Belgrade Forest… Istanbul Central Park
Belgrade Reserve and Forests is one of the largest natural green spaces in Turkey in general, and it is one of the most important tourist destinations in Istanbul. It is considered the favorite destination for tourists and outdoor sports enthusiasts who wish to enjoy the beauty of nature away from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul.
Belgrade Forest extends over a wide area of Maslak between the Bosphorus and the Black Sea and forms a natural boundary for the forested lands between Sariyer and Sultan Eyup.
It is the largest natural green space in Turkey, with an area of 5,300 hectares. It is the lung of Istanbul and its breathing space, as it is separated from the city center by only 15 km, and it is open to the public throughout the year, and access to it is Complimentary.
Belgrade Forest embraces 11 forests and parks, including perennial trees such as beech and oak, in addition to 2000 species of plants, as well as various types of birds and animals, which gave it the title of one of Turkey’s largest reserves, and do not forget the seven lakes within it, which feed the city of Istanbul with full fresh water, where the Ottoman Empire established Since the sixteenth century AD, dams and reservoirs have been built with great accuracy, and this system is still in place to this day.
Belgrade’s forests are primarily known for the governmental “Grand Hotel Tarabya”, which is the most famous hotel in Istanbul, not to forget the park and “Ataturk Arboretum”, as well as walking paths, restaurants, cafes, and barbecue places.
Belgrade forest in winter
Winter lovers can visit the forests, enjoy the rain that flows between the branches of the trees, eat delicious meals in warm restaurants with beautiful views, and on very cold days, trees and spaces are covered with snow, giving the visitor an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Restaurants in Belgrade Forest
The forests of Belgrade contain a group of high-end restaurants that serve the most delicious meals. Perhaps the most famous and most beautiful is By Balikci Restaurant, which serves a range of seafood dishes, in addition to BİZİM KANATÇI Restaurant. If you want to enjoy the sea view, you should go to the “Big Chef Istanbul” restaurant near Belgrade.
Transport to Belgrade Forest in Istanbul
Belgrade forests can be reached by a private car or taxi, or public transport can be taken, starting with the M2 metro from Taksim Square, to Haciosman Station, after which you can take the HM42 bus and get off at Bahceköy and then walk for five minutes.