Kartepe (literally Snowy hill referring to mountains to the south) is situated at the east of Kocaeli Gulf.
A corner of paradise resounding with the peaceful sounds of nature and one of Istanbul’s popular getaways, Sapanca reveals different scenic views in any season. Within the Sakarya province in the Marmara Region, Sapanca is built around a terrific lake and surrounded by lush forests.A natural heritage with a history dating back to 1200 BC, Sapanca is an unforgettable resort with sunny summers and snow-white winters. Start planning your vacation right now if you want to get acquainted with this impressive and magnificently unique region resembling the most beautiful landscape portrait.
Darica is the unique zoo in Istanbul located on the asia side. Istanbul zoo has 200 different kinds of animals and 250 different kinds of plants. There are about 2000 animals. There is also an aquarium and children's petting zoo. It is a big botanical park and one of the biggest zoos in Turkey.
Not very far from Istanbul (around 120km) Maşukiye provides spectacular picnic places. Ancient human made waterfalls work like they are just natural and the some restaurants located inside the forest are perfect places to eat fresh trout fish. It is always great to sit on a high dock and rest your eyes and mind, while the river flows beneath the dock with its musical sound. Once you fall asleep, you feel totally rejuvenated when you open your eyes!