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Istanbul Where to Exchange Money?



For the visitors in İstanbul, the best way to shop and go around is to have Turkish Liras although there are some places to accept other currencies.

There are many opportunities and options to exchange money for you, but when it comes to money issues, you need to trust the places so that you do not have less rate of exchanging money.

You will find the Lira notes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Liras. There is also a 1-lira coin, which is equivalent to 100 Kurus.



Exchange offices should be in the center of the city and provide services currency and gold for years so that you can trust them. The districts such as Sultanahmet, Taksim, and the Grand Bazaar are good choices.

For example, in Taksim, you can go Ye-ye Doviz and Nizam Doviz. For the Grand Bazaar, Merkez Doviz and Haznedar Doviz are the places you can trust when exchanging money.


Laleli District


Because of its being closeness to Istanbul University, you can see many university youths here. Also, there are many tourists who want to visit the Suleymaniye Mosque that is walking distance from Laleli.

The most famous landmark in this area is the Laleli Mosque. Also, there are many shopping places where people can buy cheap clothes, shoes, and accessories in bulk.

Especially when walking through Ordu Street, you can see many hotels, shopping centers, and small retail stores.

Some people connect Laleli to the Russian culture somehow because of its atmosphere. It is a good choice to see the taste of Russia in Istanbul or shop for cheap clothes.

I know that you need to exchange money in order to shop in Laleli. There is nothing to get worried since you have great opportunities here to exchange your money at any of the currency exchanging in the area.

Some of them are Ordu Street, or just near Laleli Mosque.

If you need to exchange money afternoon, you have two choices: Temiz Doviz and Atasal Döviz. They are open until 21:00 and 22:00 respectively.

For the best rates, you can consider these options:  RUB,EUR,USD,GBP,CHF,INR, and NZD.



As a tourist or someone living in İstanbul who do not know about Laleli, you can get by using modern tramway and metro.

If you will choose modern tramway from any other point of İstanbul, you should get off the nearest tram stops are Laleli and Aksaray. However, if you want to take the metro, the nearest the metro station to Laleli is Vezneciler Station.

Here are five famous exchange places in Laleli:


Aklar Doviz


When you exchange money, the first thing to consider should be trust. After overcoming trust issue, you can easily exchange your currency.

Aklar Doviz is so advantageous in this sense as it provides currency and gold exchange services for more than 24 years.

You can go there to exchange money during the opening hours that is from Monday to Friday between 06:30 am and 07:30 pm.

Address: Beyazıt Mahallesi., Ordu Cad. Kalaycı Şevki Sok. No:20, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 518 3689


Martur Doviz


Serving since 1993, Martur Doviz makes us feel comfortable when it comes to trust issue.

If you go there from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 20:00, and Saturday between 09:00 am and 05:00 pm, you can exchange your money.

Address: Ordu Caddesi, Çara Plaza D:207, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 516 2656


Elmacıoğlu Döviz


Elmacioglu Doviz is also one of exchange center providing currency and gold exchange services since 1993.

It is okay to go there between 09:00 am and 06:00 pm Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

Address: Ordu Caddesi, No. 60/B Laleli, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 522 0151


Temiz Doviz


Although it does not have that long past like Elmacioglu Doviz, Temiz Doviz has been known as registered currency and gold exchange company since January 1998.

It is located on the famous street in Laleli that is known as Ordu Street. During the opening hours, that is from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 09:00 pm, you can visit there.

Address: Mesih Paşa, Ordu Caddesi No:271, 34130 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 513 6100


Atasal Döviz


Atasal Doviz has the service of currency exchange on Ordu Street. The advantage of Atasal Doviz is to open also on weekends.

For your information, the opening hours of Atasal Doviz is like this: From Monday to Sunday between 09:00 am and 10:00 pm.

Address: Ordu Caddesi, No:263, Laleli, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 518 5050


Spice Bazaar ( Egyptian Bazaar)


Egyptian Bazaar is one of the famous places for the visitor who wants to see historical places of Ottoman times and Byzantines times. That is why there are many places to exchange money for many tourists.

It is located right near Eminonu, which is famous for balik ekmek , and just walking distance to the New Mosque (Yeni Cami). You can also walk from this bazaar to High Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque.

Because this takes many tourists, sellers might let you use the currency of your own country, but I suggest you convert your money to Turkish Liras so that you decrease the risk of paying more because of the exchange rate.

There are many currency exchange kiosks in this area when going from Spice Bazaar all the way to Ankara Road near Istanbul Railways Museum.

For the best rates, you can consider these options: EGP,EUR,GBP,CHF,AUD,CAD,TWD, and CNY.

If you want to visit Spice Bazaar and see historical and natural beauties around it, there are three practical ways for you to get there:

  • You can take modern tramway, which is the most common way because of its pace. You should get off the nearest tram stop to Spice Bazaar that is Eminonu station.
  • If you are planning to reach Eminonu and Spice Bazaar area from the Asian side of İstanbul or some places near Zeytinburnu district, you can use Marmaray.

Marmaray is one of the newest public transportation vehicles in İstanbul, and I strongly suggest you experience it because of its being fast and the way it follows. It goes under the Marmara Sea when coming from the Asian side of Istanbul to Eminonu.

You can get off Marmaray Sirkeci and just walk a maximum of ten minutes to reach Spice Bazaar.

Here are five famous exchange offices in Spice Bazaar that you can easily trust.


Muteber Doviz


Muteber Doviz services currency exchange to tourist after being established in 1992 by Mustafa Tabar.

The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday between 9:00 am and 06:00 pm.

Address: Hamidiye Cad. Doğubank İş Hanı No:29 D:33, Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey

Tel:  +90 212 522 1212


Angun Doviz


Angun Doviz is the other choices to serve currency and gold exchange in the Spice Bazaar.

You can visit to exchange money from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 07:00 pm.

Address: Hobiyar Mh. Yenicami Cd. 2/1 Sultanahmet Meydanı Eminönü, 34112 Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 522 1111



Zeki Doviz


Zeki Doviz also serves currency and gold exchange serves from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 07:00 pm.

Address: Büyük Postane Cad. 23/B, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel:  +90 212 520 3232


Narin Doviz


From Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 07:00 pm, Narin Doviz can serve you currency and gold exchange services.

Address: 74 Sabuncu Hanı Sokak, Tahtakale, 34116, Fatih, İstanbul

Tel: +90 212 528 4980


Yalim Doviz


With its two branches in the Eminonu area, Yalim Doviz services currency and gold exchange for people.

You can visit this place from Monday to Saturday between 08:00 am and 07:00 pm.

Address: 59/B Ankara Caddesi, Hobyar, 34112 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 513 4545


The Grand Bazaar


By thousand of the tourist, the Grand Bazaar has visited landmarks a lot. Therefore, it is not surprising to face many places to currency exchange there.

In fact, there are many currency exchange kiosks located all around the Grand Bazaar. If you want to question the price they offer, or if you hesitate from any reason feel free to compare rates before deciding which is your right money changer. It is the usual way before making the last decision for everybody.

Especially, the Mahmutpasa entrance is famous for offering the best rates in the gold dealers’ section, which is near the Mahmutpasa entrance.

For the best rates, you can consider these options:

USD, AUD,CAD,GBP,JPY,SAR,DKK,MYR,SGD,PHP,INR,HKD, and CNY / RMB.

There are two most famous ways how to get the Grand Bazaar:



  • You can take modern tramway and get off Beyazit station. After that, you can reach the Grand Bazaar by walking.
  • If you want to prefer taking the metro, the situation you need to get off is the situations named Vezneciler and Marmaray Sirkeci. It is very easy and practical to walk from these situations to the Grand Bazaar

Here are five exchange offices in order to exchange your currency with the best rate:


Merkez Doviz


During its opening hours, that is from Monday to Saturday between 08:00 am and 06:00 pm, you can take currency and gold exchange services from Merkez Doviz.

Address: Beyazıt Mh., Keseciler Cd. 105-107, 34126 Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 520 4034


Kur Borsa Doviz


Kur Borsa Doviz is also one of the best places where to take currency exchange service in the Grand Bazaar.

You can exchange your money from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 05:00 pm.

Address: Molla Fenari Mahallesi, Çuhacı Han Sokak No 8, 34126 Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 511 2256


Haznedar Doviz


Haznedar Doviz is another famous one to exchange currency and gold for years in the Grand Bazaar.

For your information, opening hours from Monday to Friday between 09:00 am and 06:00 pm.

Address: Mollafenari, Çuhacı Han Sk. No: 8, 34120 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 514 2474


Gazi Doviz


Gazi Doviz serves currency exchange from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 06:00 pm.

Address: Mollafenari, Ç. Nuruosmaniye Cad. No:28, 34000, Fatih, İstanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 511 5868


Yazici Altin Doviz


Yazici Altin Doviz is one of the exchange centers you can trust without any hesitation as it provides currency and gold exchange services since 1996.

If you want to visit this place to exchange money, the opening hours are from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 6:00 pm and for Saturday, it is between 9:00 am and 04:00 pm, which is a very good advantage because generally exchange centers are closed on Saturday.

Address: Kapali Çarsi Kavaflar Sk. No: 61 Beyazit, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 514 8282


Beyoglu/Taksim


Taksim Square is famous for its nostalgic tramway and diversity of many shopping stores together with many restaurants serving traditional Turkish food.

Because it is located in the center of Europe side of Istanbul, many tourists and visitor book a hotel room in Taksim for their Istanbul trip.

If you are one of them or go to Taksim Square to travel around, you will face many money exchange centers.



For the best rates, you can consider these options:  

USD,EUR,GBP,CHF,AUD,SEK,NOK,DKK,JPY,SAR, and CAD.

There are two ways to go there easily for you:

  • You can use modern tramway and get off Karakoy station. After that, you can climb through Galata Tower and reach Taksim Street. As a second way to go Taksim Street from Karakoy street, you can take the nostalgic tramway to climb there.
  • You can take the metro for example when coming from Mecidiyekoy or Yenikapi metro station. You should get off Taksim station and now you are in Taksim Square.

Here are five options for you to exchange money in Taksim Square:


Ye-Ye Doviz


Ye-Ye Doviz is one of the currency exchanging center that you can trust since it serves currency and gold exchange company since 1992.

The opening hours are between from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and  08:00 pm.

Address: İstiklal Caddesi 131/B, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 252 7358


Nizam Doviz


Nizam Doviz is the center of Taksim Street you can easily reach from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 07:30 pm.

Address: Katip Mustafa Çelebi, İstiklal Cad. No:31, 34433, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 252 6428



Cetin Doviz


Cetin Doviz services currency exchange from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 07:30 pm.

Address: Katip Mustafa Çelebi, İstiklal Cad. No:31, 34433, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 252 6428


Cozum Doviz


It serves as a currency exchange in its opening hours which is Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 07:00 pm.

Address: Katip Mustafa Çelebi, Meşelik Sk. No:1, 34433 Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 244 62 71


Aral Doviz


Unlike other places, Aral Doviz serves as currency and gold exchange.

You can visit Aral Doviz from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 06:00 pm.

Address: Gümüşsuyu, Sıraselviler Cad. No:17, 34437, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 530 3554


Sultanahmet


Sultanahmet is one of the popular places with many of Istanbul’s famous landmarks like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and the Byzantine Hippodrome.

There are many places as a hotel you can stay when traveling around Istanbul. Because the place takes many tourists, there are many exchange centers where you can exchange money.



For the best rates, you can consider these options:  

USD,EUR,GBP,CHF,SEK,AUD,SGD,MYR,INR,PHP, and HKD.

Here are five famous exchange office you can find in Sultanahmet:


Aydin Gold Exchange Office


In the center of Sultanahmet, just near the modern tramway road, you can see Aydin Gold exchange office, which services currency and gold exchange.

It opens from Monday to Sunday between 09:00 am and  09:00 pm.

Address: Divanyolu Caddesi Divan Center No:56/38, 34122, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 513 8698


Arkent Doviz


Arkent Doviz services currency exchange for those who visit Sultanahmet and places around. You can visit there weekdays; from Monday to Friday between 09:00 am and 07:00 pm.

Address: Sultanahmet Mh., Divan Yolu Cad. No:32, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 520 4121


Ser Kıymetli Madenler


Ser Kiymet Madenler is one of the currency offices in Sultanahmet that people do not hesitate to exchange because it provides more than 30 years in service.

Ser Kiymetli Madenler services currency and gold exchange from Monday to Friday between 07:00 am and 05:00 pm.

Address: Molla Fenari Mh. Şeref Efendi Sk. Şener Center No:28/5 Nurosmaniye, 34120, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 522 9309


Dadas Doviz


Dadas Doviz services currency and gold exchange in its opening hour that is from Monday to Saturday between 08:00 am and 06:00 pm.

Address: Mollafenari, Vezirhan Cd. No:36, 34120, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 514 5958


Agaoglu Doviz


For currency and gold exchange, Agaoglu Doviz is one of the good choices you can take services easily.

