Places to see around Istanbul
Sapanca-Maşukiye in Izmit province is an ideal place for weekend vacations in terms of its location. Maşukiye, located near the Sapanca Lake and at the foot of Kartepe, offers you different beauties at any time of the year. You can go on a peaceful vacation in this town which has become a very popular touristic place in recent years. Do not forget to taste area specific foods as well as the visual feast. You will have the opportunity to see any kind of beauties of the nature in here. Being appropriate for tourism in terms of its geographical position, Maşukiye shines out with its proximity to Istanbul, and becomes very popular among the nature lovers.
Uludağ – Bursa
Uludağ Ski Resort is one of the most important touristic places in Bursa. The area, which is covered in snow between October and April, is available for winter sports and winter tourism during half of the year due to this reason. There are a few hills around such as Zirvetepe, Çobankaya, and Bakacak Tepe, etc. as well as Uludağ Tepe, the highest hill of the area. The famous cable car of Uludağ also offers a pleasant travel between Bursa-Kadıyayla, and Kadıyayla-Sarıla
Kapadokya – Nevşehir
You can travel to Kapadokya included in the UNESCO World Heritage List with its extraordinary natural beauties and unique history. Kapadokya region is a place where the history commune with the nature uniquely. Natural events has created Hoodoos (Peribacaları) and brought the marks of past civilizations to present. With human settlements tracing to the Paleolithic age, the written history of Kapadokya starts with the Hittites. Accommodating trade colonies during the history, and serving as a trade and cultural bridge between countries, Kapadokya one of the most important points of the Silk Road. You can join a balloon tour, and see Avanos, Göreme, Ürgüp, Ortahisar, Ihlara valley when you go to Kapadokya.
Prince Islands – Istanbul
Prince Islands, known as Adalar (Islands) in Turkey, are an archipelago off the coast of Anatolian side of Istanbul, in the Sea of Marmara, and located on the southeast of south entrance of the Istanbul Strait. Although the nearest one is only 15 km, and the farthest one is only 26 km away from Istanbul ferry quays located at the Golden Horn and Strait entrance, they seem that they are out of Istanbul when their atmosphere is taken into consideration. Islands offer a quiet and peaceful vacation to those who are fed up with the mess and crowd of the city. With their good and breezy climate, Islands are also very popular among people for daily trips and weekend vacations in order to feel the history of Istanbul, and quietness of the car-free streets. You can travel around with a phaeton, rent a bike, have a picnic, and taste island-specific foods when you go to Islands.