Attracting attention with its hidden beauties in Kartepe district of Kocaeli MaşukiyeEvery year, thousands of local and foreign tourists flock to the foothills of the Samanlı Mountains.
Attracting attention with its proximity to Sapanca Lake and fascinating with its natural beauties, the region attracts the attention of adventure lovers with its opportunities such as zipline, ATV tours and grass sledding.
Maşukiye, which is visited by thousands of tourists every year, fell into silence due to the measures taken during Ramadan due to the effect of the pandemic.
After the restaurants and cafes were closed, tourism companies in the surrounding provinces stopped their tours to the region. The region, which turned green in the spring season and attracted attention with its beauty, fell into silence.
“NORMALLY YOU WOULD NOT TAKE A STEP HERE.”
Maşukiye Neighborhood Headman Halil İbrahim Ejderoğlu said that Maşukiye fell into silence at its finest period and said, “Maşukiye is quiet as we are not used to. The biggest reason for this is, of course, the pandemic. We were also very affected by the pandemic. Especially the bans affected our region a lot. We are currently in the most active period of Maşukiye. A period when flowers bloom, streams begin to flow intensely, and you can hear all kinds of nature sounds. But right now it is very calm. People don’t go out. We are also troubled for this. Normally you wouldn’t be able to step up here right now. “It would be very busy, especially on the weekend,” he said.
“OUR HERE WOULD BE VERY MOVING IN THE MONTH OF RAMADAN OYSAK”
Stating that citizens who want to see the beauties of the spring can visit the region and corona virus measures are taken, Ejderoğlu said, “We host many tourists from outside. Now, tourists from the Arabian peninsula appreciate the beauty of this place more. Turkish tourists also came on weekdays as there was a restriction on the weekend. Now that Ramadan has begun, it is completely silent. However, our places would be very active during Ramadan. Iftar tables were set. There was a great intensity during the iftar hour. Will it be fixed, will we wait? We are waiting for everyone to Maşukiye. Everyone follows pandemic rules. We are in cooperation with our state. Those who want to live the spring, welcome. They can always come and see. We try to help people as much as we can, ”he said.