In this province filled with natural beauty is the charming site of Lake Sapanca, 5 kilometers south of Adapazari. If you stop by the Arifiye Forest, in the province, which is a lovely resting spot, it is possible to see the really beautiful scenery of Lake Sapanca. Besides its panoramic view, this place offers opportunities for water sports and possesses fine accommodation facilities.
To the north, lies Karasu, another attractive holiday resort, 67 kilometers from Adapazari. Golden sandy beaches lie here along the coast of the Black Sea, and it is a fine vacation area with numerous touristic establishments. Akyazi (29 kilometers) is an outstanding thermal cure center for many diseases, besides the Tarakli (Geyve) thermal springs.
The historical background of Sakarya extends back to 378 BC. Many Roman and Byzantine sites can be seen in the area. One of the most important remains here is the historical Justinian Bridge (Beş Köprü) built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in AD 533. It is a 429 meters long, eight arched bridge, and is an interesting sight for history lovers.
On 17th August 1999, at 03:02 am, a devastating earthquake (7.4 Richter scale) struck the city when people were asleep and killed thousands of citizens leaving more than 50.000 homeless. Izmit, Yalova, Bursa, Bolu and Istanbul were amongst other provinces damaged by this quake.
We highly recommend booking international and domestic flights with Turkish Airlines. Visit www.turkishairlines.com for prices and times.
If you wish to travel by bus or car please give the details of your journey so we can recommend a local transfer service. You must allow 3 days for us to make suggestions.
All companies we recommend are licensed by TURSAB. It is merely a recommendation we do not take any responsibilities for any of the services recommended on this website.
For areas to visit near Sakarya visit https://visit-turkey.org/destination/black-sea/