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Erbil main square
General country guides Iraqi Kurdistan

Travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan: what you need to know before you go

Everything you need to know about travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan as a tourist, from safety to budget to transport, from a solo female traveller perspective.

Erbil main square
Iraqi Kurdistan Middle East

Erbil: a guide to Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital

Everyone had raved to me about Sulaymaniyah. However, it was actually Erbil that I came to really like.  The city is Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. The central citadel has been continuously lived in for 7000 years, and is now a built up, manmade hill …

Sulaymaniyah city
Iraqi Kurdistan Middle East

Sulaymaniyah: Iraqi Kurdistan’s cultural capital

I was really unsure what to expect in Iraqi Kurdistan. After crossing the border from Iran, my first destination was Sulaymaniyah, the region’s second largest city. I had heard that Sulaymaniyah was a very modern, almost European-style city… whatever that really means. However, I can see how people would describe it in this way, with …