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One of 12 districts in Kocaeli, Kartepe is a town separated from the central district Izmit of which it used to be a neighbourhood. After this separation, it merged with important touristic spots like Masukiye and thus became a vivid tourism centre. Yet, touristic visits to Kartepe are no longer limited to the winter season. Even it’s vibrant in other seasons, the fame of Kartepe comes from its ski centre, one of the most important centres in Turkey. Therefore, the district is flooded by visitors in winter. Besides, its being located only 1 hour to Istanbul makes Kartepe ideal for daily getaways.
Becoming one of the most important destinations for winter tourism in Turkey recently, Kartepe Ski Centre is only 20 min. away from the district. Kartepe Ski Centre features suitable tracks for every level. If you are a high-level skier, Kartepe Gondola Lifts are just for you. Using the same gondola lifts, you can also access low-level tracks. Only easy-to-medium level ski-tracks in Geyikalani, only medium level ski-tracks in Karlitepe and very easy level ski-tracks in Kadikonagi are waiting for you. You can enter all tracks with a single pass as the entire centre is run by one company. As in all top-class ski centres, you can take special lessons and rent skiing equipment in Kartepe as well.
Located within the borders of district Kartepe, Village Masukiye is a popular destination in every period not only in winter. Situated at the skirts of Kartepe and along Lake Sapanca, Masukiye offers peaceful nature walks. Especially, harmony of green and orange of tree branches in autumn will blow your mind. As it’s located along Lake Sapanca, the most important taste you need to try is trout when you are in Masukiye. The restaurants here cook trout on the clay tile. And when delicious appetizers accompany your trout, a meal that you will never forget how it tastes will be waiting for you.
When we say cultural tourism in district Kartepe, one thing comes to mind: Emeric Thököly Monument. The monument was built in the memory of Emeric Thököly who was a former Hungarian King. Took refuge in Ottoman Empire in 1701 after the war with Austria and started tol ive in Kartepe, Emeric Thököly passed away 4 years later. Constructed upon this situation, Emeric Thököly Monument symbolizes the brotherhood between Hungary and Turkey. Located in town Derbent of district Kartepe and built in the memory of Habibe Hanim, deceased wife of Abdulhamit II in 1880, Hikmetiye Mosque is also among the historical assets you should see. Besides, don’t forget to drop by Villages Pazarcayi, Suadiye and Arslanbey that are famous for their historical water mills.
Natural and historical beauties you need to see when you visit Kartepe is not limited those beforementioned. You should visit Aydir River in Masukiye in early hours and have a breakfast in the restaurants along the river. Taking nature walks through Kuzu Plateau which is again located within the borders of Masukiye is the best way to get rid of what you have eaten at the breakfast! Don’t miss the events like concerts and after ski parties frequently organized by the properties during your say in Kartepe Ski Centre. Be sure to eat sujuk, the most popular food of these parties! When you leave Kartepe, don't forget to buy local tastes to take with you on your way to home like wild strawberry, Degirmendere hazelnut, Kandira yoghurt and Izmit pismaniye (Turkish fairy floss).
It’s possible to find properties that appeal to every budget in Kartepe. You can stay at properties with views of Lake Sapanca or Izmit Gulf or properties with white snow views of Kartepe, as you wish. In Masukiye, boutique hotels will be waiting for you. As Kartepe is just beside Istanbul, the properties see high demand in every season of the year. Besides, it’s almost impossible to find a place at the last minute in periods such as new year and semester break. Therefore, it would be useful to book early if you want to stay in Kartepe Hotels with comfort and cheaper prices.
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