For more information contact: Forest
Ministry, Wildlife and National Parks (Orman Bakanligi Milli Parklar ve
Av-Yaban Hayati Gn.Md.) Gazi Tesisleri - No: 11 Gazi-Ankara Tel: (312)
221 10 42, 212 63 00, Fax: (312) 222 51 40
Aladaglar (Ala Mountains)
Located in the Nigde region, near
Kayseri; Yahyali is about 30 km. from this area. Demirkazik summit is 3,756
meters and is the highest point in the Middle Taurus mountain range. Geomorphology
includes greenhouses and very rich sources of flora and fauna.
Situated about 12 km southeast of
Aydinkent (lbradi) and 55 km north of Manavgat. Lakes and interesting rock
formations within the cave area as well as travertines and streams make
this area especially fascinating. The authentic village of Urunlu is only
5 km. west of the Manavgat Valley. It is a one hour walk from Urunlu Village
to Altinbesik Cave. Inside the cave are a variety of natural pools. The
air inside the cave is quite humid with a temperature of 16-18C. Valuable
sources of geological and geomorphological samples exist here.
Altindere (Altindere Valley)
This park is situated in the:province
of Trabzon. This is the best known park in the Black Sea area; known for
its natural beauty and for the famous Sumela Monastery. Facilities include
picnic areas, cafes and a PTT.
This park was established as a monument
on behalf of war veterans who lost their lives in the Independence War.
The rich green park is located on the border of Afyon province. Among the
attractions in the park are the Open-Air Museum and Memorial and several
cafes with music and entertainment. There is also a picnic area.
Beydaglari - Olympos (Bey Mountains)
This park is west of Antalya near
the antique sites of Phaselis and Olympos. Facilities include holiday villages,
motels, restaurants, camping, picnicking, a museum and PTT.
Beysehir Golu (Lake Beysehir)
60 km from Beysehir, there are wonderful
geomorphological structures, beautiful birds; Hittite, Persian, Roman,
Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman remains. Camping and picnics are possible.
Bogazkale - Alacahöyük
About 181 km. from Ankara, in Corum
Province, this park with rich flora and fauna, also has camping, picnic
sites and even a restaurant. A museum housing archaeological artifacts
of the ancient capital of the Hittites and the historical site of Alacahoyuk
can also be found in this park.
Dilek Yarmadasi (Dflek Peninsula)
In the province of Aydin, where Mt.
Samsundagi plunges into the sea is a park of river valleys, flora, fauna,
beaches and cliffs. Hiking, picnicking and water sports are possible. Wild
horses, bobcats foxes and tortoises live in the park.
Gelibolu Yanmadasi (History Park-Gelibolu
Situated near Canakkale, the whole
peninsula has been dedicated to the memory of the many soldiers who lost
their lives here. There are two entrances, Kilitbahir and Kabatepe that
provide information on how to tour the area, and where the British, French,
Australian, New Zealand and Turkish war memorials can be found. There are
beaches, hotels, restaurants and attractive flora and fauna.
Situated in the province of Nevsehir,
Goreme is a very interesting place because of its rock cone and fairy chimney
landscape. The chapels date from the Seljuk and Byzantine periods and the
underground cities and churches are located in this area. Among the attractions
in the park are the open-air museums, holiday villages, campsites, restaurants,
and shopping centers. Gulluk Dagi - Termessos (Mt. Gulluk) This park is
near Antalya toward Korkuteli with wild scenery, flora and fauna, and camping,
restaurants, picnicking and an open air museum.
Located on the Eastern Black Sea,
10 km. northwest of Artvin on the Coruh river. Also, 25 km. from here is
a very beautiful valley, sloping to 90% in some places. Rare types of plants,
geology, geomorphology and rich sources of the most valuable flora and
fauna are found in this region.
Honaz Dagi (Mt. Honaz)
Located in the Aegean region near
Denizli. This is one of the most beautiful and highest points in the Aegean
region at an altitude of 2,528 m. Geology, Geomorpholog, archaeology and
rare types of flora and fauna can be found here. This area is famous because
early Christians settled on the northern slope; the name of this ancient
site is Colossae and remains of this settlement can be seen.
llgaz Dagi (Mt. Ilgaz)
South of Kastamonu (45 km) is a park
in a beautiful landscape, with attractive flora and fauna. Picnic facilities.
Located on the Eastern Black Sea
region, near Rize. There is a pine grove 16 km. from here; the highest
point is 3,932 m. A very rich geology with a wide variety of valuable flora
and fauna from the Mediterranean region and the Black Sea area.
