No matter how beautiful Istanbul is, it wears you down. Therefore, every person living in this city, at the first opportunity, wishes to go far from it and relax. But unfortunately, sometimes our vacation time does not allow us to go far distances. Under such circumstances, holiday spots close to Istanbul rescue us.
Here are 12 wonderful holiday spots which you may relax or have fun and entertainment without going far away.
Sapanca, the backyard of Istanbul, is located in Sakarya. This wonder of nature is visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists every year.
Evoking admiration with its nature, Sapanca is an excellent destination if you are looking for both comfort and nature! Boasting mountains adorned with rich vegetation, natural beauties, clean air and relaxing atmosphere, Sapanca continues to be an ideal location if you wish to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. In addition to its natural riches, Elite World Sapanca Hotel hosts numerous special ventures. Activities that you can spend both peaceful and fun time include Game Arena, Skin Care Center, Outdoor Children's Pool, Wellbeing, Holistic Rituals, Children SPA, Medi-SPA, Fit-Life SPA & Health Center, Retreat Programs, Him&Her Grooming, and Life Enhancement workshops.
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Ağva located between Goksu and Yesilcay, is 1 hour from Istanbul. Distance Istanbul is only 100 km. With its beach, bays and greenly nature, Ağva fascinates people and provides them with opportunity to rest and offers accommodation in many small hotels. Kilim bay, Sakli lake, Gelin rock are some of locations to be visited there. In addition, Kilimli and Kadirga bays only 15 minutes away from Agva are ideal locations to have picnic or to go camping or swimming.
Kilyos is in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul and locateed on Black sea coast of Istanbul. It is one of the most beautiful places visit on weekends or short holidays as it is near the city center. Although recently, it has become the home to many popular beaches, there are still untouched locations. Some of the things other than swimming at Kilyos are climbing upto hills through old homes and watching unique landscape from there, visiting to Kilyos castle, visiting the plane tree planted in 1453 in memory of conquering Istanbul and have plenty of spare time.
Riva also known as Cayagzi village is a very lovely location in Beykoz. It is both very attractive for vacationers and provides opportunity to walk its narrow streets. We do not even need to mention its sea. Riva castle is one of the ideal locations to watch the sunset. While eating fish in the evening, you will inhale clean air of Riva and never regret visiting even for a moment.
Polonezkoy is only 25 km from Istanbul and therefore it is a route preferred by Istanbul residents who want to get away from the city routine. This village was built by people exiled from Poland in 1800 and it provides you with opportunity to see each shade of green. In addition, its countryside restaurants and boutique hotels are reasons for preferring it. You may have unbelievably delicious and fresh breakfasts in Polonezkoy, it has historical sites such as church of the virgin Mary of Czestochowa built in 1014.
Kerpe is a coastal town located in Kandira, county of Kocaeli, and it is one of locations where Istanbul residents rush to during summer months. It is only 2- 2,5 hours away from Istanbul and has a blue flag sea. Its sea is referred to as the Black sea miracle and this is not said in vain. When you arrive to Kerpe, contrary to your guess, a very calm sea will greet you. In addition, Pink Rocks that is only 6 km far is one of worth-seeing locations. You may accommodate at hotels and enter into see from its beaches but also you may go camping at and enjoy the nature.
Enez is a town and a district of Edirne Province, in Thrace, but it resembles an Aegean town for its sea and nature. East and south of Enez are surrounded by clear and blue waters of Saroz Gulf. The east and south of Enez are surrounded by clear and blue waters of Saroz Gulf. And its view looks at Samothraki Island of Greece. Enez, which is approximately 285 km away from Istanbul, is one of the places preferred by Istanbul residents for their holidays due to easy transportation and proximity. Besides the clean sea, the Sahil Caravanserai, Deveci Inn and Enez Castle are the historical places you should definitely visit.
Sarkoy is a town in Tekirdag and is 234 km far from Istanbul. And it is one of the rare sites remaining clean at Marmara Sea. Sarkoy in this aspect has been a frequently visited destinations for vacationers. Besides summer residents, it has opportunity to accommodate you it hotels and boardinghouses. While vacationing in Şarköy, you can go swimming in Marmara Sea's only blue flag beach and you can also visit the magnificent places such as Uçmakdere, Hoşköy, Eriklice and Mürefte.
Kumbağ is a town in the central district of Tekirdağ Province and is one of the most preferred locations as a holiday spot close to Istanbul. This natural wonder where you fully enjoy the sea and the sun has many hotels and boardinghouses for your accommodation. When you arrived to Kumbag, you should absolutely visit to old vine house from left behind from the Greeks.
Avşa Island is one of the islands in the Kapıdağ Peninsula extension in the middle of the Sea of Marmara. This is lovely island is accessible by sea bus from Istanbul in 3 hours, and is one of the most preferred holiday location around Istanbul for years. Beautiful and clean countryside, golden sandy beaches are just a few of the reasons why you should visit this island. On the island, there are many historical sites that you can see. During your visit to Avşa Island, which is known as "Wine Island" among the people, you should definitely taste it from the wines of the island.
Kiyikoy locates between Pabuc and Kazan rivers and is only 165 km from Istanbul. This nice site which surprises everybody with its nature and sea is ideal for camping, breathing fresh air and swimming. In addition, it is more suitable for those who enjoy regional meals.
Igneada is pearl of Thrace and is worth-seeing for its excellent sea, lakes, forests and small streams. In addition, it is very close to Istanbul! Even if you cannot go on a long holiday to Igneada you should set a weekend apart for Longoz Forests. Because there are trees and unique beauty birds that you have never seen before. In addition, the 150-year-old sea lantern in Limanköy is a must-see beauty!
Istanbul, Yalikoy of Çatalca, is a former Greek fishing village. This village is home to 100 meters wide and 12 kilometers long and is also a frequent destination for nature lovers with its lush forests. In addition, the chlorine level of the waters in the village is zero; so, when you visit you must purchase some water. It is one of the natural beauty that must be seen although it is not a tourist place outside the hotel and a few restaurants on the beach because it is an underdeveloped place for tourism.
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