Where Commerce and Industry Unite with Culture and Tourism
Known as “Türkiye's industrial center” Kocaeli, with its 3,000 years of history, natural beauty, and the center of winter sports in Kartepe has many tourist attractions. Kartepe, which is the highest peak of the Samanli Mountains with spectacular views of İzmit Bay and Sapanca Lake, is an excellent place for skiers. Kartepe, which is a habitat for nearly 3,000 plants, deer, bears, jackals, and rabbits, is a location suitable for mountaineering sports that can be visited in summer and winter. Kocaeli has access to the Black Sea coast through Kandıra and Kerpe districts; Kerpe's natural coves, shallow sea, and unique beaches are worth seeing. Kefken, which is only 20 kilometers from Kandıra, is also a remarkable place with its sea, beaches, and pine forests. The Archeology and Ethnography Museum, where works belonging to the Paleolithic, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods are exhibited, and the Painter Osman Hamdi Bey Museum in Darıca are museums that can be visited in Kocaeli.