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8 Istanbul Mosques to Visit

Istanbul is a city that connects two different continents and hosted many different empires in the world. The city has traces of its own culture, as is the case with every civilization that lived in Istanbul. There are so many historical artifacts to visit in this city where everyone is excited about.

Istanbul, which holds different cultures together with its museums, palaces, and churches, provides and reflects a branch of different beliefs that come from the past to the present with its mosques. Therefore, the mosques, as well as other historical artifacts, are worth seeing for their architectural structures and the stories they have. Here are 8 historical mosques that must be visited in Istanbul.

Suleymaniye Mosque

Süleymaniye Mosque was built by Mimar Sinan in the Suleymaniye region of the Eminönü district of Istanbul at the request of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent between 1551-1558. This work of 85-year-old Sinan’s was known as a work of his qualification stage.

Around the Suleymaniye Mosque, there is a library, hammam, madrasah, imaret, shops, and treasury. Together with the Suleymaniye Mosque, each of them is a part of the Suleymaniye Complex.

Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the most important works of Ottoman period architecture. Although there are hundreds of earthquakes in Istanbul for centuries, there is no single crack on Suleymaniye Mosque. The mosque consists of a large dome with a diameter of 26.5 meters, resting on four pink pillars, and the depth of the dome is twice that of its diameter.

This large dome was reinforced with a half-dome, just as in Hagia Sophia. There are minarets at the 4 corner points of the mosque’s courtyard. The dimensions of the minarets are different. The minarets in the northern part of the courtyard are built in two balconies and 56 meters in size. These two minarets are at the corner of the entrance facade wall of the last congregation. The other two minarets were built contiguous to the mosque. They have triple balconies and their heights are is 76 meters.

32 windows were built in the main dome pulley of the mosque to provide the best illumination according to the calculations of Mimar Sinan. Sinan also built a section thanks to his talent and intelligence in architecture, by calculating the air flow which would collect the soot coming from the oil lamps inside the mosque and gather them into a room on the main entrance of the mosque. This soot was used in ink making for the artifacts surrounding the mosque.

There are 28 porticoes around the mosque courtyard. There is a fountain in the middle of this courtyard built on a rectangular schema. There is also a burial area reserved for Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Hürrem Sultan.

Like the other works of Mimar Sinan, the mosque does not compromise simplicity; but it is one of the temples that can transform simplicity into glory. Although ornaments and embellishments are mostly used for inscriptions, architectural geometry has become an aesthetic wonder in itself. The stained-glass windows on the wall where the mihrab rests and the frames on both sides of the mihrab are the work of a master called Sarhoş Ibrahim.

Special bricks were produced for the dome to be light and used in the construction of the dome. In addition, the stones forming the walls of the mosque were connected to each other through internally iron clamps and the molten lead was poured into these clamps. The mosque is illuminated with 128 windows and dozens of lamps; these lamps do not pollute the walls and also; in order to benefit from the soot coming from these lamps, a soot room was built upon the entrance.

There are four minarets on the 4 corner of the white marble-built inner courtyard named White Harem, two of them with two balconies and two with three balconies. The four minarets in the mosque symbolize that Kanuni was the fourth sultan after the conquest of Istanbul, and the ten balconies of the minarets symbolize the fact that he was the tenth sultan of Ottoman history.

The Suleymaniye Mosque is located in the district of Suleymaniye, which is named after it, in the district of Fatih, Istanbul. One of the easiest ways to get to the mosque is to come up to Laleli-University stop by Kabatas-Bagcilar Tram and take a short walk from here.

Address: Süleymaniye Mah, Prof. Sıddık Sami Onar Cd. No:1, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul

The Blue Mosque

One of the most important landmarks of the city, the Blue Mosque is located in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum, one of our most important historical monuments. Sultanahmet Square is also named after the Blue Mosque (aka Sultanahmet Mosque). This valuable structure is one of the most important works that were built in Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire period.