Opening hours for Agaoglu Doviz is from Monday to Saturday from between 9:00 am and 06.00 pm.

Address: Yeniçeriler Caddesi No: 25-b Beyazit, Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: +90 212 638 3737



Other Exchange Offices in Istanbul


Ozerhan Doviz


Besiktas district is like a bridge between Ortakoy and Dolmabahce Palace when climbing Taksim Square and Besiktas Ali Sami Yen Stadium.

Generally, it is preferable for the young generation with a variety of coffee and restaurants options, but you can also see many tourists coming here to spend time in front of the Marmara Sea.

There are some places to exchange money in Besiktas including Ozerhan Doviz. It is a small exchange bureau in the Besiktas neighborhood that you can trust without any hesitation.



It is located in the center of Besiktas Carsi, so you can easily realize the bureau after getting off the boat when coming from the Asian side of Istanbul, like from Uskudar or Kadikoy, or after getting off the bus from Mecidiyekoy or Ortakoy.

There are no certain opening hours. That is why it would be better if you call or send an email before you go there to learn when it is more suitable for them.

Address: Levent, Çarşı Cad. No:10 D:1, 34330 Beşiktaş/Istanbul

Tel: +90 (0212) 325 7576

E-mail: [email protected]


Para Cevirici Exchange Office


When it comes to the Asian of İstanbul, Kadikoy is one of the places you can go at most. There are several exchange offices in the center of Kadikoy or some places just walking distance to the center.

You can visit Para Cevirici to exchange your money when you are in an emergency.

Address: Osmanağa Mah, Çilek Sk, Güneş İş Mrk, K:3, Kadıköy / İstanbul

Tel: +90 (216) 338 0836


What About Exchanging Money at the Airport?


When it comes to exchanging currency in one of the airports in İstanbul. Unfortunately, most airport money changers charge a commission, which can be as high as 5%.

That is why many people do not try to exchange many in airports so that they can have the money changer with the narrowest difference between buying and sell rates.



The advantages of exchanging money at the airport, it is opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means you’ll always be able to buy your foreign currency, whatever time you’re flying.


Using ATMs to Exchange Money in Istanbul


Especially if it is necessary and emergence to exchange money, and there is no currency office around you, ATMs can help you. Almost every ATMs of each bank exchange money for you but the rate will be surely high.

Therefore, although it is not preferable, you can use this way when you are in an emergency situation.  Also in the airports, you can use an ATMs alternatively to get some quick cash until you reach your destination.

Where to Swim in Istanbul?


Istanbul’s rich culture and architecture are the main reasons why visitors flood this lovely European city in massive numbers. Add another reason to this list-the beaches of Istanbul. Thanks to the Black Sea, the Marmara Sea and the Bosporus Strait surrounding the peninsula, there are many opportunities to enjoy the sun in a multitude of beaches. The Istanbul summers are warm and attract guests to escape to the warm sandy beaches in Istanbul.

In this blog, you can find which beaches to go to within the borders of Istanbul and its islands, as well as some luxury pools. Whether you prefer swimming in the sea or the swimming pool, there is a wide array of options.

Sea-Side

Tırmata Beach

This huge beach with 5000 people capacity has a car park with 3000 vehicles capacity. At least one of the guests who come as a group in Tirmata Beach has the condition of being a woman. In other words, if you’re a man, you cannot enter without a woman accompanying you. With this application, Tirmata Beach stands out with its family beach and aims to take precautions for unpleasant situations.

Entrance fees are 5,33$ on weekdays, 8,89$ on weekends and holidays, and 2,67$ for 7-14-year-olds. Free parking is available.
📍 Kumköy Mahallesi, Kilyos Cd. No:61, 34450 Sarıyer/İstanbul

Suma Beach

Located in Gümüşdere area, the beach has areas such as picnic areas, restaurants and sun terraces in the forest. In addition to sports such as football, volleyball, ATV, there are various water sports facilities on the beach. You pay 5,33$ on weekdays and 8,89$ on weekends to enter the beach which hosts many festivals in Istanbul. The price applies to the students differently.
📍 Gümüşdere Mahallesi, Boğaziçi Kampüs Yolu 1/A, 34450 Sarıyer/İstanbul

Solar Beach

Being one of the most beautiful beaches of Istanbul, Solar Beach has been serving since the summer of 2002. Solar Beach, as well as being one of the largest private beaches in Turkey also welcomes its visitors as well as an outdoor performance center. The beach, which has a much more developed infrastructure than other beaches, is filled with fun activities at night as well as at night.

You have to pay a fee of 8,89$ per person to Solar Beach which is open 7 days a week. The parking fee is 1,78$.

To reach Kilyos Beach, which is 30 km away from Istanbul, you must first go to Sarıyer with public transportation. Then take the IETT Kilyos bus from Şehit Mithat Yılmaz Street or you can choose the private Solar Beach vehicles.
📍 Kumköy Mahallesi, Kilya Caddesi, No 32/34, 34450 Sarıyer/İstanbul

Burç Beach

You can spend a day with a variety of activities at the Bosphorus University’s Burç Beach, where you can enjoy DJ performances as well as chill at the cafes, bars, and restaurants within the facility. From flying kites to windsurfing and beach volleyball, you can join any activity on the beach.

The beach fees for guests from outside are 7,11$ per weekday and 12,44$ per week. With its revenue, Burç Beach creates resources for the University of Boğaziçi. It is open from 9 am to 9.30 pm every day.
📍 Gümüşdere Mahallesi, Sarıtepe Kampüsü, Sarıyer, İstanbul

Baykuş Beach

This beach is located on the coast of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s research center in Kilyos Kısırkaya. Baykuş Beach is one of Istanbul’s most beautiful beaches where your family can enjoy the beach. You can rent a sunbed or swim here, or you can put up your tent and watch the sunset.

The beach fees for guests from outside are 5,33$ per weekday and 8,89$ per week. If you’d like to stay in a tent, the price is 8,89$ (for 2 people) for both weekdays and the weekend. Yet, if you say ‘’I have my own tent, I would just like to stay here.’’, then the price lowers to 4,45$. In addition to the tents, the hostel prices for two are 17,78$ for the weekdays and 22,23$ for the weekend.
📍 Kilyos Gümüşdere Yolu., Gümüşdere Köyü, Sarıyer, İstanbul

Menekşe Beach

Menekse Beach, managed by the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul, is one of Istanbul’s European-side beaches.

Entrance fee is 3,56$ for adults and 2,67$ for students. The entrance of children for the age of 0-7 is free. It is possible to benefit from sunbeds, umbrellas, changing cabins, shower and toilet areas without paying anything extra. You can also rent safety deposit boxes for 2,67$.
📍 Florya Kenedy Cad., Fatih Mahallesi, Bakırköy, İstanbul

Güneş Beach

The Güneş Beach in Florya, which is operated by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, is one of the beaches of the European side that are cleaned of dirt and opened to the public. A photo of Atatürk entering the sea known to everyone is taken in Florya Güneş Beach.

Using the Sirkeci-Halkalı train, you can reach the Florya station, therefore the beach. The entrance fee to the beach is the same as Menekse Beach.
📍 Florya Tren İstasyonu Karşısı Florya, İstanbul

Caddebostan

For those living on the Anatolian side, Caddebostan beaches are of great advantage. The beaches of Caddebostan offers an authentic opportunity for swimming and sunbathing with their sun loungers and kiosks.

In Caddebostan there are 3 beaches. To enter Caddebostan 1 Beach, which is behind the big club, you have to have Istanbul Card. Fees are 3,91$ for adults and 1,96$ for students. Caddebostan 2 and 3 beaches are free.
📍 Caddebostan Mahallesi, Caddebostan Sahil Yolu, İstanbul

Ayazma Beach

Since 1996, Ayazma has been the most prominent beach of Şile. This beach consists of two beach clubs as well as a public beach. Ayazma Public Beach is 10 kilometers long and it is also called the Sile Public Beach.

2 sunbeds and 1 umbrella are priced at 5,33$. Between 12.00-17.00 there is a fee while at other times you can freely use it. However, you must pay for entering the beach club parts. Fusha Beach opens its doors at 3,56$ on weekdays and 5,33$ on weekends. The price includes toilets, sunbeds, and parasols. No parking fee is applicable.
📍 Çavuş Mahallesi, 34980 Şile/İstanbul

Uzunkum Beach

Uzunkum Beach, with its clean and warm sea, is one of the favorite holiday resorts. There is a public beach on Uzumkum Beach, where you can go for free. However, you will be asked to pay 8$ if you want to enter the Aqua Beach Club. Sunbeds, parasols, sofas, fried and nuts are included in this 8$
📍 Balibey Mahallesi, 34980 Şile/İstanbul

Ağlayankaya Beach

There is a beach club called Şile Life Beach on Ağlayankaya Beach. It fascinates visitors with its beach club’s lodges and restaurants. For entries, you should pay 7,11$ on weekdays and 8,89$ on weekends.
📍 Balibey Mahallesi, Ağlayan Kaya Caddesi, No:17, 34980 Şile/İstanbul

Kumbaba Beach

In the Byzantine period, Kumbaba was known as a place where people went to have a sand bath and it is said that the sand of the region is good for rheumatismal diseases.

You can park your car by paying 1,78$ to the camp and caravan area. You also don’t pay an entrance fee. The beach provides a shower, dressing room, toilet as well as other amenities such as coffee shop, restaurant to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.
📍 Meşrutiyet Mahallesi, Kumbaba Cd., 34980 Şile/İstanbul

Suadiye Beach

This public beach, where you don’t pay any fees at the entrances, has a very decent environment. Besides free entrance, in Suadiye Beach, you don’t have to pay any fees for sunbeds and umbrellas.

Suadiye is one of Istanbul’s most posh and high-class beaches, probably because of its location. What is also unique about this beach is that here, you can also take windsurfing lessons and enjoy the sea even more.

In terms of transportation, this beach’s location is very advantageous, as it has an IETT bus stop.
📍 Suadiye Mahallesi, Pembegül Sokak, 34740 Kadıköy/İstanbul

Yeşilköy Çiroz Beach

Located between Yeşilköy Pier and Florya BB Social Facilities, Yeşilköy Çiroz Beach consists of 2 small coves and offers free services to residents of Istanbul on Marmara Sea shores.

Çiroz Beach is a place where you can swim in the sea in summer and walk on it and take a nice sea air in winter. There are 550 sunbeds and umbrellas, 2 lifeguard towers, 80 locker cabins, 20 toilets and 12 showers in the beach. There are two volleyball fields as well as one football field.

As it is a public beach, there are no entrance fees. In order to reach the beach, you can use public transportation.
📍 Yeşilköy Mahallesi, Kordonboyu Sk., 34149 Bakırköy/İstanbul

Tarabya Beach

Sarıyer Tarabya Beach, located in Istanbul’s Sarıyer district, is a beach that exhibits all the beauty of the Bosphorus. This beach is home to many people, especially celebrities. The unforgettable film scenes of the old Turkish films were shot on this beach. If you are familiar with the films of’ Yeşilçam,’ you will even become nostalgic.

The entrance fee is 13,33$ here and 17,77$ on the weekend. It provides free entry for children between the ages of 0-6.
📍 Tarabya Mahallesi, Yeniköy Tarabya Cd. No:3, 34457 Sarıyer/İstanbul

Beykoz Küçüksu Beach

If you want to enjoy the swimming against the Bosphorus Bridge, Küçüksu Beach is for you. At the beach, you have everything you need, including lifeguards, dressing rooms, and of course, toilets and showers.

The entrance fee is not charged since this is a public beach. However, if you want to rent a sunbed or umbrella, you will have to pay a fee that varies between 2-6$.
📍 Göksu Mahallesi, Küçüksu Cd., 34815 Beykoz/İstanbul

Riva Beach

A perfect beach for those who live on the Anatolian Side and close to the 2nd Bridge on the European Side. Riva Beach, a liberating place for Istanbulites in summer, is located within the boundaries of Beykoz district. Riva Beach, which is on the shore overlooking the Black Sea, is quite large due to its location in a bay. Yet, it’s very short in length. This is why the beach looks so overcrowded in summer.

You must pay the entrance fee of 0,89$ for Riva Beach. You should pay extra 0,89$ to rent a sun lounger inside, and 1,33$ to rent an umbrella. For transportation, you can use the IETT bus with the number of 137 from Beykoz.
📍 Riva Mahallesi, Ş. Mehmet Ali Şener Caddesi, No: 1, 34344 Beykoz

The Islands

Our islands, which are within the scope of a ferry trip to Istanbul, are one of the most beautiful places of Istanbul to swim in. With its pristine, natural areas and beaches renovated and diversified every year, the islands of Heybeli, Kınalı, Bueyükada, and Burgaz provide an indispensable beauty.

Büyükada

Nakibey Beach

Nakibey Beach, which is one of the newly opened beaches of Buyukada, can take place on your list as a good option for both to swim and stay on the island. This beach is a family business and has been in service since 1984. The beach is full of restaurants, restaurants, and a buffet. There are also bungalow houses that you can stay at for 17,77$ per person.

