he concepts of self-quarantine and social distancing continue to shape our lives. One of the most important things we’ve learned during the pandemic is how much we need more contact with nature. Short walks in the parks, indoor gardening, houseplants have become parts of our life. Apart from our daily routine, our understanding of vacation has also been affected. Our typical long-term vacation plans have been replaced by short-term, isolated holidays. While wearing a mask and social distancing, we look for isolated destinations to forget the stress these pandemic days bring a little. Scroll through the page for five weekend getaways near Istanbul if you want to get a little boost of energy and enjoy these snowy days on a vacation.
It is very easy to get Ağva, which is only 100 kilometers away from the rush and noise of the city. A place where green meets blue, Ağva is beautiful every season. However, when it is covered with snow in winter, you have unique views throughout Göksu and Yeşilçay. Watch the view by the fireplace or take a calm walk by the long river if you want.
Ski resorts are the first places to come into the mind when you think of a winter holiday. One of the favorite places for skiing is Kartepe, a rival to Uludağ. The center has 4 tracks, and you can also do activities such as hiking, paragliding and ATV tour besides skiing and snowboarding. When you wish to take a break from the action, visit Maşukiye and taste the unique flavors in the restaurants by the stream.
With its lush green and fresh clean breathable air, Sapanca is a frequent destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. It offers accommodation to suit every budget and every taste with various hotels and hostels. It’s an ideal option for those who want to take a breath of fresh air in all seasons thanks to its vegetation and picnic areas. Take a walk or ride a bike around Sapanca Lake and enjoy fresh air.
30 kilometers from Bursa city center, Sarıalan offers an alternative to ski holiday to Uludağ. During the pandemic, chalets and bungalow hotels have become favorite holiday spots as they offer isolation. You can feel safe away from the crowd of the city and enjoy a peaceful holiday in Sarıalan with its natural beauty and clean air.
Safranbolu has a historical and exotic atmosphere that has survived to the present day without being affected by urbanization periods. At it has preserved its original form and buildings, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994 and is shown among the “best protected cities”. When its rare silhouette meets the snow, it offers a visual feast just like postcards. You will feel like you are traveling through time when you watch the tile-colored roofs running one after the other or wander along the narrow, cobblestone streets.