Traveling can be expensive. It can also be much more expensive to travel to Istanbul, one of the most expensive cities in the world. You may think that spending money is worth seeing Turkish culture closely and touring the Ottoman capital. Well, what would you say if we tell you that there are free activities in Istanbul?
Here are 5 activities you can do for free in Istanbul.
JOIN FREE TOURS
The tours organized by the agencies can be very expensive. As in the cities like Berlin, Sofia, Varna and Belgrade, there is a tour company in Istanbul that offers free sightseeing to the travelers: Istanbul Free Tour. The tour starts at 10:45 A.M. from the Sultanahmet Square every day. It lasts 2.5 hours and does not charge any fee. Of course, depending on your pleasure, you can tip these friendly guides.
VISIT THE MUSEUMS FOR FREE
Did you know that museums such as Istanbul Modern Arts Museum, Pera Museum and Sabanci Museum are free for one day a week? You can visit the Istanbul Modern Art Museum every Thursday, the Pera Museum every Friday, and the Sabancı Museum every Wednesday.
TAKE A TOUR ON THE PRINCE ISLANDS
If you want to escape from the stifling city complex of Istanbul, go for a daily ride to “Prince Islands”. The local people call them “Adalar”. To us, the most beautiful and special of the islands is Heybeliada. In this small island, awesome sea, charmful nature and delicious seafood restaurants for eating and drink fanciers provide copious opportunites for a superb day in Istanbul.
Certain activities on this tour are of course not totally free, but it is possible to visit these islands in a reasonable cost.
DISCOVER THE HISTORIC STREETS
You can photograph the streets of historical districts such as Balat, Cukurcuma, Kuzguncuk, Cengelkoy and Arnavutkoy. They may be perfect shots for your photo archive. All these places have not lost their historical texture for a long time because the locals did not leave the neighborhood.
LISTEN TO STREET ARTISTS
The street artists we have used to see in Europe are now part of art in Turkey. Especially in such areas as Beyoglu, Besiktas and Nisantasi, the street artists exhibiting their skills give melodious concerts. Be sure to watch these shows wherever you see.