The sea levels near the Naki Bey Beach is also quite shallow. That’s why people who don’t know how to swim and families with children can prefer it.

You can reach the beach by boat Naki Bey which stands on the pier after reaching Büyükada.

While the price for children in weekdays is 3,55$, this price is 7,11$ for adults. This amount goes up to 4,44$ for children on weekends; and 8,89$ for adults. The entrance to the beach includes wifi, shower, dressing room, sun loungers and transportation by boat.
📍 Maden Mahallesi, Nakibey Çıkmazı, No:17, 34970 Adalar

Princess Bay Beach

Prenses Beach also offers both beach and accommodation services to its guests like Nakibey. Among the services included in the beach entrance fee which is 7,11$ on weekdays and 8,89$; it also includes shower, toilet, safe, umbrella and sun loungers. A free boat is available to reach Princess Bay next to the Blue Marmara pier on the island.
📍 Kamelya Sokak No:14 Büyükada, 34970

Yörük Ali Beach

Yörük Ali Beach, where you can go on a day trip and have a nice holiday in the bungalow houses; is one of the most popular places to visit in Istanbul and its surroundings. The beach is owned by Yörükali Facility which also provides accommodation services. In the evenings, guests can enjoy restaurant service with live music.

The entrance fee to Yörük Ali Beach is 6,22$ on weekdays and Saturday and 7,11$ on Sundays and holidays. The price includes sunbeds, mattresses, umbrellas, coffee table, shower, and beach use.
📍 Nizam Mh., Yörükali Mevkii Yörükali Tesisleri, 34970 Adalar/İstanbul

Aya Nikola Public Beach

Aya Nikola Beach stands out with its calm sea on the east of Büyükada, overlooking the Sedef Island. Those who do not know how to swim can enjoy this water.

You have to pay 25 days a week for access to Aya Nikola Beach and 6,22$ for the weekend. For transportation to Aya Nikola Beach, you can take the free Büyükada Pier boats. The beach can also be reached by carriage, bicycle or hiking.
📍 Büyükada-Maden Mahallesi, Yılmaz Türk Cad. Aya Nikola Mevkii No:156, 34970 Adalar/İstanbul

Kumsal Beach

This is a family beach and families looking for a calm and peaceful environment generally prefer it. For access to Kumsal Family Beach, you have to pay 3,55$ on weekdays and 4,44$ on weekends. These fees include sunbeds and umbrellas.
📍 Maden Mahallesi, Nakibey Çıkmazı, No:17, 34970 Adalar

Eskibağ Beach

This calm and not-so-crowded beach belongs to the Boutique Hotel in Eskibag, and you can organize your special events here.

You can use the motors installed on the pier for transportation. Also on the tour route is the beach. You also can reach it on foot. The beach is equipped with shower, umbrellas, sun beds and other services you need. For entries, you have to pay 5,34$. This weekend fee is 7,12$.
📍 Nizam Mahallesi, Sakarya Cd. No:5, 34970 Adalar/İstanbul

Halik Bay Beach

Halik Beach, which is 800 meters long and has the capacity of 400 people, is the longest beach of Buyukada. You can reach this beach by a motor from Büyükada. Halik Bay Beach is far from other beaches and is perfect for those who are looking for peace and quiet. You can camp around the beach as well. On weekdays you pay 3,55$ and at weekends you pay 5,34$.
📍 Büyükada-nizam Mahallesi, 34970 Adalar/İstanbul

Nizam Beach

Nizam Beach is one of Büyükada’s cleanest and most safe beaches. Nizam Beach Facilities has been serving its guests since 1994 and is a family business. Every year it renews itself and offers better quality and a wide range of services.

The seashore is shallow and filled with sand. With your kids, you can enter the sea with peace of mind. It’s a place with clean cabins and showers where you can feel comfortable. Nizam Beach is renowned for its delicious patties and toast. It welcomes its guests with an understanding of friendly service that does not compromise their quality and taste.

You can reach the beach from the pier with motor services after arriving in Büyükada. The fee you pay for entry will not exceed 8,89$, but it does not include services such as sunbeds. You have to pay a separate fee if you want to reap the benefits of them.
📍 Nizam Mahallesi, Adalar/İstanbul

Heybeliada


Ada Beach Club

Located in the bay of Çam Limanı, Ada Beach is one of the beaches that you should carry to your list with its fresh air. Besides offering you everything you would expect from a classic vacation at the beach; you can also enjoy various activities such as mini-golf tournaments, beach volleyball, and boat tours. Not to mention, there is also a café and a fish restaurant on the beach.

Admission fee is 6,22$ per person, weekdays and Saturdays and 8,89$ on Sundays. Children between 0-7 years of age are free of charge. The entrance fee included sunbeds, umbrellas, shower, toilet and dressing cabin as in other beach clubs.
📍 Çamlık Mevki, 34973 Adalar/İstanbul

Aqua Green Beach

You will not be charged an additional fee for dressing cabins, sun loungers, and parasols at Aqua Green Beach, where you only pay for entry. Entrance fees vary from 6 – 10$ to the beach.
📍 Heybeliada Mahallesi, Yeni İskele Yolu Sk., 34010 Adalar/İstanbul

Akvaryum Bay

When you reach the steep paths and the stairs, the landscape that is waiting for you is worth everything. With its entire naturalness, the cove is totally untouched.

There is a symbolic entrance fee, but it is nothing much to worry about. You must order one day in advance by phone if you wish to taste the delicious mussels you haven’t eaten your whole life. This is because the mussels are cooked fresh from the sea according to the daily demand.
📍 Heybeliada Mahallesi, Yeni İskele Yolu Sk., 34010 Adalar/İstanbul

Burgazada

Kalpazankaya Beach

The beach of the island of Kalpazankaya, which is one of the natural beaches of the island, is 30-35 minutes on foot from the Burgazada Pier. There is only a buffet on the beach.

You have to pay 0,89$ for access to the beach but this does not include other services. You need to pay 1,78$ for renting umbrellas and sunbeds and 0,53$ for the shower.
📍 Kalpazankaya Yolu Sok. No:42, Burgazada, 34975 Adalar/İstanbul

6 Number Public Beach

The 6 Number Public Beach, which has a very clean sea, is 1.5 kilometers from Burgazada port. It should be noted that the beach is stony.

You can get to the beach from the quay, by bicycle or on foot, and you do not have to pay any fees for entry.
📍 Burgazadası Mahallesi, Barbaros Hayrettin Cd. No:3, 34975 Adalar/İstanbul

Çamakya Beach

Çamakya Beach is a public beach where you don’t pay for entry just like the 6 Number Beach. Sunbeds and umbrella rental cost 3,56$. The beach is a 45-minute walk from the pier whereas you can reach the beach in 10 minutes by car.
📍 Burgazadası Mahallesi, Gezinti Yolu Cd. No:49, 34975 Adalar/İstanbul

Madam Martha Bay

Madame Martha Bay, which is 2 kilometers from the pier, was named after Madame Martha, who once lived here and loved by everyone. The land at the top of the bay makes camping very convenient. Hence, this place is covered with colorful tents, especially on weekends. The only downside is that you can’t feed your stomach in any place. So you should get some food with you beforehand.
📍 Burgazadası Mahallesi, 34975 Adalar/İstanbul

Kınalıada

Kumluk Beach

Do not be fooled by the name of Kumluk Beach (Sandy Beach). In fact, it has a beach that is very stony. That’s why the sea is pretty clean. Another feature of the sea is that it is quite shallow. Thus the Kumluk beach can be preferred with tranquility by families with children and people who do not swim.

At the entrances to the beach, you have to be with a lady, men are not taken inside if they’re single. Entries on weekdays are 3,56$ and weekends are 5,34$. Snack bars and cafés are also available. The beach is accessible with free boat tours by the Kınalıada Pier. The pier can also be reached on foot.
📍 Kınalıada Mahallesi, 34977 Adalar/İstanbul

Swimming Pools

Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus

The Bosphorus Four Seasons Hotel offers an alternative choice for those who can’t go on a long-term summer vacation. You can enjoy the city view while you enjoy the large swimming pools and relaxing areas around it.

The pool is 27 meters long and 1.40 meters deep. The entrance fee of the pool, which is open every day between 08.00 and 19.00, is 112,95$ in the weekdays and 141$ at the weekends. If you’re a committed swimmer who likes luxury, a 3-month membership is 1411$.
📍 Çırağan Caddesi No: 28, Beşiktaş

Fenerbahçe Faruk Ilgaz Facilities

Fenerbahce Faruk Ilgaz Facilities that are located in Kadikoy, provides an opportunity for Istanbulites who want to cool off! To chill out and relax a little, you can prefer the ice-cold pool of this facility. If you want to have a snack after enjoying the pool, you can taste the delicacies of Divan  Patisserie.

The facility in Fenerbahçe is open every day from 09.00 to 18.00. Entrance fee on weekdays is 10,69$ and weekends is 14,26$.
📍 Fenerbahçe Mahallesi, Tur Yolu Sk. No:10, Kadıköy

Çırağan Palace Kempinski

Çırağan Palace Kempinski is home to one of Istanbul’s most beautiful swimming pools, where you can enjoy the view of the Palace and the Bosphorus. In fact, when looking straight from the edge of the pool, it seems to be united with the sea.

The daily admission fee is 180,72$ at the weekends and 112,95$ on the weekdays. This includes using a limited part of spa services, too. The 33×16 meter pool depth is only 1.20 meters. The pool is open from 07.00-20.00 every day.

Just open Google Maps and check the view. It will not take more than a second to be amazed!
📍 Çırağan Caddesi No:32, Beşiktaş

Grand Hyatt Istanbul

The free-form turquoise pool in Grand Hyatt Istanbul offers a relaxing resort during the summer months, surrounded by a secluded garden right in the center of the town. You can go and relax with such all-day treatments in the pool and double your comfort. You may want to try some summer delicacies from the pool bar and restaurant of Grand Hyatt Istanbul, Gazebo, after a relaxing and refreshing time at the pool. One of the many treats not to be missed is a special summer menu with cocktails and other delightful creations, delicious ice creams, and desserts, as well as the signature summer sandwiches by the chef.

The pool, which serves between 08:00 and 19:00 every day in June-September, is waiting for Istanbul residents who want to cool off. One-off entries are 30,29$ on weekdays, 44,45$ on weekends. The seasonal usage fee of the pool is 445,5$.
📍 Harbiye Mahallesi Taşkışla Caddesi No.1, Şişli

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti wins the hearts of those who want to keep in shape with a semi-Olympic swimming pool overlooking the city. Daily entrance fee of the pool is 26,70$ on weekdays and 35,60$ at the weekend. For couples, daily admission is 48$ on weekdays, and on weekends the fee goes up to 60$. The swimming pool is open from 8 am to 8 pm.
📍 Merkez Mahallesi, Silahşör Cd. No:42, 34381 Şişli/İstanbul

Related Questions

Where can we have a beach wedding in Istanbul? If you want to get married on a beach in Istanbul, you can check these three places first: Kilyos Beach, Tırmata Beach and Solar Beach. However, it would be better to call and check out other beaches, too.

How to Go from Istanbul Airport to City Center?



Istanbul New Airport, which has made a name for itself since the beginning of its construction, has also given a great impetus to Istanbul’s transportation sector. With the realization of the project, there are new transportation options in the city come to the fore as well as airlines.

On the other hand, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is the 2nd Airport of Istanbul, built in Istanbul’s Pendik district. Airport was named after Sabiha Gökçen who is the world’s first female fighter pilot and Turkey’s first woman pilot. The foundation of the airport was laid in February 1998 and the construction was completed in January 2001. According to 2015 data from the Airports Statistics in Turkey, it is the second airport in terms of total passenger traffic.

You can reach all the details about Istanbul New Airport Transportation and Transfers in this article, along with the Transportation to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.



While making a decision about new lines and vehicles to Istanbul New Airport, PROGO VIP Airport transfer become prominent as the easiest and convenient transfer service. PROGO, which has been offering VIP airport transfer for many years and has a wide service network, enables you to transfer your airport easily and comfortably. In addition to PROGO, the airport can also be reached by the Havaist and IETT buses. Besides, 2 metro lines to be completed in 2019 and 2020 will also facilitate transportation. You can also reach the airport by taxi or private car.

Where Is Istanbul New Airport?


Istanbul New Airport is located near the Black Sea coast on the European side of the city. The main settlements near the New Airport built in the area between Tayakadın and Akpınar villages are Çatalca and Göktürk-Arnavutköy. Terkos Lake is another important point near the airport. Istanbul New Airport is located at a distance of 52.9 kilometers to Taksim, 55.8 kilometers to Bakırköy and 64.8 kilometers to Kadıköy.

Istanbul New Airport, which is located on an area of 76.5 million square meters, will be able to host 90 million passengers in the first phase and 200 million passengers when all phases are completed. Istanbul New Airport provides flight to more than 350 destinations. The New Airport, designed by Istanbul’s cultural heritage, aims to provide a special experience for passengers.



