After months of lockdowns and with sweltering summer weather in full swing, people across the country and abroad are looking for holiday destinations where they can cool off and not have to worry about crowds that could increase their exposure to the coronavirus. The serene, verdant plateaus of northwestern Turkey offer both of those perks.
Bilecik province's Bozüyük district has recently become the latest tourist attraction with its scenic plateaus. Becoming the preferred destination of local vacationers as well as visitors from the neighboring provinces of Eskişehir, Kütahya, Bursa and Sakarya, the district has seen a recent influx in arrivals.
In the height of summer, the 1,400-meter-high (nearly 4,600-feet) plateaus, provide fresh and cool air. They offer camping and trekking opportunities as well. For nature lovers and those on the hunt for an isolated holiday during the COVID-19 era, such plateaus have become the ideal vacation destination.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Bilecik Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Kocabıçak said that during the initial phase of normalization plateaus have slowly started to attract tourists. Kocabıçak pointed that due to the pandemic, interest in nature has risen sharply.
"Along with historical and religious attractions, our city has had a boost of interest in the post-COVID-19 era, thanks to its plateaus. They have become popular for people wishing to get away from the stress of the cities," said Kocabıçak. He added that visitors leave the area feeling lighter, more peaceful and happy after having a brush with nature.
"We are delighted with the feedback we have received about our province from local and foreign tourists visiting these locations. All nature lovers are welcome on our plateaus,” Kocabıçak said.
Kadir Demir, a 69-year-old local resident, stated that many people visit the area on a daily basis. He said that the oxygen-rich plateaus attract many camping enthusiasts, and after they experience it once, they are certain to return. Emphasizing the natural beauty of the area, Demir said that on the plateaus, there is no fear of the virus.