Having hosted three different empires for thousands of years, Istanbul is one of the most special cities in the world. Istanbul, which draws attention with its natural beauties spread throughout the city as well as its historical beauties, offers a different beauty in every season. With the warming of the weather, you can feel the deep blue sea, the sounds of seagulls, and the colorful nightlife in every corner of Istanbul. As Istanbul is a city where you can swim, it makes Istanbul privileged for both nature holidays and cultural trips. So why should you visit Istanbul in the summer? Let's find out the answer to this together.
Especially in summer, the Bosphorus looks very charming. The sea shining with the sun, the smell of the iodine sea, the sounds of steamboats and seagulls… All these are things that will make you forget your tiredness and revitalize you when you come to Istanbul. You can take a morning coffee and take a walk by the Bosphorus and spend pleasant moments feeding the seagulls. When you take a break to rest, you can dine in restaurants with a view of the Bosphorus and take lots of photos.
Just like Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London, you can experience a day away from the crowds of the city in Istanbul's parks. You can spend a peaceful day in parks and groves scattered around the city. Located in Şişli, Maçka Park is one of the most preferred places. You can read a book, meet your friends or listen to street musicians in Maçka Park. Likewise, Gülhane Park, Emirgan Grove, and Belgrad Forest are among the places you can visit. When you visit these parks and groves with your family, do not forget to take photos.
Although Istanbul is a megacity, it has virgin beaches where you can swim. These clean beaches in the northern part of the city offer you a budget-friendly and enjoyable holiday experience. You can easily choose Menekşe Beach in Istanbul Sarıyer as it is only open to women on certain days of the week. You can also swim at Elmasburnu Beach, Anadolufeneri Beach, and Riva Beach in Beykoz. Finally, there are areas where you can swim and camp in Şile, the greenest district of Istanbul.
It is possible to find events and venues that appeal to all cultures in Istanbul. You can find concerts, open-air performances, nightclubs, and artistic events in every corner of Istanbul. Especially in summer, municipalities organize free summer concerts open to the public. World-famous artists give various concerts at Küçük Çiftlikpark, Zorlu PSM and Atatürk Cultural Center. In addition to this, you can find plenty of non-governmental organizations and local communities that organize various potlatches and organizations in Istanbul.