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Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani)
Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani)

Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) Tours and Activities

Located at the easternmost point of the Thracian Peninsula, the Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) is about 15 kilometers outside of Istanbul. Covering about 5,000 hectares of land, the forest is home to a variety of plant, bird and animal species. Shaded by birch, elm, oak, pine and spruce trees, it is also a popular recreational area for residents of Istanbul.

The historical importance of the forest cannot be understated. In the 16th century, Suleyman the Magnificent resettled the area with Serbian prisoners-of-war so they could manage the many reservoirs that supplied water to Istanbul. Several reservoirs remain today, some dating as far back as the 15th century. On the fringes of the forest, sparse remains of the village of Belgrad can also be found.

The forest is also home to the Ataturk Arboretum, an expansion of the first nursery ever founded in Turkey, in 1916. Containing almost 300 hectares of land, the arboretum boasts over 2,000 foreign and native plant species. The most exotic plants can be found along a lake trail that takes about ninety minutes to walk.

A visit to the forest can be a great way to escape the tourist crowds of Istanbul and enjoy a bit of fresh air, although it can get crowded with picnickers on the weekends.

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MTB Bike Adventure in Istanbul

MTB Bike Adventure in Istanbul

We take on a moderate amount of mileage 2-25 km, but keep in mind, our routes contain lots of climbing and several ridge trails. So while the mileage is relatively low, the landscape can prove challenging for the less experienced. If you have any concerns, they can be discussed while booking.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation


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Should I book Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) costs USD 115.26. Guided Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) tours start around USD 115.26 per person. See all 1 Belgrad Forest (Belgrad Ormani) tickets and tours on Viator.
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