Bayram activities in Istanbul
In Turkey, the national holiday given for Qurban Bayram lasts nine days and many families have already left big cities like Istanbul to visit their hometowns where they will spend the Qurban holiday with family members or enjoy tourist destinations to bid farewell to the sunny days of summer. For families that opt to spend their holiday inside the city, Istanbul has plenty of opportunities to enjoy their holiday with children. We have several suggestions for you and your little ones this Qurban Bayram.
Take children to Forestanbul
Your adventure-seeking child will fall in love with Forestanbul, a relatively new adventure park lying in Kemerburgaz, a weekend gateway in Istanbul. Offering a myriad of activities for children and adults, from paintballing and orienteering to archery and rides, Forestanbul will be open from the second day of Qurban Bayram and it is recommended that you book your activities in advance.
For many working people, public holidays are a time for relaxation and renewal. You must spend at least one day for your own wellbeing and beauty. To treat yourself in style, the city's spa centers available in both luxury hotels like the Ritz Carlton or as independent location render facial and body treatment facilities with local touches like the Turkish Bath, known as "hamam" in Turkish.
Get some fresh air
Facing the Golden Horn, the Pierre Loti hill and the namesake cafe honoring French writer Pierre Loti is normally a busy place where finding a seat can even be a problem. This Qurban Bayram, you can take your family there and enjoy a spectacular view of Istanbul's historic peninsula while sipping your tea.
Fun at the aquarium
ViaSea in the Viaport Marina Theme Park is a giant aquarium where families can take their children this bayram. The aquarium is home to 12,000 different sea creatures living in a marine complex that contains more than 5 million liters of water.
Immerse yourself in culture
Istanbul will not be busy during bayram as many have left the city, meaning it is better to enjoy this opportunity fully. Many museums will be open after the third day of bayram. Take children to the Rahmi Koç Museum for classic cars or Sadberk Hanım Museum for its rich jewel collection that will be remain on display until Sept. 25. Contemporary exhibitions or weekly movie sessions are also going on at the city's other culture and arts centers like Salt Galata or Istanbul Modern. Istanbul Triennial will continue at Taksim Cumhuriyet Art Gallery until Sept. 25.
Have a family dinner
Although Qurban Bayram meals are largely dependent on meat, September is fish season in Istanbul and restaurants near Anadolu Feneri in Beykoz and Rumelikavağı in Sarıyer serve fresh fish perfect for a family dinner, offering a spectacular view of the sea.
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