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Istanbul is dotted with gardens that are easily accessible and much larger parks that can be reached by car or bus.

In winter, it is possible to ski in the mountains at Uludağ (36km south of Bursa).

The Marmara Sea and Black Sea resorts (Kilyos, Şile, Ağva) are well equipped and accessible by bus.


Monuments and archaeological sites are open 7 days a week, generally from 8am to 6 or 7pm (5pm in winter).

Museums are closed on Mondays, with the exception of Topkapı Palace, which is closed on Tuesdays and Kariye Müzesi (Chora Church), which is closed on Wednesdays. Most are open from 9am-5pm, sometimes with a break between 12noon and 1pm.

Going out

Night birds will find lots to keep them amused in the Beyoğlu (İstiklal cad.) neighbourhood and in the Ortaköy district on the banks of the Bosphorus. If you like techno, house or rhythm and blues, not to mention Turkish summer hits, you will be in heaven…


A trip to Istanbul would not be complete without a relaxing visit to a steam bath. Hammams are open at alternate hours to men and women or have separate facilities. Only those attended primarily by tourists are mixed.

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