In today’s article I would like to show you the beautiful garden of the Halki Seminary on the island of Heybeliada. You can reach the island for 5,20 TL with one of the public ferries departing from different ferry boat stations in Istanbul (f.e. Kabatas, Besiktas or Kadikoy). I would recommend to visit the islands on a weekday and to catch an early ferry if you want to escape the crowds.
The Hotel Arcadia Blue is located in the historic peninsula of Istanbul, in the Sultanahmet district. The top floor of the hotel is a bar and restaurant called Fine Dine Istanbul, which you can visit even though you are not staying in the hotel. It is the perfect spot to have a drink, coffee or dinner while enjoying the stunning views.
Is this your second time to visit Istanbul or you just try to avoid the crowded attractions? Then my guide for 8 calm and relaxing places to escape the rush in Istanbul is just right for you. In this guide I would like to share 8 non touristy attractions in Istanbul, that I’ve visited. These sights are off the path and not so popular with tourists. Most attractions that I introduce are also suitable for low-budget travelers, since most of them are free of admission. This post can be helpful for first time visitors, who have some more time to explore Istanbul or for more experienced travelers, who visit Istanbul for the second time.
Kuzguncuk, meaning ‘little raven’ in Turkish, is a small neighborhood located on the Asian side of the Bosporus. It is a quiet neighborhood with many beautifully preserved old wooden houses and cute little cafes. For centuries Kuzguncuk was known for the coexistence of Jews, Greeks, Armenians and Turks. And today you can still find reminders of that time like old synagogues, churches, mosques or cemeteries. It is a great neighborhood to visit, if you are interested in history or if you just like to take a walk and look at the beautiful wooden houses and take a break in one of the cafes or restaurants. While wondering the historic streets of Kuzguncuk you can forget that you are in a metropolis, it has more a small town charm to it.