Camlica Hill (Camlica Tepesi)
Camlica Hill takes its name from the pine trees that used to cover its slopes. The Ottoman sultans developed the land there and used the hill to train falcons; Ottoman-era pavilions still stand in the area. Today the area is a place to relax in nature, take in panoramic views of the city, and sip tea in a charming tea garden.
Tours of Istanbul that span both continents often include a stop on Camlica Hill. These tours usually visit major Ottoman sights on both sides of the Bosphorus, including Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace, and can involve a stop at the Bosphorus Bridge or a Bosphorus cruise across the water. For convenience, choose a tour that offers round-trip transport.
Things to Know Before You Go
Camlica Hill is a must-visit for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.
Wear comfortable shoes to climb the hill and stroll around the area.
Take time to enjoy the view from the tea gardens on Camlica.
The hill’s viewpoint is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Camlica Hill sits above the Uskudar neighborhood, from which it is easily accessible by bus or taxi. Uskudar itself is a transport hub and is reachable by ferry, metro, and bus.
When to Get There
Camlica Hill is lively in the afternoon, so come earlier if you want to avoid the crowds. That said, sunset is the best time to get colorful pictures of the sprawling city. Weekends can be especially busy on Camlica Hill, as local families come to enjoy nature and the view.
Turkish Snacks on Camlica
Turkish snacks and street food are common on Camlica Hill. Samplegozleme (a Turkish crepe that is often stuffed with cheese or spinach), fresh corn on the cob, or sticky Turkish ice cream.Simit, Istanbul’s ubiquitous loops of bread encrusted with sesame seeds, are also available on Camlica Hill. Wash down your snacks with a small cup of dark Turkish coffee.
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