Istanbul is one of the top cities in the world and the most important one for Turkey. Known for its busy lifestyle, Istanbul is the city where people from all over the country come and work. Living and working in those conditions where it’s hard to even get some time for yourself can be stressful. So it’s just as important to rest and relax for some time. You most likely have deserved it, so why not?
WEEKEND GETAWAYS near ISTANBUL
Here is a list of some of the top few places you should visit the city to regain yourself. Enjoy either by going yourself or by going through a guide.
Istanbul weekend getaways:
Polonezköy (Day trip from Istanbul)
This village was occupied by the Polish in the Ottoman Empire after evading Poland in the 18th century. This city is recommended for a good weekend escape from the city air and life and to take a good break from it all. The name of the village is derived from its inhabitants. The village is perfect for a good break from the cityscape and hectic life. You can come here to relax and enjoy a good and peaceful weekend in this humble abode. Its scenic locales make your stay all the more relaxing. Along with that, you can also learn of the historical significance of this destination like the origin of the first Polish people that inhabited this village.
Distance from Istanbul- 20 to 28 miles
Best time to visit- It is a true weekend getaway and can be visited anytime.
Places to stay- Cottages and houses of the indigenous people occupying this village.
Iznik (Day trip from Istanbul)
Iznik is an important and a popular historic location in Turkey. It used to be a city protected by tall walls and towers. This place is also a famous tourist attraction in Turkey. There’s historic significance here,and you can also shop for products at a lesser price.
Distance from Istanbul – 90 miles (approx.)
Best time to visit – Mid April to June end or August end to mid-November would be the ideal time to visit this city.
Places to stay –Cam Hotel, Hotel Zeytin Bahcesi, Flora Iznik Hotel & Suites, Grand Hotel Belekoma 2, Limnades Hotel
Gallipoli (2 to 3 Days trip from Istanbul)
Gallipoli is anexcellent tourist spot and an educative one because of the loss of the Allies against the Turks in World War 1. There are graves for soldiers of both sides of the armies to serve as a reminder for the battle that lasted for almost 8 to 9 months.
Distance fromIstanbul- 169 miles to 232 miles
Best time to visit- There isn’t a particular season that you need to visit this place. Anytime of the year will be the same for this location.
Places to stay- Relais Corte Palmieri, Hotel Palazzo Del Corso, Palazzo Mosco Inn – Dimora Storica, Al Pescatore Hotel and Restaurant
Troy (2 to 3 days trip from Istanbul)
Troy is the historical spot where the “City Of Troy” in Homer’s epic is based. The Trojan invasion ended the kingdom of Troy.However, it was destroyed and rebuilt time and again. You should visit Troy for the history and the fact that they are still digging for artefacts and information regarding the history of thecity makes it a very interesting visit. It might even turn out to be a remarkable discovery. Troy is located in Northwest Turkey.To explain the exact true history of Troy, the guides take you through its history and speculations. There are Troy Day trips that are held to visit the historical site.
Distance from Istanbul- Located in Northwest Turkey, it is around 315 to 275 miles from Istanbul
Best time to visit-Anytime. It is a historical site and isn’t going to go anywhere. Hence you can visit it anytime.
Places to stay- There are no places to stay here as it has been well preserved for archaeological activities etc.
Edirne (2 to 3 days trip from Istanbul)
It is another historically important city, being a former capital of the Ottoman Empire, and has a history of being involved in battles. This place must be visited for the mosques, oil-wrestling matches and more.
Distance from Istanbul- 167 to 173 miles from Istanbul
Best time to visit- In June
Places to stay- Rys Hotel & Restaurant, Margi Hotel, Trakya City Hotel, Kalevera Hotel, Hilly hotel
Bursa (Day trip from Istanbul)
It is one of the largest cities in Turkey. Bursa has a long history, being part of the Roman Empire before being a part of the Ottoman power. Even today, it has great contribution and value towards Turkey’s automobile industry. The bazaars are where you should visit if you ever plan on going. Another highlight of the city is that it is filled with greenery, something that people looking for a good vacation really require.
Distance from Istanbul- 95 miles from Istanbul
Best time to visit- July or August
Places to stay- Almira Hotel, Divan Bursa, Hotel Gonluferah, Kervansaray Bursa City Hotel
Apart from these exceptional places, there are also mosques, bazaars and beautifully designed buildings. It’s not just the capital that has a unique or an extraordinary characteristic. Even normal cities and villages can do it and uniquely too. The mosques have unique designs and are truly something to observe. Wine is something else that people find exceptional in Turkey. There are day plans and trips that take you on wine excursions explaining the process of wine making and tasting along the way. There is a lot to do outside the city. You just need to know where to look and how to proceed with it. One step at a time. Turkey itself has a lot to offer to curious and interested people or if you’re just fed up with living the city life for too long without a break.