The stunning natural beauty all around Lake Abant Nature Park is a perfect way to relax and refresh the mind for a day or a weekend out of Istanbul or Ankara. You’ll feel far away from the city and explore a facet of Turkey very different from the usual postcard scenery.
I went there in December 2010, and the below is a translation of the French article I wrote back then.
It is December, and I am yet to feel the end of the year spirit with the nice 20° in Istanbul. This trip to Lake Abant – located at an altitude over 1,300m – was perfect to kick off the winter spirit.
Lake Abant is in the middle of a National Park: surrounded by forests, it is charming and peaceful. And cold.
There was almost no one there for our visit. Maybe winter is not locals’ favourite season to come there as it can literally freeze. The snow and the ice give to the scenery an unreal look with the pure white blanket. It’s breathtaking and peaceful… until the snowball war begins!
I did not go there in Autumn, but I would imagine it to be gorgeous as well with all the red leaves in the forest.
You can check out 360° views of the Lake Abant here.
Where is Lake Abant?
Lake Abant is not far from the city of Bolu. It is ideally located between Istanbul and Ankara, about 200km from the two main cities of Turkey. It took us about 3 hours to drive there from Istanbul.
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