|On the European
side of the Black Sea coast, 25 km from the outskirts of Istanbul,
Kilyos's long, broad sandy beaches draw crowds of Istanbul residents
in the summer months.
The Belgrade Forest,inland from the Black Sea on the European side, is
the largest forest around Istanbul. On weekends Istanbulites drive out
to its shade for family picnics and barbeques Seven ancient reservoirs
and a number of natural springs refresh the air. The Ottoman aqueducts,
of which the Moglova Aqueduct built by Sinan is the most splendid,
lend a majesty to the natural surroundings.
On the Asian side, Polonezkoy, 25 km from
Istanbul, was founded in the
19th century by Polish immigrants.
Istanbul residents get away to its
pastoral landscape for walks, horseback riding and to enjoy the
traditional Polish food served by the descendants of the original
|On the Black
Sea, 70 km from Uskudar, Sile's sandy beaches, fish restaurants and
hotels make it one of the most delightful holiday places near
Sile bezi, cool cotton clothing, popular with tourists, is fashioned
The charming fishing town of Eskihisar, southeast of Istanbul,boasts a
marina where yachtsmen can moor their boats after a day out in the Sea
of Marmara. In town, the house of Osman Hamdi Bey, Turkey's great 19th
century painter, has been converted into a museum. Neighboring sites
include the tomb of Hannibal between Eskihisar and Gebze, and a
On the southern shore of tne Sea of Marmara, the popular resort of
Yalova has been visited since Roman times for its thermal waters which
aid in the cure of rheumatism. The baths of the main resort a few
Kilometers out of town are set in pleasant gardens adding to the
relaxing atmosphere. In the town of Yalova itself, many inexpensive
hotels and guest houses provide comfortable accommodation. Seventeen
Kilometers west of Yalova, the relaxing resort area of Cinarcik has
lovely beaches and modern holiday complexes.
Many Istanbulites have summer
homes near Silivri, the popular vacation area about 65 km from
large holiday resort, it offers everything from casinos to sporting,
health and fitness facilities to excellent dining. The conference center
attracts business people who escape the city's hectic pace for a working
holiday. A regular sea bus service connects Istanbul to Silivri.