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If you want to explore new places or head towards different destinations by giving a break to your pleasure of snow, there are many natural beauties to visit around Kartalkaya. Your first stop should be Sarialan Plateau that is located on the way to Kartalkaya. Consisting of 14 plateaus and a pond, Sarialan Plateau offers a unique view with its yellow flowers in spring. The plateau, where you can eat trout in the facilities, is also quite suitable for nature walks. Located 40 m to Bolu, Yedigoller (Seven Lakes) Natural Park also stands out with its rich vegetation apart from seven lakes after which the place is named. Another place you can visit in the surrounding is Lake Abant. Don’t forget to take your camera with you while you’re wandering around the Lake Abant that offers outstanding beauties every season.
Among the important ski centre in our country, Kartalkaya is located 40 km to Bolu. Located in Koroglu Mountains that is the subject of many myths with its gorgeous look, Kartalkaya is one of the most preferred ski centres thanks to its position between Istanbul and Ankara. Offering the opportunity to enjoy skiing starting from December to the end of March thanks to its location, the region is also worth to see with its natural beauties apart from influx of tourists in winter. If you want to have a complete holiday where you can both refresh yourself and enjoy the sun during the day and have fun at nights against a view surrounded by forests, Kartalkaya is just for you.
It’s possible to access Kartalkaya from highway or old road. If you prefer the highway, you need to head towards Dortdivan toll booths on the highway of Ankara-Bolu. You can reach Kartalkaya also by following the district Dortdivan from the old road. The nearest airport to Kartalkaya is Ankara Esenboga Airport. You can rent a car or take a bus to Kartalkaya from the airport. Even it’s very enjoyable in winter, if you are visiting during the heavy snowfall, don’t forget to use tire chains while travelling by your private car.
The height of Karalkaya Ski Centre, where snow depth usually reaches up to 3 meters, is around 1850 - 2200 m at the part suitable for skiing. Protected from the wind thanks to the forestlands generally consisting of pine trees in the surrounding, the region is preferred as it always features plenty of snows. Kartalkaya, where hotels have their own ski tracks, features tracks with different heights. Projected by European engineers, the first snowpark of Turkey is also located in Kartalkaya. Beside snowboarding and skiing, Kartalkaya also offers many winter sports like sledge, snow bike, cross-country skiing. If you don’t know how to ski and want to learn about it, you can also take lessons. It’s possible to get all necessary equipment for skiing from the hotels.
The things that Kartalkaya offer are not limited only to winter sports. First of all, we must say that culinary of hotels in Kartalkaya reflects the rich culture of Bolu cuisine. You can explore the tastes prepared by the world-famous chefs of Bolu. For those who would like to have a barbecue in the snow, the pleasure of sujuk is among the favourite activities. If you are visiting Kartalkaya in spring when snow leaves and natural beauties emerge, be sure to take nature walks. You will be amazed by the natural beauties during your walks along with the clean mountain weather. Nights in Kartalkaya are also colourful just as daytime. After you enjoy the snow during the day, you can listen to live music and attend entertaining parties in the hotels.
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