unique to Türkiye and is an important point of differentiation from others abroad.
The Kapuzbaşı Waterfalls (Kapuzbaşı Şelaleleri) are a special protection (SIT) area that includes seven waterfalls in an area of 500 square meters. Water flowing heavily between rocks falls from a height of 30-76 meters. These are source waterfalls that flow continuously through winter and summer. The Kapuzbaşı waterfalls are one of the largest waterfalls in the world in terms of altitude flow.
Before the advent of tractors and machinery, horses were used on farms for three seasons of the year; during the winter, the horses were left to roam on their own. The descendants of these horses, no longer needed for farm work, now roam in groups of 10-12 horses and move in herds to survive. A great number of wild horses (yılkı atları) live in the Sultan Reeds region, around Sarıgöl on the foothills of Erciyes Mountain, and in the Hürmetçi and Dokuzpınar regions. Hundreds of tourists from Türkiye and abroad flock to the region to see and photograph these wild horses. In addition, documentaries have been made about them.