It is expected that the structure where there are applications in order to accelerate the check-in and baggage transactions will be the biggest transfer point in the world. Istanbul New Airport is a point where all the facilities are xxx to provide a comfortable journey for passengers, with spacious waiting areas, eating drinking places with a variety of tastes, and the duty-free shops of the brands which will enter the market of Turkey for the first time.

How to Get to City Center from Istanbul New Airport?


Since the beginning of the project, the most important question about the New Airport is how to make transportation. Since it is located in a location away from the city center and there is not much public transportation yet, new solutions are being developed. The first one is IETT and private bus lines. The vehicles, which will collect passengers from the central points of Istanbul, are planned to deliver their passengers to the new airport, or vice versa. In addition, the construction of two metro lines is expected to finish in 2019 and 2020. Taking a taxi is another option, although it is expensive.

Transportation To/From Istanbul New Airport by Bus


The only IETT vehicle that provides direct access to Istanbul New Airport is the bus 48F named Mecidiyeköy Metrobus. For this bus that arrives at the New Airport in about 60 minutes, a single ticket is sufficient. In the following periods, 36 IETT buses are expected to be put into service.

There will also be transportation to the airport with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s (IMM) company Istanbul Bus Co.’s new brand “Havaist” lines. You will be able to use “İST1-İST2-İST7” and “IST19” lines of Havaist, as well as “H2-H3-H4” lines of the IETT.



The lines and routes of “Havaist” buses are as follows:

“IST1” will reach Istanbul Airport by passing through Yenikapi, Bakirkoy IDO, Kuleli, and Basaksehir Metrokent in Istanbul Airport-Yenikapi line.

“IST2” will reach Istanbul Airport by passing through TUYAP, Cumhuriyet District, and Bahçeşehir Center in Istanbul Airport-TUYAP line.

“IST7” will reach Istanbul Airport by passing through Kozyatağı Metro, Tepeüstü, and Kavacık Bridge in Kozyatağı Metro-Istanbul Airport line.

“IST19” will reach Istanbul Airport by passing through Abdülhak Hamit Street, Beşiktaş Square, Zincirlikuyu Metrobüs, and Göktürk Police Department in Taksim-Besiktas-Istanbul Airport line.

Buses using the IETT “H2” line will reach Istanbul Airport by passing through Mecidiyeköy Metrobus, Caglayan, Nurtepe, Hasdal, Kemer Road, Forest Road, Coastal Safety and Ihsaniye Junction.



For the “H3” Istanbul Airport-Halkali line, buses will reach the Airport by passing through Gümrük, 4. Cadde, Rumeliler, Ataturk District, and Demirciler Site.

For the “H4” Istanbul Airport-Ataturk Airport line, buses will pass through Ataturk Airport and Bahcesehir Metrokent.

Since the airport cannot serve as full capacity until January, the bus times will be determined gradually according to the current flight plan. The cost of all the payments can be made on Istanbulkart, the shortest distance is $ 2, the longest distance is determined to be $ 6. Passengers can follow the arrival and departure times of buses with their smartphones.

Transportation To/From Istanbul New Airport by Subway


Those who want to go to Istanbul New Airport by subway have to wait a little longer. Because the airport subway has not been completed yet. The construction works of the Gayrettepe-New Airport M11, which will carry passengers to the new airport, are underway and expected to be put into service at the end of 2019. It is aimed to provide transportation in 25 minutes between the two points. The Gayrettepe-Airport subway, on the other hand, will be put into service in late 2019.



The subway, which will come directly from Gayrettepe to the Airport, will greatly ease transportation. In addition, Halkalı and Istanbul New Airport subway line with a total distance of 27 Km and 6 stations will be completed at the end of 2020. When the rail system is completed, it will be possible to go to the New Airport with Marmaray.

Transportation To/From Istanbul New Airport with Special Services


In addition to the IETT buses, buses are being prepared in the ultra-luxury category, which will carry passengers from 18 different locations to Istanbul New Airport. The passenger collection points on the Anatolian Side of these buses are planned to be at Pendik, Tepeüstü, and Kadıköy, while on the European side passengers will be picked up from Yenikapı-Sirkeci, Beşiktaş, Mecidiyeköy, and Sarıyer.



The fare schedule also varies according to distance. The cost of transportation from Mecidiyeköy is $ 3 while the fare from Pendik which is 93 km away from the New Airport is $ 5.50. Buses departing from Kemerburgaz, which is 21 km away from the airport, will cost $ 2.25. Most vehicles are on Yenikapı-Sirkeci line which is 50 km away from the airport and cost $ 3.25.

If you want to use Uber to reach the New Airport, here are certain prices:

From Taksim Square to The New Airport: $37 – $ 49
From Beşiktaş to The New Airport: $52 – $ 70
From Kadıköy to The New Airport: $56 – $ 78

Note: These prices are calculated using uberestimate.com and they may vary.

Transportation To/From Istanbul New Airport by Taxi


The most expensive option for transportation to Istanbul New Airport is the taxi. According to the current tariff, the cost of a taxi departing from Taksim and using the E-5 route is $ 19. If the TEM route is used, this fee increases to $ 23.50. The cost of accessing the New Airport from Büyükçekmece using the E-5 is $ 27, while the same fee using TEM is $ 28.50. Toll charges are not included. Taxi charges may vary periodically.

There will be 660 taxis running at the Istanbul New Airport in the first place. This number will increase as the airport capacity increases. Taxi drivers who will work at the airport have to know at least A1 level English.



The vehicles that will serve you have to be luxury, light commercial or sedan type. In addition, the information screens in the taxi will inform you about the journey instantly. With the screens placed in each taxi, you will be provided with driver information, road route, traffic information and much more.

There are still a lot of questions about how to get to the airport. You may have to pay higher taxi fares than before for this airport, which is quite outside of the city center in the first place (until public transportation has increased).

Transportation To/From Istanbul New Airport with Your Digital Transportation Assistant Progo


While transportation routes to Istanbul New Airport are shaped, Progo VIP transfer service is the most comfortable and convenient way of arrival to Istanbul’s new favorite. Your Progo vehicle, delivered to you at the address you specify, enables you to make your transfer to Istanbul New Airport unhurriedly and easily. Especially if you are traveling with a group of friends or family, you can experience a safe route with comfortable Progo vehicles.

With its trained driver staff, Progo’s vehicle fleet consists of vehicles such as Mercedes Vito and Mercedes Sprinter, which give you high-quality standards. Progo thus makes the use of luxury vehicles accessible and affordable for everyone.



PROGO offers all opportunities for safe travel not only for you but also for your loved ones. If you wish, you can add a child seat to the car on which the transfer will take place, for a small additional fee. With PROGO, you can carry your caged pet up to 18 kg.

The biggest advantage of traveling to Istanbul’s New Airport with Progo is that you know in advance how much you will be charged. Unlike taxis, when you receive a Progo VIP transfer service, you will be notified immediately of the journey and will be able to make the payment securely with your credit card. All application channels of PROGO have a secure payment certificate. You will not be charged for any changes in the reservation or cancellation.

When you receive a Progo VIP transfer service, all information about your booking is transmitted instantly via digital channels and SMS. So you can get all the details from the driver’s information to the type of vehicle before you travel. PROGO, which has successfully adapted the transportation accumulation of the years to the current digital world, allows you to follow the entire transfer process with a single click.



Unlike other transportation options, PROGO customer service is available 24/7. You can contact customer service, and ask any questions or make suggestions. Another advantage of receiving a transfer service with PROGO is that you can get support even after travel.

For example, if you forget your bag in the PROGO vehicle, the customer service will help you and ensure that your belongings are delivered to you.

Compared with the like, having the most extensive service network in Turkey highlights Progo. It also offers different services that your transfer to go smoothly. When you arrive at Istanbul New Airport, which is a very large complex, you are welcomed by experienced PROGO staff and you will be guided to your flight without any problems.

Booking with PROGO is also very practical. If you wish, you can download the mobile application from your mobile phone and easily operate with a single button. PROGO web site also allows you to make reservations quickly with a user-friendly interface. With PROGO, which stands out with its simple usage instead of complex membership processes, you can view your transfer price instantly by selecting your location and number of people. You can also benefit from special discount coupons for new members.



Moreover, you do not need to make a reservation well in advance to get a transfer service with PROGO. Your digital transport assistant PROGO offers you a reservation up to 6 hours before your trip. For detailed information, you can call 444 7 329 and you can enjoy a secure transfer service with special advantages.

Istanbul New Airport Parking Options


Istanbul New Airport will be one of the largest airports in the world. The new airport has a car park with a total capacity of 40,000 vehicles. It consists of a total of 5 blocks with a capacity of 18.000 vehicles, a parking lot with a capacity of 1 block with 3 floors and 4 blocks with 7 floors. There are also many private parking lots waiting to be serviced regularly at the airport.



No parking fee will be charged to anyone from Istanbul New Airport until the end of February 2019. After February, planned parking fees are as follows:

Domestic / International Flights Indoor Parking (For Cars)

Parking time (hours / $)
0-1 hours: $ 3.50
1-3 hours: $ 4.50
3-6 hours: $ 7
6-12 hours: $ 8
12-24 hours: $ 11

Subscription (For Cars)

4 days: $ 31.50
7 days: $ 51
15 days: $ 69.50
Monthly: $ 76

Parking Lot (For Cars)

Parking time (hours / $)
0-1 hours: $ 2.75
1-3 hours: $ 3.25
3-6 hours: $ 5
6-12 hours: $ 5.50
12-24 hours: $ 7.50
Subscription Monthly: $ 57

The new airport parking fee will be free of charge for disabled people, veterans and families of martyrs for up to 15 days each time.

Transportation and Transfers to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport


In the first week of the 21st century, Turkey gained a new icon. Sabiha Gokcen Airport builds a bridge to the future of Turkey with its strategic location, functional architecture, transportation facilities, and use areas. In addition to its modern equipment with the latest technology, the elegant architecture of Sabiha Gökçen Airport is making it different from its counterparts. Different shades of metal and gray find a special meaning with intense daylight and sky blue.



Sabiha Gokcen Airport embraces guests coming down from the sky like a compassionate mother. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport opens up new horizons for Turkey as the one it is named after, Sabiha Gokcen, Turkey’s first female fighter pilot. The airport, which is the first step of the Advanced Technology Industrial Park project, which will serve the country in many areas such as transportation, foreign trade, aviation, and technology, leads the region to become a technology base in the future. Just as many years ago, Sabiha Gökçen led Turkish women to play an equal role with men in every aspect of business life.

How to Get to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport by Car?


Sabiha Gokcen Airport is 50 kilometers from Taksim Square, 40 kilometers from Kadikoy and 12 kilometers from Pendik. You can easily reach the airport using the coastal road, the E5, and the TEM motorways.



In addition, there is a parking garage at the outskirts of the airport. Those who want to come with their own vehicles can park their cars in the parking lot located at the outside of the Airport at very reasonable prices, and take free shuttles to the airport which take off from the parking lot.

How to Get to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport by Subway?


In order to reach the airport by subway, you must get off at the Soğanlık stop of Tavşantepe-Kadıköy Subway line and take one of the 16S or E-10 buses. As the subway is extended from Kartal to Tavşantepe, you can get to the airport more easily by taking a taxi after getting off at the Pendik station. Taxi cost approximately $ 5 – 8. E10 buses cost less of course. If you don’t have an Istanbul card, you can pay cash in the vehicle (for all lines that go to the airport).



If you are coming from the European side, you should take the Marmaray from the nearest Marmaray Station and pass to the Anatolian Side. After that, you should get off at the Ayrılık Çeşmesi Stop and follow the route described above.

The extension of the subway to Sabiha Gökçen Airport is still in progress. When extended, it can be reached by subway down to the inside of the airport.

How to Get to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport by Bus


By bus, you have a lot of options for transportation to Sabiha Gokcen and these vary according to your location since Istanbul is a very large city. You can choose the E-9 line from Bostancı, E-10 and E-11 lines from Kadıköy. You can find all IETT buses traveling to Sabiha Gokcen below.



Bus services to and from Sabiha Gokcen:

E3 – 4. Levent Subway – Sabiha Gökçen Airport
E9 – Bostanci – Sabiha Gokcen Airport
E10 – Kadıköy – Kurtköy – Sabiha Gökçen Airport
E11 – Kadıköy – Sabiha Gökçen Airport
16S – Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Uzunçayır Metrobus
SG1 – Kadıköy – Sabiha Gökçen Airport
SG2 – Taksim – Sabiha Gokcen Airport
122H – 4.Levent – Yenisehir – Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport
130H – Naval Academy (Tuzla) – Sabiha Gökçen Airport
132H – Pendik HST – Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Using Havaş / Havabus to Get to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport


If you want to come by with Havabus (the same service we used as Havaş earlier), you can go directly to the airport for a certain fee from certain points as mentioned above. They provide mutual service by both stops. For Sabiha Gökçen, there are meeting points in Taksim, Kadıköy, and Yenisahra. We’re putting links down for hours.



