Good Reasons to Visit Yalova in Turkey Foreign travellers tend to bypass Yalova in Turkey, but for many years, locals of Istanbul who want to escape city life for a few days, have favoured it as the ideal destination. Summer weekends when the children are off school are a traditional time for them to go. For city dwellers, Yalova offers everything including thermal springs, gorgeous landscapes, hiking, trekking and biking routes, and numerous campsites. So in this article by Bayram Tekce, a Turkish national, he talks about his reasons on why he loves it so much. Yalova in Turkey Yalova locals are extremely proud of their connection to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. He loved the region and spent many summer months relaxing with close colleagues and friends joining him. Such was his passion for the area, he commissioned the construction of a house, and when he died, it came under the ownership of the National Assembly. These days, it is open to the public as a museum. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is also the reason behind another famous landmark of Yalova. In 1930, he was upset that a timeworn tree was to be removed because it began growing against the neighbouring mansion, therefore threatening the foundations. Instead, he ordered the tree would stay where it was, and the mansion should be moved 5 metres away. Hence, the current name of the building as Yuruyen Pavilion, otherwise the walking mansion. Yalova Termal District The termal district is twelve kilometres from Yalova city centre, and what the region is most famous for. Four hotels in the area offer access to healing thermal waters that scientists say ease symptoms of various ailments including skin, orthopaedic, mental diseases, and functional disorders. It is not a new trend because, throughout Turkey, soldiers from different empires over time used spa waters to heal after battle. The spa springs of Pamukkale are one such example as is the Balcova springs of Izmir. Trekking, Hiking, Biking and Camping in Yalova A famous slogan that springs to mind when talking about is Yalova is to be at one with nature. Sudesen waterfall is among one of the top attractions, but hiking, trekking, and biking routes through the scenic landscapes are ideal pursuits. In the Delmece plateaus, many tree species including pine, oak, and chestnut surround the 400-acre landscape, whereas Erikli Plateau, near Tesvikiye Village, is a favourite destination for campers but photography enthusiasts also love it. Picnic lovers head to the Hasan Baba area, a protected habitat for deer.