Kocaeli (Izmit): A Bithynian City Near Istanbul
If you are thinking all the ancient cities are gathered in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, you are mistaken. In Marmara Region, near Istanbul an ancient Bithynian city Kocaeli, also known as Izmit, stands still.
Nowadays, being busy as one of the most important industrial cities of the country used to be a significant ancient city. Surrounded by the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea, Kocaeli bears the traces of the ancient times along with many civilizations that once rules these lands from Byzantians to Seljuks and Ottomans.
Izmit is a great getaway location for people who are looking for a break from Istanbul’s hustle with its provinces with exquisite nature like Korfez, Dilovası. It also hosts one of the most important skiing centers of Turkey, Kartepe.
For a refreshing break, Kocaeli is welcoming you with open arms.