The Blue Mosque was built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 – 1616. The most typical example of classical Turkish art, the work was originally the first mosque built with 6 minarets. Although it is not one of the works of Mimar Sinan, this structure has traces from Sinan. Sinan’s student, Architect Sedefkâr Mehmet Ağa, according to what is reported, applied a plan of Sinan’s to a greater extent when building this mosque.

In the Blue Mosque, there is also a complex that includes many social and cultural structures as in many mosques. Within the complex, there is the Grand Bazaar, Turkish bath, soup house, hospital, schools, caravanserai, and Sultan Ahmed’s tomb. The entrance to the mosque is on the side of the Hippodrome built in the Roman Period.

The inner courtyard and the main place surrounded by an outer courtyard in this valuable structure is on a high podium. Through the door opening to the inner courtyard, there are fountains and the domes rising above each other in harmony. When entered through any of the three doors opened, the rich and colorful decorations of paintings, tiles, and stained glasses can be seen.

The Blue Mosque is surrounded by balconies on three sides. The location of the building is covered with carpet as in every mosque. Along the main entrance door, the mihrab, which is designed to be easily seen by people praying even on the most intense days of the mosque, has a marble cushion, one of the best examples of carving work.

The dome, which is one of the most important elements of all Ottoman mosques, is much more magnificent in the Blue Mosque. The main dome is 43 meters high and 23.5 meters in diameter. These measurements show the qualification of Mehmet Aga as an engineer. The architecture of the Blue Mosque has become magnificent as a result of the combination of Ottoman and Byzantine church architecture with over 200 years of experience.

Although it has a feel from Hagia Sophia, the Islamic architecture, outweighs and the Mosque is known as the magnificent work of the classical period. As an architectural structure, the Sultanahmet Mosque has a spacious environment with 260 windows placed very skillfully. Due to the way the windows are placed, the big dome looks like it hangs in the air. This mosque is more bright and spacious than any of its equals.

The 12 types of marble which are used in interior and exterior decoration of the Blue Mosque, shows that there is a special acoustic structure due to the fact that the relationship between walls and columns as well as a special cutting and placement of the marble coverings in the mosque. Since too much marble has been used, it is difficult to come across this feature in other works.

The mosque is located at the Sultanahmet District. Transportation to the mosque is possible with many different alternatives from almost all parts of Istanbul. The easiest way to reach the mosque is to use the Bağcılar-Kabataş Tram Line passing through the Historic Peninsula.

Address: Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

Eyüp Sultan Mosque

Eyüp Sultan Mosque was built in 1458, five years after the conquest of Istanbul. The mausoleum of the Eyup Sultan, built next to the mosque before him, emphasizes the importance of this mosque. The mosque, which was built as a complex structure, is located in the Eyüp district of Istanbul’s Haliç coast. One of the Arabs who was martyred during the siege of Istanbul and who first accepted Islam was Eyyub.

The building is a great historical monument with its mosques, madrasas, public houses, baths, and tombs. The mosque that was thoroughly ruined over time and III. Selim has completely demolished and rebuilt it including minarets and foundations. At the end of the construction work which started in 1798 and lasted for 2 years, the mosque retained its present-day structure.

The architectural features of the Eyup Sultan Mosque are not known exactly when it was first built. In the earthquake that took place in 1766, this structure was greatly damaged. Although the mosque was requested to be repaired, it was demolished to the foundation and rebuilt in 1800. Later in 1823, minarets were damaged by a lightning strike. The last repair of the Eyup Sultan Mosque was done by the instruction of Adnan Menderes.

Today’s mosque is covered with a 17.5 m diameter dome sitting on an octagonal hoop. This drum sits on six free columns which are connected to each other by arches and two pillars in the mihrab wall. The main dome is surrounded by half domes from eight sides of the hoop.

