Yalova Province is set on the sparkling Sea of Marmara, known for sunny beach resorts and mineral-rich hot springs. Venture inland and you'll find a patchwork of lush plateaus, rolling mountains and tumbling waterfalls.
Things to do in Yalova Province
The town of Termal is known for its mineral-rich hot springs. Lashings of sulphur, sodium and calcium will leave your skin feeling silky soft after a long soak. Baths are located in luxury establishments and hotels, which treat guests to steaming thermal pools, a luxury day spa and traditional Turkish hammam.
Yalova Ataturk Mansion offers a glimpse at the region's storied past. Today it houses a small museum where you can learn about the legacy of the country's beloved president who founded the Republic of Turkey. Inside you'll find photographs, personal items and historic memorabilia.
Yalova Province cradles some of Turkey's most spectacular scenery, such as Sudusen Waterfall near Uvezpinar village. A shady hiking trail winds through the forest and leads to a misty waterfall cascading into an emerald pool.
Swim in crystalline water and sunbathe on golden sand in Cinarcik, a laid-back coastal resort on the Sea of Marmara. You can also eat out at seafood restaurants and enjoying the lively nightlife.
Getting around Yalova Province
The city of Yalova is easy to get around on foot and is also serviced by local "dolmus" minibuses and taxis. Ferries are the fastest way to get from Istanbul to Yalova, taking around one hour.