Springtime inis my favorite time of the year here.
Spring means this bustling city is filled with millions of blooming tulips as I’ve mentioned a few times in the past 3 weeks.
Over the weekend, we trekked out to the Emirgan Korusu (Park) because a friend had told me the tulips already were blooming. We were not disappointed!
I’m guessing that perhaps 40 percent of the tulips are blooming right now. That means, the tulips probably will not be blooming the whole month of April like they usually are. The official opening day of the 8th Annual Tulip Festival is this Sunday, April 7.
If I were you, I’d get to the park as soon as you can. Try to avoid the weekend because the shore road traffic is truly a nightmare.
On Saturday, by the time we had strolled around the park, taken 100 photos and drank our bottle of wine back among the trees, the traffic was bad. So bad in fact that we took a small sea taxi from Emirgan to Kanlıca, then a public bus to Üsküdar, then a quick ferry boat from Üsküdar back to Beşiktaş, and then we walked home. Total travel time was about 1.5 hours, but we got to enjoy a lovely ride along the Bosphorus not just once, but twice.
I took so many tulip photos that I’ve decided to break up the photos into two posts. So today, please enjoy part one of the tulips blooming in Emirgan Korusu.
How to get to Emirgan Korusu (Park)
By bus – there are dozens of buses that run along the shore road, departing from Beşiktaş and Kabataş. Look for the ones heading toward Sariyer.
By metro and taxi – we tried a new route this time and found it much faster. Take the metro to ITU. Exit the metro following the signs for Büyükdere Caddesi. Then take a 7-tl-fare taxi ride to the rear entrance of the park.
By boat – there is a vapur (ferry boat) that lands at the Emirgan Iskelesi, but the times aren’t that frequent unfortunately. Click here to check the Emirgan vapur schedule.