Green areas and parks for those wishing to relax in mega town of Istanbul
Istanbul is a very busy and crowded city with with abundant historic buildings, galleries, markets, bars and restaurants and certainly all the hustle bustle that would challenge those in other mega cities such as London, Moscow, Tokyo.
Thus, one could obviously often feel overwhelmed in such a vibrant and diverse city. This is exactly why it would be a good idea to be knowledgable about the green areas (though not suffcicient) and parks in this giant city. In this article we have compiled information about the best parks where one could feel isolated from the hustle bustle of the town and have peace of mind to relax.
GÜLHANE PARK: Located in Eminönü, Istanbul’s historic centre, Gülhane Park is one of the city’s oldest parks. Providing the perfect detour after visiting the main attractions in Sultanahmet, the park features several playgrounds and coffee shops as well as welcome relief from the hot Turkish summer sun. For an extra 25 TL you can take a walk through the Topkapi Palace grounds.
YILDIZ PARK: This historical urban park originally started as an imperial hunting reserve and is now one of the largest public parks in the city. The leafy retreat draws people from across the city, especially in April when the tulips come into their own. Head to the top of the park to take a tour round the impressive Ottoman chalet.
BEBEK PARK: Located in one of Istanbul’s upmarket neighbourhoods, this is a place to see and be seen. Boasting great views of the Bosphorus, luxury shopping and fine restaurants, as well as the beautifully serene park, Bebek is a must-visit for those looking to unwind.
EMİRGAN PARK: Head here to see the Tulip Festival in all its botanical glory. One of the largest public parks in the city, it has various tulip displays and its hilly nature means that you get a great view of the Bosphorus..
BELGRAD PARK: Belgrad Forest, slightly outside Istanbul, is popular with residents of the city, but its 5,000 acres offer plenty of room for everyone looking to escape the crowds for a few hours. For the athletic there is a 6km trail around the lake or, for those looking to relax, the scattered fountains and flora and fauna make it a great place for a leisurely stroll.