Parklar ve Ormanlar
The meaning behind the name of the islands derives from Byzantine times, when stubborn princes and deposed monarchs were confined here. However, ever since a ferry service from Istanbul began in the mid-nineteenth century, the islands quickly became popular summer resorts; a number of wealthy Greek, Jewish, and Armenian merchants from Beyoglu constructed beautiful Victorian villas on the islands that continue to stand today.
Ferries depart daily from the Adalar ferry dock at Kabatas and stop at many of the islands, including the two largest and most popular: Heybeliada and Buyukada. On Heybeliada, it is possible to visit the historic Haghia Triada Greek Orthodox Monastery, in addition to its universally distinguished library. One must book ahead for this excursion, however. It is also possible to visit the small bay of Cam Limani, which offers a golden spot to relax or swim.
Buyukada is the largest island and offers an array of activities for visitors. The famous Cankaya Caddesi is lined with beautiful wooden mansions, whose residents included such characters as Leon Trotsky. Although no cars are allowed on the island, it is possible to explore the streets by walking, renting bicycles, or riding fayton - horse-drawn carriages that navigate the island’s many streets and hills.
Alemdağ Ormanı
This is possibly the largest woodland of Anatolian side. Alemdag Forest, which is located in Cekmekoy, ranges from the Anatolian side in parallel with Marmara Sea. There are Sultanciftligi and Taslitepe Forest next to the Alemdag Forest that is situated on the Omerli Dam basin.
Atatürk Arboretumu
Ataturk Arboretum, known as the living tree museum, is on Buyukdere-Kemerburgaz road and 20 km away from Istanbul. It is located south east of the Belgrade Forest and covers a 345 acer area. This area displays not only its local flora but also many more elected trees and plants brought from all over the world.
Resembling a laboratory, the arboretum serves as a source to many researches.
Please note that it is forbidden to picnic, ride bicycles, photograph without permission and/or to bring your pets.
Bebek Parkı
A little green space for kids and adults to enjoy one of the flashier areas of the city.
Belgrad Ormanı
The Belgrade Forest is a vast expanse of woodland, nearly 5,500 acres, which stretches out around Bahcekoy just inland from Buyukdere. It takes its rather unlikely name from the fact that back in the 16th century it was resettled with Serbians after Suleyman the Magnificent occupied their country in 1521 and decided that they would make the perfect supervisors for the network of forest aqueducts and reservoirs on which Istanbul depended for its water supply.
Caddebostan Parkı
A landscaped park that runs along the coast, popular with runners, cyclists, children and families alike.
Duatepe Parkı
Between Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Rumeli Fortress ridges lies a lovely park where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The panorama of this section of the Bosphorus together with the view of Hidiv Kasri is magnificent, especially during the redbud season of Istanbul, which is late in April and early May. The park is very crowded during weekends and holidays.
Emirgan Korusu
Emirgan Korusu is one of Istanbul’s most breathing spots, offering a calm green space for those looking for some nature in the city. It features two large ponds, surrounded by wooden cascades and railings, as well as three manor houses that are worth seeing. Every year in April, the Municipality organizes a tulip festival here, and visitors can enjoy the beauty of these flowers for a short time in this large green park. The park also has a children's park for kids over ten years old.
Fatih Ormanı
Fatih Ormani (Fatih Forest) covers about 150 acres and reachs to the Black Sea (Karadeniz) coast. This area is called Orman Bahce and supported by Dulcinea and Venue. The Orman Bahce team has created a site secretly with nature and away from the city chaos.
The following are the activities and facilities of Orman Bahce:
Sucuk-ekmek Party. There are various alternatives for vegetarians at a forest barbecue party. Moreover nostalgic music, be ready for dance and pleasure.
Every Friday: 20:00-00:00
Meal in Forest
Every day except Mondays between 12:00-15:00 and 19:00-23:00.
Orman Bahce offers you home made meals and barbecue alternatives together with world cuisine. It is a cozy and cool place away from the city stress.
Brunch Pleasure
Every Saturday between 10:00-15:00 or on days special to you.
Village cheeses, famous Kucukkuyu green and black olives, Kars honey, Afyon cream, eggs, cornflakes with fresh fruits, yogurt with fruit, omelet, home-made jams, Edirne butter, tomatoes, cucumbers, melon, cherries, and finally a hammock…
Picnic Pleasure
Weekdays or Saturdays
Special picnic organizations for groups of 20, 50, 100 and 400 are provided. Just bring your instruments; toys and pillows leave the rest to Orman Bahce.
Flea Market
Every Saturday between 10:00-18:00.
Orman Bahce offers the stands; you bring the goods and exhibit them.
Fenerbahçe Parkı
Fenerbahce park is located on a small peninsula. At the edge of the park visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the Princes' Islands on the south east and old Istanbul, Sultanahmet, Topkapi Palace and Haghia Sophia on the west.