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It is an area of Southern Marmara that some 200,000 people call home.
It lies 160 miles west of the national capital, Ankara. It's also 11 miles east of Derince.
Skim some stones across the placid water, listen to the birds and enjoy a picnic at Sapanca Lake.
You'll find loads of interesting artifacts and stories at the assorted cultural establishments here. The top ones are the Gayret Ship Museum, the Sirri Pasha Mansion and the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography.
One of the more popular historical attractions in Izmit is the Izmit Clock Tower. Atmospheric and fascinating, it should definitely be on your itinerary.
Love learning about different religions? Immerse yourself in the quiet, contemplative surroundings of the Fevziye Mosque and Yeni Cuma Mosque.
One of the most acclaimed performing arts houses in town is the Bolge Tiyatrosu. Following the performance, head off for supper at one of the nearby eateries and try the regional cuisine.
If you're lucky enough to be here when it dumps, there's no reason not to check out Kartepe Ski Center. Even if you don't have an interest in skiing, there's lots of other things to keep the family entertained.
This family-friendly Izmit hotel is located near the bay, within 3 mi (5 km) of Yeni Cuma Mosque, Fevziye Mosque and Izmit Clock Tower. Gayret Ship Museum and Sirri Pasha Mansion are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Izmit, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Yeni Cuma Mosque, Fevziye Mosque and Sirri Pasha Mansion. Izmit Clock Tower is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Located in the mountains, this Kartepe hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Kartepe Ski Center and within 20 mi (32 km) of Sapanca Lake and Sapanca Lake Park. ADA Shopping Centre and SF Abasiyanik Park are also within 32 miles (52 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Basiskele hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Yeni Cuma Mosque, Gayret Ship Museum and Izmit Clock Tower. Sapanca Lake and Fevziye Mosque are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Kartepe, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sapanca Lake, Yeni Mosque and Sapanca Lake Park. Kartepe Ski Center is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) away.
Situated in a provincial park, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gayret Ship Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography and Izmit Clock Tower. Fevziye Mosque and Sirri Pasha Mansion are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Izmit, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Sapanca Lake, Yeni Cuma Mosque and Izmit Clock Tower. Sirri Pasha Mansion and Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Set in Basiskele, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Yeni Cuma Mosque, Gayret Ship Museum and Izmit Clock Tower. Sapanca Lake and Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography are also within 12 miles (20 km).