Here, you can find the most visited and the most beautiful groves, parks and gardens suitable for great day out activities in the company of green and nature in Istanbul. You can spend a great and peaceful day out at these popular Istanbul parks during your Istanbul stay.
on the European side
Gulhane Park between Sirkeci & Sultanahmet
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Located in between the Sultanahmet and Sirkeci, Gulhane Park (Rose Garden) is one of the most beautiful parks in Istanbul for both tourists and locals. The park covers a huge area. There are variety of very beautiful gardens, trees, pools and outdoor cafes with the impressive views of the Bosphorus. There is also a Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam in the park, a unique one in the world that worth a see. Continue reading…
Yildiz Park & Grove in Besiktas
Yildiz Grove is one of the most beautiful parks in Istanbul consists of many beautiful pools, waterfalls and ponds, as well as fascinating gardens and trees. Some of the trees are about more than 400 years old. It is one of the best parks in Istanbul. A great day out at the park, walking in the gardens and having a rest at the cafes and restaurants will make you feel very peaceful. Location >>
Emirgan Park & Grove in Emirgan
Emirgan Park (Emirgan Grove) is located in Emirgan, Istanbul and covers an area of 325,000 square meters. has variety of pine, umbrella pine, cypress, fir, willow and lime trees. Continue reading…
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Bebek Park in Bebek
Bebek Park is located on the Bosphorus shores of Bebek, Besiktas. There are variety of dining and wining alternatives in and around the park for the visitors. The park and the area is always lively and full of people. Location >>
Ulus Park in Besiktas
The Ulus Park is located on the Adnan Saygun Street in Ulus, on the hills through Besiktas. Ulus Park is a well preserved one and has an outstanding panorama through the Bosphorus. There are also several restaurants and cafes for the visitors. Location >>
Rumeli Hisarustu Duatepe Park in Sariyer
Located by the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge, in the Sariyer district on the European side, the Rumeli Hisarustu Duatepe Park offers spectacular views of Istanbul. You can see the Hidiv Pavilion and Anatolian Fortress, and combined with the unique Bosphorus view. Great place to watch the scenery while having your drink at the cafes. Location >>
on the Asian side
Fethi Pasa Grove in Uskudar
Located at the back hills of Uskudar and Belerbeyi, the Fethi Pasha Grove is a great place to have a rest with your drink and watching the beautiful views of the city and the Bosphorus. It covers a 16 hectares of green area and has an outstanding panorama of the Bosphorus. It takes great number of visitors especially at the weekends. Location >>
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Camlica Hill Park
Camlica Hill is a great leisure and tourist area located in the Asian side of Istanbul. Camlica Hill offers great panoramic views of the city. The hill is the highest one to find the best views of Istanbul from 265 meters above the sea level. There are also several cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy your views. Address: Kısıklı, Turistik Çamlıca Cd., 34692 Üsküdar/Istanbul Location >>
Romantika Fenerbahçe Park in Kadikoy
The Romantika Fenerbahce Park is located on the Fenerbahce Peninsula in the Fenerbahce neighborhood of Kadikoy. The park is very popular with the Istanbul locals and has beautiful open and closed areas. Location >>
Cubuklu Hidiv Pavilion & Grove in Kanlica
The Cubuklu Hidiv Pavilion & Grove is a beautiful grove located in Cubuklu, Beykoz. It is kind of a small grove but it is beautiful with pine trees, firs and cedars. Also the Misir Hidivi Abbas Hilmi Pasa palace nearby the grove is a great architectural masterpiece. It is open every day between 09:00-22:30 Location >>
Mihrabad Grove in Kanlica
Mihrabad Grove is a beautiful grove overlooking Bosphorus and covers an area of 25 hectares, located in Kanlica, Bosphorus Asian shore, close to the Black Sea. There are variety of gardens as well as with monumental cypresses, umbrella pines, Judas and bay trees. It is also a favorite place for the ones who want to have an open buffet breakfast and dinner at the weekends. Location >>
Otagtepe Park (Fatih Grove) in Beykoz
Located by the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge, along Kavacik, in the Beykoz district on the Asian side, the Fatih Grove Tema Vehbi Koç Nature Culture Center (formerly known as Otağtepe Park) offers spectacular views of Istanbul and so called as fake heaven. You can see the two bridges and the city’s best scenery with a bird’s eye view, and combined with the unique Bosphorus view. No cafes or restaurants. Location >>
Istanbul Tulip Festival (annual, last 3 weeks of April)
Tulips are very important for the Ottoman Empire and Turkish culture. And to celebrate both spring and this fact, this annual festival takes place at the city’s most famous parks, such as the Gulhane Park in Sirkeci, Sultanahmet Square in Sultanahmet, Yildiz Park in Besiktas, Emirgan Park in Emirgan in the European side, and Fethi Pasa Grove and Camlica Hill in Uskudar, Cubuklu Hidiv Grove in Cubuklu and Beykoz Park in Beykoz on the Asian side.
This is a free festival and visitors may enjoy billions of tulips in 120 different types that blossoms in April, as well as several culture and art activities that are organized in the Emirgan Park and Sultanahmet Square. There is also a tulip photo contest and the winners are awarded.