Located near the Artvin city limits
near Savsat in the northeastern area. Karagol is covered with beautiful
forest area and a most rare and magnificent view can be found here. Sahara
National Park can be found here with its wonderful alpine lakes and the
Sahara Plateau which is 1,700-1,800 m high. Wildlife is plentiful here,
including bears. Karagol includes recreational and picnic facilities.
Karatepe - Aslantas
This park is situated in the Ceyhan
River Valley in Adana province. There are Hittite and Roman remains, hills,
valleys, flora, as well as camping and picnicking possibilities.
Kaz Dagi (Mt. Ida)
Mt. Kaz National Park, which is situated
near Edremit Bay, is one of the most beautiful national parks in Turkey.
Mt. Kaz is 1,774 meters and the park features lovely springs and beautiful
Throughout history, Ida was known
as a holy mountain. This mountain also has mythological significance. According
to mythology, the first beauty contest was held on this mountain. The Trojan
king's son Paris, who was renowned for the importance he gave to beauty,
was the head of the jury, so in the contest, that was held between Aphrodite,
Hera and Athena, Aphrodite was chosen first. Every year to mark this occasion,
a beauty contest is held in Mt. Kaz National Park.
Kizil Dag (Mt. Kizil)
A beautiful park of cedar trees situated
between Isparta and Konya, west of the town of Sarkikaraagac and on the
northern edge of Lake Beysehir. Camping and picnicking are possible.
Kovada Gölü (Kovada
This park is near Isparta toward
Konya with typical forest scenery, lake flora and fauna. Excellent for
water sports, climbing, camping, fishing and picnics.
The Köprü River has carved
a 14 km long canyon 91 km northeast of Antalya. There is the Roman Oluk
Bridge, the city of Selge in the higher part of the park, an open - air
museum, flora, camping, fishing and picnicking plus restaurants.
Kuscenneti (Bird Paradise)
In the province of Balikesir 18 km
south of Bandirma is a bird preserve with over 200 species; it is an important
stopover and rest area for many European species. There is a museum and
tours to observe the birds. Bird Paradise has received an 'A' certificate
from the European Union.
Munzur Vadisi (Munzur Valley)
In the province of Tunceli, this
park has -streams full of trout, springs, flora and fauna.Camping, picnicking
and fishing are possible.
Nemrut Dagi (Mt. Nemrut)
This famous mountain is located in
Southeast Anatolia between the Adiyaman (100.km) and Kahta (65 km) regions.
This park houses a memorial to King Antiochos and the Eski Kale, Yeni Kale,
Karakus Tepesi and Cendere Koprusu are the ruins that make this park a
most interesting visit. For the tours in here please
Soguksu (Cold Water)
This park is situated at Kizilcahamam,
in Ankara with thermal springs, and a forested plateau with small valleys.
Facilities include a hotel, restaurants, camping, climbing, and picnic
Spil Dagi (Mt. Spil)
Situated in Manisa Province this
park has interesting flora, fauna and thermal springs. Camping, climbing
and picnicking are possible. Inside the park is Niobe Rock, the mythical
weeping rock, a relief of Cybele, old caves and canyons, and wild Manisa
Uludag (Mt. Ulu)
The ancient Mt. Olympus of Mysia
near Bursa (35 km) at a height of 1,800 - 1,900 m with forests and lakes,
is good for walks, picnics and winter sports. There are hotels, chalets,
restaurants, PTT, skiing, and camping.
"Seven Lakes," north of Bolu, with
its lakes full of fish, is surrounded by beautiful forests. There is a
museum, and an exhibition of wildlife, restaurants, chalet accommodations,
camping, fishing, and picnic facilities.
Yozgat Çamligi (Yozgat
Situated 5 km from Yozgat one finds
this park of forests, green hills and valleys, flora and fauna. Camping
and picnicking are possible. After discovering all these interesting places,
remember to have a glass of Turkish wine...
Anatolia was one of the first wine
drinking countries in the world. Wine was drunk as a ritual blessing around
2,000 BC Hittite Emperors used to offer wine to the gods in order to thank
them for what they had. Reliefs portraying these offerings can be seen
at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The main wine production centers
are Ankara, Göreme (Cappadocia) and Yozgat in mid-Anatolia; Tekirdag,
Mürefte, Sarköy, Marmara Island and Avsa Island in the Marmara
Region; Bozcaada, Izmir, Sirince, Denizli, Güney and Sal in the Aegean
Region. In Anatolia, which is known as the land of wine, it is inexpensive