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Bolu

Bolu is one of the most enchanting areas of Turkey located approximately half-way between Istanbul and Ankara. Bolu is famous for its dense forests, fauna and modern hot spring facilities.

Lake Abant is one of the amazing beauties that the city of Bolu provides. It is 34 kilometers (21 miles) southwest of the province, situated at an altitude of 1500 meters. The lake is a magnificent one with water lilies spread over, and the deep green forest surrounding it. There are high-quality accommodation establishments around the lake which deserves spending some time. It is frozen during the winter where people ice-skate on it.

Golcuk lake near BoluAnother wonder of Bolu is the Yedigoller (Seven Lakes) National Park which has an appeal beyond words. It's about 42 km (26 mi) north from the center. Golcuk, an artificial lake at 14 km (9 mi) south of the city, surrounded with green forests, is another lovely site for picnicking or trekking.

Kartalkaya on the Koroglu Mountains is a perfect resort for those who like skiing. It is one of the three best winter sports centers in Turkey. You will find quietness and sportive enthusiasm in Kartalkaya, at about 38 km (23 mi) southeast of the city. Aladag meadows are the other attractive tourist sites on these mountains.

Mengen is famous for its excellent cooks and holds an annual "Chefs' Festival", featuring many traditional Turkish specialties.

Mudurnu is approximately 52 km (32 mi) southwest of the city. The town is famous for its poultry but, most important of all, with its traditional wooden houses displaying the old Turkish architecture.

Goynuk town is about 96 km (60 mi) southwest of Bolu center, standing on the ancient trade routes of Anatolia. The district is famous for the traditional Turkish houses and the mausoleum (Türbe) of Aksemsettin, the teacher of sultan Mehmet II.

53 km (33 mi) northwest of Bolu is Konuralp (near Düzce) which once was the ancient Pruso ad Hyplum. You can see a well preserved Roman theatre and fine examples of Roman and Byzantine art, sheltered in the museum. Until 1999 Konuralp used to be a site under the administration of Bolu province. But after the earthquake, Düzce was made a province in order to develop this area, thus Konuralp was included under the administration of this newest city of Turkey.

You may enjoy four seasons at once in Bolu. For those who prefer sea-sun-sand, Akcakoca offers this opportunity at an appealing setting on the Black Sea. You can enjoy the lovely beaches while staying in small guest houses and hotels. You can also visit the Genoese Castle hidden in the hazelnut groves. Same as Konuralp, Akcakoca used to be a town of Bolu province too but when Düzce became a new province, then it remained under the administration of this new city.

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