Although Istanbul is surrounded with water on all sides, you have to drive quite a long distance to reach a nice beach. Considering the sheer size of the city, it also does not offer enough in terms of parks and green areas. Our list includes a few beautiful historical parks located within the old city and along the Bosphorus. You can click on the name of each place to see its location and its proximity to our hotel on the map.
Gülhane Park. Originally an outer garden of the Topkapı Palace, it is an historical public park. You can also visit the Procession Kiosk at an edge of the park which after renovation is being used as the Turkish Literature Museum.
Gezi Park is a small park neighboring the Taksim Square. A shopping mall project on this site had ignited widespread demonstartions in May/ June 2013.
Yıldız Park. Once part of the imperial garden of Yıldız Palace this walled park was reserved only for palace dwellers during the end of the 19th century. Open to public today, it has an articial lake and two historical pavillons. Fee TL 5. Open 10-18 except Monday.
Emirgan Park is a historical urban park (one of the largest in Istanbul) located at the Emirgan neighbourhood. With its three kiosks, many jogging tracks and restaurants it is a popular recreation area for the local people.
Belgrad Forest City dwellers flock to the scenic reed clustered lakes and fresh air for weekend recreation. Jogging of strolling on the seven kilometers track that surrounds one of the lakes is nice and even romantic especially on week days.
Kilyos Suma Beach is a yellow sandy beach with clear blue water and and is backed by rolling farmland of a green lusher. It also has one of Istanbul's coolest restaurant/ clubs with a smiling bar staff and DJs play from a raised wooden and bamboo hut.
Sedef Island Beach. The smallest among the five inhabited Prince' Islands, Sedef has just a few public spaces and shops. Elios Sedef restaurant/bar/beach club is the best choice to spend a full day.
Büyükada Beach Değirmen. After a tour of the island in a horse-drawn carriage you can stop for a sea break at the Değirmen, one of the retro beaches of Büyükada before ending you day at Milto Restaurant close to the pier.
Maçka Democracy Park. Uninhabitad and being used as a hunting ground until the 20th century, the area evolved into a bourgeois neighbourhood. This stretch of greenery with its cafés and finucular connecting two opposing sides is an important part of life in Macka.
Polonezköy or Adampol is a small village, founded in 1842 by Polish settlers nad is about 30 kilometers away from the historic city center. It is the perfect place to rest, have a lunch in a garden restaurant and for a walk in the woods.