Eskihisar, literally "the old fortress", which gave the village its name

Eskihisar is a pleasant village in Eastern Marmara, on the northern coast of the Gulf of İzmit. Located just east of the Asian suburbs of almost boundless concrete jungle that is Istanbul, you are likely only here just to take the ferry across the Gulf to Yalova side, but, provided you have some time to spare, you could do worse than stopping by a little.

Get in

By car

From Istanbul, take D100 highway to east. Follow 'Eskihisar' signs once you left the suburbs of Istanbul behind and crossed the provincial boundary of Kocaeli. It would normally take about an hour from central parts of Istanbul, but the highway is almost always congested, at least in parts, unless you are driving between late at night and just after sunrise.

By minibus

The very frequent minibuses plying the route between Gebze and Harem, Istanbul's main bus station on the Asian Side (and easily connected to Sirkeci in the Old City by frequent ferries), may be useful for getting to Eskihisar.

By train

Frequent suburban trains (banliyö treni; 1.50 TL pp) depart from Haydarpaşa station in Istanbul's Asian Side to Gebze, making the route in roughly an hour. From Gebze station, Eskihisar is about 30 minutes away on foot. Minibuses may also be available.

However, as of 2013, Gebze station receives no trains from no directions (and even the tracks themselves are absent in the station), as extensive rail rebuilding takes place all around in northwestern Turkey, in preparation for the high-speed link between Istanbul and Ankara. Expect this to continue at least until 2014.


Osman Hamdi Bey Museum in Eskihisar


There are some restaurants on the shore to the left of the ferry jetty.


There are some hotels/guesthouses (pansiyon) in the streets to the left of the ferry jetty.

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