When summer is here and the weather is great, it becomes even harder to stay in the city on a weekend. But we can’t get up and go to the Aegean every weekend. So what are we to do?
Get away from the city for a day trip, of course!
If you want to relax and have some fun without getting too far from Istanbul, take a look at our weekend getaway suggestions. And don’t worry if you don’t have a car. Zipcar is in Istanbul so if you have a license to drive, you have a car for your getaway. If you don’t know what Zipcar is and want to read about it in detail, click here. Here is the quick version for those who want to go straight to the suggestions: Zipcar is a car sharing system that allows you to reserve a car on a daily or hourly basis using a mobile app.
Here are 5 ways to get away from Istanbul with your Zipcar without really leaving the city:
1. Chill out by the pool
Spend a day soaking in nature at Village Park in Beykoz. Swim in the pool, enjoy the greenery, and spoil yourself at Matsu Spa. If a day trip doesn’t cut it for you, spend the night as well.
2. Eat great fish and enjoy the sea
Leave early for Uzunya Beach at Kilyos and get a great spot on the lawn. Spend the day sunbathing and swimming. Move over to Kayıkhane in the afternoon and have a great meal of fish while enjoying the scenery. (Of course, those who’re not driving will most likely have rakı, too.)
3. Learn glass blowing
Head to The Glass Furnace in Riva (with prior reservations) and do a half-day or full-day tour. The interactive tour allows you to learn about various techniques and try your hand at them as well.
4. Get some fresh air
Head to the Belgrad Forest but do so early because large groups head here for weekend barbeques as well. Bring your bike and get on the bike trail or run at your own pace. If you haven’t been to the forest in a while, you might have forgotten that lots of trees mean it will be cool there. So you won’t just get fresh air but you’ll also be able to cool off in the summer heat.
5. Stay active
Head to Forestanbul, get on a zipline or climb a wall. Whatever you choose to do here will be active and full of adrenaline for sure.
P.S: Zipcar is giving away to all Canim Istanbul readers a free one-year membership (worth 75TL) to enjoy plenty of weekend getaways. Just click here and use the code: canimzipcar.