Best Hiking Trails in Istanbul 

Best Hiking Trails in Istanbul 

The weather has warmed up and people living in big cities started to go to parks, gardens and walking areas. Here is a great opportunity for you to exercise and relax!  

Those who want to enjoy the summer take breaths in parks, gardens and walking areas. Hiking trails are full in the morning and at weekends. Those living in Istanbul go to the coastal areas and hiking trails in the forest areas. The best of these routes is between Tarabya and Yeniköy. Hikers also prefer this track as well as those who cycle or roller skate. After this course, which starts from Tarabya and continues until Yeniköy, it is possible to breathe in the cafes and restaurants in Yeniköy. Asdvadzadzin, the Gregorian Armenian Church and the churches of Aya Yorgi can also be visited in Yeniköy, where the Greeks and Jews dwelled in ancient times. If you still have time to walk, you can also use the path of plane trees from Yeniköy to Istinye. Istinye, named after the Greek word “Sosthenion”, is the biggest bay in Istanbul after the Golden Horn. You should definitely drink tea in the garden of Istinye Pier.  

Tea Enjoyment in Emirgan 

The hiking trail between Sarıyer and Büyükdere, located in the northernmost part of the Bosphorus, Istanbul and it is one of the places preferred by those who want to enjoy the sea and nature. Bebek and Rumeli Castle are flooded by people who want to walk and have a nice time in cafes. We recommend those who end their walk in Emirgan to drink a  brewed tea in the historical Çınaraltı Tea Garden. Those who still want to walk and who want to see only the green apart from the sea can go to Emirgan Grove. It is also possible to sit and to have a rest in the pavilions after walking with a wonderful view of nature. In addition to the coastline, there are also those who prefer a different walk in the historical peninsula. The trip can serve a different purpose by visiting historical monuments and museums.  

Journey to History 

You can finish your trip that you begin in Sultanahmet in Ahırkapı, you can enjoy your time full of culture and history. On the southern coast of the Historic Peninsula, you can also take a colourful walk in Kadırga, which is located between Kumkapı and Cankurtaran.  

To those who want to get away from the city 

The only preference of those who want to totally get away from the city is the walking path within the Belgrad Forests. This trail, which can be walked about 7 kilometres between the trees around the lake, is usually full at weekends. However, if you do not want to meet with picnickers, it is recommended that you should prefer early in the morning. The walking path that is preferred by the residents of the Anatolian side in every season is the coastal road between Fenerbahce and Bostancı. Tea gardens in this track where families mostly come to picnics on weekends can also be crowded sometimes.  

Young People’s Choice 

Caddebostan on the coastal road is especially the choice of young people. In this region, as well as hikers, people who cycle or roller skate are frequently encountered. The signposts set up to see the distance you’re walking on this coastline make it easier for people doing exercise. Among the first choices of those who choose the Bosphorus on the Anatolian Side are the strip between Kuzguncuk and Üsküdar. The Armenian Church of Surp Krikor Lusavoriç in Kuzguncuk is known as the only church that shares its garden with a mosque (Yeni Camii). 

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