Discover Balikesir and see mythological Mount Ida
Kazdagi (Mount Ida) National Park is a very beautiful place with its magnificent landscapes, restful green areas and several hot springs. In this national park, you can feel the beauties of nature and the mythological stories together.
Kazdagi (Mount Ida) is the highest mountain of Biga Peninsula which separates the Aegean and Marmara regions of Turkey. With its rich flora and fauna, historical ruins and green nature, Kazdagi is not only one of the unique beauties of Edremit and Balikesir but also one of the exceptional beauties in the world. The mountain is famous for its Legend of Mount Ida in mythological time.
Kazdagi has been declared as a national park in 1994. The national park covers an area of 21.450 hectares, and promises a healthy life.
Kazdagi National Park has 900 plant species from 101 families which are registered. There are at least 68 rare plants special to Turkey and 23 of them are endemic to the national park. Kazdagi is also rich in terms of wild animal existence and many different species live here. The most important animal species in the park are bear, wild boar, wolf, roe deer, fox, badger and marten.
Kazdagi National Park is one of the most important natural sites of Turkey that contains the richest diversity of flora and fauna. For instance, Kazdagi fir tree is one of the most famous of those, which was taken under protection with law since 1988. It is said that, the wooden horse of Odysseus' had been made of the Kazdagi fir tree. Therefore, this endemic fir tree is also named as Pine of Troy.
With its natural resources, different types of forests, valleys and waterfalls, Kazdagi National Park is just like a paradise for nature lovers. There are some attractive and enjoyable activities such as trekking in the forest, mountain biking, jeep safari, horse riding, peak climbing, swimming in rivers.
Kazdagi National Park is situated 15 km away from Edremit town and 105 km away from Balikesir province of Turkey.
The basic highlights of the national park;