Eyüp Sultan Mosque’s exterior courtyard in the direction of Eyüp Square was built in the style of baroque. Access is provided through two doors in the west and south. There is a graveyard of many famous people at the north of the outer courtyard, and there is a marble fountain covered with a domed eave sitting on eight columns in the middle. In the middle of the building, there are two great plane trees which are believed to grow from the plane branches planted by Akşemseddin.

It is surrounded by a low stone wall. A metal net is wandering around the wall and four baroque fountains are located on the four corners of the building. The porticos of the last congregation of the mosque continue along the eastern and western walls of the courtyard, and the Eyüp Sultan Tomb is located in just behind the fourth (north) wall, in the middle.

The tomb was found after the conquest of Istanbul and the shrine on it was built in 1459 with the mosque. The exterior of Eyüp Sultan Tomb is decorated with tiles and visited by an influx of visitors. The tomb is on the north side of the famous and holy mosque known as the Eyup Sultan Mosque and right in front of its inner courtyard.

This is the first work in Istanbul. The tomb is an eight-pointed single dome. Made of cut stone. The dome is placed on the facade. There is no drum. The front corners are made of relief columns. Window outlets are marble. There are two windows on the top, others on the other, except on the facade.

To get to the Eyup Sultan Mosque with a private car, you can turn right through Eyüp while using the direction of Gaziosmanpasa from the Edirnekapi, or use the direction of Unkapani from Sirkeci and pass under the Unkapani Bridge. To go by bus you can use gaziosmanpaşa buses at Mecidiyekoy.

Address: Merkez Mh, Cami Kebir Sk. No:1, 34050 Eyüp/İstanbul

Fatih Mosque

Fatih Mosque is the first mosque built by a sultan in Istanbul after the conquest of Istanbul. These type of mosques are built by the Ottoman sultans and their families. Fatih Mosque was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet and contains 16 madrasas, Turkish baths, soup kitchen, library, guesthouse, and hospital. Fatih Mosque, which took great damage in the earthquake in 1766, was rebuilt in 1971 and repaired.

The mosque is built by Atik Sinan. Its first-day appearance and current look are very different from each other. Fatih Mosque is very important in terms of the Islamic aspect since it is the first mosque where the first Turkish Azan recited in 1932.

In the Fatih Mosque, the central dome was built on four pillars. There is also a half-dome around it. This building has two minarets with two balconies. The bodies of the minarets up to the balconies were built before the earthquake of 1771. The stone balustrades were built during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II. The fountain courtyard of Fatih Mosque has 22 domes, sitting on 18 columns.

In the middle of the mosque, there is an enormous fountain. The fire pool in the entrance gate of the courtyard was built in 1825 by Sultan Mahmud II. The first mosque had all the features of the transition to classical architecture. The remaining elements of the old structure reveal the value of this building exactly. Today’s Fatih Mosque is one of the examples of the mix of classical architecture and baroque architecture.

Fatih Mosque graveyard is located on the qibla side. The burials started in 1780. This area was later converted into a closed area by walls. During the Ottoman period, the burial was required to obtain permission from the Sultan. While there was no civil burial before the 19th century, there was a change in many aspects of this century. The graves of the grand viziers, sheikulislams, observers and many scientists began to be buried here.

There are a total of 409 gravestones in the Fatih Mosque. When the number of empty tombs found in the graveyard is added, there are 425 gravestones in total. The tombs belonged to 113 women and 177 men. The tombs found in the building were evaluated in four main groups as the members of ilmiye, seyfiye, kalemiye, and tarikat classes.

The Mosque is located at Fatih District. Therefore, those who will arrive by public transport can reach the mosque and the complex in a short time by using the buses moving from Eminönü. Those who will come with their private cars should come from the direction of Karaköy and pass Galata Bridge, then use the Ataturk Boulevard from the coast of Golden Horn.

