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WINTER HOLIDAY IN THE MOUNTAINS
Three suggestions for a winter holiday, on a mountaintop in falling snow, or on the banks of a turquoise blue lake in the heart of the forest.

A DELIGHTFUL GETAWAY
How about prolonging your winter pleasure by the fireplace in a mountain cabin far from the madding crowd on Kazdağı, a peak steeped in ancient legends? Hiking trails through the forest, cloud-covered peaks, ancient paths and waterfalls all await you at Kazdağı, where cosy boutique hotels welcome vacationers escaping the city. The local olive oil dishes are a bonus.

How to Get There
GÖLCÜK
Take a minibus from the city center, or follow the signs for Seben, to reach this lake 15 kilometers from Bolu.

KAZDAĞI
You can reach the Kazdağı villages through Küçükkuyu and Edremit.

SPİL DAĞI
From the city center follow the signs for Spil Dağı (Mountain) National Park, 24 kilometers outside Manisa.

LAKE DREAMING
Enjoy both mountain and lake environments at Gölcük, skirting Bolu’s Aladağ mountain range. Off limits to construction of any kind after being declared a National Park, the area around the lake has been fitted with hiking trails, wooden piers and picnic tables. You will be reminded of naturalist scenes when you see the trees reflected in the waters of this lake 950 meters above sea level.

SEA OF TREES
If you’re hankering for a taste of winter on a peak in the Aegean, then Spil Dağı National Park near Manisa is just for you. Known as the home of ‘The Tarzan of Manisa’ (Ahmet Bedevi), who dedicated his life to reforesting the area, Spil Dağı, with its tulips, wild horses, mountain lakes, caves, canyons, mountain houses and famous Weeping Rock, welcomes those seeking peace and quiet in the winter months.