Tourism in Turkey: What are the best places to run in Istanbul?
Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural and historical center. The metropolis extends across the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe from Asia) between the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea, and is home to more than 10 million inhabitants.
The best running routes in Istanbul have routes in the commercial and historical center on the European and Asian sides, where a third of the population lives.
The best places to run in Istanbul follow the sea, as in the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The highlights are around Sarayburnu, close to the Old Town (Sultanahmet), between Kuruçeşme and Bebek, and along the Dalyan-Pendik coast. For mountains, climb up to Camlica Hill, and for woods and trails, head for the extensive Belgrade Forest, 15 km to the north. A great “destination” is Büyükada, accessible by ferry, with a 7 km loop around the island.
Istanbul has a good and constantly improving transport system, with trams, buses, trains and subways. 0-1 is the inner ring, 0-2 is the outer ring; and there are three Bosphorus bridges, and the new two-story Eurasian tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait also provides road crossings for motor vehicles between the Asian and European sides of Turkey.
Yıldız Parkı Korusu,
Yeniköy – Rumeli Hisarı,
Belgrad Ormanı – Neşet Suyu Parkı
Belgrad Ormanı – Ayvat Bendi
Alman Deresi Yürüyüş Parkuru
Maltepe Atletizm Pisti
Üsküdar – Harem Sahil Yolu
Bakırköy – Zeytinburnu
Caddebostan – Maltepe
– Old City
A quick 5 km loop in the Sultanahmet area in the historic center, combining some sites, parks and a good stretch along the Bosphorus, parallel to the Kennedy Caddesi coastal road. It can be combined with our other route at Sultanahmet.
Another option for running on the Bosphorus is the Sarayburnu route. From the Galata Tower, run over the modern Galata Bridge and then along the water to the Yenikapi Ferry Terminal. In addition, you can use transportation to make your run one-sided.
– Gezi and Macka Parks
This circuit includes the imposing Gezi Park, full of trees, and a circuit of almost 2.4 km around the perimeter of the mountainous Maçka park. The Taksim Square area has several important hotels in this elegant part of Istanbul.
– Dalyan Pendik Coast
A fantastic race by the sea on the Asian side. It is possible to run 27 km from Fenerbahçe to Pendik, mainly through parks with palm trees with excellent views of the water.
– Buyuk Camlica
Mount Camlica is the highest point in Istanbul, at 227 meters. The site offers great views from the summit, as well as a picnic area, cafes and some trails. Our route is 3.8 km from the Kısıklı metro, with a longer option to the Millet Park.
– Buyukada Island
Accessible by ferry, this island houses many kilometers of roads and paths to run, with excellent views of the sea. Take the 11.8 km (7.3 mile) perimeter road or some of the National Park’s internal trails.
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