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"Abode of Nature"

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A town and district in the Sakarya Province of the Marmara region, Sapanca is known for its lakes, plateaus, creeks and lush greenery. This Turkish retreat is merely an hour and a half's drive away from Istanbul and is an excellent weekend retreat if you enjoy the countryside. A natural heritage that dates back to 1200 BCE, Sapanca is like a small corner of heaven nestled in Turkey.

The Sapanca lake, one of the prime spots of the town, is studded with cottage cafés and restaurants and is a great place to relax and listen to the sound of nature. Kirkpinar houses numerous plant species and is an abode of pristine wilderness. A must-visit in Sapanca, it has several breathtaking locations to stroll through. In addition, several areas in and around Sapanca, including Masukiye, Dikmen, Sogucak, Cigdem, Inonu and Sultanpinar plateau, are tourist favourites solely for their natural and stunning backdrops. Aygir Creek's connection to Sapanca Lake and Istanbuldere are two more natural wonders that offer wonderfully distinct views.

Sapanca houses several monuments from the Ottoman period, some of which have now been turned into museums. It also provides rejuvenating experiences in the form of thermal baths and springs. Sapanca, Masukiye and Kartepe are great holiday destinations, especially for couples on their honeymoon. It is a great place to unwind on an extended trip to Turkey.

Must Know Before You Travel to Sapanca

  • The easiest way to get to Sapanca is via a cab or city bus from Sakarya.This 20 minute drive will cost 3-5 TL for a bus ride and 65-80 TL for private cabs.
  • Sapanca can be visited on your Istanbul Travel Pass. This tourist pass can be claimed on Istanbul tourism’s website and covers more than 75 attractions in and around Istanbul. It is a great way to cut costs of sightseeing tickets. The Istanbul Tourism Pass can range anywhere from 2-7 days and starts from 1,835 TL. 
  • The Sapanca - Kirkpinar Summer Festival, which takes place in June and July, is a confluence of many notable performers. The festival is jam-packed with events that attract large crowds, including concerts, dance parties, theatre, and film screenings.
  • The Handicraft Festival of Sapanca promotes local art in July each year.

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