Discover Istanbul, home of places to go
Istanbul offers plenty of secret corners, first time experiences and beautiful places to visit and see. But if you have time the environs of Istanbul provide to its visitors a historical, natural and culinary discovery experience with lush greenery, peaceful atmosphere.
The environs of Istanbul and the Marmara Region are replete with historical and natural beauties that are accessible from Istanbul daily.
Signs of Roman and Greek culture are widespread, while Bursa and Edirne, two capital cities of the Ottoman Empire, offer a journey with a more oriental flavour.
The Marmara Region is an attractive destination for history, nature, sun and sea lovers and offers plenty of accommodation facilities. Natural beauties that attracted members of many civilizations throughout history to these regions still draw people towards them.
Princes' Islands are a group of nine islands off the Asian coast of Istanbul. The islands in this chain are Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedefadasi, Silivriada, Yassiada, Kasik and Tavsan Island.
Belgrade Forest is the largest forest near Istanbul, inland from the Black Sea. The forest's golf course, equestrian center and arboretum are popular for those searching these kind of attractions.
Kilyos: Kilyos is a resort town whose sandy beaches attract visitors throughout the summer. Especially at weekends, big parties are organized. Kilyos hosts various concerts and festivals and there are several accommodation alternatives here.
Polonezkoy: Polonezkoy is still maintaining a kind of central European village charm, this is an ideal site for long walks and excursions and for sampling some of the delicious food of the town.
Sile: Sile is a charming resort town with sandy beaches and good hotels and restaurants. The small fishermen's harbor is also worth seeing. This lovely summer resort is also a preferred meeting destination for companies.
Agva: Agva is an old town 100 km from Istanbul, not far from Sile, situated between the Goksu and Agva rivers. Natural beauties and a vast beach make Agva a getaway destination, especially in spring and winter.
Sapanca: Sapanca is a small and green lakeside town just 1,5 hours from Istanbul by bus or train. Just above Sapanca is the Kartepe ski resort, which makes this district an attraction in winter.
Polonezkoy Village, Istanbul
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