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  • 10 vibes for Sakarya

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    Sapanca Lake is one the places you can visit on a daily excursion. You can also have your lunch in the restaurants and cafes on the bank of the lake.

    Acarlar Longozu, is the second largest floodplain forest of Türkiye Covering an area of 1,562 hectares, it is one of the most important natural attractions of Sakarya and is a first degree natural protected area.

    Uzun Çarşı is located next to the Orhan Mosque, consists of about 100 shops and is one of the oldest and best known bazaars in the city from the Ottoman period.

    In the exhibition hall of the Sakarya Museum; archaeological artifacts from prehistoric times, Roman and Byzantine periods and ethnographic artifacts from the Ottoman and Republic periods are on display.

    Orhan Mosque, made of ashlar blocks, has no dome, a single minaret and a rectangular plan. This mosque is a nice place for a short break in the hustle and bustle of daily life. 

    Justinian’s Bridge is one of the most magnificient structures in Anatolia of the Early Byzantine Period. Built by Justinian (527-565), this stone bridge is 365 meters long, 9.85 meters wide and has a total of 12 arches. Justinian’s Bridge was included in the UNESCO Tentative List of World Heritage in 2018.

    Keşkek made in many parts of Türkiye, but has a special place in Sakarya food culture. Keşkek, which is an indispensable dish of special occasions, especially at weddings, is a special meal for distinguished guests.

    Tarak means “Comb” and the Taraklı means “the place or the person with Comb” in Turkish. So, the town gets its name from the traditional handicraft of the region. In the region, the combs are made of boxwood, hornbeam, pear and good grade walnut trees. Boxwood white color is preferred more because it is hard and durable.

    Boza is one of the oldest and most traditional Turkish drinks. The traveler named Ibn Battuta mentions boza, a drink consumed by Turks, in his travel book he wrote in the early 14th century. When winter comes, the sounds of boza vendors surround the streets of Sakarya.

    Karagöl Plateau, which is completely covered with pine, beech, fir and oak trees, is a natural treatment center with its oxygen rich air and cold drinking water.