Address: Ali Kuşçu Mahallesi, Hattat Nafiz Cd No:6, 34083 Fatih/İstanbul

Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings of Istanbul from the 19th century. The building of Ortakoy Mosque was completed in 1854 with the name of Büyük Mecidiye Mosque. It is known that the building was first built by Mahmud Agha, but it has been destroyed during the Patrona Halil Rebellion. Later, it was renewed by Kethüda Devattar Mehmed Ağa, the son-in-law of Mahmud Agha. The present state of the Ortaköy Mosque was built by Sultan Abdülmecid.

Besiktas Ortakoy Mosque consists of Harim and Hünkar Pavillions as the Sultan Mosques. The Harim section consists of the main space with a length of 12.25 square meters and an intermediate space passing through this main space. The ceiling of this section is covered with pink mosaic.

Ortaköy Mosque has two minarets with single balconies. In the mihrab part, mosaic marble was used and the minbar was porphyry marble. The Hünkar Pavilion which is built on two floors with an elliptical staircase is located in the northern entrance of the building.

The Ortaköy Mosque attracts lots of attention with its fine and elegant minarets. It is designed in a style of the Ottoman and Baroque combination and has a single dome. The transition from the dome to the square plan is covered with lead by the pendentives between the corners of the adjoining arches and the dome. On the corners of the building, there are counterfort towers. On the northern side, the minarets rise from the sultan’s apartment. The names of Allah, Muhammad and the first four caliphs in the mosque were written by Sultan Abdülmecid Khan himself.

Ortaköy Mosque was restored in 2011 and it was reopened for worship on June 6, 2014, after three years of preparation. A very image of the Ortaköy Mosque which has examples of Baroque style along with Classical Ottoman Architecture has started to built in the Cuban capital Havana, led by Turkish Religious Foundation.

Ortakoy Mosque is open to tourist visits from 8:30 am in the morning as other mosques in Istanbul. The mosque, which was closed during the prayer times, is open to visitors who want to visit and take pictures outside the times of worship. The mosque is closed for visits from 6 pm onwards. It can be visited for worship only during the evening and night prayers. The visiting hours of the touristic mosques in Istanbul can be learned by means of a telephone operator provided by religious affairs. Because they vary greatly according to the season.

If you want to get to Ortaköy Mosque by public transportation, you can use all buses going to Beşiktaş. You can also use minibusses going to Beşiktaş from your location. If you want to go to Ortakoy mosque with your private car, you can get out of Besiktas which is the last exit before the bridge.

Address: Mecidiye Mahallesi, Mecidiye Köprüsü Sk. 1/1, 34347 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Beyazit Mosque

Beyazıt Mosque, located in the center of the historical peninsula, is the oldest mosque built by a Sultan, which managed to maintain its first form among the historical mosques in Istanbul. A social complex was built to meet the needs of the community with the mosque by Sultan II Beyazıt.

The Beyazıt Complex was built around the square where it was scattered, not in a symmetrical manner as other social complexes. The complex is one of the biggest complexes built in Istanbul with Fatih and Suleymaniye Complex. Sultan II. Beyazit shrine is also located in the graveyard of Beyazit Mosque.

The Beyazıt Mosque is the second largest mosque built in the city after the conquest of Istanbul. The building is located in the part of the area known as Theodosius Forum during the Byzantines which is the largest square of the city.

Beyazit who took the throne right after Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror built the second largest mosque built by a Sultan in Istanbul (after the Fatih Mosque). Since Fatih Mosque is collapsed due to the earthquake in 1766, Beyazit Mosque is the oldest building in its first form.

The architect of the mosque, which was opened to worship in 1505, is not clear yet, but it is stated that the Beyazit Mosque is built by Yakubşah bin Sultan Şah. In the Beyazıt Complex, there is a mosque, a kitchen, a nursery school, a madrasah, a Turkish bath, a caravanserai, and tanneries.