Havabus Taksim departure point, in front of Point Hotel. Costs $ 3.
Havabus Kadikoy departure point, in front of the İETT bus stops. Costs $ 2.
Havabus Yenisahra departure point, at Yenisahra subway. Costs $ 2.

Transfer to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport


If you prefer to go to Sabiha Gokcen Airport by private transportation instead of public transportation, there are a few applications you can use. Bitaksi is an option to easily call nearby taxis, while others are transfer options from other companies. Besiktas and Kadikoy are the starting points for comparison. I listed approximate prices from Besiktas and Kadıköy to the Sabiha Gokcen Airport below. Note: Some applications can charge extra according to the time you stay in the car, so it is possible for them to increase the prices according to the traffic situation. When you enter the destination when calling the vehicle, you will have to pay an average price based on the current traffic situation.



UberXL – From Besiktas To Sabiha Gökçen International Airport $ 35, From Kadikoy To Sabiha Gökçen International Airport $ 18.50.
Olev – From Besiktas To Sabiha Gökçen International Airport $ 25, From Kadikoy To Sabiha Gökçen International Airport $ 18.
Bitaksi – From Besiktas To Sabiha Gökçen International Airport $ 17, From Kadikoy To Sabiha Gökçen International Airport $ 13.50.
Yolo – From Besiktas To Sabiha Gökçen International Airport $ 18 – 23.50, From Kadikoy To Sabiha Gökçen International Airport $ 14 – 20.

Transportation to Sabiha Gökçen Airport from Kadıköy-Tavşantepe Subway


To get to the airport from Kadıköy – Tavşantepe M4 subway, get off at the Soğanlık stop and take one of the 16S or E-10 buses. These buses connect Sabiha Gökçen with Kadıköy-Tavşantepe subway. Buses provide service between Kadıköy-Sabiha Gökçen and Uzunçayır Metrobüs – Sabiha Gökçen. In other words, the Soğanlık Subway Stop is an intermediate stop, where the arrival times are unfortunately unclear. However, it is useful to use mobile apps for checking bus times.

Istanbul Grand Bazaar


One of the most popular things in Istanbul is the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul Grand Bazaar is a historical shopping area that is surrounded by amazing shops and covered by domes. The bazaar is located in the middle of Beyazit, Nuruosmaniye and Mercan districts. It offers customers wide shopping arrange from local and famous spices to amazing hand-made crafts. In this post, I will give you everything you need to know about grand bazaar.



Historical Story of Istanbul Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Grand Bazaar is one of the largest, oldest and impressive covered markets and bazaars in the world. The bazaar is really huge that area contains over 60 streets, and 4,000 shops, 22 gates and 2 mosques in 30,700 square meters. The high ceiling of the bazaar is covered with roofs and domes that have hundreds of windows and the gates open to multiple central points of the city. So, it is easy to be lost in this huge bazaar that is like a labyrinth for a foreigner especially.


The history of the Grand Bazaar dates back to the 15th century. The bazaar was constructed under the command of Fatih Sultan Mehmet who was the conqueror of Istanbul. Originally, the name of Istanbul Grand Bazaar was Çarşı-yı-Kebir. The first bedesten,İç Bedesten, was constructed in 1461. (Bedesten refers to an indoor arcade in which several shops take part.)



Over the years, the Grand Bazaar had been expanded and became the inns for tradesmen and workshops and most importantly, became the main commercial and financial center of Istanbul. İç Bedesten or Cevahir Bedesten was constructed to provide income for upkeep and grant to Ayasofya Mosque (Hagia Sophia).

In the era of Suleyman the Magnificent, the bazaar was more broadened with wooden elements. Besides, precious goods, valuable articles of rich men and some amount of the state treasury were preserved in safe deposits inside the bazaar. Throughout history, the Grand Bazaar has endured catastrophes such as fire and earthquake but made it these days thanks to the aids of sultans. Unfortunately, the Grand Bazaar lost its big importance and no longer serves as the commercial center of Istanbul. However, this city-within-a-city remains as the best place to experience the life and experience of Ottoman-era Turkey and an important cultural site.



The Architecture of The Grand Bazaar:

The most beautiful part of the Grand Bazaar is its attention-grabbing structure which is full of colorful elements. It enchants you at first sight and channels you into a different kind of experience.  The Grand Bazaar contains two substantial covered bazaars; Cevahir Bedesten and Sandal Bedesten.

Cevahir Bedesten is the oldest part of the Grand Bazaar and it is divided into 15 separate parts. Each section is covered with a dome. Cevahir Bedesten contains over 100 peculiar stores and 4 different entrances which are Sahaflar Kapısı, Takkeciler Kapısı, Kuyumcular Kapısı, and Zenneciler Kapısı. The entrances and streets names in Grand Bazaar refer to the original functions of the stores such as Aynacılar Sokak which is full of mirror sellers or Halıcılar Caddesi in which various shops for carpets are sold.



The bedesten was originally the jewelry center of Grand Bazaar but now contains much more peculiar stores and goods. However, Cevahir Bedesten is the main point for people who love the atmosphere full of history, thus it serves as the main center of antiques and jewelry. You can find the most precious gifts, old watches, silver and gold shops, calligraphy artworks, and beautiful handicrafts. 


On the other hand, Sandal Bedesten or Küçük Bedesten is surrounded by 50 domes. This bedesten represents Turkish architecture in designs for domes. the name of the bedesten comes from the selling area of a fabric type which is composed of silk and cotton. In the bedesten, there are peculiar shops for silk carpets, antiques, Turkish delight and desserts, gift shops that reflect traditional Turkish culture and art.



Shopping at Istanbul Grand Bazaar:

With its enchanting historical atmosphere, Grand Bazaar offers you one of the most exciting shopping experiences in the world.  This covered bazaar will be the perfect spot for you to find the perfect gifts that reflect the amazing atmosphere of this bazaar and Turkish culture for the beloved ones.

Istanbul Grand Bazaar awaits you for the worldwide known handmade Turkish carpets and kilims, souvenirs, leather goods, silver art, precious stones, handbags, textiles, glazed chinaware, and antiques. In addition, these handcrafts, you will be allured by the enchanting scents of spices and dazzling colors of goods and the architecture itself. So, it is likely to say that it is possible to shop for everything.



Istanbul Grand Bazaar is the most popular spot for tourist attraction of Istanbul. It is likely to reach the number of visitors half a million in some days, especially during the summer season. So, no wonder it is one of the most famous and attracted shopping areas in the world.



Shopping Etiquette in Istanbul Grand Bazaar:

Tradesmen of Istanbul, especially the ones in the Grand Bazaar, are known for their ability in a bargain. So, the bargain is a must in the bazaar for you. You should be prepared. The key to good shopping is to know that there are dozens of stores lined up next to each other that sell similar products. So, be sure that you have leisure time to wander around the shops and look for the best price or a better deal.

 If you spend some time in a shop and start to chat and bargain or pleased with the offer, it is likely that the vendors serve you a cup of tea. This is the gesture for hospitality and a way of welcoming. Also, most of the vendors are fluent in more than one language. This is what makes Grand Bazaar experience different. 



If you feel overwhelmed, uncomfortable or harassed by the insistence of a shopkeeper, just move on to another shop. The real tradesmen or, to say, owners of the trusted places don’t make you uncomfortable or insist you buy their products. So, always feel free to leave and look for better deal and service.



The Best Shops in Istanbul Grand Bazaar:

The names of the streets are divided according to referring the original functions of the stores such as Aynacılar (mirror sellers), Sahaflar (second-hand booksellers), Halıcılar (carpet sellers), İplikçiler (yarn sellers), Kürkçüler (fur sellers), Terziler (tailors) etc. Thus, these names direct you the category of goods you want to buy or look. However, there are more famous and high-quality shops than other ones. 

TEXTILES:



CASHMERE HOUSE

Cashmere House started serving their guests in 1987. They offer beautiful, extraordinary, elegant and quality fabrics. You will be astonished by those handmade and hand-woven works of art. They say that they have discovered and brought these works of art from the ‘’hidden corners of the world’’.  The owner, Ilyas Aksu, offer embroidered silk shawls and sheminas that personally brought from the makers in northern India and Nepal to his customers. In addition, you find quality fabrics in return to reasonable prices from this beautiful shop.

Location: Keseciler Caddesi No 49, Kapalıçarşı, Fatih, 34126/ +90 (212) 527 69 60



ABDULLA

Abdulla sells all-natural hand-made linens, essential oil soaps, peshtemals, hammam bowls, woven fabrics, and towels.  In this store, not only the goods are amazing and enchanting but also the atmosphere and design of the shop that influenced by the Grand Bazaar are stunning.  All in all, the store is perfect to create own at-home hammam experience. In addition, the average price is between 10 to 500 USD which depends on the thing you buy. 

Location: Mollafenari Mh., Ali Baba Türbe Sk. No:15, 34120 Fatih/İstanbul/ +900 (212) 526 30 70



YAZZMA

Yazzma’s goods are principally based on Ikat patterns and inspired by Iznik ceramics. The shop is a cloth brand but besides cloth, they sell colorful silk and pashmina pillowcases, lampshades and bedspreads.

Location: Beyazıt Mh., Kapalıçarşı, Takkeciler Sk. No:48-50, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul/+90 (212) 527 23 22

CARPETS & KILIMS:



ŞİŞKO OSMAN

Şişko Osman is located in the heart of Zincirli Han. Şişko Osman is a fifth-generation family business and offers its customers an extensive selection of carpets and kilims from all over the country. Osman Şenel is the first owner of the company. The name Şişko Osman means ‘’Fatty Osman’’. The store is named like that because there were two Osman in those times in the Grand Bazaar and to distinguish these two men, people nicknamed the owner as Şişko Osman. 


In later, Şişko Osman became the symbol of the location with its long history and extraordinary carpets and kilims.  Also, the company gives products to exhibitions. There are carpets and kilims that over 100 years old, but the owners do not sell regarding them as special collections. The average price for these extraordinary carpets and kilims is between 90 to 250 USD. However, prices can be changed and you can find carpets for more high prices through the general carpet stores but I stated an approximate price that is reasonable. 



ŞENGÖR

Şengör is another six-generation family company. Şengör Halı has been hosted famous names such as Prime Minister of Holland Win Kok, SSSCB leader Mihail Gorbaçov, Prime Minister of Germany Helmut Kohl and Secretary of State Madeleine Allbright. The store is a place where time has stopped. They own rare and old pieces. On the other hand, sell priceless hand-woven carpets and kilims. You can see displayed family photos on the walls to take the visitors back in time.  The average price of this priceless place begins from roughly 80-90 USD.



DHOKU & ETHNICON

The store is opened in 2007 in the Grand Bazaar. The owner, Memet Güreli, comes from a family experienced in Turkish rug. The uniqueness of these products is being the combination of the ethnic Turkish kilims and contemporary pieces.



Memet Güreli’s first and the other product line is EthniCon Vintage which reflects the idea behind the designs.  The name stands for ethnic and contemporary. In addition, the dhoku means ‘’texture” in Turkish. The Dhoku product lines also can be found in some selected stores in Europe, Japan, the US, Middle East, South Africa, and Australia apart from the Grand Bazaar.

Location: Takkeciler Sokak No.58-60, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul/ +90 (212) 527 68 41- Dhoku

Location: Takkeciler Sokak No.51-53, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul/+90 (212) 527 68 41- EtniCon



ANTIQUES:

The Grand Bazaar is one of the most popular places that attract people who are interested in antiquities. The bazaar serves as a gateway to the past of Istanbul. İç Bedesten is the spot in which you can find most of the antique shops. It is important to shop with trust to the vendor in terms of antiquities. Besides the vendor’s knowledge and understanding the value of an item is a must. thus, I recommend these rooted companies:



ŞALABİ ANTIQUES

Şalabi Antique serves its precious customers at the Grand Bazaar since 1880. You can find lots of precious and priceless antiques that includes vintage jewelry, cologne bottles, mirrors, early Republic goods, and mostly Ottoman-era items. Besides, Şalabi Antique has a collection of wooden paintings and biblical scenes which offers a visual feast.

Location: Sandal Bedesten Sokak No.6/ +90 (212) 522 81 71



ZİYA AYKAÇ ANTIQUE

This antique shop is one of the oldest shops in the Grand Bazaar. Selection of antique silver and hand-woven items are beyond impressive as well as its historical and warm atmosphere. Besides these impressive items, you may find precious ceramics, hand-woven fabrics and other treasures. This place is an absolute gateway to the past.

Location: Tekkeciler Sokak No.68-70/ +90 (012) 527 60 82



SOFA ANTIQUE

Sofa Antique is a spot that you may find not only antique pieces but also contemporary pieces with full of pleasure. The shop presents unique and selected wide range of engravings, old maps, embroidery and needlework, ceramics and mosaics, vintage jewelry, paintings, textiles, and print media. You can just come and visit to smell this unique historical atmosphere.

