Kartepe in Turkish means “snowy peak”. The resort is located among picturesque forests and mountain ranges in the eastern part of Kocaeli province. The distance from the resort to Istanbul is about 120 km. From the ski slopes there is a picturesque view of Sapanca Lake and Kocaeli Bay. The proximity to Istanbul gives the resort the advantages of convenient traffic and an additional varied excursion program.
Ski resort Kartepe is a new, rapidly developing ski complex, focused on a versatile vacation for the whole family. The ski center has trails of different difficulty levels – both for beginners and for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Kartepe How to get there?
The nearest airport of Kartepe is located in Kocaeli – Cengiz Topel Airport. It serves only local flights. Its main carriers are the airlines Anadolujet and Borajet. From there, you can take a taxi to the resort.
But since the resort is located near Istanbul, it will be more convenient for you to get to Kartepe from there. You can fly to Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The latter is preferable, since it is possible to reach Kartepe from it in just an hour and a half (the distance is only 80 km). Travel time from Ankara will be about 3 hours.
Unfortunately, public transport directly to the resort does not go, so you need to get to the center of Kocaeli (Izmit), and from there take a taxi or rent a car. You can easily find car rentals in the city center.
Information about Kartepe
Kartepe is one of the popular ski resorts, famous for its proximity to Istanbul. This is one of the most attractive and equipped ski resorts in Turkey. Twelve routes with a total length of 48 kilometers are in excellent condition and are serviced by four lifts. Most of the slopes have a difficulty level of medium and for beginners. The maximum height available for skiing is a point at an altitude of 1,650 meters. Equipment can be rented here. In order to improve your skating skills, you can take a lesson from local instructors. For lovers of snowboarding, too, all the conditions for excellent skiing.
Kartepe is open not only in winter, but also in summer. In summer you can ride horses and quad bikes, go on a jeep safari, canoe and water ski, play pinball and golf, jump with a parachute or go motocross. Also, in the summer there is a congress center for business events.
But nevertheless, first of all Kartepe is a ski center. The ski season here lasts from mid-November to mid-April.
In addition to active sports, the Kartepe ski resort also offers a great end-of-the-day relaxation: a jacuzzi, a pool with therapeutic algae, several saunas and Turkish baths, a spa center, fitness centers, massage, mud baths, game rooms for children, shops. Separately, it is worth noting the excellent restaurants and bars, with Turkish and international cuisine. There are several dozens of them here.
Hotels in Kartepe
The choice of hotels in Kartepe is quite large. There are both expensive offers and budget ones. In the summer season you can stay in campsites.
The ski infrastructure is built and developed by the standards of the best European ski resorts. Accommodation in hotels provides an all-inclusive program: accommodation, meals and ski passes.