Marmara Region is the most crowded region of Turkey with more than 30 million population. So, camping started to be a very popular for people living in Turkey at the last times. You will find a lot of amazing camping destinations in different cities of Marmara like Istanbul, Bursa, Çanakkale, Kırklareli and others. We’ve compiled the top 10 camping places in Marmara Region in this blog post for you.
1- İğneada Langoz Forest National Park Camping Areas
The surroundings of İğneada are among the places with many options for camping. You have the opportunity to choose places by the sea if you want, in the forest, if you want, for a fee or free of charge. When you walk from the beach to the Mert Lake from the İğneada beach, you can camp in the free camping area with no WC and shower, which is located by the sea, to swim in the summer and to enjoy the silence in the quiet of the black sea in the spring. It should be noted that it is very crowded in the summer. The water level can be high in the spring months. It is not possible to cross the campsite on foot as a result of the sea and the lake. In this case, you can put your camping equipment on the canoe or you can come from the entrance of İğneada Longoz Ormanları National Park with your vehicle and carry some camping load. There are also paid camping areas at the entrance of İğneda. If you want to camp in the forest, you can camp around Dupnisa cave.
2- İnönü Plateau
İnönü Plateau is a camping area located within the borders of Kocaeli province. It is one of the best known and most preferred camping places in Kocaeli. To reach İnönü Plateau, you must first come to Tepecik Village in Başiskele district. The campsite is located in the southernmost part of Basiskele. Although it is within the borders of Kocaeli, it is also very close to the Pamukova district of Sakarya. The highland road is not very difficult, although most of the road is bends, you can reach here comfortably because it is asphalt. The campsite is ideal in size and offers a large area for camping lovers. There is no business or facility providing camping services in the region.
3- Maden Stream
Maden Stream is a natural wonder with an altitude of 317 meters located in the Karasu district of Sakarya. Maden Creek is surrounded by ponds, forests and waterfalls. It is located approximately 200 km from Istanbul, 70 km from Sakarya city center and 115 km from Kocaeli. In the past, it took this name as a result of the mining activities of the French. In the region, which still bears the traces of the mining history, there is a historical embankment built with cut stone behind the waterfall. This set visually evokes a historical feeling. There are also beech, chestnut, oak, hornbeam, plane tree, hazelnut and poplar trees around Maden Creek.
4- Bozcaarmut Pond
Bozcaarmut Pond, which has become the focal point of nature lovers especially in recent years, is actually a dam lake. In terms of its nature, it is quite virgin and untouched. You can come here and enjoy this magnificent nature and find many endeavors to spend time. If you like fishing, you can try fishing in the pond by bringing a fishing rod with you. In addition, there is a great variety of trees around the pond. It is very rich in shade areas. If you like walking and jogging in the morning, this is the place for you. You can wake up in the early hours of the morning and do nature sports on the green tracks around the pond.
5- Kapıdağ Camping
Kapıdağ Camping is located 6 km from Erdek district and approximately 18 km from Bandırma district. It is not found in the southern coastal part of the Sea of Marmara. Especially in the spring season, with the revival of nature, Kapıdağ, which is decorated with thousands of flowers and shaded by various trees, manages to be a popular destination for camping lovers. If you are someone who likes to walk, you will like the natural hiking trails where you can take short or long nature walks.
6- Uçmakdere Camping Area
Uçmakdere Camping Area is located in Şarköy district of Tekirdağ. It is suitable for those who want to both swim and have fun by the sea. Since it is close to the businesses on the seaside, it is possible to eat and use WC. You can camp by paying a reasonable fee at the entrance. You should not go with a very large team as space is limited. In the spring months, you can fall asleep with the sound of the Marmara Sea because it is calm, and you can enjoy it at sunrise.
7- Sarıalan Camping Area
Sarıalan Campground is a camping area where you can go by cable car from the cable car area of Bursa. When going by cable car, it is located at an altitude of 1,650 meters at the last station. Sarıalan is generally preferred for daily or camping. There are tent camping areas, bungalows, barracks, meat-barbecue restaurants, souvenir shops, children’s playgrounds and a mosque.
8- Çilingöz Natural Park
Since it is a natural park, you have to pay a fee at the entrance. But you can take advantage of the WC and shower facilities inside. It is among the preferred places because it offers the sea and forest option together. We do not recommend you to go because it is very crowded in the summer, but there is no one in the spring and winter months. It is a pleasant and safe camping area where you can experience the serenity in these months.
9- Misi Camping Area
It is located within the borders of Misi Village, which is the oldest settlement area of Bursa. It is a camping area arranged in nature. It is among the places that can be preferred as it is 15 minutes away from the city center. WC-shower, sinks. There are hot and cold water, kitchen, washing machine, vehicle waste discharging and cassette discharging units, 2 water taps in every four parcels, electrical panel and electricity meter. You can choose whatever you want to transport by bicycle, passenger car, caravan, or minibus. It is a good choice for those who want a comfortable camping for a reasonable fee.
10- Gökçetepe Nature Park
Gökçetepe Nature Park is located in the Keşan district of Edirne, 270 kilometers from Istanbul. Although it has been exposed to some concretion in recent years, it remains popular among camping lovers. In addition to a large tent camp area, it offers options such as diving training, water sports, nature sports and paintball.