Here Are What to Do in Istanbul in March – Indoor and Outdoor Destinations to Choose From

If we were to ask the question “Which of the seasons would suit Istanbul better?”, we are sure many people would say, spring. Because during this season, the hills of the Bosphorus become more green, redbud trees are decorated like brides, tulips and hyacinths open their pink flowers. In short, Istanbul becomes colorful. And March is the door to this picturesque scene!

If they say “you have your last chance to look at the world” I wish that look would from Çamlıca of Istanbul.
– Alphonse de Lamartine

What is the weather is like in İstanbul in March?

To be honest, in March, the weather of Istanbul will not be predictable. The 2019 average of the weather temperature is 15°C. But it may be sunny and lovely, but there can also be rain and even snow.

But do not worry! You can never have enough options on what to do in Istanbul since there are lots of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from.

Now, let’s see what to do in Istanbul in March…

Galata Tower

Galata Tower, one of the most beautiful places to watch Istanbul, is one of the symbols that draw the silhouette of Istanbul.

The tower, which was built in 528, dominating the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, was used as a dungeon although it was built as a lantern.

One of the most popular rumors about the tower is that the lovers who climb the tower eventually get married.

Dolmabahçe Palace

Built by the Ottoman Sultan Sultan Abdülmecit on the Bosphorus in 1856, this Dolmabahçe Palace is one of the most famous landmarks of Istanbul with its magnificent appearance, bearing traces of Western architecture.

Dolmabahçe Palace, the largest palace in the country, has a different spiritual value as it is the place where Atatürk spent his last days.

Heybeliada Theological School

Even though it does not provide education in recent years, the historical Heybeliada Seminary School, which defies centuries without losing its splendor, is one of the essential historical buildings you should see on the island.

In the school, which is mostly not open to visitors, the doors can be opened to visitors through special concerts and events held from time to time in summer.

You need to take a long walk to see the school on the highest hill of the island, but don’t worry, even seeing the garden of this magnificent building makes you forget your fatigue.

Maiden’s Tower

There are many legends about the beautiful Maiden’s Tower which we passed by while passing by the Üsküdar-Beşiktaş ferries. The Maiden’s Tower, one of the most romantic symbols of Istanbul, was restored in 2000 and began to serve as a restaurant.

If you want to see the Maiden’s Tower up close, there are boats between 09.00-18.45 from Üsküdar Salacak pier every day, and from 09:00 to 18:45 from Kabataş pier only on weekends.

Süleymaniye Mosque

The best way to get new information about the Suleymaniye Mosque is to go and see it personally. Many creative ideas will double your admiration, including ostrich eggs that protect the mosque from insects and scorpion invasion, acoustics Sinan calculated for weeks with empty cubes, and the production of ink from the oil lamps.

Sultan Ahmet Mosque

If you ask which is the most famous mosque in Istanbul, you will get the answer of the Blue Mosque from many people. The Blue Mosque, known by the world as the Blue Mosque, is famous for its six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorning the interior.

The Blue Mosque, which was built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I to the architect Sedefkar Mehmed Aga between 1609-1617, stands directly opposite Hagia Sophia and challenges it with its beauty. One of the most important works of classical Ottoman architecture, the Blue Mosque takes its grandeur from its grace and not from its size.

Eyüp Sultan Mosque

Eyüp Sultan Mosque, one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul, is located in the Golden Horn. It is believed that Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, who served as the flagship of the Prophet Muhammad, was martyred during the siege of Istanbul in the 7th century. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque, built right next to the Eyüp Sultan Tomb, was built in 1458 upon the order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet after the conquest of Istanbul.

The mosque, which is the home of many sultans’ ceremonies, is visited by tens of thousands on weekends, religious holidays and in the blessed night.

Eminönü Yeni Mosque

The construction of the Yeni Mosque or the Valide Sultan Mosque, which is located on the shore of the sea in Eminönü, began in 1597 with the order of Safiye Sultan, the wife of Sultan Murat III, but completed in 1665 with donations of Turhan Hatice Sultan, the mother of the Sultan Mehmet IV.

The 400-year-old mosque was built after the Süleymaniye and Sultanahmet mosques.

Although the interior of the mosque is not as successful as the Suleymaniye and Sultanahmet mosques, Yeni Mosque is still one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul. Silhouette of Istanbul. Feeding birds in front of the New Mosque has become a tradition.

Ortaköy Mosque

Büyük Mecidiye Mosque, located on the shores of the Bosphorus, is known as Ortaköy Mosque because it is located in Ortaköy Square. The mosque is one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul with its small but elegant appearance.

Built with the neo-Baroque architectural style, Büyük Mecidiye Mosque was built by Sultan Abdülmecit for Nigoğos Balyan and Garabet Amira Balyan. The mosque, which was completed in 1853, has a magnificent view with its unusually large windows illuminating the colorful lights of the Bosphorus.

Pierre Loti Hill

The magnificent view of the Golden Horn at the dawn of the sunset, small wooden tables and chairs with red and white gingham covers. If nostalgia is more than just a word for you, even a way of life, Pierre Loti Hill is one of the places you should definitely see in Istanbul.

Visitors to the Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb climb up the Pierre Loti Hill with a cable car to take a deep breath, cooling off with a bottle of soda in the summer days and warming up with a brewed tea in the winter. You can go to Pierre Loti Hill with Pazariçi minibusses departing from Gaziosmanpaşa center or Eyüp-Pierre Loti Cable Car from Eyüp.

