Indoor and outdoor activities in Istanbul

Indoor and outdoor activities in Istanbul
Updated 2019-07-08 11:30

Moving to Istanbul means that you will have plenty of time to discover the great heritage that the city has to offer. Besides the traditional places of interest like museums, theatre, etc, you can also enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, from yacht cruises to sightseeing different archaeological sites, historical palaces and islands. Here is how to get the most of your stay in Istanbul.

Sports centres

Like in most cities around the world, you will find many gyms and sports centres around Istanbul. Keep in mind that membership is required. There are many options. MAC is the most popular sports club in Turkey, and you can find them in almost every neighbourhood in Istanbul.


Once you have settled in Istanbul, you should definitely visit one of its famous hammams. Hammans are the ideal place to relax and discover the local lifestyle within a steam bath. Usually, weekdays are the best time to visit a hammam as they are less crowded and more peaceful. But if you are in for a real cultural experience, you can visit on Sundays. Hammams are generally open on alternate days for men and women. Some of them even have separate rooms so that everyone can enjoy these exotic steam baths at the same time. Note that only tourist hammams are open to both men and women on the same days. Hotels have luxurious hammams, and Galata Hamam is one of the most popular in Istanbul.

Yacht cruises

Most expats love to cruise on the Bosphorus when the weather is nice. There are private yachts and as well as group cruises, and these are ideal for individuals as much as families. Dinner, lunch and snacks are served during the cruises. Besides, many expat families choose to rent a yacht for a weekend getaway.

Princes' Islands

Located on the Anatolian side of the Marmara Sea, the Princes' Islands or Adalar in Turkish consists of nine small islands. These used to be a place of exile in the Byzantine era. Today, it has become one of the most popular spots for a weekend getaway. However, only Büyükada, the largest and most popular, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Kınalıada are open for visits. Sedef Island is only open to its residents. These islands are generally calm, without traffic (every kind of motor vehicle is forbidden on the island).

Useful links:

Galatasaray Hamami
Top Kapi Sarayi
Istanbul Saraylari

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