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Maltepe is located on the southwestern part of the Kocaeli Peninsula, along the coast of the Marmara Sea in Istanbul. It borders the districts of Kartal, Ataşehir, Sancaktepe, and Kadıköy, and has an area of 50 km².

Starting from sea level, the district rises gently northwards to an elevation of 480 meters. The coastal area of the district is covered with sand and clay, and as you move inland, the soil is covered with red and brown earth up to a meter thick, making it quite fertile. The district features a landscape of various hills and plains. The highest peak is Kayışdağı.

The spring waters from

the Başıbüyük and Büyükbakkal neighborhoods of Maltepe largely meet the drinking water needs of the people of Istanbul. Maltepe's climate is a transition between the rainy climate of the Black Sea and the mild climate of the Mediterranean. It snows on average for 7 days and experiences frost for 25 days.

Maltepe is also rich in history. Aydos Hill, located within the district's borders, is one of the highest hills in Istanbul and is famous for its historical ruins.

Maltepe is a developed district of Istanbul, offering many social and commercial amenities such as modern shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues. Piazza AVM and Hilltown AVM are the largest shopping centers in the district.

In addition to its historical and cultural wealth, Maltepe is notable for its coastline. Maltepe Beach is an important recreation area for Istanbul residents. The parks, walking and cycling paths, cafes, and restaurants along the coast provide a pleasant experience for visitors.

The population of Maltepe district is 523,137.

Places to visit in Maltepe

Maltepe Beach: One of the most popular spots in Maltepe, Maltepe Beach is one of the cleanest and safest beaches in Istanbul for swimming. The walking path, cycling path, and green areas along the coast offer visitors opportunities for relaxation and exercise.

Aydos Forest: Located within the borders of Maltepe, Aydos Forest is an ideal escape for nature lovers. You can walk, cycle, or have a picnic in Aydos Forest. You can also climb Aydos Hill for a panoramic view of Istanbul.

Maltepe Market: Held on Mondays, Maltepe Market is a place where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and other food products. The market also sells clothes, household items, and other goods. You can discover local products and interact with the local community by shopping here.

Old Maltepe Municipality Building: One of Maltepe's landmark buildings, the Old Maltepe Municipality Building is a historical structure dating back to the Ottoman period. With its traditional Ottoman architecture, the building now hosts cultural events. You can visit and experience the historical atmosphere.

Maltepe Park: Maltepe Park, with its green areas, children's playgrounds, and wide walking paths, is an ideal place for those who want to relax and have fun. The park offers a peaceful view with its pond, walking paths, and rest areas. There are also running and cycling paths actively used in the park.