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Kartal is a district located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, on the coast of the Marmara Sea, in the southwestern part of the Kocaeli Peninsula. Kartal is bordered by Maltepe to the west, Sancaktepe to the north, Sultanbeyli to the northeast, and Pendik to the east. The highest point in Istanbul, Aydos Hill, and Yakacık Hill, known as the Balcony of Istanbul, are in Kartal.

Kartal is an important region in terms of both industrial activities and commerce. It has industrial facilities such as the Organized Industrial Zone and the port. The coastal area contributes to the tourism and entertainment sector.

Transportation in the district is provided by sea, rail, and road. Kartal is 15 kilometers away from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport located in Kurtköy. There are motor, sailing, and sea bus services from Kartal to the Adalar district. The highways to the 15 July Martyrs Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, as well as the E5 highway, pass through Kartal. The Gebze-Halkalı Marmaray Line is also available. Public transportation is quite developed.

The population of Kartal district is 475,042.

Places to visit in Kartal:

Masal Museum

The museum, which allows you to see hundreds of fairy tale heroes, both local and foreign, offers an enjoyable and educational area for families with children. The Masal Museum, a place that everyone from 7 to 70 should see, was established to teach children the habit of reading.

Dragos Hill

Dragos Hill is known as the place with the most beautiful view of the Princes' Islands in Kartal district and even in Istanbul province, and it is visited by local and foreign tourists. Known among the public as the balcony of Istanbul, Dragos Hill is a region that attracts more tourists especially in the summer months due to the villas around it.

Can Gevran Sea Shells Museum

One of the most visited museums in Kartal, the Can Gevran Sea Shells Museum, is located in the Dragos neighborhood of Kartal. The museum displays the collection of Kemal Gevran, who has been collecting sea shells from the places he has traveled to over the years.

Kartal Ice and Ski Rink

The Ice and Ski Rink Facilities, which are especially popular with families with children, are among the most preferred and visited places in Kartal.

Aydos Forest and Recreation Area

Aydos Forest, with its natural beauty and magnificent nature, is a must-see. It has an oxygen-rich atmosphere in the heart of nature among its trees.