Where is Abant?
Abant is located in northwestern Turkey. It is almost in the middle of the Istanbul-Ankara highway road, with the Bolu highway tunnel opened in 2007, it has become a frequent destination for more travelers. Located approximately 18 km away from the Mudurnu district of Bolu, Abant is at an altitude of 1350 meters above sea level.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Abant, which takes on different colors especially in autumn and spring, is Turkey's most visited region with natural beauties. Abant is one of the indispensable steps of culture and nature tours
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Places to Visit in Bolu/Abant
There are many places to visit in Abant, where you can visit all four seasons of the year. There are many things to do! It has great accommodation facilities which are suitable for all budgets.
Spending 2 days in Abant, which is one of the travel routes preferred by İstanbulian and Arab tourists who are longing for green, clean air, and energy storage, will provide you with plenty of energy. Staying around Abant for 3-4 days helps you discover many unique regions such as Yedigoller (7 lakes), Samandere Waterfall, Akkaya Travertines. Abant, which fascinates everyone with its rich flora and fauna, ranks first in Turkey, along with Yedigoller, in areas such as photography tourism, hunting tourism, skiing tourism, and recreation.
Seven lakes- Abant (Yedigoller)
Seven lakes are located 42 km from the south of Bolu, and in the north of Zonguldak city. Since the Bolu-Yedigöller route is covered with snow in winter, transportation is made via Yeniçağ-Yazıcık or Devrek-Yazıcık
Yedigoller basin was taken under protection as a national park in 1965. The basin is 1.5 km from north to south, connected to each other by surface and underground flows, formed as a result of the sliding masses blocking the valleys. It consists of 7 lakes arranged at a distance. It is understood from the remains belonging to the new Byzantine period in the "village" locality within the national park that the region was a settlement in the old times
There are 7 lakes in the national park as Büyükgöl, Nazlıgöl, Seringöl, İncegöl, Küçükgöl, Deringöl and Sazlıgöl. These lakes are 100 m apart. It is on two plateaus with an elevation difference. Average 780 m. The largest of the lakes on the plateau, which is at a height of altitude, is Büyükgöl. Its deepest point is 15 m. Deringöl, in the southeast of Büyükgöl, is 20 m. It is connected to Büyükgöl with its long flowing part. Büyükgöl is used for breeding live trout in Yedigöller. With its quiet and calm structure, beautiful landscapes, different landforms, walking paths, waterfalls, and slopes decorated with various kinds of plants and trees, recreational activities such as picnic, resting, photographing, doing sports, and camping are carried out. You can also stay in a tent or caravan in the area. The best time to visit the park is between April and November.
Kartalkaya Ski Center
If you go to Kartalkaya Ski Center, which is one of the main places that keep the pulse of winter tourism in Turkey, especially in December-February, you can find the opportunity to do many snow and skiing activities
At Kartalkaya Ski Center, which is approximately 38 km from Bolu city center, the ski season starts in December and continues until the end of March. Kartalkaya Ski Center, which is close to both Ankara and Istanbul and is much more economical than Uludağ Ski Center, is the center of attention of thousands of local and foreign tourists every year, has a total of 13 separate ski slopes and many ski hotels. It also pleases those who are professionally interested in skiing with its snow thickness of 3 meters in winter.
Hotels in Kartalkaya Ski Center
Kaya Palazzo Ski & Mountain Resort/Phone: (0374) 234 51 00
Dorukkaya Hotel / Phone: (0374) 234 50 26
Grand Kartal Hotel / Phone: (0374) 234 50 50
Gazelle Resort & Spa / Phone: (0374) 262 98 00
Golden Key Hotel / Phone: 0530 290 07 11
Lagoon Palace Spa / Phone: 0549 200 14 14
Saraycik Göl Evi Hotel, Saraycik / Phone: 0530 343 99 99
Sarıalan Hotel Mountain House, Sarıalan / Phone: 0537 717 42 93
Grand Baysal Hotel, Sarıalan / Phone: 0537 995 17 58
Sarıalan Forest Mansions / Phone: 0553 696 00 16
Esentepe Arkut Mountain Ski Center
In the Gerede district of Bolu; Located 5 km from the center, Esentepe Arkut Mountain Ski Center is not as big as Kartalkaya Ski Center, but it welcomes many visitors every year with its economy and perfect location. If you are going in the summer, you can participate in a picnic, trekking, and grass skiing activities, and in winter, you can ski as you wish on the ski slopes at an altitude of 1300 meters.