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Belgrade Forest

Belgrad Forest, Istanbul Overview

Belgrad Forest is one of the greenest spaces in Istanbul situated on the easternmost point of the Thracian Peninsula. Open to the public, it is known for its picnic spots, diverse flora and fauna and also for its 9 nature parks including the Bentler Nature Park, Irmak Nature Park and Ayvat Bendi Nature Park. There is a 6 km walking trail within the forest which is surrounded by a serene lake that is ideal for walking, jogging and hiking.

Belgrad Forest is also a great place for barbeques, especially during the summers, as well as for photography. Visitors can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants on the premises. Spanning an area of over 55,000 hectares, Belgrade Forest is known for its chestnut, oak and beech trees and the forest terrain is divided into two- the Sarıyer and Eyüp districts. Those interested in learning about its flora can visit the Atatürk Arboretum which houses about 2,000 plant species.

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