The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Beşiktaş

Maria Menegaki

Meaning “cradle stone” in Turkish, Beşiktaş is located on the European shore of Bosporus. Undoubtedly one of the oldest and most historic districts of Istanbul, it is beloved by the locals and well known as a cultural and artistic center. Take a break from the ordinary sightseeing route in the city, check out our guide and discover this diverse, unique area with a distinctive village-like atmosphere.

Fish Market, Besiktas, Istanbul

Take A Cruise

Taking any of the available tour boats is always a great way to see the important sights of the city. Starting from Beşiktaş, you can enjoy a Bosporus cruise or even cross the strait to reach Asian shores.

1. Walk Around Yıldız Park

Park

Located between the palaces of Çırağan and Yıldız, this is one of the largest green spaces in the city, once part of the imperial garden. A huge park featuring flowers, plants, and trees gathered from every part of the world, it is the ideal retreat for picnic and relaxation and offers views of the Bosphorus. If you happen to be in town during April, make sure to stop by to see the spring flowers.

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