Best Parks in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities that you can visit. As weather becomes mild, people start to appear at streets. The people of the city wear their shorts, buy beers and take their places at parks when it is hot. If you visit Istanbul in summer, we highly recommend you to have picnic at unique parks of Istanbul.

Here are most chosen and most beloved parks in Istanbul;

Macka Park (Demokrasi Parki)

Overview

Located on the Macka Valley — in the Sisli District — is a 156,671 square meters recreational area known as the Macka Park. Having been built as an area for lovers to mingle in the early 1990s, the initial name of this recreational ground was Love Park, and after its first renovations, it was renamed to Macka Democracy Park. The park has a cable car which soars from the park to the Marriage Office in Beyoglu. The park is a popular leisure spot which is often crammed on weekends. Within the park, there two playgrounds for kids, two pools, cafes, a walking and a jogging area.

Visiting Hours

Open 24 hours

Admission is free

Emirgan Park (Emirgan Korusu)

Overview

Being one of the largest urban parks in Istanbul, and considered as the coziest, the Emirgan Park is probably in the top ten of the “Places to visit in Istanbul” list. The area was covered by cypress trees during the Byzantine era, and it was named ‘Emirgûne’ during the Ottoman Empire and later pronounced as Emirgan. The flowery park has natural picnic points with tables, fountains, restaurants, jogging tracks and playgrounds for kids. Located at the Emirgan Park are three beautiful historic pavilions — Yellow, Pink and White — which are named after their exterior colors.

Visiting Hours

Open every day from 06:00 am — 22:00 pm

Free of charge

Yildiz Park (Yıldız Parkı)

Overview

Placed between two palaces, Yildiz and Ciragan in Besiktas, the Yildiz Park is one of the largest urban parks in Istanbul. In the Byzantine era, the park was a mere forest.  During the reign Sultan Abdulhamid II — in the Ottoman Empire — the park was encompassed as one of the imperial gardens of the Yildiz Palace. Before being used as a garden, it was considered as a hunting ground. Today, the garden is attractive —having beautiful colored flowers, aligned trees (oak, cypress, pine, yew, cedar and ash) and picnics points. Besides its stunning scenery, the park has two ancient pavilions — Çadır and Malta — which are now being used as a restaurant.

Visiting Hours

Open every day from 06:00 am — 22:00 pm

Free of charge

Gulhane Park (Gülhane Parkı)

Overview

Besides being one of the largest urban parks in Istanbul, Gulhane Park — meaning “House of Roses Park” in Turkish — it is the city’s oldest. During the Ottoman Empire, Gulhane Park was regarded as one of the Topkapi Palace gardens. It was reserved for the royals only, and not open to the public. It was opened to the public in 1912. The park lies adjacent to the city’s classic museums and landmarks. Within the park, there is an 18m tall oldest monument — Column of the Goths — which is believed to have been erected in the 3rd century. During the Istanbul Tulip Festival — in March and April — millions of tulip flowers are blossom giving the landscape a scenic view.

Visiting Hours

Open every day from 06:00 am — 22:30 pm

Free of charge 

Ataturk Arboretum

Actually Ataturk Arboretum is in a museum so there are some rules to protect the museum. For example, you must not have picnic or ride a bike, they are not allowed. Just walk and take the best  photographs for an hour.

Visiting Hours

Open every day except Mondays from 08.30-20.00 (summer) 08.30-17.00 (winter)

On Weekdays 7.5 tl

On Weekend 20 tl

Selamicesme Ozgurluk Parki

The park is located in Selamicesme. The park will gather your attention especially in summers, in addition, there are 3 parks for children, athleticism parkours, basketball pitch, tennis court, football pitch, pools an amphitheatre and bike road for adults.

Visiting Hours

Open every day from 06:00 am — 22:30 pm

Free of charge