Best Places with View in Istanbul
With a lot of hills in the heart of it, green trees and plains and surrounded by seas, lakes, and water channel istanbul city has wonderful and panoramic views that will amaze you and give you a lovely unforgettable experience.
Most of the views in istanbul are romantic especially at sunset, while some other views give you the opportunity to see the beautiful historical sites and palaces from top.
Here are some of the places with lovely views where you can sit, take some pictures, and enjoy your time:
Pierre Loti Hill:
Located in Eyup Sultan District, this hill was named after the French poet Pierre Loti who used to write his poems while enjoying a peaceful time on top of it.
There are two ways to go up the hill. One using the cable car or by using the stairs but in both cases, what is waiting for you up there is speechless. Up the hill, the view of the Golden Horn and green small island will mesmerize you.
There are a couple of restaurants and cafes up there also where you can sit to have a delicious dinner or have a cup of Turkish tea or Turkish coffee.
Do not forget to visit the small market down the hill next to Eyup Sultan Mosque, you can find a lot of traditional souvenirs there.
The Galata Tower:
It is listed on top of the most visited places in Istanbul. The Galata Tower was actually used for surveillance of the Harbor in Golden Horn and during the Ottoman Empire’s period, it was used to detect fires in the city. When you go up to the Balcony of the tower, you will be able to watch Istanbul city in an astonishing 360 degree view. The best time to do that is during the sunset or in clear summer days at the morning time.
The Galata Tower is located in karakoy district at the end of Istiklal Street.
Restaurant at the Bosphorus:
Istanbul city is full of restaurants and cafes, this is not a surprise for a city that is rich with food, but if you are with your partner and would like to have a lovely calm dinner with a lovely view of the Bosphorus and its bridges you can have it at one of the restaurants there.
The best time for that is at night when all tourists go back to their hotels and the ferries stop operating, the Bosphorus becomes a whole different place with the yellow and red lights shining all over the place, the view is absolutely speechless. All you need to do is to bring you partner and sit there.
Buyuk Valide Han:
The secret spot, at least before everyone finds out about it. It is an old even ancient small building where some shops still operating. Follow the stairs up to the roof and watch the beautiful view of the old metropolitalian city. The perfect time to visit this place is during April and May because the sky is usually clear and the weather is cool.
Get on top of one of the small doms and take some pictures.
If you do not know, Istanbul has seven hills and Camlica hill the tallest one of them. It is a hilltop park and big garden with a cafe that has wooden seats spread around the garden. What is interesting about this hill is that you can see literally all of istanbul because it has views on the Bosphorus, European side, and Asean side.
You will find a lot of newly married people up there taking pictures, join them with your partner and have a relaxing time drinking Turkish tea while watching this wonderful view
The Maiden’s Tower is one of the most important landmarks in Istanbul. It is located on the Bosphorus directly in Uskudar district. The legend says that a sultan built it for his daughter to put her there and protect her from prophecy which predicted her death. You can go there by small boats and enjoy a dinner at the restaurant there or go up to the balcony of the tower to see the lovely view.
You can go there at any time the view is always beautiful but the perfect time is at sunset.
Just make sure to go there when the weather is calm because the tower is surrounded by water so it is literally a small island.