Abant, which takes on different colors especially in autumn and spring, is located within the borders of Bolu province, which hosts the most visited natural beauties of Turkey.
We have covered Abant, where you can visit all four seasons of the year, from the places to visit, the activities to be done and the accommodation opportunities, and we have created a comprehensive travel guide for you.
Located approximately 18 km from the Mudurnu district of Bolu, Abant is at an altitude of 1350 meters above sea level.
Covering an area of 125 hectares in total, Abant also has accommodation facilities suitable for every budget.
1 – 2 for the whole of Abant, which is one of the most preferred weekend getaway routes especially for those living in Istanbul and the surrounding provinces; In order to explore the whole of Bolu, we recommend that you make a travel plan of at least 4-5 days.
Places to Visit in and Around Abant
Many places to see in and around Abant; There are countless activities to do. Located close to the Mudurnu district of Bolu, Abant is one of the indispensable stops of culture and nature tours.
Abant, which fascinates everyone with its rich flora and fauna, ranks first, along with Yedigöller, among the places that also take the pulse of photography tourism in Turkey.
We have compiled the main places to visit in Abant, which is surrounded by meadow grasses, nettle, strawberry, medlar, rosehip, hazelnut, tamarisk, rhododendron, willow trees, poplar, oak, ash, yellow pine and larch:
Abant Nature Park
Spread over an area of 1197 hectares in total, Abant Nature Park has a perfect location between Keremali and Abant mountain ranges.
We recommend that you allocate at least half a day’s time to visit the entire Abant Nature Park, which includes recreational and activity areas.
You can photograph the Örmeci Plateau, which is incredibly popular especially on weekends with its camping and picnic areas, which turns into colors especially in the spring period, you can tour the hiking trails, take in the breathtaking views and enjoy a picnic in nature to the fullest.
Sinekli Plateau, which you can easily reach from Abant or Samandere, covers an area of 100 decares.
Sinekli Plateau, where you can do nature activities in peace and enjoy the sparkling sun, is at the top of the list of places to visit in Abant.
If you happen to be here in July, you can participate in the highland festivals in Sinekli Highland.
Some of the activities you can do in Sinekli Plateau are camping, watching, scouting, safari, trekking, cycling, etc. You can also collect natural mushrooms in the area.
Samandere Waterfall Natural Monument
Located within the borders of Samandere Village, Samandere Waterfall Natural Monument has been welcoming its visitors since 1988.
Spread over an area of 10 hectares, Samandere Waterfall Natural Monument is flooded by those who love trekking, hiking and camping.
In order to see the waterfall in the Samandere Waterfall Natural Monument, where you can have the opportunity to spend wonderful moments in silence and peace, you have to go down a little steep staircase.
You can make your trip to Abant more enjoyable by camping next to the Samandere Waterfall, which has been awarded the status of “Natural Monument” by the Ministry of Forestry.
Abant Village Market
Abant pleases its visitors not only with its natural beauties and peaceful landscapes, but also with its local flavors and souvenirs.
Go to Abant Village Market, one of the most visited places in the region, and buy organic fruits and vegetables, homemade pastries, jams, dry foods, etc. You can take a look at the local handcrafted souvenirs as well as the local handicrafts.
You can camp, have a picnic or go hiking at Güzeldere Waterfall, which is close to Abant.
You can have a pleasant time with your loved ones next to the rushing water at Güzeldere Waterfall, which offers wonderful views throughout the year.
As soon as you see the Akkaya Travertines, located in the Akkaya region of Bolu, you can compare them to Pamukkale Travertines.
Akkaya Travertines, which offer beautiful views that will make postcards jealous at all hours of the day, will undoubtedly be one of the unforgettable stops of your Abant holiday.
Abant Natural Life Museum
You should not end your Bolu tour without seeing the Abant Natural Life Museum, where you can get interesting information about the flora and fauna of the region and observe the wildlife closely.
You can see different plant species growing in this region at the Abant Natural Life Museum, located just at the entrance of Abant Lake.
Other Places to Visit in Bolu
In the rest of your Abant trip, you can go to Bolu city center and visit many other places.
In addition, you can take a look at our suggestions to explore the unknown places of Bolu, which is home to many natural beauties like Abant.
Yedigoller National Park
Yedigöller, which is only 42 km from the city center of Bolu, consists of exactly 7 lakes, as the name suggests:
Yedigöller, which gained the status of “National Park” in 1965, is a place where you can encounter many different plant and animal species, and even camp if you wish, just like Abant.
For entry to Yedigöller National Park with vehicles, 12 TL per vehicle; For car-free entrances, 4 TL per person is requested. In addition, if you want to camp within the boundaries of the park, you have to pay a fee of 25 TL per day for a 4-person tent.
Like Abant, Lake Sülüklü is located in the Mudurnu district of Bolu.
You can come across many wild animals such as brown bear, roe deer, wolf and wild boar in Sülüklü Göl, which covers an area of 809 hectares in total.
You can tour around Sülüklügöl and the two nearby lakes, then explore Mudurnu town centre.
You can set up a camp in Sülüklügöl, or if you visit it for a day, you can have a pleasant time in the recreational areas and hiking trails.
Golcuk Nature Park
Gölcük Nature Park, one of the most well-known natural beauties of Bolu after Abant and Yedigöller, is more economical and calmer than the other two places.
Gölcük Nature Park, located 13 km from the city center of Bolu, is a place literally falling from heaven, surrounded by fir and pine trees.
If you wish, you can visit Gölcük for a day, or you can spare 1-2 days of your stay here.
It is a good idea to make a reservation in advance to stay at the State Guest House, which is operated by the Ministry of Forestry and is the only accommodation facility in Gölcük Nature Park.
The entrance fee to Gölcük Nature Park is 4 TL per person (12 TL for vehicle entrances); If you want to camp, a daily payment of 25 TL is requested.
Seben Lake, which you can reach after driving approximately 32 km from the city center of Bolu, is actually an artificial lake, but it will be difficult for you to notice it until someone tells you.
You can go on canoe and boat tours in Seben Lake, or participate in angling activities if you wish.
Do not forget to photograph the historical rock houses, plateaus and caves surrounding the lake.
There are many lakes in Bolu, just like Burdur, which is titled “Lake Region”. Karamurat Lake, another one of them, is located 30 km from Mudurnu district center.
Offering a magnificent view of nature, Lake Karamurat is a place you can visit all year round.
Kartalkaya Ski Center
If you go to Kartalkaya Ski Center, which is one of the main places that keeps the pulse of winter tourism in Turkey, especially in December-February, you can find the opportunity to do many snow and skiing activities.
At Kartalkaya Ski Center, which is approximately 38 km from Bolu city center, the ski season starts in December and continues until the end of March.
Kartalkaya Ski Center, which is close to both Ankara and Istanbul and is much more economical than Uludağ Ski Center, is the center of attention of thousands of local and foreign tourists every year, has a total of 13 separate ski tracks and many ski hotels.
With its snow thickness of 3 meters in winter, it also pleases those who are professionally interested in skiing.