How to spend weekends in Istanbul?We have a wonderful suggestions for shorts breaks close to Istanbul
Catalca,which is 45 km away from Istanbul,beautiful village and holiday retreats for Istanbul it offers amazing barbecue places,meat restaurants,forest walking,fresh farm products and beaches
Sile,which is 70 km away from Uskudar , is one of the nicest holiday destinations of Istanbul with its beautiful beaches, restaurants and hotels. The region is very popular with daily tourists from Istanbul.
Polonezkoy, which is 25 km away from Istanbul , was founded by Polish immigrants in Asian coast in the 19th century. Polonezköy is one of the most favourite places in Istanbul for walking in a village atmosphere and tasting traditional Polish meals.
Princes’ Islands of Istanbul
Some of the other popular places that you can visit on a short break are the islands of Istanbul which are: Buyukada , Kasik Island , Kinali Island , Sedef Island , Burgaz Island and Heybeliada Island . The islands have several monasteries from the Byzantine times as the islands were previously used as the exile places for the royals. You can also visit the church of Virgin Mary, which is one of the oldest churches in Istanbul.
The biggest and the most famous island is Buyukada. You can visit the island in two hours with the ferry. Yoruk Beach is a nice local beach, which is located on a gorgeous bay. You can see many luxurious yachts in this bay. Buyuk Ada also has an isolated and private hotel from the 19th century attracting many tourists. Büyük Ada is colourful with its restaurants, Tea houses and shops. The island has four hotels, which are open during summer months.