İstanbul is the center of attraction for many people with its beauty, vibrant life and neighborhoods that host all kinds of adventures. This enchanting metropolis draws people in! Besides this active life, sometimes we need to retreat into silence and listen to our own inner voice. We have listed the special places in our article for you, both for those who are living in Istanbul and for those who are visiting this city from outside, where you can have peace of mind and experience the serenity to the fullest. If you are wondering about these peaceful spots, let’s check it out!


1. Kuzguncuk

Kuzguncuk, a charming district on the shore of the Bosphorus, where you will find peace among huge plane trees, is one of the rare places where you can have peace of mind. You will feel like you are in a fairy tale novel as you stroll through this sweet district, which you can reach in 20 minutes by walking from Üsküdar. The reason for that is the houses are so charming that we are not used to seeing them around city life! Colorful mansions and preserved greenery will make you feel like you are in another holiday destination. For this exact reason, on a weekend, especially if it is summer, you can walk the magnificent streets of Kuzguncuk, take pictures of the colorful mansions and unwind by sitting in the cute and cozy cafes.


2. Polonezköy

This natural wonder place, which is connected to Beykoz, is one of the rare places where you can have peace of mind with its forest view and lush ambiance. You can take a walk in the forest on your day trips, have breakfast, or barbecue in one of the places that are intertwined with nature if you would like to. If you don't want to go too far from the city at the weekend and at the same time, think "Let me immerse myself in nature", Polonezköy is the right place for you! We are certain that you will witness every shade of green and capture wonderful nature shots while passing through the roads that are surrounded by giant trees!

3. Heybeliada

Have you ever been to Heybeliada, which is wonderful for the summer months? If not, you're missing out on a lot! Especially in this beautiful weather, you can spend a wonderful day away from the city. You can tour the colorful island streets that are filled with flowers with your bike and frame the beautiful landscapes you have encountered. You can immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature by preparing a small picnic basket and watching the sea from a corner surrounded by greenery. After this pleasant Heybeliada tour, don't forget to treat yourself to ice cream at the end!


4. Anadolu Kavağı

Anadolu Kavağı is one of the most popular places during the spring and summer months. In this valuable place in nature, you can first visit Yoros Castle and watch the Bosphorus from the top, and then enjoy a nice tea at one of the venues there. Later you can sit at one of the fishing harbors of Poyrazköy and watch the sea view and turn the pages of your book with the sound of the waves. Isn't this an amazing way to meditate? As the weekend approaches, make your preparations and discover this corner of paradise!


5. Aydos Forest

Did someone say having peace of mind? Then get ready for Aydos Forest without wasting any of your time! Aydos Forest, located on the Anatolian side, is a wonderful option for those who are looking for a quiet escape from city life. There is also a lake in the forest, where you will encounter thousands of endemic plants and cute animals. It will be very good for you to spend your day here and take a productive nature tour; you will start the week with a new version of yourself with this tour!

6. Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden, located in Baltalimanı is one of the natural wonders that even those who are living in Istanbul don’t know much about. Inside this garden, there are motifs reflecting Japanese culture, different plant species and an artificial lake. The tranquil moments accompanying this eye-catching plant festival will take you to a whole other place. As soon as you step into this colorful atmosphere, you will leave the intensity of city life completely behind. After visiting the Japanese Garden, this place will become one of your favorite places!

7. Göktürk Ponds National Park

Göktürk Ponds National Park is one of the places where you can have a peaceful time just the way you like. You can enjoy breakfast at the tables by the lake, take a bike tour in nature with plenty of oxygen and finally, you can get the calmness that you seek by sipping your coffee against the view! We are certain that you will experience even more quiet moments if you have the chance to visit during the week!


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