Location: Nuruosmaniye Caddesi No. 53/A, Nuruosmaniye/ +90 (212) 520 28 50 51

CALLIGRAPHY:



NICK’S CALLIGRAPHY CORNER

Nick’s Calligraphy Corner is one of the most unique stores in the Grand Bazaar. The store is tiny but the value of the work is enormous. The owner of the shop is Nick Merdenyan who is an Armenian Calligrapher. He is known for his unique works that he painted on dried Dieffenbachia leaves. Besides, Nick Merdenyan produces miniature paintings and calligraphic works. Some of the works are motifs and include themes from major world religions. Some of them have the themes of universal nonreligious but meaningful messages. He is one of the oldest people in the Bazaar. He has been working in the Grand Bazaar since 1968.

Location: Beyazıt Mh., Şerif Ağa Sk. D:24, 34126 Fatih/ +90 (212) 513 54 73



GRAMOFON BABA

Gramofon Baba (Papa Gramophone) is a shop that plays the tune of old melodies. If you are interested in Turkish classical music, this shop is the perfect spot for you. Mehmet Öztekin who is known as ‘’Papa Gramophone’’ is a person who has dedicated his life to producing, designing and repairing gramophones. When you enter the bazaar from the Nuriosmaniye gate and heading toward the silversmiths’ section, you will hear the sound of Turkish old records that coming out of Gramofon Baba. He is presumably the last gramophone artisan in Istanbul. He inherited the trade from his father and since then he exerts great effort to keep these precious gramophones alive. It is highly recommended to visit this magical and enchanting shop. Especially, if you have memories with gramophones then this store will be a gateway to your memories.

Location: Lütfullah Sk. Kapalı Çarşısı D.K:16 Beyazıt Mh. Eminönü, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul/ +90 (212) 526 15 84



Made-to-order

If you are not a short-term visitor and want something handiwork, custom-made special product, then you can trust special craftsmen of the Grand Bazaar.  To be kept in mind, commissioning custom-made work takes time and it would be better if you take a Turkish friend with you.

Most of the jewelry-makers have workshops in the back of the hans while the storefronts display ready-made products.  These workshops and the skills of the craftsmen have been passed on from generation to generation.

The workshops in which jewelry makers and goldsmiths are working, generally located near the Mercan Gate, Zincirli Han, Varakçı Han, Kalcılar Han, and Çulhacı Han.



Where to Eat in Istanbul Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Grand Bazaar is not only a shopping destination but also a destination for food. The bazaar is a spot and a home to rooted restaurants of Istanbul. The restaurants host their guests to eat, drink and rest. There are beautiful spots for a break from shopping.



ASLAN RESTAURANT

Aslan is a tradesman (esnaf) restaurant, hosting customers since 1988. In Turkey, the tradesmen restaurants are known for their cheap prices and home cooking meals. The hot and cold dishes change daily, and the cook creates a daily menu.

The restaurant offers not only home cooking meals but also a variety of classic and famous Turkish desserts and seasonal fish. This restaurant is highly recommended to taste Turkish home cooking meals and for their very reasonable prices such as between 2 and 20 USD. Aslan restaurant has a view of the Grand Bazaar. You may eat and rest while overlooking the bazaar.

Location: Vezirhan Caddesi No. 70, Çemberlitaş/ +90 (212) 513 76 10



HAVUZLU RESTAURANT

Havuzlu Restaurant has been hosting its guests since 1959. Havuzlu is another place that you can taste Turkish home cooking meals and of course, döner and kebab. Also, the restaurant has a wide selection of menü for Turkish desserts. You may find around 20 types of desserts. However, you should come earlier times of the day because lunch begins before midday and will be finished around 3-5pm. Besides, you will eat delicious meals in return for very reasonable prices like between 2 and 20 USD.

Location: Gani Çelebi Sokak No. 3/ +90 (212) 527 33 46



GAZİANTEP BURÇ OCAKBAŞI

The restaurant is a grill house that serves tasty food originated from Gaziantep, a famous city for kebabs and baklava in South-east of Turkey. The service and the menu of kebabs are very generous. Dolma, künefe and Ali Nazik are highly recommended. The prices are between 5 and 20 USD.

Location: Beyazıt Mahallesi, Parçacılar Sokak No:12/ +90 (212) 5271516



GÜL EBRU KANTİN

Gül Ebru Kantin serves more likely to say as a buffet. You may find a few tables to sit thus it is more appropriate to order as take away. The place offers one of the best wrapped döners (dürüm) in Istanbul. I can recommend wrapped döner with cheese and do not forget to order ayran. The prices are between 2 and 10 USD.

Location: Acı Çeşme Sokak No.4, Grand Bazaar / +90 (212) 512 33 93



ŞARK KAHVESİ

Şark kahvesi is one of the most popular spots for visitors to rest and drink Turkish coffee which is made traditionally on a stove filled with sand or a cup of tea that freshly brewed in a copper pot. The atmosphere and the design are very nostalgic with black-and-white photos on the wall and wooden furniture. In addition, the place serves delicious desserts and sandwiches.

Location: Yağlıkçılar Caddesi No. 134 Grand Bazaar/ +90 (212) 512 11 44



How to Go to Istanbul Grand Bazaar

Thanks to its central location, transportation to the Grand Bazaar is easy.

You can use public IETT Buses. You need to use buses that numbered as;

32A – CEVATPAŞA-BEYAZIT

35A – KOCAMUSTAFAPAŞA- BEYAZIT

36 – KARADENİZ MAHALLESİ- BEYAZIT

36ES – ESENTEPE MAH. – BEYAZIT

38 – YUNUS EMRE MAH. – BEYAZIT

38Z – ZÜBEYDE HANIM MAH. – BEYAZIT

46H – HURRIYET MAH. – BEYAZIT

61B – BEYAZIT – TAKSIM

82B – YENI BOSNA METRO – BEYAZIT

90B – DRAMAN – BEYAZIT

91E – GOZTEPE MAH. – BEYAZIT

92B – YENI MAHALLE METRO – BEYAZIT

93C – ZEYTINBURNU – BEYAZIT

94A – BAKIRKOY – BEYAZIT

97- GUNESLI – BEYAZIT

97G – YENI MAHALLE METRO – BEYAZIT

For subway, you need to use T1 ZEYTINBURNU- KABATAS destination.

If you prefer Uber ride, then destination from Taksim to Kapalıçarşı Beyazıt costs 5-7 USD. For other destinations: https://www.uber.com/tr/Fare-Estimate/



RELATED QUESTIONS

How to Dress to Istanbul Grand Bazaar?

There is no obligatory dress code around Istanbul or any part of Turkey but considering the location of the Grand Bazaar as conservative, you may prefer dress modest. The most important part is you need to choose comfortable clothes and shoes because the grand bazaar is really huge, and you need to spend hours for shopping.

Is the Grand Bazaar Open on Sunday?

All shops in the Grand Bazaar open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00. They are closed on Sundays.

How Old Is the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul?

Istanbul Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest shopping areas in the world and the bazaar is over 550 years old. This is the reason why it is like a gateway to the past.

Istanbul Best Time to Visit



Under the influence of the continental climate and Black Sea climate, summers in Istanbul are hot and dry, and winters are generally cold and snowy. In summer, temperatures can reach 35 degrees Celsius, while in winter they can drop to minus values. But this does not take long. Therefore, we can say that the best times to go to Istanbul are the spring and autumn months.



However, Istanbul is a great city in every season including summer and winter. Do not forget to see beautiful historical buildings, to walk around the colorful streets, to taste delicious food and to breathe the cool air of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, the unique city where the East and the West meet!

When to Visit Istanbul?


Istanbul, where all of the 4 seasons are more beautiful than the other, can be reached any time of the year, but the most preferred seasons to visit the city by the tourists are spring and summer. In Istanbul, rainfall may occasionally appear in spring but it is mostly sunny and warm.



Activities are held throughout the year in Istanbul and there is always demand for the city. Due to this, Istanbul ticket prices do not vary much.

Since you can visit Istanbul any time, here I’ve compiled several activities that you can do in each different season.

Visiting Istanbul in Spring


What can you do in Istanbul in the spring? How can you make the most of the spring in Istanbul? Don’t worry, I’ve written the best ways to enjoy the spring in Istanbul!

  • Enjoy the sun, the sea, the seagulls, the awakened nature!

Here’s a reason to smile: It is the season of sitting out on the ferry, and throwing bagels to the seagulls! The pleasure of this city cannot be discovered without a ferry, a seagull and a bagel. You go out, look at the sun, smile, watch the seagulls that many poets from Orhan Veli to Can Yucel, from Nazim Hikmet to Atilla Ilhan write poems for their sake. Wake up from cold winter to sunny spring watching Istanbul.



  • Visit Istanbul’s parks and greens.

In the spring Istanbul wears her greens, so you should accompany her. In every corner of Istanbul, there are beautiful parks, small and large groves, and now it is their best times of the year. You can sit in a small park in your neighborhood, right next to your home, and enjoy your neighborhood in the spring. To enjoy the beautiful wooded areas of Istanbul, you can visit the beautiful, precious greens such as Yildiz Grove, Emirgan Grove, Fenerbahce Park, Ataturk Arboretum, Belgrad Forest, Gulhane Park, Fethi Pasa Grove, Mihrabad Grove, and Bebek Park.

  • Visit all districts!

When the sun comes out and the spring flowers bloom, you can not fit into your hotel in this beautiful city. Go to enjoy fish in Samatya, to taste yogurt in Kanlıca and to have tea in Moda. Spend a day in the Historic Peninsula, travel around the places you love to visit or visit the streets of Istanbul.

  • Keep up with nature, wake up, do sports!

Spring is when nature awakens. So, adapt to nature, wake up, revive. Walk, run, sport. Consider the many open spaces in Istanbul where you can enjoy sports, especially in spring. You can enjoy sports in the parks, beaches, forests, groves and enjoy this magnificent season.



  • Attend Istanbul’s Tulip Festival.

During April, the Tulip Festival in Istanbul turns every corner into a paradise garden. Istanbul looks great with beautiful colors of tulips, arrangements, designs. This festival is available only for one month, so do not miss this beauty.

  • Teach your kids the magic of spring!

As much as you, your children also deserve to enjoy the spring in Istanbul. Experience the spring with your children in Istanbul, teach them the flowers, the trees, the seasons, the awakening of nature, and celebrate the spring together in Istanbul.

  • Discover the beauties around Istanbul!

In particular, value your weekends in beautiful places around Istanbul like Ağva, Şile, Sapanca, Uçmakdere, Polonezköy, Riva. Natural beauties, extreme sports, camps, new experiences, delicious breakfasts! There are many things to do around Istanbul in the spring!



  • Make the trip to the islands, open the bike season.

Do not forget to make visits to the islands in spring! Complete the island cruise with a ferry ride on the cobblestone, cobblestone island streets.

  • Start the afternoon tea.

It is time to enjoy a cup of tea in the balconies, in gardens, in coffeehouses, and in parks. Drink your tea while watching the spring of Istanbul, enjoy this beautiful city.

  • Follow festivals, theaters, and concerts.

Istanbul is one of the most important cultural art capitals in the world; Moreover, many festivals, events, concerts, and culture and art life come alive in the spring. You may not get out enough during the winter, but listen to the call of spring! Join the revitalized culture art life of Istanbul as nature.

Visiting Istanbul in Summer


In Istanbul where every moment is beautiful and breathtaking, you can spend a pleasant time with activities in summer. With its deep-rooted history and the details that drag and drop people, you can discover Istanbul, which makes people of all ages fall in love with herself, with the dancing of the sun and the slight breeze of the Bosphorus. Here’s what can be done in Istanbul in the summer.

  • Bosphorus Tour

It is not enough to conquer Istanbul from the land. Because this city needs to be evaluated as panoramic. Listen to this call, which is usually addressed to foreign tourists and reaches our ear as “Bosphorus, Bosphorus, Bosphorus!”. Right in the middle of the Bosphorus, discover the magnificent landscapes and the energy of Istanbul. If you wish, join the boat tours organized by private boats and enjoy Istanbul with music.



  • Make a Sunny Trip to The History

This summer, do something more than to visit the Hagia Sophia and visit all of the historical sites of Istanbul. Because you are in a very valuable city where the historical mystery reached nirvana. Visit the Hagia Sophia and its next-door neighbor, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, along with the Basilica Cistern and the Topkapı Palace which are a little further. If you say that this is not enough, you can explore all the historical mystery of the city in detail with Istanbul guided tours. Walls, mosques, Fener, Balat, Beyoğlu and all the places where you actually take a step. Istanbul is a thick but not boring history book, so you must read it!

