6 ways to connect with nature in Istanbul

Girl picking vegetables in farm outside of Istanbul

Here is the ugly truth: Every Istanbulite will suffer from construction noise, never ending traffic and pollution at some point.

Do not feel gloomy though; there are still ways to connect with nature in Istanbul.

Here are six of them.

1. Spend time at Kuzguncuk vegetable garden

Kuzguncuk Bostani

One of the most peaceful neighborhoods, Kuzguncuk has a 17-acre garden where locals grow fruits and vegetables. There is also a very small grass amphitheater nearby. >map

2. Cultivate your land at Komşuköy


Komşuköy, the real life version of Farmville, allows you to rent and run a farm from your computer. Get your hands dirty to truly engage with nature and visit Komşuköy farm in Beykoz to cultivate your land on your own. >map

3. Enjoy the sunset at Tuzla Yacht Club

Tuzla Yat Kulubu

The Istanbul branch of Bozburun Yacht Club is great for sailors and yoga lovers. Take a breath of fresh air and indulge in the breakfast buffet with natural, fresh foods (served only on weekends). >map

4. Go mushroom hunting in Belgrad Forest

Belgrad Mushroom

Mushroom hunting is a serious business, you need an experienced guide. Learn how to pick and cook different mushrooms with Jilber Barutçiyan, Turkey’s leading mushroom expert. >map

5. Take a long walk at Atatürk Arboretum

Ataturk Arboretumu

Inhabiting nearly 2000 plant species, Atatürk Arboretum will introduce you to botany. Who knows, you may even see a deer if you behave well. >map

6. Attend a workshop at Ek Biç Ye İç

Ek Biç Ye Iç

Located in the middle of Taksim, Ek Biç Ye İç is a cafe with a hidden 70-m2 urban garden. Attend one of their workshops on permaculture, sustainable living or indoor soil-free gardening. >map


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