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Masukiye: Ottoman Rulers’ Evasive Destination For Love

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Masukiye and Kartepe are the possible destinations for weekend holiday. First, I would like to answer your probable questions about transportation. The distance between Istanbul and Masukiye is 128 km and it will be approximately one hour 45 minutes to drive. If you want to go by bus, you may use Efe Tour and get off Halkevi station. After, you should transfer to bus 261 and you are at Maşukiye in 25 minutes. As Maşukiye is next to Sapanca Lake and Kartepe, it will be logical decision to explore new places for one day. Also, you may optionally camp out or stay university practice hotel at affordable price.

It’s name comes from “Maşukköy”. Because of Masukiye’s original name, it was visited a lot for honeymoon and selected girls for Ottoman harem. Also, it’s vegetation is like Black Sea and you will notice the freshness when you smell out. Maşukiye looks like an oil painting because there are all features in an oil painting such as hedges, frame houses, valleys, swings, mountains. All streets of the town are named as different flowers’ name and most of the frame houses are used as restaurants and hotels.


From Masukiye to Sapanca, it will last 15 minutes by car. You can have a breakfast in cafes, drink your coffee or walk near Sapanca Lake. There is an another option to hire a pedalo.

What to do?

If you go in spring, you should see the cherry orchard. Also, the flowers of cherries would be a great background for you.

There are many bike hire points. You can hire ATV or motorbike and take a nature tour.

It can be good activity to go skiing to Kartepe if you visit the Maşukiye in winter.

You can make a barbecue, play paintball and swing in the forest or visit one of Masukiye’s beautiful highlands.

What to eat?

As there are many different kind of fish farms, it is impossible to run across any of them. I suggest you to eat tile fish under the shade of trees.

One more thing to taste is absolutely cheese. Maşukiye is known as Cherkes and smoked cheese because of Cherkes population. These types of cheese are rested 3 days and serviced with the village bread prepared with sourdough. By the way, I want to remind you to enjoy the harmony of cheese and red wine😉

Kıyıköy: Small and Peaceful Town in Black Sea

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Kıyıköy embraces you with the pure nature, warmblooded people and refreshing silence. With the red brick ramparts, stone and frame houses it is alike village in Middle Ages. Most of the people are Selanik immigrants and you feel like that you are home. Like Ağva, Kıyıköy is one of the villages that remain between two valleys. There are hostels, colourful camping sites, some groceries, a super market and restaurants that are making very special and regional home cooking.

Along the Pabuc River, it is possible to hire boat, pedalo or cano and enjoy this pure nature. In the night, as you carefully look the sky, you will see a pinch of Istanbul light. I think it is one of the best artefacts that people cause to be. Kıyıköy was an old port exported thrace wines to Europe. So, one of the greatest things is to sip your drink with roaring of wind at night.

The port is now not active for trading but the view is charming. When you start to walk down the hill, you relieve your tiredness. The sea is very rough most of the time. In terms of swimming, you should be careful for any occasion.

Kıyıköy Castle

Kıyıköy Castle was built in the period of Emperor Justinian I to protect the town. According to sayings, only after one burgess forgot the door open could enemies conquer the town.

Aşıklar Hill

To the hill, you can come by car or pedestrian. Some rest and watch the scene until the sunset!

Aya Nikola Monastery

The monastery built in 6th century is one of the oldest carved monasteries. Although there have been a volunteer guard for thirty years, the monastery is in need of professional restoration.

What to eat?

 In the fishing village, to taste the delicious kalkan fish will be very rational decision. It is really one of several recommended places in the region. Also, on the streets you can come across vows. It means that you will never want to eat the other yoghurts rather than vow yoghurt. Yet, the worst side of the town is leave this peaceful place!