The Most Important Things to Know About Kocaeli Province

Izmit the capital of Kocaeli

Kocaeli Province is a coastal Turkish province located on the Sea of ​​Marmara. This article will tell you everything you need to know about Kocaeli. The capital of Kocaeli is Izmit. Kocaeli has an area of ​​about 3635 square kilometers, and a population of 1,560,380 people and they are predominantly conservative.

Istanbul is only 5 minutes away from the city or municipality of Kocaeli By car. Sabiha Koçen Airport is the closest airport to Kocaeli, and the cities of Izmit, the capital. “Kocaeli municipality”, “Gebze” and “Darja” are the most important cities in Kocaeli Province. Let’s get to know more about Kocaeli, Through the following article on your website, “Turkey for Expats”.

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About kocaeli: Location and Climate

Kocaeli is one of the cities of the Marmara region located in the north of Turkey. It is an important industrial and tourist center in Turkey. It is bordered to the north by the Black Sea, to the south by Bursa, to the east by Sakarya, and to the west by Istanbul, Yalova, Marmara Sea and Izmit Gulf.

The city has many villages of picturesque nature. The climate of Kocaeli province is considered a temperate one. It is hot, dry in summer and mild and rainy in winter, but it does not reach extreme cold.


The residents of the province are conservative. We often find women’s clothes modest and not similar to Western Europe, such as many Turkish cities neighboring the province, especially Istanbul. In addition, the people of Kocaeli province are friendly and cooperative with strangers.

ABOUT KOCAELI: Real estate

The cost of living is low compared to Istanbul, despite the proximity of the province to it, as well as apartment rents, their prices are low, starting from 250-1300 Turkish lira. An important thing to know about Kocaeli city is that it is the main center of the Kocaeli province and a distinguished place for real estate investment. Many houses in the city overlook the Marmara Sea, which adds to the place attractiveness, as well as the increase in the demand for buying real estate in the city and this increases real estate prices.

There is an express train in the province that connects between Darga and Gebze, which are two large cities in Kocaeli Province. There is a 91 km long train line that connects Kocaeli to Haydarpasa in Istanbul directly, which has increased the demand for real estate in Kocaeli even more.

You can know more about the cost of living in Kocaeli through the following article.

about kocaeli: Gebze city

Gebze is one of the cities of Kocaeli Province. It is an industrial city, and industries in the city constitute 20% of the Turkish industries. The city has large, medium and small facilities, including international factories for the manufacture of cars, such as: Japanese Honda, Audi and Isuzu.

There are also many companies for the manufacture of glass, paints and iron, food products, pharmaceutical companies, and chemical laboratories. Gebze also has the largest arsenal in Turkey. There is also the fourth largest iron plant in the world.

about kocaeli: Tourist attractions

clock tower:

It is a tower that was built for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the accession of Sultan Abdul Hamid II to the throne, and he ordered its construction, “Musa Kazem Bey”.

Yarhisar Ship Museum:

It is a group of old ships that were used in the past as expedition ships belonging to the Turkish army. It has now been transformed into a museum that includes ships and a group of marine tools, and it is open to the public of sea and marine lovers.

Kocaeli parks:

It is a large forest located in the northeast of the city of Kocaeli, and it is a special place for lovers of calmness and meditation.


It is a place overlooking the Black Sea and is characterized by the pink rocks scattered in it, and they give a wonderful shape to the place.

Bach Derman Walking Square:

The Turkish government allocates vast arenas for the public walking and jogging lovers in more than one province in Turkey. A square was designated for walking in Kogali called “Bash Derman” square.

It belongs to the village of “Karabinar” located in the city of Kocaeli, and the square is characterized by the charming nature that surrounds it and the scenic views around it.

Kocaeli Ski Center:

The city of Kocaeli is famous for having a large snow-covered area that is used for skiing. The place includes many cafes and restaurants that serve seafood and fish, especially salmon.

Darga Zoo:

Darga Zoo is the largest zoo in Turkey and includes many types of predators, birds and plants.

about kocaeli: Education

There are two scientifically distinguished universities in Kocaeli, which are:

Kocaeli University:

It is a public university established in 1992. It studies literary and scientific sciences. It has many specializations, such as medicine and its departments, engineering, social sciences, and others.

The university includes 14 colleges, 6 institutes, 21 higher institutes for vocational training, and 28 research centers. Teaching at the university is conducted in Turkish in addition to English in some departments. This is the official website of Kocaeli University.

Gebze Technical University:

It is a scientific university and it has only scientific departments such as engineering, mathematics, physics and others. It also has other departments such as business administration and the like, and Gebze University is known as a distinguished university.

It has a strong competition among other Turkish universities such as “Yıldız Technical University” in Istanbul.

This is the official website for Gebze Technical University

Public primary, middle, and secondary schools are spread all over the Kocaeli province and do not have a large student overcrowding.

Read about Kocaeli in Arabic

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