Famous for its historical and natural beauties, Bursa is a very close destination to Istanbul. While it is possible to ski in Bursa, which is also home to Uludağ, you can relieve the city fatigue in Cumalıkızık with its stone streets, authentic houses that have not lost their original texture and an atmosphere that preserves the village atmosphere.
Located about an hour from Istanbul, Şile is famous for its forests and historical ruins. In this cozy town on the Black Sea coast, you can take a walk by the sea and visit historical sites. In winter, you can spend a romantic weekend in one of the Şile hotels with fireplace.
Sapanca, which is connected to Sakarya, is a place famous for its natural beauties and lake. You can take a walk around Sapanca Lake, take a boat ride on the lake or go to the surrounding plateaus and enjoy the nature.
About 3 hours away from Istanbul by high speed train, Eskişehir is one of the best options for winter vacation. Eskişehir is known for its historical atmosphere, Porsuk River and Odunpazarı Houses.
Yalova, famous for its thermal waters, is a short distance from Istanbul by ferry or car. It is an ideal place to relax in thermal hotels and use the thermal springs. Yalova thermal spas, located about 25 minutes from the city center, are easily accessible by public transportation. Many facilities are offered, from indoor and outdoor hot spring pools to family baths and orthopedic massages.
Kartepe, located in Kocaeli, is an ideal destination for those who want to do winter sports. Kartepe, where you can ski and snowboard, is about 2 hours away from Istanbul. It is also possible to consider bungalow options for accommodation.