Yalova became a province in 1995 until which time it had been a district of Istanbul. Yalova is rich in resources and also historical monuments and is an extremely beautiful province.
The first settlement in Yalova dates back to the Prehistoric period with findings dating back to 3000BC. The first rulers in Yalova were the Hittites who ruled around the 21st century BC and they were then followed in the 13th century BC by the Phrygians. The Kimmer invasion took place in 700 BC and there are notable traces of the Bithynian influence prior to Bithynia being annexed to Rome as a bequest in 74BC.

The city of Yalova is located in the Marmara region of North West Turkey. Yalova lies to the south of Istanbul across the Gulf of Izmit right on the Sea of Marmara. Yalova is a small city with most parts accessible on foot. Lying between Istanbul, Bursa and Kocaeli it is possibly best described as a green island between three major cities. Yalova has a beautiful stretch of beach with a great selection of beachside restaurants and even a small fun fair.

The population as a whole in Yalova is in the excess of 220,000 residents. The population growth rate in Yalova was 2.56% which is quite high when compared to the population growth at the same time in Turkey as a whole which stood at just 1.45%. The urban population went down by nearly 60% while the rural areas increased by almost 45% over the period that followed the 1999 earthquake and fear of a repeat. The urban city fought back though to re establish the population by reconstructing the city with reinforced buildings which had the skeptics soon returning to their urban lifestyles. 

Most of the homes that are located on the coastline of Yalova are second homes used solely for tourism purposes; therefore there is a huge increase on the population during the summer months.
The city of Yalova attracts the rural population of other cities to their areas. The rural areas of Yalova in particular Armutlu and surrounding areas have a relatively low population with the younger population in these areas almost nonexistent. These areas have dense vegetation and there is little agricultural land. Therefore as a result of this it is imperative that good use is made of the city to enable optimum income without causing damage to the natural resources.

YALOVA transportation

Seaway : Because Yalova is a seaside city, it is open to sea transportation and it is usually transported by sea route between Istanbul- (Yenikapi, Kartal, Pendik and Eskihisar) Yalova, passenger ferryboats of city lines, sea buses and ferry services, freight, passenger and vehicle transportation. Regular sea bus services are being made from Yalova to Yenikapi, Kartal, Pendik and Eskihisar in Istanbul. In addition, there are regular ferry services between Yalova - Yenikapi Yalova - Pendik Topçular - Eskihisar.

Airline : Bursa-Yenişehir Airport, Kocaeli-Cengiz Topel Airport and domestic airplane flights, Istanbul-Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Air Ports, both domestic and international airplane flights are easily accessible. Ferry and sea bus services are provided to the air terminal terminals. There are also special services from the road.

Highway : Yalova is connected to Istanbul, Bursa and Kocaeli provinces by road. In Yalova, all the connections to the cities and to the neighboring provinces are provided by asphalt roads. The road connection to Bursa Island, which is located to the south of Yalova, is both curved and rolling-out due to the overhead of the Samanlı Mountains. Work is continuing to increase and expand the standards of this road which is quite busy. With Yalova-Bursa connection, it is possible to reach Yalova, Aegean and Mediterranean regions beside Central Anatolia Region. Yalova-Kocaeli highway connection is another important connection of Yalova to Istanbul and Central Anatolia at the same time.

life at yalova

Yalova relies on the tourist trade and therefore every effort is made to ensure that there are reasons for the tourist to choose Yalova for their holidays. Yalova is also one of the most important spa centres in Turkey, and it is famous for its thermal tourism. Other than the thermal tourism which is available all year round this port city also provides ideal opportunities for beach tourism and alternative holiday options such as hunting, sports and nature tourism which can take place in both the spring and the autumn and ensures that there is something available and appealing to visitors all year round and the income that is generated from the tourism does not solely rely on the weather.

Yalova has a climate that is best described as borderline Mediterranean/humid sub tropical. The winters are cold to residents however very mild (high 40*F – mid 50*F) to those from other countries, and the summers are hot and humid. January and February are on average the coldest months with temperatures averaging 50*F and the warmer weather begins in May through to October where temperatures average mid 70*F with July and August well into the high 80*F. During the summer months there is on average three days of rain with December and January seeing as much as 12 days of rain in the month.


5 Reasons to Invest in Yalova!


1 Hour by Sea from Istanbul!

Yalova is the new rising city just under an hour from Istanbul with excellent transportation links, providing the residents or visitors with the unique privilege of being near to all the benefits of Istanbul but away from all the hustle and bustle. Yalova has the enviable location of being on the seafront as well as being next to the thermal springs.

The Center of Natural Life ...

Yalova is undoubtedly one of the nicest cities in Turkey. The city offers clean air, green spaces, thermal springs and the most wonderful sea. With its close proximity to Istanbul and several large residential areas, it makes an ideal choice for those looking to relax within stunning surroundings. For those looking to relocate there are good employment prospects and with the recent construction of the Gulf bridge, travel to and from the area could not be easier.  

Yalova offers all the benefits and advantages of urban life with all the privileges of a healthy lifestyle amidst the best that nature has to offer.

The Possibilities of a City Meets in One Place!

Yalova is also undergoing a new way in which the urban transport runs and this will include walkways for pedestrians plus transport options for the elderly and those with disabilities. The plan referred to as healthy urban living has been created by the government in conjunction with the universities and is said to benefit all age groups.

Yalova offers everything required for day to day living at reasonable costs. This is an ideal area for those seeking a good climate with a modest lifestyle and the opportunity to live in a truly healthy environment.

A New Tourism City ...

Although Yalova has many possibilities that it has, it still has not become a tourism city at the level it deserves. But now this table is completely reversed. Moreover, tourism targets are much bigger and more ambitious than their old ones. Along with the important investments made, Yalova is aimed to be a city where it will be a focus point for touristic purposes, high number of nights, sea in summer, thermal in winter and tourism.

The Eyes of World Giants Are in Yalova ...

Yalova is not only in our country, but also in the world to increase brand value, even a very important step is being taken to become a brand city. Talks with the world's giants, especially the Hilton brand, continue for the Yalova project's hotels. With the inclusion of world giants in the project, what you will do to Yalova becomes clearer how profitable the investment will be.



why to invest in yalova

In recent years Yalova has been taking a considerable share in foreign realestate sales with its natural and historical beauties. Yalova is famous for its jade, for its springs and for its oxygen store. Orhan Gazi Bridge and Sabiha Gökçen Airport can be reached in 30 minutes. With this bridge, the Yalova-Bursa-Sapanca line has become an alternative region to Istanbul. The congress and exhibition center investments and the successive hotel constructions also contributed to the rapid growth of the region.