The stunning natural beauty all around Lake Abant is a perfect way to relax and refresh the mind for a day or a weekend out of Istanbul or Ankara. The easy drive takes around 3 hours.
I went there in December 2010, and the below is a translation of the French article I wrote back then.
It is December, and I am yet to feel the end of the year spirit with the nice 20° in Istanbul. This trip to Lake Abant – located at an altitude over 1,300m – was perfect to kick off the winter spirit!
Lake Abant is in the middle of a National Park: surrounded by forests, it is a charming place.
There was almost no one there for our visit. Maybe winter is not the favourite season as it can get freezing. The snow and the ice give to the scenery an unreal look with the pure white blanket. Breathtaking and peaceful… until the snowball war began!
I did not go there in Autumn, but I would imagine it to be gorgeous as well with all the red leaves in the forest.
You can check out 360° views of the Lake Abant here.
Where is Lake Abant?
Lake Abant is not far from the city of Bolu. It is ideally located between Istanbul and Ankara, about 200km from the two main cities of Turkey.
Eloise lives in Brisbane (Australia), but you won’t find her often in the city. When she is not disconnected underwater or in a national park, she loves sharing her travel tips and inspiring her readers to take care of our beautiful planet. She considers every weekend as a two-day holiday break. Her approach: you don’t always need to go far to travel. Still, she also enjoys exploring the world and discovering new cultures. Eloise is originally from France and, before moving to Brisbane, she lived in Sydney, Istanbul and England.