P10 Tahtalı - Ürünlü
The 4 kilometre long road between Tahtalı Quarter (known for its ancient and byzantine period remains and its buildings of traditional rural vernacular architecture) and the historical settlement of Ürünlü (Kite) is an ideal trail for hikers interested in history.
Archaeological findings at Tahtalı, a very old village located on the slopes of Uludağ mountain and its surroundings demonstrate that an important ancient settlement was located in the region. According to the hypothesis of some researchers, at the location of Tahtalı there was a prosperous town of the Roman period which has not yet been identified with certainty, the town of Neocaesareia or that of Caesarea Germanica.
The trail leading to Ürünlü Quarter starts from Kiteyol Street on the asphalt road passing below Tahtalı Quarter. The cycling route which leads to the ancient port of Kapanca via Ürünlü Quarter also starts 50 metres to the West of this point. A part of the trail advancing first on asphalt and then on unpaved road, passes among fields.
After 1,2 kilometres, the unpaved road for tractors leads next to the water canal where Kayapa Stream flows, and then it starts to advance parallelly to the stream. The road which advances on the right of the stream drawing a wide arch, passes among village houses before it reaches the square of Ürünlü Quarter (or Kite according to its old name) dominated by its historic plane tree. The castle, for which Kite is renown, is exceptional since it is founded in the middle of a flat plain. At the last metres of the trail you can see the walls of the castle preserved until today.