  • A Short Holiday in the Prince’s Islands

One of the most natural beauties that Istanbul has is the Prince’s Islands! An impeccable summer route. Great beaches, lush forests, narrow streets with a bit of nostalgia. The largest of these islands is Büyükada. You can also make a decision between Heybeliada, Kınalıada, and Burgazada, and have a perfect day away from the city. There are no cars on these islands. That’s why the phaetons are the most fun options to accompany you during the island discovery.



  • Outdoor Concerts & Festivals

Istanbul is known for its full of efficiency in summer. The open-air concerts of this city are also famous along with the music festivals organized. Do not miss the series of concerts and the festivals where you can listen to music as well as spread over the lush green areas in your tent with friends which are organized every summer at the Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater.

  • Walking in the Belgrad Forest

When it comes to nature, it’s time to discover the unspoiled tranquility of Belgrad Forest, which forms a large part of Istanbul’s green areas! The forest was named after the village where the Belgrads had settled, with the return of Suleiman the Magnificent from Serbia. When it was found that the inhabitants of the village polluted the water resources, the forest was taken under the protection of the sultan. Belgrad Forest, which is so valuable even when everywhere is green, is today the breathing space for Istanbulites. On the hot summer days, you can stop by the Belgrad Forest and walk on the 6 km long walking track, go cycling, or have a nice picnic with snacks.



  • Night Party Overlooking the Bosphorus

For dancing, the festivals and concerts that I have just suggested can be an option. But I have a different suggestion to those who just want to dance like crazy. Dancing until the morning in the magnificent landscape of Istanbul! You can spend a night dancing at the world-famous splendid clubs on Ortaköy and Bebek. This night will be an unforgettable Istanbul experience.

Visiting Istanbul in Autumn


Autumn shows itself in nature with its unique toned colors. It is really enjoyable to visit the parks and gardens these days. If you are going to do a program for the events that will be held in Istanbul in October and November before winter, please take a look at these suggestions. Not only those who live in Istanbul, but who want to travel to Istanbul for a few days can benefit from this program.

  • Atatürk Arboretum

Atatürk Arboretum located on the way to Sarıyer Bahçeköy is a wonderful place where you can see a variety of plant feasts. In my opinion, you can take the most beautiful landscapes in autumn here. This is the place where you can see the beautiful shades of red, yellow, green plants and trees.



  • Florya-Yeşilköy line (Atatürk House Aviation Museum Aquarium)

October and November are important months for our Republican history. October 29 is the establishment year of our Republic, and in November, we lost the Great Leader Atatürk. So if you want to make a special trip that you will commemorate him as well, plan a visit to the Florya-Yeşilköy line. Florya Ataturk Mansion is a place where Atatürk’s belongings are kept in its original state.

You can also visit the Aviation Museum in Yesilkoy after visiting this lodge where Ataturk spent his last days. If you want to eat or have a drink, you can go to Yeşilköy beach or the Aquarium Shopping Center in Florya. If you have time, you can also visit Europe’s largest thematic aquarium. Close to Atatürk Airport, this region is a good choice for those coming to Istanbul for a short time.

  • Tuzla Marina

I wanted to make suggestions for those who want to visit the Anatolian side of Istanbul. Tuzla Marina is a very nice place with shops and eating places. There’s also an aquarium. Maltepe City Park is also a great place for hiking, picnicking or cycling. On non-rainy and non-windy days, you can have an activity with your children or with your partner here.



  • Enjoy fish in Poyrazköy overlooking the view of Yavuz Selim Bridge

The selfie-taking craze on the bridge is thankfully done. However, taking the 3rd bridge pictures is still in fashion. One of the most beautiful spots overlooking the bridge is Poyrazköy. There are also many nice fish restaurants here. In the fish season, you can spend a nice day where you can also make a mini Beykoz tour and reach all the colors of autumn until you arrive at Poyrazköy.

  • Gulhane Park

In the fall, Gülhane Park also has beautiful colors. In addition to this ancient historical texture of the city, a scenic journey that includes the shades of green and red is waiting for you. Take a walk in Gülhane Park and have a cup of tea and then go to Sultanahmet Square where you can enjoy many historical places such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern.

  • Book Fair and Open Air Theater

If you want to do cultural art activities, you’re lucky. Between 12-20 November there will be Istanbul Book Fair in Beylikdüzü TÜYAP. In this fair, there are many beautiful events from signature days to interviews. We also recommend you to watch a concert at Harbiye Open-Air Theater which is said to be demolished soon and is one of the classics of Istanbul.



  • Walk in Yıldız Park

One of the most beautiful walk paths in the autumn is Yıldız Park. You can take a nice walk in the park and have breakfast in the mansions or have some tea and coffee. You can even walk down the park, to Ortaköy where you can browse some art crafts.

  • Catch Fish in Kuleli

The coastal area in front of Kuleli Military High School was filled with a beautiful place, especially for those who would like to go fishing. Enjoy fishing and the spectacular view of the Bosphorus.

Visiting Istanbul in Winter


Thanks to the activities that can be done in Istanbul in the winter months, you can easily visit even when the weather is very cold and you can make the most of your free time. You will find activities suitable for yourself in this section which is filled with museums, natural beauties, and food recommendations.

  • Visit the Museums!

Since Istanbul is an extremely historical city, there are also many museums. Among the activities to be held in Istanbul, the museums come at first. First I will talk about the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, which was established in 2001. Sakıp Sabancı Museum, one of the most luxurious museums in Istanbul, has a wonderful collection of classical works. The museum, which is located in the Atlı Köşk in Emirgan, exhibits the works of great artists such as Rodin, Picasso, and Anish Kapoor.

The Istanbul Modern opened in 2004, is known as the first museum of contemporary art in Turkey. The museum located in Tophane is established in an old warehouse building. The museum has a great design with up-to-date works and you can find mainly pictures or photos.



The Istanbul Archeology Museum, which was founded by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1891, is one of the museums that smell history and culture. There are around 1000 works in the museum, while the majority of these are works of Ottoman architecture. You can also find works of different nations, from Asia to Africa. The museum is located in Gülhane.

The Borusan Contemporary Museum is located in Rumelihisarı. Located in a building known as Perili Köşk, the museum is one of the most modern and contemporary museums in Istanbul. But don’t forget, it only receives visitors on weekends.

Pi Artworks is one of the museums opened in 1998 within the scope of the modern age museum concept. In this museum located in Galatasaray, both Turkish and foreign artists’ works are exhibited in a modern way.

  • View Istanbul from its Magnificent Hills

If you want to look at the vast view of Istanbul from a wider perspective, you should visit the famous hills of Istanbul and enjoy this wonderful view. If you start with Yoros Castle first, you can feel yourself in a seaside town with its green nature and fishing boats. Yoros Hill will be one of the best choices for those who want to feel Istanbul under their feet.

Pierre Loti hill is also known as one of the first places for new arrivals to visit the city. It is a legendary choice for the famous panorama view we see on the postcards of the Golden Horn. To get to the top of it, there are cable cars next to the Eyüp Sultan Mosque. By this way, you also have the opportunity to watch the landscape until you reach the hill. Then you can enjoy a warm drink in a café on the hill and enjoy the winter.



Çamlıca Hill, which has not become old for years and still ranks first among the places to visit in Istanbul, is one of the hills that should not be forgotten. You must see Istanbul from this hill, which is 268 meters high. From Çamlıca hill you can see both the Anatolian and European sides perfectly. You can also watch the dance of the lights from here during the night time.

  • Eat Fish Overlooking the Bosphorus

Among the activities to be held in Istanbul in winter, eating fish near the Bosphorus is also at the top of the list. You can feel yourself in the middle of the sea by choosing one of the famous fish restaurants. Moreover, you can have a perfect feast because the fish will be fresh.



In winter, the Bosphorus is more pleasant than summer. The main reason for this is the fact that the Bosporus has a great view, especially in snowy weather. You should definitely taste the delicious fish of Istanbul overlooking this view.

  • Discover the Historical Baths of Istanbul

Istanbul is famous for its many places and it is frequently mentioned with its baths. The Suleymaniye Bath, which was built in 1557 and especially popular with foreign tourists, was built upon the request of Suleiman the Magnificent. The bath, which was closed in 1924, was reopened in 2004 after the restoration was completed. The only problem is that they don’t have too much capacity. Therefore, you must make a reservation before you go. There is also a tea and coffee service.

The Cağaloğlu Bath is one of the historic baths built in 1741. This wonderful bath, where you can relax during the winter months, is located on Yerebatan Street. The bath, where you can find inspiration from the Ottoman architecture, was built to provide income to the Hagia Sophia Mosque. There are also many types of massages and restaurants.



Another historical bath is the Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath, which is located very close to the Cağaloğlu Bath. This wonderful bath attracts attention with its 450 years of history. As it carries Ottoman culture and architecture, there are some treats like sherbet, tea, walnut and Turkish delight in the bath. Especially known as one of the most preferred baths for foreign tourists, you should definitely give this bath a chance and add it to your list of activities to be done in the winter.

If we continue with the Çemberlitaş Bath, this historical bath designed by Mimar Sinan is known as a cultural heritage of 430 years. There are many different services such as Indian head massage, clay mask, and aromatherapy oil massage. You can also benefit from the Bridal Bath service by booking in advance. Within the context of the Bride Bath, there is not only entertainment but also food service.

  • Enjoy Istanbul’s Underground Beauties!

Since Istanbul was the capital city of many states in history, there were great historical legacies from that time. One of them is the cisterns which were built to meet the water needs of those times and have an important place for cultural tourism. There are many cisterns in Istanbul such as Basilica, Nuruosmaniye, Binbirdirek and Hippodrome.

When we look at the Basilica Cistern, which is one of the most popular among them, we can say that more than 1 million people have visited here. It is also the largest cistern. The Basilica Cistern was built on the basilica that was destroyed in a fire in 475 BC.

The second biggest cistern in Istanbul is the Binbirdirek cistern which stands out with its wonderful architecture. The cistern which was used as a workshop after the 16th century is still being operated by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.



The Fildamı cistern in Bakırköy, on the other hand, was built during the reign of Emperor Valens and has survived until today. Many events are organized here.

Another one, the Nuruosmaniye cistern was discovered in 2013 during the restoration of the Nuruosmaniye Mosque. This cistern with a history of 270 years has a total area of 2,042 meters with a use area of 825 square meters. The cistern consists of 12 rooms and 19 sections. In this respect, it is a complete cultural and historical heritage.

Istanbul Things to Do in Winter



Istanbul is a city with a distinct beauty in each season. As the weather is open during the summer, open-air concerts and festivals bring the city to life, and you may think that there are fewer activities that can be done in the winter months. However, you can enjoy the winter in Istanbul with the right choices.

Places to Walk Around in Winter in Istanbul


Although it is more comfortable to visit in spring and summer months in Istanbul, there are so many places to be seen in winter even in cold weather. Let’s take a look at the places to visit in winter, some of which are outdoors where some of which are indoors.

Bosphorus, Beşiktaş, Ortaköy Line


Riding on the ferry lines on the Bosphorus, sipping your warm tea is one of the most enjoyable ways to watch Istanbul without getting tired. If you are on the Anatolian side, by taking Kadikoy-Besiktas ferry, you can see the historical and touristic places to visit in Istanbul like Haydarpaşa Station, Dolmabahçe and Topkapi Palaces and the Galata Tower from the middle of the sea.



After you get off at Besiktas, you can take a short Besiktas Bazaar tour and then you can go to Ortakoy with municipal buses. After wandering around Ortaköy Mosque, you can have tea or coffee at one of the beach cafes, or take a kumpir from the kumpir shops, and sit on the beach benches. In both options, the first thing that comes to mind when you say Istanbul is the view of the Bosphorus and Ortaköy Mosque.

Kuruçeşme, Arnavutköy, Bebek and Rumelian Fortress


You can walk the Ortaköy-Kuruçeşme-Arnavutköy-Bebek-Rumeli Hisarı line with the most enjoyable walking route on the edge of the Bosphorus in about 1 hour and enjoy the Bosporus view in the maximum possible way.



You can take a break in Kuruçeşme Park and Bebek Park which are one of the most beautiful parks of Istanbul and are positioned to the seafront during the walk. Don’t forget to drink a cup of tea or coffee in Bebek Kahve, which is a famous cafe in the Bebek center.

Beyoğlu, Taksim, Galata Tower


After a trip to Ortakoy and Dolmabahce Palace, you can visit Taksim, which is one of the best touristic places to visit in Istanbul. If you are not at the rush hour, take a bus from Ortaköy to Taksim which takes half an hour. When you come to Taksim Square, you can walk to the Galatasaray High School along Istiklal Street which is one of the famous streets to be visited in Istanbul.

You can visit the Fish Market across from Galatasaray High School, and you can have a kokoreç or some mussels at the Mercan located at the entrance of Balık Pazarı, one of Istanbul’s most famous kokoreç places. It is also very pleasant to have a meal at Nevizade Sokak or at Çiçek Pasajı. Then you can continue through Istiklal Street to the Tunnel. You can reach the Tunnel through Asmalımescit.



