Emirgan Park in Istanbul

Emirgan Park is one of Istanbul’s most attractive tourist places, a spot for displaying lavender flowers and tulip festivals, with outstanding natural beauty and stunning views of the Bosphorus . It contains more than 120 species of trees and rare plants, and it becomes a significant tourist destination in spring, dressing tulip flowers.

Where is Emirgan Park Located in Istanbul?

TheEmirgan Park(Emirgan Grove or Woods) is situated in the prettyEmirganneighborhood by the Bosphorus shores and covers an area of 325,000 square meters. Once the private place of the Egyptian Khedive Ismail Pasa, and after being a present from the Ottoman Sultan Murad IV to an Iranian noble-man Emir Gun, today the park serves as a very beautiful public garden for both Istanbul locals and tourists.

You’ll see

  • Variety of pine, umbrella pine, cypress, fir, willow and lime trees

  • A beautiful lake

  • Terraces with beautiful views of the Bosphorus

  • Jogging and walking tracks

  • Kids playgrounds

  • Excellent photo taking points

  • Areas for picnics

  • Three lively restaurants & cafes housed in the 19th century mansions/pavilions.

Emirgan Park in winter

Emirgan Park features exotic beauty in winter, where natural beauty mixes with Istanbul’s cold weather to form a visual sense of warmth. If it happens to be there, you will enjoy seeing geese, ducks, birds, and waterfalls.


Emirgan Park in Summer

The park’s beauty spreads all over seasons with special taste each; it has a wide variety of green plants, trees, and colorful flowers, making it an ideal place for squirrels. Tourists will have the chance to enjoy watching pools, artificial waterfalls, and fountains that cool the atmosphere, giving a sense of refreshment.

Tulip festival

Tulips are very important for the Ottoman Empire and Turkish culture. And to celebrate both spring and this fact, this annual festival takes place at the city’s most famous parks, such as the Gulhane Park in Sirkeci,Sultanahmet Squarein Sultanahmet,Yildiz Parkin Besiktas,Emirgan Parkin Emirgan in the European side, and Fethi Pasa Grove andCamlica Hillin Uskudar,Cubuklu Hidiv Grovein Cubuklu andBeykoz Parkin Beykoz in the Asian side.

This is a free festival and visitors may enjoy billions of tulips in 120 different types that blossoms in April, as well as several culture and art activities that are organized in the Emirgan Park and Sultanahmet Square. There is also a tulip photo contest and the winners are awarded.

How to Get to Emirgan Park in Istanbul

There are many ways to get to the park from Istanbul by train, ferry, taxi, or car. You can take Taksim Postanci Bus from Taksim Square towards Akatlar, change over to Rumeli Kavagi Eminonu towards Emirgan. Or you can take Bus No. 55B towards Besiktas, change over to Rumeli Kavagi Eminonu towards Emirgan.

Public Bus

The most practical way to get to Emirgan Park & Grove is viaMunicipal Public Bus. Operating through the Bosphorus shores throughEmirganandSariyer. Hop off at theCinaraltibus stop. Some of the lines include;

  • Line 40, 40T and 42T fromTaksim

  • Line 22, 22RE and 25E fromKabatas(accessible by Bagcilar-Kabatas tram T1 line )

  • Line 40B fromBesiktas

  • Line EL2 (Emirgân – 4. Levent Metro Ring (Subway))

  • Line 59RH (Rumeli Hisarüstü – İstinye/Hacıosman Metro Station)(accessible by Yenikapi-Taksim-Haciosman M2 Metro line )

Public Ferry

You can takePublic Ferry Bosphorus lineoperating betweenEminonu-Rumeli Kavagiand hop off atEmirgan pier. (Eminonu, Besiktas, Arnavutkoy, Bebek, Emirgan, Istinye, Buyukdere, Sariyer, Rumeli Kavagi stops)

Hop On & Hop Off Bosphorus Tour

You can take theDentur Avrasya boatsdeparting fromKabatasand following the route Besiktas,Emirgan, Kucuksu Pavilion, Beylerbeyi Palace respectively and returning back to Kabatas, the starting point. You can join the tour by taking one way tickets (12,5 TL pp sold only in Emirgan, Beylerbeyi and Kucuksu docks) from the docks.

How to Get to Emirgan Park by Metro

You can take the bus from Taksim towards Yenikapi, change over to the metro heading to Osmangazi station, get off at the Istanbul Technical University stop, and walk to the park.


Emirgan Restaurant

Emirgan restaurants are one of the most luxurious restaurants in Istanbul. The restaurant has branches in many spots, including Cengelkoy, Aquarium Florya, Aravutkoy, Caglayan, Seyrantepe, Tuzlu, Ankara, Adana, Izmir, Bursa, Kuwait, and Qatar. The restaurant is known for using organic materials; sweets are made by fresh milk and cheese brought daily from clean farms, jam is prepared in home-like factories, meat is taken from calf brought up in a healthy environment, tea is made from new-season tea leaves of Rize, and bread is made at the restaurant and served fresh.

Emirgan Park is open to public every day of the week.

Entrance to Emirgan Park isfree of charge.

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