Emirgan Park in Istanbul – Sawsan’s goosebump moment
Sawsan: “Hello! I am from Syria, but currently living in Kurdistan Iraq. My goosebump moment was when I first visited Emirgan Park in Istanbul, Turkey. It is one of the largest public parks in the city. The beautiful roses, flowers, sea view, birds, and palaces there made me feel as if I were in real heaven. Right after I entered the park, the smell of roses took me into another world. The way that the roses were arranged and the variety of colours they have, made me feel as if I were in a rainbow. It was an awesome place to visit.”
A very beautiful public garden
Emirgan Park (Emirgan Grove or Woods) is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Emirgan on the banks of the Bosphorus and covers an area of 325,000 square meters.
Once the private place of the Egyptian Khedive Ismail Pasa and afterwards being a gift from the Ottoman Sultan Murad IV to an Iranian nobleman Emir Gun, today the park serves as a very beautiful public garden for Istanbul residents and tourists alike.
Every year Emirgan Park, one of the largest public parks in Istanbul, is one of the main exhibition venues for the Tulip Festival held to celebrate spring and honour Turkey’s long devotion to this beautiful flower, known locally as “lale”.
This is a free festival and visitors can enjoy billions of tulips in 120 different types that bloom in April, as well as various cultural and artistic activities that are organised in Emirgan Park. You can also sip tea and coffee at various kiosks in the park and enjoy the view of the Bosphorus while sipping your Turkish tea, as well as enjoy the tulip photo contest.
It is worth noting that tulips are very important to the Ottoman Empire and Turkish culture. That is why the Tulip Festival in Istanbul, organised by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, has been held since 2006 in the city’s parks.
The tulips of Turkey
In April, the cold gray days of winter give way to the bright colors of spring when more than 11 million tulips bloom in the parks and streets of Istanbul.
Originating in Turkey, the tulip became a symbol of beauty, wealth and perfection for elite Ottomans during the Tulip Era (1718-1730). The Tulip is present in carpet designs, tiles in grand mosques, buildings and logos of companies and events that are quintessentially Turkish.
In Emirgan Park, located right on the shore of the Bosphorus in the Emirgan neighborhood of the Sariyer district, there are a variety of pines, stone pines, cypresses, firs, willows and lime trees. There is also a beautiful terraced lake with beautiful views of the Bosphorus, jogging and walking tracks, playgrounds for children and excellent photo spots.
The favourite activities of locals and tourists visiting this place are having a wonderful breakfast on weekdays or a free buffet on weekends in the cafes of Emirgan Grove, or going to the grove, especially during sunny weekends in Istanbul.
For many, the park is ideal for having a good rest, strolling through the beautiful gardens of the park and enjoying its beautiful views in the company of the Bosphorus scenery.
More about Emirgan Park:
- Emirgan Park Istanbul
- International Istanbul Tulip Festival
- Where is the tulip festival in Istanbul
- Groves & Gardens in Istanbul