There are two options here. You can either visit the Galata Tower and its surroundings which is the focal point of the tourists or you can take the tunnel tram directly to Karaköy and continue to walk. You may be amazed at the development and change in this region. If you choose to visit Galata Tower which is one of the important symbols of Istanbul, you should definitely climb up it. When you climb up the Galata Tower, which is one of the oldest towers in the world, you can watch the Golden Horn and Istanbul Bosphorus.

Historical Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Sultanahmet Park and Erol Taş Coffeehouse


The historical Sultanahmet Köftecisi is waiting for you in its original form. You should not leave Sultanahmet, without eating meatballs and soufflé of this place. There are many different places named Sultanahmet Köftecisi which are also similar to each other. If you want to eat in the original Sultanahmet Köftecisi, you should prefer Selim Usta.



You can enjoy the views of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque by sitting at the poolside inside the Sultanahmet Archaeological Park. From here you can go to Cankurtaran, which is a 10-minute walk away, and you can visit the coffeehouse of the actor Erol Tas. Erol Taş used to run this coffeehouse and helped the staff personally in the remaining time from the film sets in his healthy times.

Beyazıt Square, Sahaflar Bazaar, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar


If you use the Kabataş-Bağcılar Metro and get off at the Beyazıt station, you can easily reach Beyazıt Square. After seeing the entrance of Beyazit Square and the famous Istanbul University, you can visit the famous Sahaflar Bazaar nearby if you are interested in books. If you ask the tradesman, they will guide you.



This region is also the southwest entrance of the famous Grand Bazaar. From here you can enter the Grand Bazaar and walk towards the direction of Spice Bazaar and Eminönü, sightseeing, and exploring the historical Istanbul. You can buy spices from the spice sellers as well.

Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Pierre Loti Hill


You must visit the Eyüp District which has brought the old Istanbul spirit and the Eyüp Sultan Mosque, one of the largest legacies left by the Ottoman Empire to Istanbul if you go down to the Golden Horn. You can eat Eyüp stew which is a kind of pide in the historical Eyüp Sultan Güveçcisi and go to Pierre Loti Hill.



Sipping a cup of salep or a Turkish coffee overlooking the view of the Golden Horn in the historic Pierre Loti Coffeehouse is also a good alternative to enjoy Istanbul in the winter months.

6 Winter Activities to Try in Istanbul


Istanbul is known for its abundance of activities that can be done in any weather condition because of being a large and developed city. You can have fun with your friends and loved ones thanks to the multitude of transportation facilities and the development of rail systems.

You can visit the streets of Kadikoy, Besiktas, and Beyoglu, which are known as the city’s attraction centers, and you can visit the shops and stores that interest you. You can eat stuffed mussels, meatballs or bagels from the street vendors, and sip a warm cappuccino in the coffee shop just around the corner.



If you want to make a more detailed plan, here are the 6 winter activities you should try in Istanbul, which I have compiled for you:

Go to Theater


Istanbul is a city with a wide range of theater options. You can review the programs of the State and City Theaters, or you can choose the games of private theaters.

Located in almost every district of the city, these theaters show dozens of different plays from comedy to classics. You can have a cup of coffee with your friends, or have a snack in one of the cafes in the area, before watching the play according to your personal tastes.



It is particularly difficult to find tickets to the State Theaters, with a limited number of games and high interest, so you should try to buy your tickets at the ticket windows.

Drink Boza at the Vefa Bozacısı


One of the indispensable tastes of Istanbul is undoubtedly boza. In the past, boza used to be sold on the streets. However, nowadays it is on the market shelves since there is mass production. Yet, the Vefa still has the best boza in the town.

The Vefa Bozacısı in Fatih is crowded every hour of the day and every day of the week. You may have to wait a while before you can taste the freshly prepared boza, but I can guarantee that it is worth the wait.



Especially preferred during the evening, boza attracts customers from every point of the city. You can complete a pleasant evening with your loved ones with a delicious glass of boza. It is also possible to go to Vefa Bozacısı with your private car.

Walk around the Grand Bazaar


Grand Bazaar stands out as the world’s oldest covered bazaar. It is visited by thousands of people every day by its proximity to Sultanahmet, one of the most touristic areas of Istanbul.

There are hundreds of stores and shops in the Grand Bazaar, and thousands of different products are sold. You can find all kinds of products you’re looking for, from carpets and rugs to hand-made chandeliers, spices, and clothes.



The Grand Bazaar, which can be visited easily in every period of the year due to being a covered bazaar, is an indispensable part of the cultural tours to be held in Istanbul. You can go to the Grand Bazaar in the morning and visit the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Museum for the rest of the day. Don’t forget to stop by Sultanahmet Köftecisi and have a delicious lunch.

Go to a Turkish Bath


The Turkish bath, which is an integral part of our culture, was changed over time and adapted to modern days. You can visit the historical baths in every part of the city, but I recommend you to choose Cağaloğlu Hamam for a better bath experience. Constructed in 1741 and intensively visited by both domestic and foreign tourists, the bathhouse maintains its traditional texture.



You can benefit from the Turkish Bath service in many of the spa centers. You can have a relaxing aromatherapy massage by setting aside a day to yourself, and you can meet your body’s needs in Turkish Bath and sauna.

Tour Eminönü


The part of Istanbul called the historical peninsula has been the center of the city for centuries. Eminönü has become a popular destination for all those who want to shop with its bazaars and shops.



Do not forget to visit the Spice Bazaar, Tahtakale and Suleymaniye Mosque during your tour in Eminonu. For lunch, you can eat fish on the boats on the beach, and at the same time, you can watch the magnificent view of the city. On weekends, it is important to prefer the tram instead of going with your private car.

Drink Mulled Wine


In cold winter days, my last suggestion in Istanbul is to drink mulled wine. The Pano Wine House can be an ideal option, offering a variety of mulled wine options from different types of grapes.



Leb-i Derya will be a good choice as well if you want to drink mulled wine in a warm place overlooking the Istanbul view.

Cultural Winter Activities in Istanbul


Cold, rainy and even snowy days in winter do not interfere with exploring the beautiful places of Istanbul! If you want to spend entertaining times in winter seasons as in the spring and summer months, or if you want to be outside instead of sitting at home and enjoy the winter, many cultural locations are waiting for you in Istanbul. Here is a list of cultural activities to be done in Istanbul in the winter.

Istanbul Toy Museum


Do you want to go to a place where you can warm up in the winter without a plan? Istanbul Toy Museum, which is always on the list of places to visit in Istanbul, regardless of summer or winter, is one of the sweetest places you can prefer for your holiday.



Istanbul Toy Museum is a colorful museum with games and toys that change from past to present, where both adults can enjoy individually and families with children can have a great weekend event.

Istanbul Modern


If you are looking for a cultural activity that can be done at the end of the week or on Thursdays where the museum opens its doors for free, Istanbul Modern is another place you can choose. Istanbul Modern is at the top of the list both because its interior is full enough to spend time all day long and because when you go out, Şişhane and Karaköy are among the places to visit in Istanbul in winter.



Istanbul Modern is one of the museums that exhibits modern and contemporary works of art in the temporary and permanent exhibition halls and also offers a cultural activity area for everyone with its educational and social programs, café and library departments. In addition, this place can be visited several times as it manages to stay up to date.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum


Since Madame Tussauds Wax Museum which has many branches in several countries opened a branch in Istanbul as well a short time ago, it is necessary to add this place to the list of places to visit in Istanbul in winter. This is because the wax museum seems to be a good option because it is a closed space due to the weather conditions of the winter season and a fun, but also an instructional activity.

Even though the entrance fees of the wax sculpture museum, which includes famous names from the music and cinema industries, athletes and even world leaders seem a bit pricey, it is “worth it” when you see the amazingly beautiful and realistic sculptures inside!



In Madame Tussauds Museum, you can find the opportunity to see famous starts from Arda Turan to Hidayet Turkoglu, from Einstein to Leonardo de Vinci, from Zeki Muren to Madonna, from Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga, from MFÖ to Rihanna, from Adile Naşit to Barış Manço, and from Shek to Hollywood stars, as well as experiencing the excitement of touching them.

Panorama 1453 History Museum


You should visit the Panorama 1453 History Museum, located within the boundaries of Topkapı Culture Park, approximately 150-200 meters from the Topkapı station where you can arrive taking the Kabataş-Bağcılar Metro. A feast of conquest is waiting for you, offering spectacular visuals in which cannon sounds, Mehter music, and Ottoman horses are used as effects.



Inside a large room, you can watch the conquest of Istanbul. There are lots of places where 360 degrees of panoramic images exhibited in a circular way in the world. But the only place where the sky is included in the image and the whole of the hemisphere is displayed in this dimension is the Panorama 1453 museum. I think it is a must place to visit in Istanbul.

Rahmi Koc Museum, Golden Horn


When you reach from Eminönü to Haliç, you will see the Rahmi Koç Museum, one of the most beautiful museums in Istanbul. At the Rahmi Koç Museum which is opened in 1994 with the support of the businessman Rahmi Koç, and is the first major museum in Turkey which is dedicated to industry, transportation, and the history of communications, you can visit the nostalgic Fenerbahce ferry, check classic cars or have fun with interactive experiment sets in Color Math World section with your children.

Beautiful Sights to Be Seen in Istanbul in Winter


To Rest Your Soul: Maiden’s Tower


In the winter months, the beautiful Maiden’s Tower offers you a perfect meal in the middle of the sea, even in cold weather and even under snow. In the middle of the waves, under the snow, you experience an experience full of excitement and serenity away from everything.



The beauty of the view of the restaurant, beyond offering you a fine dining experience, puts it among the best places to visit in winter.

Romanticism in Cold Weather: Aya Yorgi Hill


In December, when all we are leaving a huge year behind us, New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and couples make their own plans together, if you are looking for a quiet, calm, peaceful trip and relaxation with your life partner, we recommend you to visit Aya Yorgi Hill. Located in Büyükada, this address is the stop of many romantic couples in every season.



Especially in the winter months, there is no description of the perfect view that you will see while embracing your loved one. Do not be limited to Aya Yorgi Hill when you go to Buyukada. If there is no heavy rain or snow in the air, make sure you enjoy Büyükada with a small phaeton trip.

Watch the Bosphorus Under Snow: Aşiyan Hill


Aşiyan Hill which is located in a large garden of Boğaziçi University on its peak point is one of the points that allow the viewing of the Bosphorus in the most special way during these cold months.



Even if you don’t know a lot of destinations in Istanbul, you should visit this hill to see the Bosphorus which is the main point of Istanbul. Since it is very convenient to reach the top, it can be preferred for a beautiful Bosphorus view at any time.

List of Open Air Places to Visit in Winter in Istanbul


  • Beyoğlu

Beyoğlu, with its red tram, is one of the most popular places in Istanbul waiting for its visitors for four seasons.

  • 60th Year Park

The 60th year park on Bağdat Street can also be visited in winter in İstanbul. It is the only park designed by the baroque architecture in Turkey where you can spend time with pleasure. This park has an excellent landscape and environmental design, and there is plenty of space for activities. You can also visit the florist at the entrance of the park.

  • Valens Aqueduct

Valens Aqueduct, which has hosted many Yeşilçam movies, is located in the Fatih district of Istanbul. This arch, built by the Roman emperor Valens, still maintains its splendor. If you want to spend time in the historical texture of Istanbul, you should definitely visit the Valens Aqueduct. However, be careful when you climb up to the upper parts.



  • Nişantaşı

Nişantaşı, which is known as the most modern district of Istanbul, is definitely a region to be visited in Istanbul in winter. You can feel that you are in a European city as you wander around this neighborhood where many cafes and shopping centers are located. Nişantaşı, which is one of the most vibrant regions of the city, is also known for its historical beauties. The district, which was a hunting area during the Ottoman period, is named after the sight stones erected by III. Selim and II. Mahmut. Besides, there are many buildings from the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

  • Balat

Balat, which is a unique district with its colorful streets and historical texture, should be included in the list of places to visit in winter in Istanbul. It is one of the authentic districts of Istanbul with its 19th-century houses and stone-paved historic streets. Balat is a very convenient neighborhood for both sightseeing and taking photos.

  • Basilica Cistern

One of the unique examples of Byzantine architecture, the Basilica Cistern is one of the historical areas that you must see. This cistern, located in the western part of Hagia Sophia, has long been a museum. However, it should be noted that the cistern, which is visited by millions of tourists every year, can be dangerous for asthma patients.



  • Sultanahmet Square

Sultanahmet Square is one of the areas that has not lost its function for thousands of years. The region, which was built as a hippodrome during the Byzantine period, was one of the most important squares of the city during the Ottoman period and it preserved its importance until today. There is an obelisk that was brought from Egypt during the Byzantine period in Sultanahmet Square. There are also many restaurants in the square that serve quite affordable prices.

  • Atatürk Arboretum

Atatürk Arboretum, one of the greenest places in Istanbul, is very suitable for hiking and taking photos in both winter and summer.