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A Natural City
YOU CAN ENJOY SKIING, A LAKE OUTING AND A TURKISH BATH ALL IN THE SAME DAY IN THE BLACK SEA TOWN OF LADİK IN SAMSUN PROVINCE, WHICH EXHIBITS VESTIGES OF A 5,000- YEAR PAST. HERE ARE SIX REASONS TO GO TO LADİK.
1 AKDAĞ SUMMER AND WINTER SPORTS CENTER
Besides winter sports, you can also enjoy grass skiing at the ski center just six kilometers from Ladik. With a piste length of 3,600 meters, the center also boasts a chairlift that can carry 1,000 people per hour as well as a 21-bed boutique hotel.
2 HAMAMAYAĞI THERMAL SPRINGS
Hamamayağı Thermal Springs are ready and waiting for you to enjoy a bath in their therapeutic waters, which are believed to impart youthful energy. Located 13 kilometers from the town, the spring waters are a remedy for every ailment from rheumatism and calcification to diseases of the skin. Boasting a picnic ground, cafeteria, open kitchen and game park, the Spa Facilities are transformed into a giant recreational area in summer.
3 LAKE LADİK
Lake Ladik seven kilometers east of town exhibits a different beauty in every season. The pike caught in its waters are out of this world, and the tiny islands that seem to float on its crystal clear waters are without a counterpart on earth. The facilities on the lake shore offer an enjoyable opportunity for relaxation, and the lake environment is also ideal for bird watching. Spotted heron, black stork, mallard duck, tern, ibis, and lapwing are just a few of the species you might see here.
4 THE HIGHLANDS
With their colorful traditional fairs and unspoiled nature, the highlands around Ladik are a candidate for the eco-tourism of the future. Renowned for their cold waters and pure air, the Ladik Highlands also boast unique houses. Aktaş Highland on the Ladik-Taşova road, offers a view of the lake. The 1600-meter Küpecik Highland is 23 kilometers from town. Büyükkızoğlu Highland meanwhile is famous for its waterfall. Gürcü and Çakırgümüş are two more lovely highlands in the area.
You won’t return empty-handed from Ladik, which is known for its wickerwork, shepherd’s pipes (kaval), and hand-knitted socks and sweaters. Woven on traditional looms, Ladik kilims make a perfect gift. Although the production of these kilims, traditionally used at the entrance to the living room, has slacked off today, it continues in the town center and neighboring villages. Another kind of Ladik kilim, woven of goat hair and called “çöpür”, is more commonly used outdoors, in picnic areas.