Summary Information About Sakarya

Sakarya (Turkish: Sakarya ili) is a province in Turkey, located on the coast of Black Sea. The Sakarya River creates a webbing of estuaries in the province. Sakarya is located in the Marmara Region. Its adjacent provinces are Kocaeli to the west, Bilecik to the south, Bolu to the southeast, and Düzce to the east.


The capital of Sakarya is Adapazarı. The climate is maritime in the north and humid subtropical in the south, changing with proximity to the Black Sea.


Sakarya is situated on the Ankara-Istanbul Highway. It is connected through both road and rail. Sakarya is serviced by Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport


The city of Sakarya, one of the most important cities in Turkey for its rapid growth and development, is also attention worthy for its natural beauties and cultural richness. It is one of the paradise-like spots of the country with its sea, beaches, lakes, rivers, highlands, thermal springs along with traditional Ottoman lifestyle districts such as Taraklı and Geyve, and historical relics inherited from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras that are worth witnessing.


The Turks conquered the city of Sakarya in the 13th century. There was intensive immigration from Caucasia and the Balkans in the 18th and 19th centuries. The last massive immigration was in 1989. Thanks to the developing industry and being at a transportation crossroads, the city still receives domestic migration today. Sakarya is notable in the Marmara Region.


The city of Sakarya is surrounded with the city of Düzce in the East, Bolu in the South East, Bilecik in the South, Kocaeli in the West and the Black Sea in the North. The city of Sakarya has 16 districts which are; Adapazarı, Akyazı, Arifiye, Erenler, Ferizli, Geyve, Hendek, Karapürçek, Karasu, Kaynarca, Kocaali, Pamukova, Sapanca, Serdivan, Söğütlü and Taraklı.




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History of Sakarya

The history of Adapazarı dates back to 378 BC, when it was called Agrilion (Ἀγρίλιον in Greek). Ancient settlers included Phrygians, Bithynians, Cimmerians, Lydians, Greeks, and Persians, but Adapazarı got its identity from the ancient Hellenistic, Romans, and Greek Byzantine rulers. One of the most important remains of historical significance is the Justinianus Bridge (Turkish: Beş Köprü) built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 533 CE. Historically, it was situated on the old military road from Constantinople (now Istanbul) to the east, connected in Late Antiquity by the important Sangarius Bridge and, since the end of the 19th century, by a branch line with the Anatolian railway.


In 1868, the Adapazarı Municipality was officially founded on the town called Der Seadet. A sugar factory and agricultural sugar factory attracted many migrants and accelerated the industrialization of the city. A law passed on 17 June 1954 in the Grand National Assembly saw the city separated from Kocaeli Province and made the center of its own province. The 1999 Marmara earthquake affected Adapazarı and inflicted losses in lives and damage. In the 2000 official census, the population was recorded as 158 474. By official decree, the province was renamed Sakarya after the Sakarya River which runs through it.

Districts of Sakarya

  • Adapazarı
  • Akyazı
  • Arifiye
  • Erenler
  • Ferizli
  • Geyve
  • Hendek
  • Karapürçek
  • Karasu
  • Kaynarca
  • Kocaali
  • Pamukova
  • Sapanca
  • Serdivan
  • Söğütlü
  • Taraklı

Point of Interests in Sakarya

Doğançay Waterfall, located in Sakarya province, Geyve district, Maksudiye village,  is 600 mt above sea level. altitude and  25 km from the city center. is at a distance. Transportation is completely asphalt, the last 2 km. It is a dirt road. The road is also used as a walking track. It is at the top of the list of places to see. It offers a visual feast with its unspoiled nature. Transportation can be provided by city transportation vehicles.



There are opportunities to do water sports in many parts of Sakarya, especially in Sapanca Lake. For this reason, many sports fans come to Sapanca in the summer to experience this natural beauty and to do sports. Water skiing, sailing in Sapanca. It is possible to do water sports with rowing, wakeboard, knee board, catamaran, canoe, windsurfing depending on the weather conditions and other vehicles that can be rented on the lake shore.


Motocross, Rally, Rafting, Off-road are done in many places in Sakarya. In Adapazarı Camili Region, there is a bicycle island where International Cycling tournaments are held.


Sakarya is one of the assertive provinces of the region in terms of Health Tourism. In addition to Akyazı Kuzuluk Thermal Facilities, which have been serving all over Turkey for years, Taraklı Thermal Tourism Facilities were put into service. In addition, the clay bath in Taraklı, Hacıyakup village, Çökek thermal spring in Akyazı, Geyve Ilıcaköy Gas Water and Acısu fountain in Ahibaba village are among the places frequented by visitors. Sakarya province is also very rich in terms of spring and mineral waters. The most important of these are located in Akyazı, Sapanca and Geyve districts. The spring waters of Kuzuluk, Şerefiye, Kristal, Kardelen, Reşadiye, Mahmudiye, Memnuniye and Çamdağı are the main ones.

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