A beautiful lake near a wintersport center
It definitely doesn’t count as one of the largest lakes of Turkey, but one cannot call the Sapanca Lake really small: it lends itself not only as a touristy but also as a recreation area close to Istanbul; it is only one hour away via a well finished highway from the city at the Bosporus.
You can call the freshwater lake Sapanca in west easterly direction with a surface of 47 sqm and a length of 17 km really large by all means. Yet, the embedding in a green landscape between mountains framing it from the distance makes it so attractive.
Aside the forest nearby of Arifiye offers nice camping and picnic possibilities. The compound of a 5-star wellness hotel of the outstanding Turkish hotel chain Richmond proves the increasing importance of the lovely lake for the Turkish national tourism. A small trip of 35 km leads to the tiny winter sports centre of Kartepe.