Because of its location on the graben system of the Aegean Region and the cracks formed by this system Kütahya is one of the most important regions in Turkey in terms of geothermal sources. Those sources have quite high thermal value and are important for health tourism.
Trekking and Nature Walks
The area contains many places such as Eğrigöz, Murat, Akdağ, Simav and Yeşildağ mounts, valley of Phrygia, Çamlıca recreation area, Gölcük plateau and the forest of Domaniç all suitable for hiking and trekking.
Cycling-Motor Biking- Horse Riding
Bicycle and motorbike trips can be arranged in the valley of Phrygia. There is also the opportunity of horse riding.
Caving Located 55 km away from Kütahya, in the Inlice area of Ovacık village is the vast area of the Phrygian valley. There can be found numerous rock tombs, churches and castles, carved out of a hundred caves once used as shelter. The area has been compared to Cappadocia due to its natural rock formations, fairy chimneys, water pools and pine forests. Also worth seeing are the town of Fındıkkale, the Chapel of İnli, the fairy chimneys of Yenibosna, and the cult areas of Ahmetoğlu, Saklıkent, Doğuluşah and Sökmen.
Camping and caravaning There is a camp side in the town of Gediz, renowned for its fresh air, variety of bird species and thermal resources. Mount Murat an alternative camping center. Situated in the town of Simav in the middle of pine forests, with complete facilities, Gölcük Plateau has a great potential for camping and caravan tourism.
Sport angling Angling is possible on the Porsuk Dam, located 20 km from Kütahya; and at the Enne Dam; located 18 km away Kütahya. Also possible at Kuruçay Pond and Kayaboğazı Dam, both 7 km from Tavşanlı. Most common fish are carp and roach. There are also modern trout production farms in Gediz and Domaniç.
Bird watching The Altıntaş Plain defined by the Karaçay River, to the south of Kütahya is one of the last habitats of the bustard in Anatolia. The species called 'Toy' is on the edge of extinction and actively protected by the agency of the UN and The Turkish Central Hunting Commission.
Mount Türkmen is located on the North end of Yazılıkaya Plateau, which is in the middle of Eskişehir, Kütahya and Afyonkarahisar plains. That mountain has a rich collection of birds of prey. Turkey's largest population of black vultures is found there. Other species includes in this important bird habitat are; black stork, bearded vulture, and small eagle. Also to be found there falcons, red vultures, hawks, sparrow hawks, small forest eagle and shah eagles.
Plant Observation The forest in Domaniç is spread over large area around the town, to the north of Kütahya. In the Domaniç forests and in Kasalıç Nature Protection Zone, there are many endemic trees of monumental importance. The highest mountain of the mid Aegean Region is Mount Murat which has an altitude of 2312m, located 30 km away. It boasts a variety of trees including chestnut, oak and pine. Also the Vakıf Pine Grove Nature Protection Zone is an important area for plant observation. Not least as black pine, on the edge of extinction, is found only here.
Hunting and Wild Life Because the city is rich in vegetation, it is also rich in wild life. Most common of the wild animals found here are wolf, jackal, fox, wild boar and rabbit. Kütahya is also rich in birds. There are many quails, partridges, and some water birds. In Tavşanlı-Çatak and on mount Türkmen there are two deer breading farms and in Altıntaş plain, there is a bird protection zone. Moreover on Türkmen and Şaphane mounts and in Domaniç forests there are zones for licensed hunting.
Areas under Protection (National and Nature Parks) In the village of Durabey near the town of Domaniç is the Kasalıç Nature Protection Zone. It is reached via a 4 km long road at 5 km along the Domaniç-İnegöl highway. In the middle Aegean Region, it is surrounded with by a steppe ecosystem and is comparable to the forest ecosystem of the Black Sea. It is a perfect environment for unspoilt beech-black pine forests. The zone has a rich selection of flora and wild life. Beech and black pine are the most common tree species. There are also oak and poplar trees. Other species include wild pear, pear, blackberry, nettle, meadow saffron (crocus), bear grape and wild strawberry. Main animal species are bear, boar, deer, fox, rabbit, badger, and hedgehog.
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