What to do in summer in Istanbul?
From mid-June until mid-October the summer heat settles permanently in Istanbul. During the summer in Istanbul, the hottest months are July and August, the temperature can reach 35 degrees celsius.
Summer is also the time of the year in which Istanbul is the quietest. The Istanbulites usually spend their holidays in their hometowns or in the many resorts in Turkey. The city is emptied of its residents, the traffic declines and it becomes very easy to get around the city, to enjoy the shores of the Bosphorus, the Black Sea or the Marmara, and to breathe some fresh air out of the heat of the city.
The summer months are part of the high tourism season in Istanbul. Museums and monuments stay open longer than during the winter.
You will find below a list of activities to do especially in the summer, especially during the warmest days.
RENT A BOAT
Nothing better to enjoy a warm day than go boating. We can take you to small coves for swimming and to restaurants accessible by boat. You can also rent a boat at night to party on board or even dock in the nightclubs of the Bosphorus.
We can take care of organizing your day and the boat rental: rent a boat in Istanbul.
We also propose cruises in small groups, more info here: small group cruises on the Bosphorus.
A DAY SAILING
Want to get away, to relax on the Sea of Marmara, to discover the Princes’ Islands? Then, this activity is for you. Throughout the day, you will be able to swim in the small coves of the archipelago, eat in some charming local restaurants and discover a place away from the chaos of the city. We can also propose a half-day during which you will assist the captain in his maneuvers.
For mor infos: Sailing in Istanbul.
EAT MEZZES AND DRINK RAKI
The fishing season begins in September, the summer is not the best time to eat fish. To refresh after a good day, nothing better than a good meal with lots of cold mezzes and rakı. Rakı is the national drink, it’s an anise liquor that is similar to Pastis or Ouzo. For the story, the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was very fond of it. It even happened to him together with his advisors to do “rakı sofrası”, they were debating drinking rakı. It is very common to drink Rrkı in fish restaurants. This is called doing a “rakı balık” (“balık” means “fish”).
Find our selection of the best fish and mezes restaurants in Istanbul.
GO TO THE BEACH OR TO THE SWIMMING-POOL
Istanbul is bordered by the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. Especially along the Black Sea, you will find many sandy beaches.
Find our selection of the best beaches in Istanbul.
In the city, there are also numerous swimming pools. Admissions are more expensive than the beaches but they have the advantage of being mostly in the heart of Istanbul.
Find also our selection of the best swimming pools in Istanbul.
GO TO THE PRINCES’ ISLANDS
The archipelago of the Princes’ Islands is very nice to escape the warmth of Istanbul. We advise you to go there during the summer weekdays rather than the weekends when the islands are assaulted by Istanbulites and tourists. You will also find on the islands small beaches (unfortunately without sand) that will allow you to relax and swim in the Sea of Marmara.
ENJOY A DAY IN THE BELGRAD FOREST
It is the largest forest in Istanbul, it is also a beautiful promenade where you can find many activities such as horse riding, paintballing or quad biking.
We can organize you this day and these activities, do not hesitate to contact us.
In addition to the big clubs of the Bosphorus, many festivals are held around the city. Find the list of coming festivals here: concerts and festival section.
During the summer our favorite partying spot is Suma Beach, where every week-ends they are festivals like parties with famous DJ mixing.
GETAWAYS FROM ISTANBUL
For those staying more than 5-6 days in Istanbul, it may be interesting to make a trip out of Istanbul, in the neighboring towns which are also charged in history or in the resorts near the city, away from the torpor of Istanbul.
We wish you a pleasant stay in Istanbul! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.