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  • 10 vibes for Kocaeli

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    You can enjoy Kartepe all four seasons of the year. You can walk to the summit of the mountain in spring, witness the colorful visual of nature, or you can also enjoy the snow in Kartepe by skiing in winter.

    You can go on quiet nature walks in Maşukiye, also known as Aşıklar Village, you can let yourself go in the comfort of nature by listening to the sounds of birds. You can have a local breakfast and you can be sure that you will find the best places to taste traditional food in Maşukiye.

    In Ballıkayalar Nature Park, you can experience rock climbing and enjoy nature by choosing the trekking route that suits you.

    In Kefken Pink Rocks, you can examine the geological structure of the stones, thanks to the beauty of the rocks, you can have wonderful photograph sessions at sunset and swim in the bay if you wish.

    You can see original Kocaeli historical wooden houses on İzmit Historical Kapanca Street and buy some local handmade and traditional gifts.

    You can visit the Yazlık Spa healing center, which was built in the Roman period and remains until today, and benefit from its healing waters.

    Located on the border of the Kartepe district, Sapanca Lake, which has a charming atmosphere, will be an ideal destination where you can spend time in nature and get away from the chaos and stress of the city.

    You can explore the waterfalls in Serindere Canyon, which is known for its challenging trails and the 6 special waterfalls of the region, and you can get some fresh air and cool off during your walk between the waterfalls.

    Built in the 19th century; Kasr-ı Hümayun Palace Museum, which draws attention with its neoclassical, baroque, and classical Ottoman art style, is another historical building worth visiting.

    In Kocaeli Archeology and Ethnography Museum, you can find the opportunity to examine artifacts from the Paleolithic, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times.