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Nature & Beaches

The Green Spaces of İstanbul

Although İstanbul may seem like a concrete jungle to some, there are many ways to escape into nature if you know where to find them. From public parks to vast forests, İstanbul’s precious green secrets are waiting for you to be discovered. So if you are looking for peace and quiet in nostalgic pavillons and groves, adventure and camping in the wilderness, or a recreational family day out in the park, there is something for everyone on both sides of the Bosphorus, along the Sea of Marmara, the Black Sea coast and even in the heart of the urban sprawl.

Surf and Sun Is The New Cool in İstanbul

If you visit İstanbul in summer and want to experience the city like a local, a trip to the beach is a must. With two major bodies of water, the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, and miles of coastline on both, it's no wonder people are drawn to İstanbul's beaches.

The city and outskirts have a thriving beach culture. With beaches, bays and coves stretched across the Black Sea coast in the north and the upper end of the Bosphorus one can relax with nature, meanwhile there are many opportunities to get in the water and work on the sun tan on the many beaches, parks and clubs on the Sea of Marmara to the south.

Whether you're looking for a secluded island bay or a bustling city beach park by the sea, there's a piece of sand and surf for you to enjoy in İstanbul. Apart from being a nice escape from the busy city centre, it's also a wonderful way to relax.