Kartepe: one of Turkey’s major ski resorts welcoming visitors any season of the year, Kartepe is famous for its scenic views.

Positioned on the peak of Samanlı Mountains located in Kocaeli province in the Marmara Region, Kartepe is the closest ski resort to Istanbul.

The thickness of snow, which enables you to enjoy skiing to the fullest extent, and the beauty of pristine nature, will turn your visit into an unforgettable holiday experience.

Kartepe may be a suitable option if you are thinking of spending your winter holiday by taking time out in nature and engaging in winter sports.


Kartepe is located at the highest peak at 1699 meters on Samanli Mountains overlooking the Gulf of Izmit and Sapanca Lake.
Kartepe, with its four mechanical ski resorts and 14 ski slopes covering an area of 42 kilometers, is one of the most important ski centers of the Marmara Region and an ideal getaway for short breaks to enjoy the day skiing.
The area is surrounded with a variety of accommodation facilities and restaurants offering delicious menus. Rather frequented in winter, Kartepe welcomes also hiking enthusiasts who want to explore the scenic beauty of the region in the summer season.
Masukiye village in close proximity to Kartepe welcomes you with a variety of accommodation options and trout fish restaurants.
The winter season opens in December usually and lasts until the end of March. Depending on the weather conditions the winter season may begin earlier and last longer.
Kartepe is ready to welcome you in any season if you want to take a sojourn into nature, engage in outdoor sports in winter and enjoy the colorful flowers in spring.

How can I go there?

A district of Kocaeli province in the Marmara Region, Kartepe is a popular holiday destination with convenient transportation options.
The closest airport to Kartepe is located in Istanbul. Once you have arrived in Istanbul you can take one of the buses leaving from the central bus terminal in the direction of Kartepe.
The region is also accessible from Kocaeli city center via public transportation and taxis. Visitors to Kartepe will enjoy a pleasant trip along the lush tree-lined road.
One of the most beautiful corners of nature, Kartepe as its name indicates, is a snow-clad natural wonder ever ready to welcome visitors.

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