Istanbul is magnificent in all seasons. That’s why you immediately fall in love with it. But in some seasons and months, Istanbul is even more beautiful. September is one of those months. The weather is now starting to get chilly, everyone is back to their daily chores and it’s getting quiet on the streets... this is when trips in and around Istanbul is a privilege. If you are also looking for a calm and peaceful weekend in Istanbul, come check out our list! Happy reading!
Located in Kırklareli’s Demirköy county, İğneada is the perfect place for camping, trekking, cycling, outdoor sports and cultural tours. At its finest during September, October and November, İğneada will dazzle you with its beauty. You can see İğneada Lighthouse and Longoz Natural Park, or enjoy camping near Erikli Lake.
Ağva is a recent popular spot. It’s full in summer, but quieter in September. Meaning “a village established between two creeks” in Latin, Ağva is between Yeşilçay and Göksu. With its magnificent environment and boutique forest hotels, Ağva is a nice peaceful alternative for a weekend getaway.
At its most beautiful during fall, Yedigöller is a bit long 4-5 hour drive from Istanbul. However, when you arrive in Yedigöller, you will forget all the driving you just did. Because you will be welcomed by a total natural wonder. A perfect place for photograph hobbyists and hikers, Yedigöller’s scenery is enriched by trees like elms, oaks and beeches. If you think one day won’t do Yedigöller justice, you can always camp or stay in the bungalow houses.
If you’re thinking of seeing a nice place but not too far from Istanbul, Garipçe is the place to go. Very easy to go using the city transportation lines, Garipçe village will offer you a gorgeous view in a peaceful day. You can start your day with a mixed breakfast and close it with a nice meal at the Rumeli Lighthouse.
The Polish, fleeing in the 1800s from the Russian attacks, were placed here by the Ottoman Empire. Hence the name Polonezköy (~Polish Village). You can spend a couple of days in Polonezköy. You can ride horses, join glass ceramics courses, self-cater and see places like Ciocia Zosia’s (Aunt Zosia) House of Memories, Polonezköy Culture House and the Mother Mary Church.
A town in the Mudanya county of Bursa, Trilye is an alternative for a peaceful weekend with its historical identity. You can see Aya Yorgi Monastery, the Stone School and the Saint Vasily Church in Trilye. With its bay window Greek houses and cobblestones, Trilye is also a heaven for photography enthusiasts. You can also buy little souvenirs during your nice walks within the town.
A favorite with those looking for a beautiful lake view and quality oxygen, Sapanca is a true mesmerizing place! There is a 16-km road lining the lake where you can either walk or cycle on. After this road you can use the picnic areas or have a try at one of the salmon restaurants.
One other most peaceful place to go at the weekend is the Princes’ Islands. It is possible to go to Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada or Kınalıada among the islands, which have unique personalities in every season. You can do many sports such as cycling, hiking or running in the Princes’ Islands, which is now a backyard to Istanbul. You can also have delicious meals and watch the sunset while there.
Sea, creeks, lake and forest... Here you can find nature’s all wonders in one place. A 1.5 hour drive from Istanbul, Ömerli Dam unfortunately doesn’t offer any means of accommodation. However, you can always set up a camp. Don’t miss this ideal weekend escape with the quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
One of the closest peaceful weekend escapes from Istanbul, Riva is located in Beykoz. This sweet beach town is perfect for nature trips, picnics and boat trips. While there you can also see the Fortress of Riva and try delicious fish at one of the fish restaurants.
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