Hg2 : The Hedonist

Belgrad Forest

Belgrad Ormani’s (aka ‘Forest’) 5,000 hectares of mostly deciduous trees and man-made lakes makes it among the largest parks in Istanbul – certainly large enough for green-heeled hedonists to loose themselves for a bit. A word of caution, the search for solitude in Belgrad Forest becomes increasingly challenging on the weekend, particularly during summer months when city-dwellers, desperate to escape the heat of the city, migrate to picnic here in droves. Hedonists needing to expel some of their recent excesses should head to the Büyük Bent portion of the park, where an enjoyable 6km circumnavigation of a pretty lake will meet with several stamps of an international jogger’s approval.

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