20 May 2021
Located in the Karacabey district of Bursa and preferred for an isolated holiday during the corona virus (Covid-19) epidemic with its calmness, the longoz (flooded forest) fascinates its visitors with its lush green cover.
On the shores of the Marmara Sea, under the protection of the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Karacabey Longozu is an important feeding, resting and breeding ground for many bird species.
Water buffaloes and native breeds of the inhabitants of the nearby rural neighborhoods cool off in the wetlands where hunting is prohibited, which draws attention with its sandy roads, large reeds, magnificent trees, puddles and Dalyan Lake.
The horses of Central Asian origin, which were released by the nomads who migrated from Izmir to Bursa about a century ago, continue their generation by wandering in the wild in herds.
Longoz, with its jade horses, which draws attention with their harmony with nature and is legendary by the people of the region and subject to many rumors, creates insatiable views.
The longoz, which hosts water lilies, endemic plant species, wild mammals, where a thousand and one tones of green is integrated with water, is like a nature documentary, welcomes its daily visitors during the epidemic process. Those who get away from the closed places and come to the longoz, trekking and touring the lake with a boat.
The bungalow houses built by actor Şahan Gökbakar in longoz for the phenomenal character “Recep İvedik 6” are also the center of attention of the visitors.
Visitors who are curious about the region come here to take pictures. Married couples also use this environment as an open-air studio.
Karacabey Mayor Ali Özkan said that people’s vacation habits changed during the epidemic. Stating that this situation has increased the interest in natural areas and virgin places, Özkan said, “The nature of Karacabey has become the primary choice of people to take a breath with the pandemic process. “Karacabey complies with the rules of distance and provides the opportunity to spend time in nature as a family,” he said.
Özkan explained that while trying to promote the natural beauties and values, they are also trying to protect them in a sustainable way and transfer them to the next years. Emphasizing that people can spend time in these areas in a peaceful way without harming the nature, Özkan said, “Longoz is like a laboratory for our country in many fields from plant species to wild animal diversity. “It is one of the rare natural beauties worth exploring, as it hosts endemic plant species and rare creatures.”