The administrative district of Kartepe has been established in March 2008 by the law numbered 5747 with the first level municipalities of Köseköy, Uzunçiftilik, Uzuntarla, Eşme, Acısu, Maşukiye; Büyük Derbent, Arslanbey, Sarımeşe and the organization of the public institutions and enterprises has been completed in a short while.
The district of Kartepe remains between the Samanlı Mountains of Izmit and the heights of Kocaeli Plateau. The geographical area where the Kartepe district is stretched has been used as a very important passage located on the migratory roads between Asia and Europe, trade roads, the Silk Road, military and pilgrimage roads.
The district is geographically located at the Eastern section of the Kocaeli province between the district of İzmit and the lake of Sapanca. It is all the more attractive with its location as a congress and seminar center in the summer months as well as a place suitable for sports like golf, camping, horseback riding, cycling, water skiing. It is an important destination for those wanting to escape from the noise of the city in the winter months and for ski lovers. Opening the skiing season in December, Kartepe is the closest address to Istanbul with a distance of approximately one hour to Istanbul for those who have set their heart on skiing.
The administrative district of Kartepe, at a distance of 16 kilometers to Maşukiye, within the borders of Kocaeli is a natural trekking area and winter sports area of approximately 347 hectares (approximately 3.5 million square meters). In this natural wonder adorned with centuries-old trees, with the sound of water flowing in your ears you can discover waterfalls and rivers and find yourself hidden in the whiteness or lush green.
Summer camps are organized in the plateaus and natural environments at Samanli Mountain foothills by various associations and institutions led by scouts. Furthermore, 4 football fields located in the Green Park Kartepe
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