Being the largest city in Turkey, the influx of people foreign tourist and locals alike is inevitable.
Added to this are love couples seeking for a romantic trip in one of the most beautiful city in Europe.
Fortunately enough, there are plenty of romantic places and locations to go to celebrate the universal
feeling of love.
Situated in Uskudar on the Asian side of Istanbul is Camlica Hill. The hill is 268 metres above sea level
with sweet smelling pines and magnificent views of the Bosphorus. A favorite winter spot, there are
Ottoman style tea-rooms at the top where you can sit cozily and sip hot Sahlep. In the summer, you can
enjoy sitting amongst the rose bushes.
But if you want a place in the Princess Islands then Aya Nikolat, Buyukada is the place to go. Travelling to
the island itself is a romantic experience already. Reached via ferry, vehicles are banned on the island so
you can only cycle, walk or use the horse-drawn carriages.
Located along the Bosphorus in the district of Besiktas, is the square symbolized by the famous Ortakoy
Mosque built on the seafront, the Ortakoy Square. Stroll around the street craft bazaars, enjoy baked
potatoes or sit on a bench and feed the pigeons.
Meanwhile, on a hill on the European side of the Bosporus is where Rumelihisarı (Rumelian Castle) at.
A fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul. Since 1960, it has been used as a museum and an
outdoor theatre for concerts and festivals. Enjoy breathtaking views trekking around the fortress or a
summer’s night of rocking to music echoing into the Bosphorus.
On a bay on the Asian side of Istanbul, Kalamis is well-known for its luxury marina, park and tea gardens.
Walk along the marina by day, drop into the classy night clubs by night for dancing. Kalamis used to be
an elegant walking spot for high-class Ottoman ladies and famous Turkish poet Munir.
As far as romantic places go, this looks like rather the obvious choice, the Maiden Tower. However
there’s no denying the attraction. Built on a tiny islet in the Bosphorus, it’s also known as Kizkulesi. So
many legends abound, from Greek gods in rapturous love to a sultan who tried to hide his daughter
from a prophesy of death, that it’s impossible to pick one. Now restored with a new, cosy café, and
often hired for weddings, it can be reached from Uskudar with a little motorboat.