In our increasingly concretized city, the most indispensable activity of the summer months is still going for a picnic. If you are wondering whether there are any picnic sites left; do not be despaired. Because the picnic areas in our list will refresh your hopes and cheer you up. Here are the 9 most beautiful picnic sites in Istanbul.
The Belgrade Forest is one of the most visited forests on the European Side with its 6-km hiking and jogging track. It also provides visitors with opportunity to have a picnic. When you go out of the route a little bit, you will come across small lakes and streams that are fascinating in every season. It can be crowded at noon hours, so it should be visited in the early hours to enjoy the silence. Same applies to picnic or jogging.
Fenerbahçe Park is only one of the beauties in Kadıköy district. It is full of flowers, very clean and has a magnificent see view every season. If you would like to go for a picnic, specially on the weekend, we recommend you come early and reserve your spot. In addition, you do not need to a lot of preparation as well, just buy fresh bagels at the entrance. Its shimmery sea will be enough to make you happy!
Emirgan Park is famous for its tulips, and it is one of the most frequently visited locations at spring and summer seasons by picnic-lovers. However, it goes without saying that barbecuing is not allowed here. If you enter through Reşit Paşa, you may make use of picnic tables located on forestry side of the park. Furthermore, you can watch Bosporus through trees and fully enjoy with landscape.
4.Bahçeköy Nursery Garden
We can easily say that Bahçeköy Nursery Garden accommodates 50 shades of green within it. With its fresh air and various trees inside, it attracts attention and is an ideal location for a picnic. We also recommend you purchase a nursery plant for your balcony or home when you are there.
5.Beykoz Kaymakdonduran Forest
Located 5 km from the Beykoz coast, this forest is full of wooden picnic tables and houses many picnic areas. Walking in autumn and winter is also very enjoyable because it is very calm. In the summer months; visitors, again, should go in the early hours for a picnic.
6.Buyukada Dilburnu Picnic Area
Buyukada is one of the frequently visited destination in the summer season and it is indispensable to picnic lovers for its picnic area. This lovely place has both a picnic area and bays that gives you the chance to go swimming. You can have a good time under the pine forests or you can cool off by going swimming.
7.Aydos Picnic Area
This unique site is located on the highest hill of Istanbul and is on the Anatolian side. Aydos offers its visitors not only a picnic area but also a running track. Here on the weekends you can first work out then have a pleasant picnic. The sunset is truly spectacular as well!
8.Nezahat Gokyigit Botanic Garden
This place is standing as the rescued site among the buildings in Ataşehir. Its wooden picnic tables around a small lake are very suitable for having a picnic. In addition, it is free of charge to enter into this garden. But you are not allowed to barbecue. However, it is still indisputable that it is one of the best sites for having a picnic.
9.Ballıkayalar Nature Park
Ballıkayalar Nature Park is located in Tavsanli village of Gebze and is a destination for mountain climbing. However, because it located near a stream turns it into an excellent picnic area. Therefore, you may pay a visit to this lovely site, have a picnic near the stream.