"Izmit or Kocaeli?" Kocaeli by mirchica
Kocaeli Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 588 photos
Local people told me that in Turkey there are 81 cities and one of them is Kocaeli. But this “city” has not the same meaning as I’m used to understand it. So what I figured out was that Kocaeli is a province of Marmara region and Izmit is its district center.
Anyway, Izmit is a nice place where you can spend some time round its streets and nearby destinations. It is located on Marmara Sea and it’s a big industrial center. Izmit is only 100km far from Istanbul, on the main road Istanbul - Ankara and it is easily accessed.
Here is some info about the city:
Unfortunately Izmit is famous with the big earthquake in 1999(7.4). Around 10000 people have lost their lives and many others were supposed to move from the city, losing their homes. It took them 5 years to turn Izmit into its previous shape
- Pros:Calm and beautiful
- Cons:No night life
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