From the urban chaos of Istanbul to the bustle of Bosphorus, Turkey's inner cities are positively brimming with activity, but where can you turn if you just want to kick up your feet and gaze out across the Marmara Sea in peace? Located on the coast of Turkey's Asian side, the shore town of Tuzla resides next to calm waters and promises sunshine, clear skies and fresh seafood in abundance.
Take a load off in Tuzla
Located near the centre of Tuzla, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa is your first port of call on your road to relaxation, with a calming view of the resident Zen Garden, the luxury of the Aqua Pool Bar and not one but two restaurants offering hearty grill dishes and authentic Turkish cuisine.
Venture outdoors into the Turkish heat and head south to encounter the heart of Tuzla, with its bustling seaside atmosphere and several prestigious universities. By simply walking the coastline you will discover a wealth of fresh fish restaurant, each boasting outdoor seating arrangements so you can enjoy the cream of Turkish cuisine while watching the sun go down over the Marmara.
Home of the Turkish Grand Prix
But if you really must add a degree of adrenaline to your Tuzla getaway, it may surprise you to learn that the suburb is home to Turkish Gran Prix circuit Istanbul Park, which hosts a range of yearly events such as the FIA World Rallycross Championship and Ferrari Festival.
Seasonal events can be booked by guests, and some experiences invite visitors to tear around the track in a range of super-charged vehicles. If barrelling around a world-class racing circuit is your route to zen-like calm, then a trip to this circuit is essential.
Become one with nature at Tuzla's zoo
Amid all the sun and seafood, you can also take day trip to Tuzla's own Faruk Yalcin Zoo, which is home to a wide range of species, including recent arrival of Turkey's first Red Panda, a family of protected Racoons and a bevy of curious dwarf otters.
The zoo is open between 08:30 and 17:00 each day and offers special discount rates for children under 18. There is also a range of seasonal activities and special exhibits all year round. One thing is for sure, the zoo is a perfect remedy for keeping the kids happy and furthering your quest for calm while on holiday.
Located just a 20 minute drive from Faruk Yalcin Zoo, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Tuzla is ideal for those looking to change pace and unwind away from the bustle of Turkey's major cities.