Yalova is a city located in northwestern Turkey, near the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara, and is the capital of the Yalova Province. Yalova has a city population of 100.863, while the population of the Yalova Province is 118.998 Yalova has a number of tourist attractions, such as the “Yalova Atatürk Mansion” used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkey, during his visits to the city.
The city is famous for its hot springs in Termal district, which gets its name from the Latin word thermae. Another attraction is the Karaca Arboretum on the way to Termal.
The first settlement in the region dates back to the Prehistoric Period, in around 3000 BC. The Hittites ruled the region in the 21st century BC, followed by the Phrygians in the 13th century BC. The region was conquered by the Romans in 74 BC. Following the division of the Roman Empire in 395, the region of Yalova remained under the sovereignty of the Byzantine Empire. In 1302, Yalova was incorporated into the territory of the Ottoman Empire. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk occasionally lived in Yalova in his final years. In one of his speeches he famously said: “Yalova is my city