April in Istanbul: Film and Tulip Festivals

What to do in Istanbul in April? Spring in finally here and so are tulips! You must not miss the Tulip Festival if you are visiting Istanbul. The month of April is also known as ”lale zamanı” (tulip time). Where can you see the tulips? The most famous spot is the Emirgan park, which is very close to the Sakip Sabanci müzesi. You can go there by bus (from Sarıyer, Beşiktaş, Kabataş) and during April, there are extra buses which run between Maslak metro stop and Emirgan.

Tulip in the Turkey’s logo

If you prefer to stay closer to the city center, visit Gülhane park, which is just next to the Sultanahmet. There are also many other parks where see tulips. This is the official page of the festival.

Why TULIP festival?
Today many people associate tulips with Holland, however tulips came to Holland from the Ottoman Empire. The first tulips were cultivated by Turks already in 1000 AD. Tulip is  also a turistic symbol of Turkey.

Between April 4 – 19th, 34th Istanbul Film Festival is taking place. Besides movie screenings, you can also attend movie lessons and discussions. More info.

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