Culture & Travel8 February 2021
Even though we can't go out much in cold weather, people can sometimes get bored at home. Since we humans are social creatures, the time we can spend at home is somewhat limited. The desire to go to new places and meet new people is ingrained in us, so we throw ourselves out on the street. If you are one of those who say that I want to spend my time outside, I do not want to stay home on these cold winter days, I am looking for places to visit, here are a few suggestions from Flayista.
1. Unique İstanbul
Unique Istanbul offers us Turkey's largest open-air ice rink under the name of Unique Winter Tales. You can also take private lessons on the ice rink where you will feel like you are in a fairy tale in the forest. Get ready to enjoy the entertainment in 40-minute sessions between 10:00 and 22:00 in the morning. If you wish, you can buy tickets in advance or at the box office.
2. Istanbul Aquarium
Istanbul Aquarium is one of the most logical places to visit with friends without getting cold in cold weather. It is possible to see thousands of fish species and have fun here. The place, which attracts local and foreign tourists with great interest, is an ideal spot to spend time. There is also an artificial rain forest within the aquarium area, where you can see creatures special to the tropics.
3. Istanbul Modern Art Museum
One of the places we would recommend you to go to spend quality time on a day when you are comfortable is the art museum. Istanbul Museum of Modern Arts has been hosting interdisciplinary events since 2004 as the first modern and contemporary art museum of our country. The events are generally interesting, “instagrammable” and instructive. Whether you go alone or with a friend, you will have a lot of fun in this magnificent museum where you can see the historical and cultural impact of art at the same time.
It would be a perfect choice to go to Ortaköy to get fresh air in winter and to see the beauty of Istanbul in a quiet and calm way. It will also be good for your soul to sit on the piers blending the magnificent Bosphorus of Istanbul with the bridge view and watch the bustling of the city. If you get cold, there are many cafes on the coastline that you can enter to warm up. Ortakoy; It will be a good destination to both warm up and spend your free time while enjoying the view with a hot tea. Have fun already.
5. The Galata Tower
Galata Tower, which offers a panoramic view of the Bosphorus and its unique regions, is one of the places you should definitely go in winter days. Although its appearance has changed a little from past to present, it is still very magnificent. Galata Tower has been the subject of many legends and stories. According to a legend, couples who went to the Galata Tower together got married and lived happily ever after. That's why it is one of the places that lovers prefer to go in winter. There is much known about the Galata Tower apart from these. For example; Did you know that Hezerfen Çelebi flew from the top of the Galata Tower to Üsküdar in an airplane-type vehicle built with his own means? Yes, as you can see, the view of the tower, which is a center of attraction in both legends and real life, is also very effective. This is such a place that you can feel the feeling of freedom in every part of you while all of Istanbul is under your feet. In addition, when you get off the tower, there are many cafes and authentic places where you can sit. The streets of Beyoğlu, where you can shop and walk to the fullest, will make you fall in love with it. Yes, we know, walking in the winter is not a very preferred activity. However, we recommend you to walk along Istiklal Street as there are places very close to each other. Or, you can take a breath of Bosphorus air and eat fish and bread in Karaköy while you're all the way to the Galata Tower. Who knows, maybe if you're lucky, you might come across Ottoman putty shops on the way and have the opportunity to eat putty. Have fun…
If you are looking for more museum options, we recommend that you take a look at our Dolmabahce to Miniaturk: Istanbul's Unique Museums