Approximately ten million tourists from around the world visited Istanbul last year (2021), with Arab tourists accounting for over three million of the total. Paradoxically, the majority of tourists visit Istanbul’s most famous sights before they become famous. Some, on the other hand, wish to visit places in Istanbul that are not well-known by visitors; they want to learn about Istanbul’s secrets, see what’s new, and relax in peace. These stunning spots would make your visit in Istanbul remarkable.
Mimar Sinan Urban Forest
Mimar Sinan Forest, one of Istanbul’s most beautiful forests, spans around 3 million and 400,000 square meters near Zubeyde Hanim, Sultan Gazi. The forest, which initially welcomed visitors in 2012, is a wonderful place for family picnics and walks, as well as witnessing the changing seasons. A beautiful lake dam is guarded by a towering wooden tower from which you can obtain the best views of the pure water and lush flora in the forest.
With a gorgeous long shoreline going over the Black Sea, Catalca is Istanbul’s largest area in terms of area, at 1,291 km2. It is around 56 km from Istanbul city center. Agriculture and woods are the most well-known features of the region, with industry following in second. The textile and pharmaceutical sectors are the most well-known. Because of its small population, the city is calm, providing a sense of comfort and serenity. The picturesque villages of Flamengo, Yalikoy, and Ormanli are visited by tourists looking for Istanbul’s hidden gems in the Catalca district.
For those seeking peace and quiet in Istanbul, the enormous Nekkastepe Park, a 50,000-square-meter park in Uskudar, is another option. In the park, you’ll find an aviation runway, a tennis court, a shooting range, fitness areas, an adventure trail, a biological water pond, a wooden bridge, and a waterfall. All of the necessary amenities have been installed in the park. Camping enthusiasts can enjoy both the sea and the trees.
The Goksu River is known for its clear waters and peaceful atmosphere, making it ideal for a promenade or a boat trip. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit My Moon Cafe. It is overlooked by Fatih Park, Sile Lighthouse, and Sile Lake, among other attractions. The river flows through Istanbul from the Beykoz neighborhood, giving fishing opportunities. To admire the grandeur of the river and its environs, Safaraq Tourism welcomes you to contact us and book through its representatives. The river will beautify your visit in Istanbul.
Kucuksu Palace, erected in 1856 on a 400-meter section of the Bosphorus Strait, was designed as a rest station for horseback riders and fisherman. This mansion is distinguished for its carved ceilings with amazing ornamentation and manuscripts, as well as the outstanding marble colors. The staircase’s design, the simple water basin, the imported European furnishings, and the rare oil paintings all stand out. Outside the palace, visitors love taking a tour of the lake and surrounding fountain.