Khedive Pavilion

Located in the Beykoz district of Istanbul, the historical Khedive Pavilion was built in 1907 by the Italian architect Delfo Seminati at the request of the last governor of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi Pasha. Built in accordance with the architectural fashion of the period, the building has a huge grove and Bosphorus view.

The hiking trail behind the pavilion is evaluated by sports and walkers. There is a marble fountain in the middle of the main entrance. The connections between the halls of the pavilion draw circles around the pool. The ceiling is covered with stained glass and there is a living room with a fireplace on the ground floor. The pavilion, which is sometimes used in filmmaking, has an area of 270 acres.

Grand Bazaar

The bazaar dates back to the Byzantine Empire. At the center of this place, which consists of a series of shops, was a structure called Cevahir Bedesten (Bedesten-i Atik).

The first expansion works in the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping places in the world, was carried out in 1460 upon the order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet after the conquest of Istanbul. After the works, the bazaar, which became known as Çarşu-yı Kebir (Büyük Çarşı), was built with a further 15 sections.

This section was later called the Sandal Bedesten (Bedesten-i Cedid) by the name of the type of fabric which was later traded in the shops. All the income of the Old and New Bedesten were transferred to Hagia Sophia in accordance with the order of the Sultan.

During the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the bazaar became quite magnificent. After the expansion works, which mainly used wooden materials, the bazaar has grown considerably compared to its current state.

According to the records reaching today, there were 4,399 large shops, 2,195 cells (small shops), 24 inns, 497 lockers, 12 cellars, 10 masjids, 16 fountains, 8 wells and 2 fountains. Most of these buildings in the bazaar were heavily damaged by fires and earthquakes on different dates.

Otağtepe Park

Another hill offering panoramic views of Istanbul is the Otagtepe Park in the Beykoz Grove. The official name of this park, where you can take both the Rumeli Fortress and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on a single frame, is to take great pictures of Istanbul, is the Fatih Grove TEMA Vehbi Koç Natural Culture Center.

The facilities in Otağtepe Park also serve for weddings and special events. You can take a 15M bus from Üsküdar and a 14M bus from Kadıköy to go to Otağtepe Park.

Yıldız Grove

Let’s say you woke up on a sunny weekend morning and started thinking about where to go for breakfast. Enjoy a buffet breakfast at average prices at the Maltese Pavilion or Tent Pavilion in the Yıldız Grove, by walking along the magnificent road from Beşiktaş to Ortaköy.

Gülhane Park

Gülhane Park has existed for centuries as the backyard of Topkapı Palace. Gülhane Park, where you can take a nice walk under the walnut trees reaching to the sky and have a fresh tea in the tea garden, is located just below the Sultanahmet Square in the heart of Istanbul.

Emirgan Grove

When the words Istanbul and tulips come together, the first place that comes to mind is Emirgan Grove. The grove that turns from color to color with thousands of tulips every spring in the fresh atmosphere of the Bosphorus is beautiful in every season. For those who are curious about how to get to Emirgan Grove, all İETT buses that go from Beşiktaş coast to Sarıyer pass through Emirgan Grove.

Maçka Park

Maçka Park, where you can enjoy the scenery by taking the cable car from one end to the other, is waiting for those who are longing for green like a forgotten oasis in the middle of Istanbul. Küçükçiftlik Park, located on the side of Maçka Park overlooking Dolmabahçe, will host numerous concerts and events throughout the year.

Belgrad Forest

If we say “the lung of Istanbul” for Belgrade Forest, we do not exaggerate. It is a natural paradise with its dams, fountains, and abundant forests that have provided the city’s water since the foundation of Istanbul. Nowadays, Belgrad Forest, which is one of the famous green areas with its long-running track, is one of the places to be seen in Istanbul.

Çamlıca Hill

One of the most classical answers to the question “Where to go on the Anatolian side of Istanbul?”, is Çamlıca Hill. The hill, also called Büyük Çamlıca, is located at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level and overlooks both the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea.

Camlica Mosque, the largest mosque in the country and TV towers, which is planned to be removed recently, is located on the Camlica Hill. There are many cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the view after walking in the greenery on Çamlıca Hill on the ridges of Üsküdar.

You can quickly get to Büyük Çamlıca Hill by using the M5 Yamanevler-Üsküdar metro line or by the IETT bus that stops at the Touristic Çamlıca Facilities stop.

Göztepe 60th Year Park

With its colorful aquariums swimming in colorful fishes, flower gardens, game boats to catch the minds of small sailors, and fountains that can refresh you in the summer months, Göztepe 60th Anniversary Park, which is one of the most beautiful parks of the Anatolian side, offers many enjoyable activities from open-air theater festivals to concerts.


Polonezköy is one of the most suitable and famous places on the Anatolian side of Istanbul for breakfast and barbecue. Polonezköy, which stands out with its elegant venues that host many country weddings in the summer months, has a special place in the hearts of the lovers with the Polonezköy sausages produced here.

There is no public transportation to Polonezköy. After coming to Beykoz with your private car, you can follow Polonezköy signs from Kavacık.

Savaş Ateş

I'm a software engineer. I love Istanbul. I have been to 10 different countries. Istanbul is in the top 3 cities. I like to play soccer too :)

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