Istanbul may not be your go-to city for a romantic vacay. But think again. With its scenic views, breathtaking shorelines, historical charm, and picturesque buildings, Istanbul can be a great place to make memories with your special someone.

To make it easy for you, here’s our list of the top 8 romantic places to visit in this unique metropolitan:

 1. Maiden’s Tower and Galata Tower

Ancient towers overseeing the beautiful Bosphorus sea, the Maiden’s Tower and the Galata Tower brings to the city a mysticity of bygone times. Located at the southern entrance of Bosphorus city, where the Bosphorus meets Marmara Sea, it is one of the most iconic places in Istanbul. A number of tales and legends surround this structure which makes it all the more alluring. 

Soaring gloriously into the sky, the Galata Tower is located near the main junction of Bosphorus. The tower has a beautifully designed cone-cap top which stands out in the city’s night skyline. Explore the centuries of hidden history in the interiors of this building and take yourselves on a mini historic- adventure. 




Ithaka’s Pro Tip: Housed on the top floor of the tower is a restaurant where you can have a romantic dinner date with a panoramic view of the city forming a perfect backdrop.

2. Explore the Prince Islands


Prince Islands is that dreamy getaway every couple yearns for. A ferry ride will take you across the waters where a magical archipelago awaits you. Decorated horse drawn carriages trotting down narrow streets, which are lined with Victorian cottages and flanked by pine trees, that is Prince Islands for you.

Undoubtedly, these islands which seem to be right out of a fairytale are a must visit for couples. Thanks to motor vehicles being banned, the silence of the islands is only accompanied by the sound of horse hooves and bicycle bells. Walk down the long lanes together or get adventurous with a bicycle, with plenty of things to see and do, a trip to Prince Islands guarantees a whole day of fun.

3.Take a cruise in the Bosphorus
Bosphorous cruise

The ancient city of Istanbul has several old cisterns, of which the Basilica Cistern is the largest and most enchanting one. An engineering marvel that has truly stood the test of time, this historical structure has a history dating back to the 4th century. The two Medusa statues seen at the far corners of this underground cistern have Greek mythological connections which make it all the more interesting. The dim lights, the timelessness of the columns and the sheer grandeur of the structure makes it an absolute must for couples to visit.

8.Experience royalty at Beylerbeyi Palace

Rich in history and architecture, the Beylerbeyi Palace isone of Istanbul’s most famous monuments. The imperial marble structure that stands by the Bosphorus in the Asian side of the city was originally built as a summer residence for the Sultans. It has an elaborate 2 storeyed layout with 6 spacious halls and 24 rooms. Gardens, fountains, and even a hamam adds to the regal feel of the palace. The interiors are lavish to say the least, with their grand chandeliers, handmade furniture, Egyptian carpets, and brilliant paintings. After touring the palace, couples can spend time at the pavilions and cafes nearby. You can have a nice brunch or simply take a stroll along the waters of the Bosphorus.