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Pierre Loti Tepesi, Istanbul

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#12 of 141 in Historic Sites in Istanbul
Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
Take a break from busy sightseeing with a visit to Pierre Loti Tepesi, the place where the locals go to relax and soak in a magnificent view of the city. The hill overlooking the Golden Horn is named after a French novelist and naval officer, the author of the semi-autobiographical novel "Aziyade" in which he described the city. On the hilltop, in addition to the scenic views and peaceful surroundings for walking, you can also find a good selection of coffeehouses and restaurants, many of which offer the authentic atmosphere of old Istanbul. If you're not driving, use the cable car to reach the viewpoint; it operates from the foot of the hill. Take a look at our Istanbul vacation generator to schedule your visit to Pierre Loti Tepesi and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We took the teleferik to reach Pierre Loti Hill. The ride was short, but you can have a nice view of the bosphorus as you go up the hill. It is worth it once you reach the divine place at the top. The...  more »
  • Pierre Loti is an area on the top of the hill that contain many caffe shop in the middle of the nature with a stunning view to the Golden Horn.  more »
  • Making your way here is pretty rewarding, being that it offers an unparalleled view of the golden horn. Perfect for an evening activity when most other attractions are closed. I made my way to the cab...  more »
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  • We came here while in Istanbul. It is a very nice place to enjoy coffee or tea. Very crowded on weekends. The view is very nice but not spectacular. Still worth the visit by the cable car which costs 4 TL each.
  • Good view and you can eat ( fatayer ) and drink tea only .. I like this place
  • good place for taking photos of golden horn. you use thr t-rope from eyup sultan to climb the piere loti hill.
  • What a romantic place. i love it
  • amazing view, especially just before sunset

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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