What to do in Istanbul in Autumn
What to do in Istanbul in Autumn
In Istanbul, autumn lasts from late September until late December. The institutions that were closed during the summer reopen their doors, and life returns to normal. The city's core districts begin to fill again towards the end of September, bringing back the true vibrant and busy life of Istanbul. Fall is also an excellent time to visit Istanbul since the weather is neither too hot nor too chilly. Furthermore, the city hosts a significant number of events. If you're visiting Istanbul in autumn, here are some activities you shouldn't miss:
Walk in Belgrad Forrest
Istanbul is also surrounded by mountains, woods, and two oceans. Although the city may be oppressive, you're never more than 30 minutes away from a breath of fresh air. The Belgrad Forest used to stretch from the European side of the Bosphorus to Belgrade. Despite being threatened by uncontrolled development and significant government projects (the third airport in Istanbul, a parallel channel to the Bosphorus, the third bridge over the Strait...), the north of Istanbul is still a largely forested region where one may stroll. It's a lovely and rejuvenating place to go jogging, bicycling, or strolling. Directions: Renting a vehicle is the easiest method to get about Belgrad Forest, which is located approximately 15 kilometers northwest of Istanbul. It will cost 45 TL to take a cab from the M2: Haciosman metro station. If you want to go by bus, take the 42T from Taksim or the 153 from Sariyer to Bahçeköy and then walk from there.
Visit Anadolu Kavagi
Because it is situated in a military zone, Anadolu Kavagi is the northernmost hamlet on the Bosphorus, and it can only be reached by boat. The remains of the Byzantine fortress of Yorgos, which provide a magnificent 360-degree view of the city and the entrance of the Black Sea, where the building of the third bridge is underway, may be reached by climbing to the top of the hill. The town is nestled in the woods, with several lovely seafood eateries along the water's edge. We won't lie to you: it's a little touristy, but it's well worth your time. The most convenient method to get there is to board one of the tourist boats from Kabatas or Besiktas, which are more or less pleasant.
Shop in Istanbul
Istanbul is a shopping destination; in addition to all of the big international luxury or prêt-à-porter brands (located in the city's many shopping malls and districts), the local fashion sector is thriving! Turkey's textile industry has advanced significantly in recent years, transitioning from a basic supplier of major international stores to an exporter. During your time in Istanbul, you may also discover new Turkish designers such as Les Benjamins, Dice Kayek, Arzu Kaprol, and Atl Kutolu, who are situated in the districts of Nisantasi and Bebek or on Serdar-i Ekrem-street. Or consider the emerging Turkish prêt-à-porter industry: Turkey now has H&M, Zara, and Mango-style stores. Koton, Vakko, Tween, Sarar, or Mavi Jeans shops are worth checking out in the city.
Other activities to do during your stay include smoking a hookah, getting lost in the city's excellent museums, and visiting a local hammam. We encourage you to tell us about your experiences in the comments area.