Turks have always been interested in parks and gardens, and why shouldn't they when the climate in Turkey is suitable for growing beautiful flowers and plants. This can also be a consequence of the nomadic culture of the tribes that moved to this area after the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire. There are undoubtedly fascinating parks and gardens in various locations in Istanbul today. Many are located in the city center, and they represent oases of peace that will make you feel like you have left Istanbul and its crowded streets. This page shows the best parks in Istanbul that we would recommend you to visit. Enjoy!
Istanbul is known for its beautiful parks and nature, and when tulips or tulips are mentioned, the first association is Emirgan Park. An incredible sight of colors during the flowering of this flower, in early spring. If you are staying in Istanbul in April, you must visit Emirgran Park and feel the floral magic located on the shores of the Bosphorus. The size of the park is about 325,000 square meters. The park used to be private property, but today it is a public park open to all visitors. About 270 types of tulips are planted in the park, and the total number of tulips that can be seen in this park is 3.5 million every year. An incredible sight of colors like you've never seen before.
Gulhane Park is one of the oldest parks, and perhaps one of the most beautiful and largest in Istanbul. Unique in its history and appearance. It occupies a very attractive location, near all famous tourist attractions such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, etc. Located in Fatih district. And in this park during the month of April you can see over 2.5 million tulips, as well as long flowers. Although the park is extremely colorful during the spring, you are sure to find a special oasis of peace here all year round. Translated from Turkish, "Gulhane" means "house of flowers".
Another very beautiful, attractive and colorful park lies in the old historical part of Istanbul - Sultanahmet Park. Apart from the good location, the park is recognized for its tulips in all colors and the fountain located in the middle of the park. It is located between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The park is ideal for sitting and enjoying the views of the most famous tourist attractions, everything seems so relaxing. Although it is always full of visitors, the park is peaceful, and perhaps the reason is that it is located between two religious buildings.
Yildiz Park belongs to the top 5 parks in Istanbul to see. It is located on the European side of Istanbul, between Beşiktaş and Ortakoy districts, and is one of the largest and most beautiful parks. The park was the garden of the Yildz Palace, and in the Byzantine era it was a simple forest. As a palace garden, it was available exclusively to those who lived in the palace during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II. During the time of Suleiman the Magnificent, the park served as an imperial hunting ground. The construction of the palace took place in the 19th century, and the park was named after the first pavilion of Iıldız Kasrı. An artificial lake, a summer house and a porcelain factory were also built.
Pierre Loti Hill is a park that stands out for its beautiful viewpoint on the Golden Horn. This view is worth coming to this place. There are two ways to get to the hill, by easy and very pleasant walk or by cable car. Our recommendation is to choose a walk in one direction, and use the cable car in the other. The top of the hill is truly magical, the view is amazing, and you can enjoy the scenery from the bars located on the hill. Pieere Loti hill does not represent a significant park, it would rather be said that this is a forest, i.e. a large green area, with a perfect view of the city. Also known for the oldest and largest cemetery in Istanbul, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the hill, at the foot.