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BURSA & ULUDAĞ

Known as "Green Bursa", this province with its 2,7 million people (2013) stands on the lower slopes of Uludag (Mount Olympos of Mysia, 2543 m) in the MArmara Region of Anatolia. The title "Green" of Bursa comes from its gardens and parks, and of course from its being in the middle of an important fruit growing region. In Bursa there are things you should not miss. First of all you are in the homeland of the delicious "Iskender Kebap", one of the best dishes of world - famous Turkish Cousine. The candied chestnuts (Kestane Sekeri) are a specialty of desserts and have an unforgettable taste. The peaches of Bursa are unique.

Uludağ, where the city of Bursa is established at its skirts is one of the places where first Christian priests retired into seclusion and is claimed to be Olympos Mountain. Called "Bithynian Olympos" in the history and "Priests' Mountain" during the Ottoman Period, Uludag became the biggest winter sports center of Turkey with its geomorphologic structure, natural plant cover groups and facilities for winter sports. Uludag, with an altitude of 2534 meters, hosts a considerable portion of Turkey's winter tourism capacity of 7.500 beds. Zirvetepe, Kuşaklikaya and Sahinkaya are among its highest hills. At the altitude of 2.000 meters, there are glacier stones and lakes Kilimligöl, Karagöl, Aynalıgöl. Climate variations from the skirts to the summit provide a biological diversity. The flora includes 1.000 types of which 30 types are endemic. Thus Uludag became an appealing destination for nature observers and botanic lovers. Seasons, which became a skiing festival from November to April change into flower fest between April and August. During summer highlands of Kirazli Yayla and Sarialan become ideal places for trekking, outdoor sports and camping.

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