Istanbul, Turkey’s beautiful and vibrant capital city, is the country’s focal point when it comes to bringing in the New Year and New Years Eve 2017 will be no different. With its breathtaking setting at the mouth of the visually stunning Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul provides a magnificent backdrop to some of the world’s most spectacular fireworks.
The city isn’t one you’d typically associate with New Year’s Eve celebrations but it magically comes to life this time of year. For a country that doesn’t celebrate Christmas, Turkey, and Istanbul in particular, know how to throw a party. Even more important, the Turkish people are proud of their pyrotechnic skills, and are known for the awe inspiring, large scale fireworks displays they present.
Parties & Fireworks
New Year’s Eve in Istanbul is expected to sees crowds of excited party goers gather on Istiklal Street located in the city center and in Taksim Square as they do every year. Locals and visitors alike honk their car horns as the NYE countdown begins, followed by a number of spectacular fireworks displays that light up the sky from vantage points across Istanbul; a breathtaking conclusion welcoming in the New Year.
Both visitors and locals alike can also enjoy an exclusive New Year’s Eve dinner cruise on the Bosphorus, a splendid way to enjoy the fireworks, and there are several businesses that offer this service. For individuals that prefer a more distinguished setting, or enjoy taking in an entertaining show, the Kervansaray restaurant is a great choice. In addition, the Gar Restaurant, Orient House, Istanbul and Sultana’s, are all outstanding venues to enjoy a fantastic night out. For the most part, just about anywhere on the Golden Horn provides an exciting evening full of entertainment, along with putting you in the perfect location to enjoy all the midnight firework displays which are truly incredible here.
Some of the best places to observe the fireworks and fun activities before the New Year rings in are in the Fatih district near the historic Galata Tower. Galata is a part of the city’s Beyoglu district, which makes up Istanbul’s entertainment and commercial center located near Taksim Square. The area is brimming with wonderful restaurants boasting delicious international cuisine. Located along Istiklal Avenue you’ll find the Çiçek Pasaji, home to additional restaurants, fun pubs and relaxing wine houses.
Accommodations for NYE
Istanbul’s tourist center is located in its European side and you’ll find about 90% of the city’s accommodations there. Budget conscious guests will find low and mid range lodgings located on the Sarayburnu, and higher end hotels and resorts are predominantly located in the financial and entertainment districts north of the Golden Horn. Popular hotels in Istanbul are Tryp Istanbul Hagia Sophia Hotel, Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul Hotel, Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Hotel, Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center, Istanbul Golden City Hotel, Lush Hotel Taksim and so many more
While New Years Eve in Istanbul ends after the countdown, the street performances and parties are expected to continue on until the early the morning hours. There are also lively, continued celebrations at venues that include festivities at a number of the city’s restaurants, hotels and pubs, including both casual and high end settings.