About the Marmara Region
- The Marmara Region gets its name from the Sea of Marmara, an inland sea wholly within the borders of Türkiye. Marmara is where Europe meets Asia Minor. To the east is the Aegean Sea and the Dardanelles (Gallipoli Straits), to the west is the Bosphorus Strait leading to the Black Sea.
- It is best known for İstanbul, Türkiye’s largest and most famous city.
- To the north, it is defined by the borders of Greece and Bulgaria. To the south is extends into Anatolia (Asia Minor) past the former capital of the Ottoman Empire, the bustling and historical city of Bursa. "Green" Bursa is located at the foot of Mount Uludağ and derives its name from the dense forest cover.
- The region has massive geographical and historical importance.
Mount Uludağ, the symbol of the city, is among the main winter and skiing resorts of Türkiye. You can travel to Uludağ by taxi, or by cable car if you want to have a bird's eye view over the Bursa Plain. While skiing in Uludağ is the winter focus, during summer, the green plateaus turn into an outdoor hub making Bursa the perfect all-year-round destination. The area offers you the opportunity to enjoy winter sports and enjoy its natural beauty during Spring.
Also, the Sarıalan, Çobankaya and Kirazlıyayla Plateaus are places you can go camping and are worth visiting.
The town of Bilecik is located along the Karasu River, which is a tributary of the Sakarya River. The province as a whole has a population of 195,000 and lies in a fertile river valley. Parts of it are in the highlands made up of several plateaus, which are attractive tourist sites.
The highlands of Bilecik province have a number of plateaus (yayla) which are great places to visit. These plateaus have a lush covering of fir, pine, beech and juniper trees. Some of them have lovely meadows and are attractive summer camping sites. The Kömürsu plateau is a good site for winter trips. The Kamçı and Sofular plateaus, at an altitude of 1600 m are other notable highland locations.
Only 20 minutes way from the spa centre Termal, Çınarcık town of Yalova city is known as the "Bodrum (a very popular Aegean holiday town) of the Marmara".
The forest in Teşvikiye, only half an hour away from Çınarcık, offers a picturesque view to visitors. People can not only have a stroll in the forest, but also can eat "gözleme" (Turkish pancakes).
The "Big and Small Dipsiz (Bottomless) Lakes" and Erikli Plateau, ten kilometres away from Teşvikiye, hamlet, are also worth seeing thanks to their wonderful views.
People can camp in the plateaus full of chestnut, linden, plum and apple trees. The "Ikiz (Twin) Waterfalls" on Teşvikiye, Brook and Karlık Plateau, eight kilometres away from Esenköy hamlet, are also worth seeing.