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With its natural beauties and wide green areas, Kiraz Plateau is among the frequently visited places in Kocaeli. You can spend pleasant moments in picnic areas of Kirazli Plateau that is located in Masukiye and watch the views of Sapanca and Izmit to the full. Kirazli Plateau may be the first stop of your holiday to enjoy natural beauties away from the crowd and noise of the city. Welcoming guests with its colourful face also in summer as much as in winter, Kartepe is frequently preferred by the winter sports lovers thanks to its proximity to Istanbul and high altitude.
It’s estimated that Eskihisar Castle located 45 km to Kocaeli was built to protect the harbour during Byzantine Period. Don’t forget to take a good camera with you when you visit the castle against a stunning view. Displaying articles and objects remained from Roman and Byzantine Period, Izmit Museum and Ataturk’s House was built for Sultan Abdulaziz in 1874. You can include the museum that was opened to visitors in 1966 to your “places to visit” list. You can stop by the mansion of Osman Hamdi Bey, who is among the first Turkish painters, in eskihisar and see the exact copies of special works by the famous painter. We’re sure that you will be amazed by the stunning beauty of the world-famous The Tortoise Trainer painting that decorates many walls.
You can enjoy sea, sand and sun during your stay in Kocaeli. You can breathe in the energy of water at unique beaches along Black Sea, peerless bays of Kerpe and Kefken and in Kumcagiz Beach. Besides, you can joyfully sunbathe and enjoy the beach in Cebeci and Seyrek.
You should add Ballikayalar National Park to the places you need to see during your holiday in Kocaeli. In the park located about 10 km to Gebze, you will can do many activities like jogging, climbing, having a picnic and camping. We recommend the nature lovers visit the park that offers the opportunity to enjoy the green along the lake. Beskayalar National Park is another spot where you can take long walks, enjoy the nature and camp or have a picnic, if you wish. Located about 26 km to Izmit, the park is quite rich for plant diversity.
You can visit Sekapark, one of the largest sate parks in the world and Kocaeli Science Centre, put into practice with the collaboration of TUBITAK. You can go to Kasr-i Humayun and Gayret Ship Museum to try local foods. It will be a completely different pleasure to taste Kandira yoghurt and halva. Besides, you can also buy local handicrafts from bazaars and markets. Hereke silk carpet or Karamursel basket are only a few of them…
Kocaeli is only 1.5 hour away from Istanbul. You find a vehicle both from Anatolian Side and European Side every half hour. Located on a convenient point for transportation, Kocaeli is also close to Sakarya, Yalova and Bursa.
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