Üvezpınar is a neighborhood in Yalova located close to the thermal springs. This neighborhood used to be a village in Yalova until 1992. Üvezpınar is a place that attracts attention with its natural beauty. The neighborhood is located at the foothill of the Samanlı Mountains and has a panoramic view of the city. Another famous location Su Düşen Waterfall is also located in Üvezpınar which we will mention further along the guide. Since there are not many places to visit in Yalova, its natural beauty is a must-see for visitors.
Karaca Arboretum is known as a tree museum as it has around 7000 different plants. Karaca Arboretum is Turkey’s first private arboretum that was built by Hayrettin Karaca. This arboretum has many important plant families such as Quercus, Betula, Acer, Malas, Prunus, Magnolia, Picea and Pinus, if you are interested in the field. Karaca Arboretum is open to the public every day from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 01:00 pm to 05:00 pm. Group visits are only possible by reservation. The guided tour of the arboretum lasts about one and a half hours. Instead of paying a typical entrance fee, Karaca Arboterum requires you to donate to the TEMA foundation which is a foundation working for nature. Each year, Karaca Arboretum receives 15.000 Turkish and foreigner visitors.
There is an old church in Yalova called the Black church which is believed to be built as a bath in the 6th century. Later on, it is said to be turned into a church however, there is no detailed information about the structure itself as well as its history. It is known that the architectural design of the building is like the Roman architectural style. According to one legend, there were tunnels built underneath the church leading behind the mountains. It is said that many people escaped through the tunnels during the time of war.
DELMECE PLATEA NATIONAL PARK
Delmece Pletea is one of the most famous locations in Yalova. It is mostly visited by those who want to camp. Delmece Platea is a great place to go on trekking. The Delmece Platea National Park has many different types of trees, waterfalls and a deep lake. There is also a water source known to have a healing effect. It is a great place to visit if you are a nature lover.
SU DÜŞEN WATERFALL
Su Düşen Waterfall has become a part of the city of Bursa rather than Yalova as it was before. In the surrounding area of the Su Düşen Waterfall, you can go on walks, swim or go on a picnic as a family.
ARMUTLU THERMAL SPRINGS
Armutlu Thermal Springs is one of the most famous thermal springs in Turkey, mostly visited by those who live in Istanbul due to the city’s closeness to the area. Armutlu Thermal Springs is the only thermal springs and the second one in the world that has the most radioactivity. Thermal springs are especially beneficial for skin conditions, pain, rheumatism and many other diseases. It also helps eliminate the toxins in the body. If you are planning to visit Armutlu Thermal Springs, make sure to talk to your doctor to see if you are suitable for benefitting from it as thermal springs can be harmful for some people. Also, check the specific thermal spring that you want to visit to see which diseases and health problems it has a healing effect on and try to find the right one for your specific condition.
Erikli is one of the most famous waterfalls in Turkey and especially in the Marmara region. Erikli Waterfall is sometimes referred to as “Çifte Şelale” which means “double waterfall” due to having two waterfalls in the same place. It is the perfect place to enjoy long nature walks or picnics with your friends and family. You will definitely fall in love with the beauty of this place.
OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Yalova Open Air museum also known as the Archeopark is a place where you can see the artifacts belonging to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. The Open Air Museum was opened in 2003 and it is still functioning if you would like to visit it to learn more about the history of the city.
Walking Pavilion is a famous place due to an event happened in the past. One day, the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk went to the farm and saw a gardener trying to cut the branches of a plane tree. Atatürk asked him what he was doing and he said that the branches were touching the walls of the pavilion which is why he was going to cut the branches. Atatürk was not satisfied with the answer the gardener gave him and ordered the tree not to be cut, instead, he ordered the pavilion to be moved away. After detailed planning, the pavilion was moved about 4.80 meters away from the tree.