Top 10 Things to Do in Istanbul in March 2019


March is the last step before the spring starts in Istanbul. Although March in Istanbul is not so much cold and the average temperature is 8 degrees, there is a Turkish idiom for March which is "March will make you look out from the door, but also will make you burn pickaxe and shovel".

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So it means March will still can be cold in Istanbul and we recommend you to take the most attractions at the indoor places like museums, shows, exhibitions, concerts, movies and more. Of course it is not possible to mention all of the best things to do in Istanbul in March in 2019, but as an insider, we recommend you the below ones.


But before we mention the top 10 attractions, we want to give brief info about the big events, festivals, temporary art exhibitions, concerts and shows that will take place in Istanbul in March. So that you may check our insider recommended venues' calendar of events and plan your days with more leisure activities in Istanbul in March.

What's On Istanbul in March 2019

  • Temporary Art Exhibitions - check the calendar of exhibitions and events of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in Karakoy, Pera Museum in Taksim and Sakip Sabanci Museum in Emirgan.

  • Top 10 Istanbul Attractions in March 2019



    The whirling dervishes show is one of the most visited attractions in Istanbul with the tourists. The ceremony is a complex musical repertoire called ayin and go on a mystical journey representing man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection. You may catch this one hour show and witness the miracle of the whirling dervishes.



    Istiklal Avenue (Istiklal Street) is probably the most famous street and entertainment area in Istanbul. It is a long colorful pedestrian street full of all kind of shops, restaurants, cafes and street shows. You may visit the fantastic Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the amazing St. Anthony of Padua Church and Pera Museum there. If you would like to have a dinner and night entertainment, you may spend the evening at the famous Asmalimescit dining and wining street.



    Istanbul Modern is the first museum of modern and contemporary art in Turkey. You may find three exhibitions in Istanbul Modern that include; In Pursuit of the Present (focuses on human conditions in today’s world, open untill May 12, 2019), Yıldız Moran: A Mountain Tale (the works of Yıldız Moran (1932-1995), the first academically trained woman photographer of Turkey, open untill May 12, 2019) and The Event of a Thread: Global Narratives in Textiles (brings together 25 international contemporary artists, who use textile to create aesthetic and cultural narratives through objects, installations and video works, open untill July 7, 2019) Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No: 99 34430, Beyoğlu, Istanbul Turkey
    Phone: +90 212 334 73 00 , Web: https://www.istanbulmodern.org/en/


    Visit Topkapi Palace in Sultanahmet, Historical Peninsula



    Topkapi Palace is a magnificent oriental palace that is situated on a triangular promontory dominating the Bosphorus & Golden Horn. It was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 15th century to mid-19th century.

    Visit Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet, Historical Peninsula



    The Blue Mosque was built in the 17th century by Sultan Ahmet I. Blue name came from its beautiful blue tiles interior. It is the only mosque with six minarets. The Blue Mosque is one most popular tourist sights in Istanbul.



    Visitors may experience and enjoy the lovely sea creatures, the largest collection of sharks in Europe, the Digital Aquarium, the Turtle Hospital where you may see the injured turtles are getting healed, thematic zones, school trips, birthday parties and much more.






    Visitors may experience one of the top attractions for families with kids in Istanbul, access the indoor attractions just designed for kids between 3 to 10 years old, see the iconic buildings from Istanbul and Europe made from LEGO bricks, let your imagination go through the colourful LEGO world of creativity.



    The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) in Beyazit is a shopping adventure that you won’t want to miss. A series of covered streets feature over 4,000 merchants all selling their products and wares. You can find anything here from boots and slippers to gold and silver jewellery.



    Ortakoy Sqaure is a famous one located in Ortakoy, nearby the beautiful Bosphorus, Istanbul. Ortakoy Sqaure is popular with the young people and Istanbul sightseeing takers. There are variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops at the square. The lively nights at the weekends are also fantastic. Many locals prefer to buy baked potatoes from numerous cafes and eat their baked potatoes by the beautiful views of the Bosphorus.

    Visit Istanbul Aquarium in Florya, Bakirkoy



    Istanbul Aquarium, with its 6,000 square meters area, a special-themed and 1,2 km long travel route originating in the Black Sea towards the Pacific, the fish species, rainforest, a gift shop with an area of 470 square meters, 1 restaurant having the Panama Canal view on one side and the sea view on the other and great attractions, is one of the best aquariums and theme parks in Europe.

    Top Selling Tours in March 2019 for Istanbul


    You may explore Istanbul in March via daily tours made by the local travel agents with professional guides. It is a very good option if you don't want to go through the hassle of making all the arrangements including the tickets, waiting at the queue and 2-ways transportation by your own and feel like you may have troubles with them. And we recommend the two world brands GetYourGuide or Viator tours, made by the best reputed and registered tour agents in Istanbul and offer comfortable, safe and the cheapest tours with 2-ways transportation from your hotel or meeting point, professional guides, insurance and easy cancellation. You may find the top selling Istanbul tours in March and plan your days in a convenient and comfortable way.


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    Hot Topics - New Istanbul Airport - Istanbul in March - Sultanahmet - Taksim

    Must DOs - experience and enjoy the Whirling Dervishes Show - Bosphorus Cruise - City Sightseeing Bus Tour - Isfanbul Theme Park - Sealife Aquarium

    Must SEEs - visit Hagia Sophia - Topkapi Palace - Blue Mosque - Basilica Cistern - Galata Tower - Istanbul Archaelogy Museums - Grand Bazaar

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