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NATIONAL PARKS

 

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.

 

Altinbesik Cave

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.

 

Baskomutan

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 Peninsula)

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.

 

Göreme (Cappadocia)

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.

 

Hatira Valley

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.

 

Kaçkar Mountains

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.

 

Karagöl-Sahara

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 trees.
 

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 Lake)

This park is near Isparta toward Konya with typical forest scenery, lake flora and fauna. Excellent for water sports, climbing, camping, fishing and picnics.

 

Köprülü Kanyon (Köprülü Canyon)

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 click here

 

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 places.

 

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 tulips.

 

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.

 

Yedigöller

"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 Pine Grove)

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...

 

WINE TASTING

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 and delicious.


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