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Hidden Corners of Istanbul
Hidden Sites of Istanbul, Are you one of those looking for hidden nooks when it blows into your head on the weekend without going away? Here are the beautiful hidden places of Istanbul that are unknown to everyone…
If you’re tired of Istanbul’s human traffic, don’t you want to wake up with bird chirps instead of car horns, eat a barbecue instead of burgers, and leave yourself in the water instead of going under the showerhead to cool off? We thought you’d want it, and we searched the nooks and crannies of Istanbul for you.
It is the highest point of Istanbul, with a peak height of 537 meters. Aydos Hill (Mountain), located in Kartal, Pendik, Sultanbeyli, and Sanjak Tepe, took its name from the castle of Aydos, which remained within the borders of today’s Sultanbeyli district during the Roman and Byzantine periods.
Aydos comes from “Aetos,” which means “eagle” in Latin, and it is believed that the name of the district of Kartal, which overlooks the Sea of Marmara, also comes from here. Its use as a hunting ground during the Ottoman Empire reveals how rich its pine trees’ forest was.
Aydos Lake is located in a forest in the opposite direction of Aydos Hill. You also can see different lice covers in the lake and take a lot of pictures.
If you intend to go by bus, you take the 21U bus from Kadıköy and get off at the ‘Çamlık’ stop. The journey by bus takes about 50 minutes. By the way, let’s also note that 21U buses leave very often.
Elmas Cape Promenade is a place that is very popular with people living in the village of Riva, famous for the Sea of Beykoz, especially on the Anatolian side of Istanbul.
Diamond Cape promenade: with its Long Beach, pine forests, and deep silence, Diamond Cape is a recreation center beyond even many holiday centers. This place where you can watch dolphins while having a picnic is 20 minutes away in the direction of Kavacık-Riva.
To reach Riva, you need to travel about half an hour from Istanbul. Diamond Cape is quite preferred by holidaymakers in this respect and is the most preferred beach of Riva. It has Long Beach. People prefer Diamond Cape Beach because it is more in combination with greenery. The view of the diamond nose is excellent. Especially when looking at Elmas Cape Beach from high, you will encounter a breathtaking view.
Elmas Cape Beach is a beach that can respond to your pleasure both to go to the sea, to walk along the coast, and to picnic. People who come here fish on the cliffs. Holidaymakers who do not like a boisterous environment are among their first preferences because it is close to Istanbul. An exquisite bay formed by the protection of black rocks dividing the Black Sea’s blue goes beyond even many holiday centers with its Long Beach, Pine Forest, and silence. You can stay in a tent, harpoon fish, explore seabirds on Gull Island, smile at Dolphins, Calle tall you can walk.
The region can be reached 20 minutes by the highway from KAVACIK to Riva, connected to Jul. Besides, you can also go in connection with the village of Beykoz Mahmut Şevket Pasha.
Çatalca Inceğiz Village
Inceğiz Village, a small settlement area of Çatalca, has managed to preserve its culture, history, and traditions until today.
Inceğiz caves; Inceğiz Caves, also known as Kemal Sunal caves, are stops to visit in Çatalca. Old Tarkan films and some of Kemal Sunal’s films were shot here. Caves usually have a 3-4-story structure. Although you can enter every part of the cave, it isn’t easy to get to the top floor.
A charming Valley where history and nature are generous… The region where Çatalca was first established about 2500 years ago, the 9th Genoese. 3 large ones carved into high rocks in the century Caves and trees that extend to the sky with the fertility of the Earth…
Asphalt road from Çatalca to Subaşı. after a distance of about 6 kilometers, you can easily reach it.
It is one of the bays along the Black Sea coast near Rumeli Lighthouse’s village in the Sariyer district of Istanbul. It is a place where the combative Black Sea rests and breathes, stretches into the pine trees with a small bay, whether you run and play, Fish and swim, or listen to the silence of nature.
All these activities, camping, wooden houses, Country Coffee, restaurants, beaches, mini-golf course, and sailing facilities combined with the Sariyer District Marmaracık Bay visitors are flocked every season of the year.
Sariyer, through Acarlarlar Rumeli Lighthouse Road, after passing Koç University, strangely turns to the left and looks at the signs that will come out before you can go to this beautiful bay. Those who want to come by public transport can reach Marmaracık Bay, a 15-minute walk away, after going to Rumeli Feneri Village, the last stop, using the 150 IETT buses departing from Haci Osman metro stop.
To sum up, the Bay of Marmaracık is a quiet place where you can listen to your head, and there is no settlement at a distance of about 500 m.
The fact that wood and natural stone are used in all the facilities is important in showing environmental sensitivity.
Anatolian Fortress Göksu-Küçüksü
Anatolian Fortress (güzel Hisar) was built by Yildirim Beyazit, who is considered one of the most beautiful and developed examples of Ottoman military architecture, between 1391-1399 to ensure control of the Strait and in preparation for the conquest of Istanbul.
Rumeli Fortress and Anatolian fortress on the European side are located in the narrowest part of the Strait. Anatolian Fortress, formerly a small fishing village, now attracts attention with its colorful historical houses.
The Rumeli fortress has served an essential function in the Strait control for many years. The Anatolian Fortress, which has lost its military importance over time, is one of the structures that make up the most beautiful view of the Bosphorus today. The two most important areas of the Anatolian Fortress are Göksu and Küçüksu promenade. Today, they are places where Istanbulites spend intense time with their natural beauty.
Göksu District is very famous for its two features. Beach and eggplant on the beach where the sea and Yesil Hills meet. Eggplant, which is very welcome in the cuisine of Istanbul ladies, is grown in the wet Valley soil of Göksu with its flavor, soft and seedless properties. The beach is a family picnic spot for Istanbul residents.
Üsküdar is also one of the pearls of the Anatolian fortress, Küçüksu Kasri has a pleasant architecture that admires it with its charming structure.