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5 Little Heavens Near Istanbul

Istanbul, timeless city… Stressful business life, traffic jam and crowds here bore us sometimes. Pınar Yeşilova from made a list of easy-to-go places near Istanbul in maximum 2 hours. We highly recommend you to visit the top 5 of these places without thinking any city-related thoughts…

1. Pinarli Village



You have to go to Sile firstly to reach this heaven village 97 km far away from Istanbul. When you arrive in Sardala Bay, do not forget to swim in the icy water. This place is an awesome camping place for those that want.



2. Polonezkoy



It would not be false if we call there the greenest part of the region.. This 32 km far away green heaven is exactly an oxygen-rich for those that breathe away from city center.




3. Agva



Agva, 97 km far away from Istanbul, can be the most beautiful place near Istanbul, maybe an extraterrestrial village to some.. You can swim there or be drunk with natural beauties of there. You will love wooden structures, all the shades of green, and romance of the area…



4. Cigdem Upland



This about 1500 m high upland gave its name from colchicum blooming after snow. You can highly enjoy fresh air, blue sky and green gardens there!




5. Terkos Lake



For those that like to do picnic and read book on the lake shore, Terkos Lake is a heaven that is 45 km far away from Istanbul.


What’s up in Town | Jan 6 – 12, 2014

MUSIC | Okay Temiz Oriental Wild

Okay Temiz, percussion master and jazz musician, will take the stage with his Turkish, Sufi, African, and Indian based oriental-jazz band Oriental Wind. The place is Nardiss Jazz Club, and date is Jan 6.

MUSIC | Carmina Burana

German composer Carf Orff’s famous work is at Zorlu Center, Istanbul with the rendition of Istanbul Devlet Opera Balesi. The magical night is on Jan 6, 20.00.

ART | Ahmet Ertegun Photography Exhibition

Creator of the cult like Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the father of rock music, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun’s photography exhibition can be visited until Jan 15 at Cult Istanbul.

ART | 990 Faces

The exhibition organized in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and Istanbul Photography Museum consists of Hans-Jürgen Raabe’s works continuing in different countries since 2010.

ART | Michel Comte: Fame

World-renowned fashion photographer Michel Comte’s most ironic frames of famous people in fashion world are exhibiting Elipsis Gallery until Jan 25.

MUSIC | Queen Tribute Night by Cingi

Turkish rock music’s mighty voice, Cingi, meets fans of Queen and Freddie Mercury on Jan 8 at 21.30.

MUSIC | Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra – New Year Concert

The classic of BIFO’s New Year Concert is conducted by Sascha Goetzel this year. The night at Lutfi Kirdar Center will start 20.00 on Jan 9.

WORKSHOP | Secrets of Perfect Hamburger

The key parts of preparing the perfect hamburger are in this workshop. Let’s meet in Mini Kitchen on Jan 9!


What’s up in Town? | Nov 25 – Dec 1, 2013

ART | Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
The exhibition is waiting for its enthusiasts till Feb 16, 2014. The exhibition area is at Borusan Contemporary in Baltalimani, Istanbul.

ART | Mahmut Karatoprak
Karatoprak’s all paintings that belong to Yellow Flowers of Patience are with you at Gallery Selvin in Arnavutkoy, Istanbul. Now his subject is women who are in a state of absolute awareness, and who each express a unique way of being alone. The exhibition will end Dec 15.

FESTIVAL & FAIR | Istanbul Design Week
With its many workshops, exhibitions and events, Istanbul Design Week is between the date of Nov 27 and Dec 1 at Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul.

PERFORMING ARTS | The Ears of Midas
The Ears of Midas is a two-act opera directed by Yücel Erten. We recommend to join them on Nov 27, 28, 29 or 30 at Sureyya Opera House, Istanbul.

MUSIC | Andre Rieu
One of the most important musicians of this century, Andre Rieu, will take the stage on Nov 29 in Sinan Erdem Arena, Istanbul.

MUSIC | Andrea Lucchesini
Italian pianist Lucchesini will be in Antalya on Nov 26, 2013 for 14th International Antalya Piano Festval.

FESTIVAL & FAIR | Blues Festival 24
The last two city in Anatolia with the wind of blues… Blues Festival 24 will be in Canakkale and Edirne on Nov 25 and 26.

SPORT | Anadolu Efes – Strasbourg
In the match that seventh week of Turkish Airlines Euroleague , Anadolu Efes will host the French team at Abdi Ipekci Arena, Istanbul on Nov 29.


Istanbul… Full of music in September

If you are planning to visit Istanbul in September, the city offers many art and culture choices, especially in music. We compile a short-list including different genres for you. Here are a few…

Velvet Villains Vestival 2013

50 Cent, Sky Blu of LMFAO, Ne-Yo, Inna, Akon, Far East Movement, and other surprise artists… All of them will come together for the first Urban Festival in the history of Istanbul! The festival will take place on August 30 and 31 in Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul.







Rock’n Coke Istanbul 2013

Turkey’s biggest rock and electronic music festival will begin on September 6, in this year. Numerous local and foreign bands and artists will take the stage on 5 different concept stage. Here is the main bands’ list:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Jamiroquai
  • The Prodigy
  • Hurts
  • Duman
  • Editors
  • Within Temptation
  • maNga
  • Aylin Aslım
  • Büyük Ev Ablukada
  • Rebel Moves
  • And more…







Lana Del Rey

The woman of “Dark love story”, Lana Del Rey will come in Istanbul for a special concert on September 20. Wear “Blue Jeans”, and experience “Summertime Sadness”…













…and Final Countdown! The world famous hard rock band, Europe will rock Istanbul on September 28, 2013! The stage will be in Life Park, Sarıyer.


Belly Dancing with Bozenka

***7 days to go until our Belly Dancing week in Istanbul with Bozenka & Reyhan Tuzsuz starts***

We are so excited about this very special tour… Experience magic of belly dance with world-renowned belly dance performers Bozenka and Reyhan Tuzsuz, shop at the most famous bazaars, enjoy the life in Istanbul!

Don’t miss out, BOOK NOW!


We are a member of TIES!

Unison Turkey is a member of The International Ecotourism Society now. At a glance, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a non-profit association committed to promoting responsible tourism practices that benefit conservation and communities. Representing the voices of stakeholders from all corners of the world, TIES’ global network supports and is supported by members from over 90 countries, who are leading the vital efforts to make travel and tourism more sustainable (quotation from the official Facebook page of TIES)

For detailed information, news, and programs about the society, visit the website of TIES.

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