The national parks in Turkey are, as one might expect, countless in a country with spectacular geography. Due to the large size of this country with magnificent nature, there are quite a lot of national parks. Turkey, which is one of the rare countries in the world where the entire country lives in all 4 seasons, is one of the ideal destinations for many tourists with its natural beauties.
Anatolia, where the oldest traces of human history are located, hosts millions of tourists thanks to its structure that is ideal for visiting in every season. That is why it is very important to know what the national parks in Turkey are for those who are thinking of going on vacation to Turkey. This magnificent geography, where you can witness unique wildlife and trace the civilizations that laid the foundations of civilization, is one of the most beautiful places for a touristic trip.
In this article we have prepared as Çam Hotel, the best thermal hotel in Turkey, which is located in magnificent nature, we will list the national parks in Turkey and determine what you can visit during your trip. After reading our article, you will learn what the most important national parks in Turkey include and plan your travel accordingly.
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Let's first answer the question of what a national park is, and then list the national parks in Turkey.
National parks are geographical areas that are protected for the purpose of being passed onto future generations. For a place to qualify as a national park, it must have an ecosystem that has not been altered by humans, be located within an area of at least 1000 hectares, contain an environment where a variety of animals live freely, and be rich in oxygen.
Many national parks around the world attract a lot of attention due to their ability to observe wildlife. Turkey also has quite a lot of national parks thanks to the conditions provided by its geography. Now let's take a look at the natural parks in Turkey.
Thanks to the opportunities provided by its magnificent nature, Turkey has different vegetation and therefore endemic species living there. For this reason, national parks in different geographies offer the opportunity to observe various natural habitats.
The national parks all over the country fascinate local and foreign tourists with their magnificent nature and allow them to interact with creatures that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Although there are 47 national parks in Turkey, we will talk about the 5 that attract the most tourists in our article.
The Aladağlar National Park Area, which includes the Aladağlar, is located in the region where the highest peaks of the Taurus Mountains are in the southern parts of Turkey. It has an area of 55,064 hectares. This national park is especially remarkable in terms of the geological formations it contains. The glacial lakes and Karpuzbaşı Waterfalls in the area are natural beauties worth seeing. Located within the borders of 3 different provinces, Aladağlar forms an important part of the Taurus Mountains.
Beyşehir National Park, the largest national park in Turkey, covers an area of 88,750 hectares. Located on Lake Beyşehir, Turkey's largest freshwater source, this park is home to juniper, larch, fir, cedar, and oak species. The outstanding landscape beauties, being a favorite route for migratory birds, having lake shores suitable for sports based on lake waters, and cultural riches belonging to the Seljuk period make the Beyşehir Lake National Park even more important.
Saklıkent National Park, located within the borders of the Seydikemer district of Muğla, is one of the most important and famous national parks in Turkey. Located on 12.390 hectares, the park has canyons, which are geomorphological formations. The canyons are 18 km long and 200 m high. The narrowest part is up to 2 meters. The height of the land where the canyon is located is over 1000 meters.
It is visited by local and foreign tourists frequently. Saklıkent ski center on Bakırlıdağ on the peaks of the Taurus Mountains can be used for 2-3 months. You can hike in the canyon in areas unobstructed by water. In areas where walking is difficult, suspension bridges fixed to the canyon wall are used.
One of the most famous national parks in Turkey, The Troya National Park in Çanakkale, which is the region where the Trojans, one of the oldest civilizations in world history, lived, is an area declared as a national park in 1996 in order to protect the historical and cultural texture. In this region, there are important natural red pine forests, areas of coastal ecosystem importance, endemic plants, and the Karamenderes River delta, which is important for wildlife.
This region, which is also a 1st degree-protected area, hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The national park, which has an area of 13517 hectares, has 2 ancient cities, 4 tumuli, 3 monuments, and 3 registered tombs.
Soğuksu National Park, which is one of the first places that comes to mind when it comes to fresh air, nature, and picnics around Ankara, is a unique place with its healing hot springs, baths, magnificent forest, and a variety of living things it hosts. The national park is a forested area with pine trees in Ankara, located in the Central Anatolia Region with a steppe climate.
The park has an area of 1,187 hectares, of which 900 hectares are forested and 250 hectares are open. Located in the transition zone from the Black Sea to Central Anatolia, the national park is home to many different species. It is known that the endangered black vulture and some eagle species nest on the 1789-altitude Arhul Hill, the highest point of the park, which hosts more than 35 bird species.
At the same time, different types of mushrooms can be found in the forest, while the most common tree species are Yellow Pine 65%, Larch 24%, Fir 6%, and Oak 5%.
We have come to the end of our article listing the national parks in Turkey. You can have a unique holiday experience by choosing the most suitable one for you from the locations we have listed. Çam Hotel meets every element you need for your vacation with its superior service quality and natural wonder geography.
Çam Hotel, located in the Soğuksu National Park, turns into an unforgettable holiday destination with the unique thermal water facilities provided by the hot spring waters and the oxygen created by the pine trees. Many different diseases from allergic asthma to rheumatism are treated thanks to the thermal water where your body is renewed.
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