Just a few kilometers from Uskudar in Istanbul, Camlica Hill offers a different perspective of the city. Split into two hills – Big Camlica and Little Camlica – it is a popular destination for residents to picnic and barbeque on the weekends.

At 267 meters above sea level, Big Camlica is the highest point in Istanbul and, not surprisingly, offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. From the top, you can see the Bosphorus Bridge, Eminonu Peninsula, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Island.  On the clearest of days, you can also see as far as Mount Uludag near Bursa.  Tea gardens, restaurants and a variety of vendors are also scattered around the hill.

Little Camlica is the quieter of the two hills. Despite its pleasant gardens and walking trails, it attracts fewer visitors than its counterpart.  

The view from Camlica Hill at sunset is superb, with the silhouettes of Istanbul’s domes and minarets glowing in front of the colorful sky. Visiting in the springtime is also pleasure as tulips are planted ahead of the annual Istanbul Tulip Festival and wildflowers are in bloom.

Practical Information

The best way to reach Camlica Hill is by car or by organized tour from Istanbul.

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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Sail along the beautiful Golden Horn and Bosphorus and visit three other top Istanbul attractions on this variety-packed full-day sightseeing tour! Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.24

Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Cross Istanbul’s stunning Bosphorus Bridge, take in spectacular city views from Çamlıca Hill and explore ornate Dolmabahçe Palace on this 5-hour ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.12

Istanbul Two Continents Half-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

From the opulent palaces of Istanbul's European shore to magnificent views from the city's Asian side, this leisurely four-hour afternoon tour shows you the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00

Private Half-Day Tour: Istanbul's Two Continents

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

From the opulent palaces of Istanbul's European shore to magnificent views from the city's Asian side, this leisurely four-hour private afternoon tour shows ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.25

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