Finally the sunny days and spring in Istanbul, longer and warmer days. April is the liveliest month in Istanbul as the winter ended and people take them out for parks, gardens, excursion, festivals, events. Average temperature is 12 degrees and there may be rains that are called “April rains” with the locals. You should bring a coat in case of heavy rains.
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Every points of interest in Istanbul, especially places for kids will be very crowded. We recommend you to take the most attractions in the weekdays as al locals go out for sightseeing in the weekends. There will be lots of music concerts, festivals and art exhibitions in Istanbul in April, so you should keep your eye on them as well. Of course it is not possible to mention all of the best things to do in Istanbul in April in 2019, but as an insider, we recommend you the below ones.
Visit Sultanahmet & Explore the Historical Sites Visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and around…
Sultanahmet square, also known as Hippodrome and surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, is a popular meeting point and very impressive tourist zone of Sultanahmet leading to all historical sites around Sultanahmet.
Take a Bosphorus Cruise and enjoy the impressive panorama on the Bosphorus Strait…
With Istanbul Bosphorus Cruises, you may board the ferry, boat or yacht at the variety of piers and soak up the atmosphere along the riviera cruising along both European & Asian shores. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palce, Rumeli Fortress, Anadolu Fortress and the two Bosphorus Bridges as you cruise along the Bosphorus strait.
Take the Hop on Hop off Big Bus Istanbul City Sightseeing Bus Tour and enjoy the beautiful sights and city life of Istanbul…
Istanbul Big Bus tour is a cheap way to discover and explore the popular zones of Istanbul which you just couldn’t walk to and see in one day. The city sightseeing bus drives through the popular sights along the interesting and different districts and neigborhoods of Istanbul. With the double decker Hop on hop off Istanbul City Sightseeing Bus Tour, you can get off at any of the designated stops (which means hop-off) and than explore the area and sights on foot at your leisure, and then you can catch the next bus (buses arrive the stops in every 30 mins/60 mins.) from any stop when you’re ready (which means hop-on) to move on and visit the other sights on the route.
Istiklal Avenue (Istiklal Street) is probably the most famous street and entertainment area in Istanbul. It is a long colorful pedestrian street full of all kind of shops, restaurants, cafes and street shows. You may visit the fantastic Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the amazing St. Anthony of Padua Church and Pera Museum there. If you would like to have a dinner and night entertainment, you may spend the evening at the famous Asmalimescit dining and wining street.
Visit Isfanbul Theme Park (formerly Vialand and enjoy a great day out with the rides, thrills and in the shoppin mall…
What makes Isfanbul amazing is that it is not only a theme and amusement park, but also a huge complex that combines theme park, shopping, entertainment and exhibition centers in one place. And that allows families to spend a great time here while their kids have fun at the variety of the attractions such as thrills, rides, rollercoasters and carousels and they can spend time at the shopping center, themed streets, great boutiques, festival and event areas, restaurants and cafes.
Visit Pierre Loti Hill and Drink Turkish Coffee by the Golden Horn in Eyup, Golden Horn
Pierre Loti Hill is a great leisure and tourist area in Eyup and one of the most popular sights and places to visit and see for both locals and tourists in the Golden Horn region of Istanbul. Pierre Loti Hill offers great views for the visitors. The hill is about 55 meters from sea level. You may also access there via cable-car. Drinking your tea or Turkish coffee at the Pierre Loti Cafe and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Golden Horn is a great activity at the Pierre Loti Hill.
Visit Ortakoy square, Eat Baked Potatoes (Kumpir) and Enjoy the Lively Atmosphere by the Bosphorus in Ortakoy
Ortakoy Sqaure is a famous one located in Ortakoy, nearby the beautiful Bosphorus, Istanbul. Ortakoy Sqaure is popular with the young people and Istanbul sightseeing takers. There are variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops at the square. The lively nights at the weekends are also fantastic. Many locals prefer to buy baked potatoes from numerous cafes and eat their baked potatoes by the beautiful views of the Bosphorus.
Visit Galata Tower and Enjoy the Impressive Landscape in Galata, Karakoy
Galata Tower, topped with a distinctive witch’s-hat roof, is one of the most impressive and popular landmarks in Istanbul. There is an amazing view of the Historical Peninsula, Golden Horn and Bosphorus from the tower that encompasses Istanbul. Visitors may also spend great day out at the recently restored small sqaure around the Galata Tower, along the couple of lovely outdoor cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Experience a Whirling Dervishes Show in Eminonu
The whirling dervishes show is one of the most visited attractions in Istanbul with the tourists. The ceremony is a complex musical repertoire called ayin and go on a mystical journey representing man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection. You may catch this one hour show and witness the miracle of the whirling dervishes.
Visit Grand Bazaar & Make Shopping in Beyazit
The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) in Beyazit is a shopping adventure that you won’t want to miss. A series of covered streets feature over 4,000 merchants all selling their products and wares. You can find anything here from boots and slippers to gold and silver jewellery.
Top Selling Tours in April 2020 for Istanbul
You may explore Istanbul in April via daily tours made by the local travel agents with professional guides. It is a very good option if you don’t want to go through the hassle of making all the arrangements including the tickets, waiting at the queue and 2-ways transportation by your own and feel like you may have troubles with them. And we recommend the two world brands GetYourGuide or Viator tours, made by the best reputed and registeredtour agents in Istanbul and offer comfortable, safe and the cheapest tours with 2-ways transportation from your hotel or meeting point, professional guides, insurance and easy cancellation. You may find the top selling Istanbul tours in April and plan your days in a convenient and comfortable way.
All-in-one Cards for Istanbul’s Sightseeing
There are three types of Istanbul passes & cards that you may buy and have access to variety of Istanbul attractions including museums with fixed price and save a lot. We recommend those cards for the travelers that has a stay in Istanbul at least from 3 to 7 days. The most practical and cheapest way to explore Istanbul’s sights.
Istanbul Tourist Pass
The card allows you to choose from 20+ Istanbul attractions so you can pack as much into your stay as possible for a single set price. The card offers guided tours and fast track entry to 8 Istanbul museums including Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace Museum, Basilica Cistern, Chora Museum, Hagia Irene Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Pera Museum. Plus; BigBus Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour, Bosphorus Dinner Cruise, Whirling Dervishes Show, Bosphorus Boat Trip, Sea Life Aquarium, Princes’ Islands Boat Trip, Hop-on Hop-off Bosphorus Boat Tour, Legoland Discovery Centre, Dialogue in the Dark/Silence, Xtrem Aventures, one way Airport Transfer and Unlimited Mobile Internet Access.
Istanbul Welcome Card
Offers guided tours and fast track entry to 12 Istanbul museums including Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace Museum and Harem, Chora Museum, Fethiye Museum, Galata Mevlevi House, Hagia Irene Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, and the Rumeli Hisar Museum with professional guides. Plus; a cruise on the Bosphorus and card loaded with 10 tickets for public transport.
Istanbul 5-Day Guided Museum Pass
Offers guided tours and fast track entry to 5 Istanbul museums including Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Irene and Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum. And many pluses.
- 5-Day Guided Museum Pass by Get Your Guide from € 50
- 5-Day Museum Pass and Bosphorus Tour by Get Your Guide from € 56
- Viator’s 5 Days Museum Pass and Bosphorus Boat Tour from € 59
- Museum Pass, Bosphorus Boat Tour and Big Bus Ticket from € 109
- Guided Museum Pass: Skip-the-line Tickets with Guided Tours from € 50
- Istanbul Combo: Museum Pass,Whirling Dervishes Show and Bosphorus Boat Tour from € 69