5 Must-See Places on the Anatolian Side
  • 18.12.2020
  • İstanbul

5 Must-See Places on the Anatolian Side

In this list, we have compiled the prominent places to visit on the Anatolian side. These five spots, where the nature, the Bosphorus and the historical atmosphere of Istanbul can be experienced, offer visitors who want to explore the Anatolian side a lovely experience! Let’s check them out…

Polonezköy Nature Park

Located in Beykoz district, Polonezköy Nature Park stands out as one of the largest natural areas in Istanbul. This natural beauty, which includes many plant species and animals, is a unique opportunity for those who want to spend time away from the chaos of the city. In addition to activities such as picnic , bicycle tour, jogging and walking, the availability of camping areas, hotels and pensions make this park an attractive option for those who want to spend a few days away from the city.


Located in Üsküdar, Kuzguncuk is one of the prominent places of the Anatolian Side with its unique architecture. This neighborhood, which has historically been home to Jews, Greeks and Armenians, is perfect for those who want to spend a peaceful day with its nostalgic atmosphere, artisan shops and cute cafes.

Anatolian Fortress

This historical castle, which was built by the Ottoman sultan Yıldırım Beyazıd in the 1300s to ensure the security of the Bosphorus against foreign states, is one of the structures that reflect the historical texture of Istanbul. Located where Göksu stream flows into the Marmara Sea, Anadolu Hisarı stands out among the delightful places of the Anatolian side with its Bosphorus view and its unique historical texture.


Kanlıca district, which is especially famous for its Kanlıca yoghurt, is one of the small coastal districts on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus. In addition to enjoying the view of the Bosphorus in the restaurants and cafes around the pier, experiencing the peaceful view of the old Istanbul architecture and abundant green areas in the back streets is a treat!

Hidiv Pavilion

The Hidiv Pavilion, a magnificent structure built by the Italian architect Delfo Seminati for Abbas Hilmi Pasha, who was the last governor, Hidiv, -which is the name given at that time- of Egypt in the Ottoman Period, currently serves as a place to rent for cafes, restaurants and organizations. We can count the Hidiv Pavilion as a must-see place on the Anatolian side, with its natural beauty in its surroundings and the historical texture of the building.