Istanbul in November
November is always a good time visit Istanbul.The weather is still warm and the crowds have left. For those planning to visit Istanbul this November, here are the best options.
There are several advantages to travel in November. The climate is much better than the heat of summer. It’s still pleasant with comfortable temperatures averaging around 15°C. For the tips, you can pack clothing which you can layer because the weather is still warm. If you aren’t sensitive to changing temperatures during the day, a sweater or a jacket would be enough for you. Also, the crowds at the city’s attractions are more manageable. It’s possible to visit the Ottoman Relics in the Old City without standing in long lines. The decrease in the amount of tourists makes it easier to walk around the neighborhood.
During November, many hotels switch to off-season rates, which in some places can result in a significant savings. Therefore, you can prefer to stay near the Old City since there might be price reductions. Tomtom Suites is an authentic Istanbul building which reflects the social history of Pera. Another option can be Sub Karaköy Hotel which ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. It’s located in Karaköy and suitable for sightseeing options and local attractions. While staying in these comfortable and cool hotels, enjoy the city which comes alive with colors. In November, you can still feel the warm weather in the city. The most pleasant time to experience Istanbul Classics is early in the morning or later in the day. The Galata Tower offers beautiful views of the city. It is located just North of the Golden Horn in the Galata Quarter. There’s a great square at the base of the Galata Tower where you can enjoy some Turkish Coffee and Turkish Delight while people watching on the terrace. Then walk around the Galata Tower while learning the stories, myths, and legends about the history of the special place.
Istanbul is is currently one of the cultural hot spots of Europe. Strolling through Istanbul’s neighborhoods and discovering museums might be a good idea for curious visitors. The Art Walk can start from the Istiklal Street which is the most popular street of Istanbul. There can’t be a better start than a walk in Beyoğlu since it’s home to many historical embassy buildings and restaurants. Walk until you reach the SALT Galata. You can access to thousands of print and digital resources and enjoy a delicious lunch in there. After, head out to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and visit “Two Archives, One Selection: Tracing Ara Güler’s Footsteps in Istanbul” which is a collaboration between Istanbul Modern and the Ara Güler Museum. Ara Güler is a famous Turkish photojournalist, known as Istanbul’s Eye. The exhibition continues until 17th of November. There, you can enjoy a delicious lunch in Soho House Istanbul. After resting a bit, take a look at the Pera Museum which is one of the places that will host the 16th Istanbul Biennial. Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, The Seventh Continent themed biennial will take place in three locations, Tersane Istanbul, Pera Museum and Büyükada from 14th of September until 10th of November.
Flowers are still blooming in November. While walking through a neighborhood, you can see bunch of roses near the sidewalks. Enjoying such a nice weather, you might want to explore an area which has the richest history in Istanbul. Balat has a unique atmosphere with colorful houses. In the Mystery Walk in the Old Town, you will discover the fascinating streets, see synagogues, churches and Byzantine remnants. If you prefer a whole day tour for visiting the Golden Horn area as well, a cruise on Bosphorus might fit with your needs better. While visiting some of the famous historical sites of Istanbul, you will be able see both of the continents, Europe and Asia, with the possibility of taking photographs of marble palaces, ancient villas of Ottoman architecture. The seafood season comes alive during fall and winter in Turkey. Among all of the special dishes, hamsi, a small fish from the Black Sea region of Turkey, is worth trying. You can find different sorts of hamsi dishes in Istanbul. It’s high season ends around the mid February, that’s why you must try hamsi when you visit Istanbul in November. Set Balık is famous for delicious Turkish mezze and fresh fish. Yelken Restaurant has a magnificent Bosphorus view with innovative flavors prepared by famous chefs. Both restaurants are located in Sarıyer, which is a district known for fish restaurants.