The thing that tends to bypass most reviews about the city is the number of huge parks here – perfect for relaxing in on your trip to Sulaymaniyah. Azadi Park is Iraq’s answer to New York’s Central Park, a rolling sea of lush greenery, speckled with fragrant roses and swaying palm trees. The park is divided into beautifully maintained gardens and there are even play areas for children, along with cafes and restaurants. A small lake in the middle is a perfect spot for a picnic.
Sarchnar Park is another beautiful spot to relax with your family and there more here for families who travel to Sulaymaniyah with children in tow. Although it’s not a theme park, you will find a Ferris wheel offering spectacular views of this surprising oasis, a small amusement park and a mini-zoo with plenty of animals for children to look at, with opportunities to pet the goats!If you prefer to simply relax in some tranquil surroundings then Dukan Lake is one of the most popular picnic sites in the area, particularly during spring and summer. It is the largest lake in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Alternatively, head for Chafi Land, one of the largest tourist attractions in the Sulaymaniyah and Kurdistan Region. This city was built on the heights of Mount Koizh area, and covers approximately 750,000 square metres.