Discover Bursa and visit extraordinary Uludag
Uludag (Great Mountain) National Park, which is located 30 km southeast of Bursa, is one of Turkey's extraordinary places for nature lovers with its wealth of flora and fauna. The national park covers an area of 13.000 hectares.
Uludag National Park, which is situated around 30 km south of Bursa province in the Marmara region of Turkey, was declared in 1961 as a national park. It covers about an area of 13.000 hectares, and is the highest point of the region with its 2543 m high.
Uludag, which was known as Olympos Mysios in ancient time, is the place from where Gods watched Trojan War in the mythology. The mountain is covered with snow between December and May, making it suitable for skiing, and it is one of the most popular winter sports centres in Turkey and Europe.
With its natural beauty, rich fauna and flora protected by national park status, Uludag also has several trekking routes and camping facilities. Sarialan, Cobankaya, Kirazliyayla and Karabelen are the recreation areas for day trips. Aras Waterfall and the glacial lakes at the peak are the most interesting geographical features of Uludag National Park.
The climatic characteristics of Uludag changing from the lower altitudes to the summit, have caused the biological diversity to become even richer.
Flora: Uludag is very important national park in terms of botanical geography because of the interesting spread of many plant species that it hosts. With its plant species, the area is a major point of nature watchers and botanical enthusiasts.
Fauna: Uludag National Park is one of the rare natural habitats for the Apollo butterflies and lammergeiers, which is a species encountered very seldom. There are also many species of animal and bird life, like bears, wolves, jackals, foxes, roe deer, rabbits, pigs, partridges, wild pigeons, vultures, eagles, black kites, nightingales and goldcrests.
You can reach the Uludag (Great Mountain) National Park using 34 km paved mountain highway.
The basic highlights of the national park;