When the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality host the International Istanbul Tulip Festival every April most locals travel north - past the second Bosphorus Bridge - to Emirgan Park to see 117 acres of parkland blooming with millions of tulips.
Gradually over the years though, Gulhane Park on the old Istanbul peninsula, has matched Emirgan for its colourful artistic displays of Turkey’s national flower. This is great news for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who stay in old Istanbul every April. There’s now no need for a day trip to Emirgan if you’re short of vacation time. Simply visit Gulhane Park as part of your excursion to Topkapi Palace and the Archaeology Museum.
The park is just a 10-minute walk downhill from the Ayasofya, or the closest tram stop is Gulhane. The flowers bloom for the entire month of April but their peak beauty occurs around mid April.