Hierapolis – Pamukkale

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Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

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Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

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Nemrut Mountain

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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

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Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

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City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

Unesco World of Heritage List   Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.   Click More »


Hatay: Located at Turkey’s southern tip, Hatay is a center of civilization abounding in historical and cultural legacies in every corner. The city is positioned at the geographical location connecting Anatolia the Middle East and has an incomparable historical heritage Click More »


Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »


Van: Turkey’s sixth largest city and cultural legacy rich in history, monuments, natural beauty and unique flavors One of the border cities of Turkey, Van welcomes visitors from all over the world particularly for its culture and winter tourism. The Click More »


Rize is blessed with the most beautiful nature that has been preserved over the centuries. The fresh air of Rize has a regenerative effect on you with every breath you take. Located in the greenest area of Turkey, the Eastern Click More »

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses in Turkey Shopping is an indispensable part of our daily life. Outlet shops have become the addresses for cheaper shopping. Many brands manufacture cheaper products especially for their outlets. List of some outlet center Click More »


Balıkesir: Blessed with numerous islands where lush green forests stretch along the shores of the infinite sea, Balıkesir province is also the habitat of abundant olive groves. Founded by the Mysians in ancient times, Balıkesir has been one of the Click More »


Amasya:  The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient Click More »


Mersin Mersin: One of the warmest and most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean region that can be visited for its authentic flavors and beautiful beaches any time of the year. Mersin is one of the most developed cities of the Click More »


Burdur Burdur: Located in the western part of the Mediterranean Region, Burdur is a major city where scenic beauties meet with historical archaeology Settled for the first time in 7000 BC, Burdur has been home to many civilizations and ancient Click More »


Yalova: Surrounded by the Marmara Sea, Yalova is a peaceful and relaxing city rich in thermal springs and abundant nature. It is estimated that Yalova was founded in the 7th century BC by Bithynians from Thrace. Yalova is rich in Click More »


Karabük Karabük is situated on an important trade route between Amasra on the coast and central Anatolia. Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Karabük was built in the 1930s as the seat of the iron and steel Click More »


Mount Ida (Kaz Dağları)

Kaz Dağları: Located in the north of the Gulf of Edremit and renowned for its diversity of flora and fauna, Kaz Dağları (Kaz Mountains or Mount Ida) is mentioned in a variety of legends.

Bordering Balikesir and
Canakkale province and sheltering many ancient sites, Kaz Dağlari has maintained its importance from the ancient times to the present.   

Also known as Mount Ida, the mountain is mentioned in Greek myths as the site where the Gods followed the Trojan War and the place where Paris chose the winner of the beauty contest among the Goddesses. Indeed, the mountain is the site where Paris awarded Aphrodite the golden apple.  

Reaching 1774 meters in height, Kaz Mountains is constituted of several mountain peaks and plateaus.

Located by the sea in front of lush green forests, this oxygen laden area welcomes visitors any time of the year. 


One of the most beautiful spots by the Gulf of Edremit, Kaz Dağlari invites you to enjoy the unique nature and tranquil corners of the region any time of the year.
Kaz Dağları, with its history dating back to 2000 BC, is mentioned in Homers Iliad as the “many-fountained Ida, mother of the wild beasts.”
While visiting these fairytale like mountains you will meet many locals who can tell you the myths of Truva or Sarıkız.
Karataş Hill, nestled at an altitude of 1774 meters, is the highest peak of the mountain range. Comprised of a magnificent variety of flora and fauna, the hill is at the same time a national park.
Abounding in water resources everywhere, the region is the crossroads where the mountain breeze meets the iodized and oxygen-laden sea breeze and forms an oxygen- laden area called Altınoluk Şahinderesi. The area is of great significance in this respect, as it is one of the three most oxygen-laden natural areas around the globe.
Şahin Castle is another must-see place of the region. The castle is in close proximity to the onset of Sahin Dere Canyon located on a hill bearing the same name. You can take a look at the majestic view of the natural landscape or take a walk in the region.
Kaz Avlusu , covering an area of 1 km in diameter and located between Karataş Hill and Türkmen Plateau is a flat area that looks like it is surrounded with collapsed walls. Mentioned in various legends, this area was formed by glaciers billions of years ago.
The Sarıkız Hill is home to a memorial made by the villagers and dedicated to Sarıkız (Golden Girl). The area draws a high number of visitors particularly in August. While there you will see guests writing in the memorial book to express their wishes and searching for ladybugs under small stones.  It is believed that the finder’s wish comes true if he/she finds a ladybug. The finder is supposed to take the stone but bring its back once the wish has come true.
Wouldn’t you like to visit Kaz Dağları, the gateway to myths and nature?


In addition to an oxygen–laden nature Kaz Dağlari offers a series of festivals through the entire year.
The Kazdağı Plateau Festival offers a numerous samples of the local cuisine and a colorful program packed with activities and events.
The traditional Sarıkız Turkmen Festival has been held for more than 600 years and lasts for a week offering numerous activities.
Do not miss the chance to vacation at Kaz Dağları where you can combine cultural pursuits with adventure in nature.

How can I get there?

Situated between Balikesir and Canakkale province, Kaz Dağları is accessible by road as there is no airport in the district.
The region may be accessed by taking a bus to Balıkesir province as Kaz Dağları is near to the city center of this province.  Once you have arrived at the Balıkesir bus terminal, you can make use of the shuttle services and public buses or hire a private car to get to your destination.
Wouldn’t you like to take the opportunity to visit this legendary mountain range?