Although "Istanbul" often comes to mind with negative details such as crowd, chaos, and traffic, you can find peaceful, pleasant, and safe routes without going too far from Istanbul. Since Istanbul and its surroundings have a transition climate, this region; also offers you alternatives that you can go to at all times of the year so that you can evaluate your summer and winter holidays. Let's review beautiful choices close to Istanbul for a pleasant and safe weekend getaway.
Considered one of our country's unique spots with its deep-rooted history of almost 2000 years, magnificent nature, charming architecture, and details reflecting Polish culture, Polonezköy is one of the perfect alternatives that can be considered for a weekend getaway in Istanbul. This remarkable village, which is generally among young couples' visiting points, has walking and cycling tracks, Aunt Zofia Memorial House, a historical church, boutique hotels, and restaurants. Polonezköy is one of the places preferred by Istanbul residents for a pleasant weekend holiday, apart from their daily visits.
Sile, which is a great option, especially for those who want to spend their holiday by the sea, allows you to enjoy the sea, sand, and sun with its approximately 60 km long beach. The touristic district, which is also famous for its castle and lighthouse, attracts visitors in the summer and throughout the year with its location within the borders of Istanbul and its historical and natural beauty. In Şile, where there are dozens of different hotels, pensions, and restaurants, you can have an enjoyable and safe holiday either alone or with your loved ones.
Ağva, a district of Şile, is considered one of the ideal destinations for those who want to spend a stylish weekend in nature with its bays, waterfalls, reeds, and boutique hotels. Although Ağva is mostly visited during the summer months, it manages to be impressive at all times of the year due to its relaxing atmosphere, quality fish restaurants, and magnificent views. It is possible to reach this tourist area, which is 97 km away from Istanbul, in about an hour by following the Umraniye - Sile road.
Prince Islands, one of the most pleasant and peaceful routes of Istanbul, consists of nine islands in total. Still, only Kınalıada, Burgazada, Büyükada, and Heybeliada have settled life among these islands. Also known as the Adalar, the Prince Islands' most popular touristic spots are Büyükada and Heybeliada. You can easily reach Prince Islands, one of Istanbul's unique points with its electric phaetons, historical buildings, and natural beauties by Bostancı - Kabataş ferries or by island ferries go to each island separately.
Avşa, which has managed to be among the most popular holiday routes of the summer months with its golden sandy beaches exceeding kilometers and its peaceful atmosphere, also creates an advantage due to its easily accessible location from Istanbul. The island, which has two separate settlements, namely Merkez and Yiğitler, is surrounded by beautiful beaches almost all over the island. You can choose ferry services departing from Bostancı and Yenikapı to reach Avşa, also known for its vineyards and wines.
One of the most popular destinations of recent years, İğneada hosts a unique natural beauty and a relaxing atmosphere like longoz forests. This magnificent area within the borders of Kırklareli attracts attention not only with its natural beauties but also with its accommodation options. İğneada, which offers a very comprehensive camping opportunity, is one of the rare representatives of our country's glamping trend.
Sapanca, which has been the subject of TV series and movies with its lake, nature, and stylish houses, is one of the Istanbulites' first escape points for many years. Sapanca, which is one of the rare places where people of all ages who want to be in touch with nature, relax and find peace can easily reach the weekend, also offers an advantage due to accommodation options that appeal to every expectation. Located between Izmit and Sakarya, this touristic area provides suitable alternatives for outdoor sports and health tourism.
Elite World Sapanca Convention & Wellness Resort, which is among the newest and most comprehensive hotels in the region, turns into a perfect option for those who want to get 5-star accommodation services, especially in places that are intertwined with nature. With five different room types, indoor and outdoor pools, massage types, restaurant and bar, Elite World Sapanca Convention & Wellness Resort, which can meet all the demands you can expect from a high-end hotel, also includes suitable areas for weddings, meetings, and similar organizations. Besides, Elite World Sapanca Convention & Wellness Resort, which fully implements the Covid-19 measures of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.