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Located at the west of Istanbul, Kucukcekmece is a district established in 1987 around the famous Lake Kucukcekmece which gives its name to the district. Consisting of 21 neighbourhoods and situated on an area of 127 km, Kucukcekmece’s population has reached approximately 800 thousand people. Even this population makes Kucukcekmece one of the most crowded districts in Istanbul, you won’t feel suffocated thanks to its large surface area. Located only 10 km to Ataturk Airport, the district Kucukcekmece is an ideal accommodation spot both for people in Istanbul and visitors out-of-city thanks to its natural beauties even it’s famous for its distance from the centre. Besides, it’s also very practical to access the city centre with mass transportation from Kucukcekmece through the metrobus line.
The most famous natural beauty in Kucukcekmece is of course the lake that gives its name to the district. On an area of 16 km2, Lake Kucukcekmece was once a bay formed by the filling of the valleys with waters when the glaciers melt and the seas rose and it has turned into a lake when the coastline was filled. Until 1970s, it was possible to catch fish from the lake, but unfortunately, it’s not possible today due to the pollution of the water. However, you can swim in the lake in summer thanks to the cleaning works recently. One of the frequent destinations of migratory birds, Lake Kucukcekmece promises a trip in touch with the nature. Especially, if you’re still here in the evening, be sure to watch the gorgeous sunset view.
Another natural beauty you need to see in Kucukcekmece apart from the lake is Yarimburgaz Cave. Located only 1 km to the lake, the cave is declared 1st degree natural protected area. The excavations made in Yarimburgaz, which is considered to be one of the oldest caves in the world, show that the settlement had started in prehistoric ages. If you’re interested in classical automobiles, be sure to visit Mehmet Arsay Classical Automobile Museum. One of the important automobile museums in Turkey, this museum features even an 1886 Benz! Since you’re in Kucukcekmece, don’t forget to check out the schedule of Sefakoy Culture Centre. Providing free trainings on many topics, the centre also hosts theatre plays.
As in many spots close to the airport, it’s possible to stay both in luxury in world-famous hotel chains and in classical city hotels at the city centre in Kucukcekmece. Kucukcekmece is one of the districts that offer serviced apartments along with five-star accommodation options in Istanbul. Prices of the properties in the district naturally shows big differences. If you follow the campaigns or book early, you can also stay in luxury hotel of the city with affordable prices. Don’t forget that occupancy rates in Kucukcekmece hotels highly increase especially in holiday and fair seasons!
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