Emirgan Park in Istanbul Is Definitely Worth a Visit (Especially in April)

Tulips at Emirgan Park, Istanbul

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Emirgan park is one of the largest public parks in Istanbul.

It’s situated on the European side of Istanbul, and can easily be reached by public transportation. Most of travelers who have heard of it, know it thanks to the Emirgan Park tulip garden. This is the park where every year in April International Istanbul Tulip Festival takes place.

Other than that, it’s just a very nice place for a walk in Istanbul.

1. Emirgan park, Istanbul: Basics

The park is big, modern and well-maintained.

If you would like to have a picnic in the park, there’s a big, designated place just for that. Just go in and walk up — you’ll see it.

OUR ROUTE:

For us Emirgan Park was a starting point for a longer walk.

We walked the park and then continued on to Ataturk Kent Ormani park. Unfortunately, due to the current situation in Turkey, park was closed, so we got on the metro, and returned to Taksim. There is a metro station near the Ataturk Kent Ormani park entrance.

TIME & DISTANCE: around 4.4 miles / 7.1 km in total (around 90 minutes). That includes walk to Ataturk Kent Ormani park.

For this one park alone plan some 45 – 60 minutes.

Unless you want to take photos with all the flowers.

ENTRANCE: free

2. How to Get to Emirgan park From Taksim

Walking in Emirgan Park

Emirgan Park tulip garden

Bus or taxi are the best options.

Even though, the park is on the outskirts of Istanbul, it’s still easy to get to by public transportation. There’s a bus stop right in front of the park entrance. Several buses are going all the way to Emirgan Park, you just have to choose one that suits you the best. Use Google Maps to see all the options.

We took Bus 22 which is following the Bosphorus.

You need an Istanbul card to pay for the ride. You can purchase it from ticket vending machines around the city and near bus stops (not all, though). You may need to connect your card to your HES code. Google to find it out.

3. Emirgan Park Tulip Festival: Our Experience

We were there on a weekend, during national lockdown.

Only tourists were allowed in, hence we got the park all to ourselves, and we enjoyed it to the fullest. Don’t expect it to be this empty on a regular weekend — it isn’t, and plan your visit accordingly.

When you’re tired of all the noises and smells, all the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, this is the place to go.

Here are a few photos from our visit to Emirgan park in April 2021.

Walking through the Emirgan Park tulip garden

Walking in Emirgan Park

Pink tulips in Emirgan Park

Colorful tulips of Emirgan Park

Beautiful tulips in Emirgan Park, Instabul

Colorful tulips on both sides in Emirgan Park

Colorful tulips in Emirgan Park, Instabul

Bright red tulips in Emirgan Park

Benches in Emirgan Park

Picnic tables in Emirgan Park

Picnic tables in Emirgan Park

Have you been to Istanbul? Did you check out any parks in Istanbul? What was your experience?

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