The madrasah was built on the street side where the tramway line is located, away from the mosque. The building, which is one of the most important madrasahs of the city during its activity, is now used as the Foundation of calligraphy arts. Hammam is located next to Istanbul University Faculty of Science and Literature, farther than madrasah. A part of the building where the caravanserai and the almshouse were built was destroyed. The surviving part serves as the Beyazıt State Library today.

The construction of the Beyazıt Mosque, whose foundation was laid in 1501, was completed in 1505 and opened for worship. Shortly after the opening of the mosque, an earthquake called the little apocalypse occurred in 1509 in Istanbul. The dome of the mosque was damaged during this great earthquake. The mosque was repaired by Mimar Sinan during the years 1573-1574.

Beyazit mosque has had its share from the fires which were frequently encountered during the Ottoman period and led to great destruction. In a fire in 1683, the minaret cones were ignited and in a fire in 1741, the shops around the mosque became unusable. Some of the minarets were burned as a result of lightning strike in 1743.

Beyazit Mosque architecture reflects the transition period from early Ottoman architecture to classical period architecture. Therefore, examples of Seljuk architecture can be seen in the mosque. The two minaret applications, which are generally seen in the mosques built by Sultans, are different in Beyazıt Mosque. The minarets were constructed adjacent to the rooms on the sides instead of the main mass of the mosque.

For this reason, there is a distance of 79 meters between the minarets which cannot be seen in other historical mosques. The minaret on the left side largely lost its ornaments as a result of the destructions, where the minaret on the right side preserved its ornaments including the colored stones and kufic inscriptions to a large extent. This minaret is shown as the only sample of the transition from Seljuk to Ottoman Architecture in Istanbul.

Beyazit Mosque is located at Beyazıt District. To go to the mosque by using the İETT bus, the distance you have to walk after you get off at Beyazıt Bus Station is 30 meters. To go to the mosque by tram, you can get off at Beyazid Tramway stop (50 meters walking distance) or Çemberlitas Tramway stop (400 meters walking distance).

Address: Beyazıt Mh., Ordu Cad., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul

Yavuz Selim Mosque

The fifth hill of Istanbul rises up with a steep slope from the coast of Golden Horn. There are many buildings on the fifth hill which dominates the Golden Horn. Besides the Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque crowning the hill, there are also Fethiye Mosque, Kariye Mosque, and the Fener Greek Patriarchate.

The district is named after the Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque. The mosque was built by Suleiman the Magnificent on behalf of his father. Although Evliya Çelebi mentioned the architect as Mimar Sinan, in most sources Architect is mentioned as Acem Ali. Architect Acem Ali is one of the first architects to be known from classical Ottoman architecture.

According to some sources, it is one of the artists that Yavuz Sultan Selim brought with him on his return from the Iran expedition. Yavuz Sultan Selim, who came to Tabriz after the Caldiran victory in 1514, is known to have brought about three thousand people of art and science to the Ottoman Empire upon his return to Amasya. Acem Ali who was in this convoy also came first to Amasya then to Istanbul Palace. Yavuz Sultan Selim assigned Acem Ali as the chief architect, who was known as the minister of the masters in the Safavid State. Acem Ali has a different style that combines Ottoman and Iranian architecture.

The construction of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque started in 1519 and ended in 1522. The mosque, which is one of the seven mosques built by Sultans on seven hills of Istanbul, has a magnificent view of the Golden Horn. On the right side of the mosque, there are Hagia Sophia and the historical peninsula, Galata Tower and Beyoğlu, one of the oldest districts of Istanbul.

There is a cistern on one side of the mosque. It is not known exactly which empire this Byzantine cistern belonged to. This cistern with a depth of 11 meters is known to have been built in the name of Ayios Makios, one of the saints of the Orthodox Church.

The courtyard of the mosque can be entered with three separate doors. These gates have been named as Tomb Gate, Bazaar Gate, and Kırkmerdiven Gate. Fountain in the middle of the courtyard was built by IV. Murad. The side wall of the entrance door of the inner courtyard has a sundial. Sultan Ibrahim put the ornamental cages. The main dome of the mosque goes down through four walls.

