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Mountains of Bolu

Kartalkaya, Abant, 7 lakes

Bolu is one of the most enchanting areas of Turkey located approximately half-way between Istanbul and Ankara. Bolu is famous for its dense forests, fauna and modern hot spring facilities.

Lake Abant is one of the amazing beauties that the city of Bolu provides. It is 34 kilometers (21 miles) southwest of the province, situated at an altitude of 1500 meters. The lake is a magnificent one with water lilies spread over, and the deep green forest surrounding it. There are high-quality accommodation establishments around the lake which deserves spending some time. It is frozen during the winter where people ice-skate on it.

Another wonder of Bolu is the Yedigoller (Seven Lakes) National Park which has an appeal beyond words. It's about 42 km (26 mi) north from the center. Golcuk, an artificial lake 14 km (9 mi) south of the city, surrounded with green forests, is another lovely site for picnicking or trekking.

Kartalkaya on the Koroglu Mountains is a perfect resort for those who like skiing. It is one of the three best winter sports centers in Turkey. You will find quietness and sportive enthusiasm in Kartalkaya, at about 38 km (23 mi) southeast of the city. Aladag meadows are the other attractive tourist sites on these mountains.