Uludag The ancient Mount Olympus of Mysia near Bursa (35 km) at a height of 1800 - 1900 m with forests and lakes, is good for walks and picnics from June to September, and winter sports from December to April. There are hotels, chalets, restaurants, PTT, skiing, and camping.
Kus Cenneti (Bird Paradise) In the province of Balikesir 18 km south of Bandirma is a bird reserve with over 200 species. The most interesting time is March to October. There is a museum and tours to observe the birds.
Mount Sipil Situated in Manisa Province this park has interesting flora, fauna and thermal springs. The best times are April to November when camping, climbing and picnicking are possible.
Dilek Yarimadasi In the province of Aydin, where Mt. Samsundagi plunges into the sea is a park of river valleys, flora, fauna, beaches and cliffs. The season for hiking, picnicking and water sports is from April to December.
Kovada Golu This park is near Isparta toward Konya with typical forest scenery, lake flora and fauna. The best season is May to September, which is excellent for water sports, clim bing, camping, fishing and picnics.
Gulluk Dagi - Termessos This park is near Antalya toward Korkuteli with wild scenery, flora and fauna, and camping, restaurants, picnicking and an open - air museum. The season is from April to October.
Beydaglari - Olympos This park is west of Antalya near the antique sites of Phaselis and Olympos. Facili ties include holiday villages, motels, restaurants, camping, picnicking, a museum and PTT.
Koprulu Kanyon The Kopru River has carved a 14 km long canyon 92 km northeast of Antalya. There is the Roman Oluk Bridge, the city of Selge in the higher part of the park, an open - air museum, flora, camping, fishing and picnicking plus restaurants. The best season is April to October.
Karatepe - Aslantas This park is situated in the Ceyhan River Valley in Adana province. There are Hitti te and Roman remains, hills, valleys, flora, as well as camping and picnicking possibili ties. The best season is from April to November.
Mount Kizil A beautiful park of cedar trees situated between Isparta and Konya, west of the town of Sarkikaraagac and on the northern edge of Lake Beysehir. Camping and pic nicking are possible from May to October.
Munzur Vadisi In the province of Tunceli this park has streams full of trout, springs, flora and fauna. Camping, picnicking and fishing are possible. The best season is from May to September.
Gelibolu Yarlmadasi (History Park) Situated near Canakkale, the whole peninsula has been dedicated to the memory of the many soldiers who lost their lives here. There are two entrances, Kilitbahir and Kabatepe that provide information on how to tour the area, and where the British, French, Australian, New Zealand and Turkish war memorials can be found. There are beaches, hotels, restaurants and attractive flora and fauna.
Yozgat Camligi Situated 5 km from Yozgat one finds this park of forests, green hills and valleys, flora and fauna. Camping and picnicking are possible from April to October.
Soguksu This park is situated on the Kizlicahamam, in Ankara province, with thermal springs, and a forested plateau with small valleys. Facilities include a hotel, restau rants, camping, climbing, and picnicking places. The season is from April to October.
llgaz Dagi South of Kastamonu (45 km) is a park in a beautiful landscape, with attractive flora and fauna. The best season is May to September. Picnic facilities.
Yedigoller "Seven Lakes", north of Bolu, with its lakes full of fish, is surrounded by beautiful forests. There is a museum, and an exhibition of wildlife, and restaurants, chalet ac commodation, camping, fishing, and picnicking from April to October.
Altindere This park is situated in the province of Trabzon. This is the best known park of the Black Sea for its natural beauty and the Monastery of Sumela. Facilities include picnic king places, cafes and PTT.
Goreme Situated in the province of Nevsehir, Goreme is a very interesting place for its landscape of rock cones and fairy chimneys. The chapels are from the Seljuk and Byzantine periods. The underground cities and the churches are located in this area. Among the attractions in the park are the open - air museums, holiday villages, cam ping, restaurants, and shopping centres. Season: all year round.
Baskomutan This park was established as a monument on behalf of the war veterans who lost their lives in the Independence War. The rich green park is located on the border of the Afyon province. Among the attractions in the park are the Open Air Museum and Memorial and several cafes with music and entertainment. There is also an area for picnics. Season: May - October.
Mount Kaz (Mount Ida) Mount Kaz National Park, which is in Edremit Bay, is one of the most beautiful na tional parks in Turkey. Mount Kaz reaches 1774 metres. Around this park there are such natural beauties as springs and beautiful trees.
In history Ida is known as a holy mountain. This mountain also has a mythological significance. According to mythology the first beauty contest was held on this moun tain. The Trojan king's son Paris, who was renowned for the importance he gave to beauty, was the head of the jury and in the contest, which was held between Aphrodi te, Hera and Athena, Aphrodite came first. Every year to mark this occasion a beauty contest is held in Mount Kaz National Park.
In the park there are places for resting.
Nemrut Mountain This famous mountain is located in Southeast Anatolia between the Adiyaman (100 km) and Kahta (65 km) regions. This park houses a memorial to King Antiochos and the Eski Kale, Yeni Kale, Karakus Tepesi and Cendere Koprusu are the symbols that make this park a most interesting visit. Season: April - September.
Bogazkale - Alacahoyuk One hundred and eighty- one kilometers from Ankara in the Corum Province, this park with a rich flora and fauna, has also camping and picnic sites and even a restau rant. A museum housing the archaeological artifacts of the ancient capital of the Hitti tes and the historical site of Alacahoyuk are also found in this park.