There are two minarets with a balcony. The outer face of the courtyard and the inner face of the portico courtyard are decorated with tiles. Within the mosque, we see the works of carving, marquetry, crafting, calligraphy, and embroidery. Door wings and window sashes are inlaid with mother of pearl. To the right of the entrance door there are soot rooms.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque and Complex are located on a hill close to the Golden Horn on Yavuz Selim Street in Balat District of Fatih/Istanbul. You can only use the bus among public transportation services to reach the mosque. You can use the buses departing from Eminönü and using the Fevzi Paşa Street route.

Address: Balat Mahallesi, Sultan Selim Cd. No:18, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul

Hagia Sophia

Once a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque after Mehmet The Conqueror (1451-1481) conquered Istanbul in 1453. Immediately after the conquest, the structure was strengthened and preserved as a mosque with the additions in the Ottoman Period. The structure, which was damaged by various earthquakes since the date of its construction, was supported with buttresses in both Eastern Roman and Ottoman periods. The minarets built by Mimar Sinan also serve as supports in the building.

A madrasa was built to the north of Hagia Sophia, during the reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmed Period, and the most extensive repair work was carried out by Fossati during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid (1839-1861). During the reorganization of the Hagia Sophia in the period of Sultan Abdulaziz, the madrasah was demolished between 1869 and 1870 and rebuilt between 1873 and 1874. The ruins of the madrasah, which was destroyed in 1936, were unearthed during the excavations in 1982.

In the Ottoman Period, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the mihrabs, minbar, gathering places of muezzins and a preaching sermon were added to the Hagia Sophia. The bronze oil lamps on the two sides of the mihrab were given to the mosque as a gift by Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566) after Buda Campaign (1526). The two marble cubes belonging to the Hellenistic Period (4th – 3rd century BC) in the left and right corners of the entrance to the main site were brought from Bergama and gifted to the Hagia Sophia by the Sultan III. Murad (1574-1595).

Between 1847 and 1849, during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid, the Swiss Fossati Brothers had an extensive repair in the Hagia Sophia. During the repair works, the Sultan’s Palace was removed from the niche in the north of the altar, instead, it was rebuilt on the left side of the altar, rising above the pillars, surrounded by wooden gilded balustrades.

In the same period, 8 calligraphic plates with a diameter of 7.5 meters, written by Calligrapher Kadıasker Mustafa İzzet Efendi, were placed on the walls of the main space. These plates with “Allah, Prophet Muhammad, Abu Bakr, Omar, Osman, Ali and Huseyin” written on them, are the largest calligraphic plates of the Islam World. The same calligrapher wrote verse 35 of Sura An-Nur in the middle of the dome.

During the Ottoman period, Hagia Sophia continued to exist as a mosque and attracted special attention from all sultans. The structure which is equipped with works bearing traces of the culture of the Ottoman Empire in time, has been a masterpiece with the influence of both religions and cultures until today. The tombs in Hagia Sophia are the most beautiful examples of the classical Ottoman tomb tradition with its interiors, tiles, and architecture.

Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum with the order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers. On 1 February 1935, it started to be used as a museum for local and foreign visitors.

Tram: You can reach the Ayasofya Museum by using the Bağcılar Kabataş Tram line and getting of at the Gülhane and Sultanahmet stops.
Train: You can reach Sirkeci using Halkali – Sirkeci Suburban Train Line and from here you can reach the Hagia Sophia Museum by the tram line.
Ferry: If you are coming from the Anatolian side, you can reach the tram line by using the Kadıköy – Eminönü, and Üsküdar – Eminönü ferries.

Address: Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

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:


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


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:  


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 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:  


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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 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. 



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 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’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



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 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.


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


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:


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


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 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



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 (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


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 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 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


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 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 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;

















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:


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.