Sustainable Adventures on Mount Ida: A Blend of History, Culture and Nature

Set between the Canakkale and Balikesir provinces in Turkiye's northwest, the Ida Mountain (Kazdaglari) is known as an "oxygen tent", a glorious woodland habitat for flora and fauna nourished by iodised sea air.
By: Turkish Tourism
Kaz Daglar National Park
Kaz Daglar National Park
DUBAI MEDIA CITY, UAE - May 2, 2024 - PRLog -- Whether exploring on your own or in a group, Ida Mountain offers a rich historical and cultural experience and natural adventure. In addition to discovering the wonders of this scenic geography you can tour the region's quaint villages and savour the Aegean region's local architecture and delectable natural flavours.

Embracing the Beauty of Nature with Activity

Nature treks in a spectacular woodland environment are just a few attractions for visitors to Ida Mountain, a location with one of the world's highest levels of oxygen. Kaz Dagi National Park, spanning 21,000 hectares and home to numerous endemic species, vegetation, and animals, offers a variety of hiking trails. The area's most popular trekking paths include Hasanboguldu Pond, the Sahindere Canyon, Sutuven, and the Mihli Waterfalls. Nature lovers can enjoy picnics in authorised locations along the trails, observe wildlife with binoculars and immortalise these scenic images in photographs, drawings or other art. Camping offers another route to connecting with Mount Ida's breathtaking natural beauty.

Traditional Heritage Discoveries

Discovering villages nestled amid lush green nature is another one-of-a-kind Mount Ida experience. The mountain range is home to twelve picturesque villages, each featuring traditional homes and cafes serving local dishes. Travellers seeking more comfortable accommodation can stay in boutique hotels or pensions in the villages' old stone houses.

Yesilyurt is an oxygen storehouse with stone houses, cobbled streets, and slopes covered with almond and olive trees. The village is also known for its local flavours, especially its breakfasts featuring olives and olive oil-infused delicacies.

The village of Adatepe in Kucukkuyu, Canakkale, has emerged as a popular tourist destination thanks to the restoration of its traditional houses. While visiting this peaceful village, don't miss the Olive Oil Museum and the Altar of Zeus. At the entrance to Kucukkuyu, the museum depicts the venerable history of olive oil, a substance as valuable today as it was in antiquity. Near Adatepe is the Altar of Zeus, allegedly set on the site where Zeus watched the Trojan War. The area's sunrise and sunset views, which embrace nature and the sea, also enchant.

On the Canakkale ( stage of Mount Ida, you can explore the ancient city of Troy – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is believed to be where the Trojan War, described in Homer's Iliad, took place. In addition to exhibiting reflections on one of the world's most ancient legends, the impressive Troy Museum displays artefacts from archaeological excavations that illustrate the lives and cultures of those who settled in the region.

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