Buyukcekmece was established to the east of Buyukcekmece Lake, which is known by its name. Consisting of flat terrain and plains, the district is adjacent to Beylikduzu, Esenyurt, Silivri, Catalca and Arnavutkoy, and is surrounded by the Marmara Sea in the south.

Buyukcekmece, which has been the accommodation of armies and passengers throughout its history, draws attention with the remains of Mimarsinan Bridge and caravanserai that have survived to the present day.

The region, with its 25 km of highly organized coastline, consists of 24 neighborhoods. In Buyukcekmece, which has become one of the important resort centers with its potential areas such as Kumburgaz, Guzelce, Mimar Sinan, Alkent, Kamiloba and Celaliye, the population reaches up to 800 thousand in summer.

Taksim - 55 minutes

Besiktas - 55 minutes

Kadikoy - 60 Minutes

Sisli - 48 Minutes

Bakırkoy - 28 Minutes

Levent - 56 Minutes

Sariyer - 70 Minutes

Istanbul Airport - 35 Minutes

Sabiha Gokcen Airport - 80 Minutes

Attraction Centers of Buyukcekmece

There are many historical and touristic places to visit around Buyukcekmece and Buyukcekmece Lake, which provides a relaxing atmosphere for those who want to have a pleasant time in summer.

The Enver Pasha Pavilion, the Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Bridge with a length of 636 meters, the World costumes Museum, Sokullu Mehmet Pasha and Fatih mosques are among the places that must be visited by the first time visitors.

A modern coastal settlement on the European side of Buyukcekmece 5 km long Kordonboyu is one of the places worth seeing. Kordonboyu, which is very active especially in summer months, is home to many cafes, restaurants, bars, tea gardens and beaches.

Kumburgaz and Buyukcekmece Beaches

Buyukcekmece and Kumburgaz beaches have always been the first choice of Istanbulites who cannot go on holiday. Buyukcekmece, Kumburgaz, Kordonboyu, Celaliye and Guzelce beaches are on their way to become Istanbul's Bodrum with transportation advantages, economical prices and delicious tastes.

Kumburgaz, which offers accommodation options for every budget with its hotels, motels, apartments and hostels, is 45 km from Istanbul and 12 km from Buyukcekmece. It is almost impossible to be overwhelmed by the crowds thanks to the 360-kilometer area of the district.

Sultan Suleyman Caravanserai

The 48-meter-long Caravanserai, commissioned by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in 1566, is also known as Kursunlu Khan because the original roof was covered with lead. The cut stone work, located on the European trade route, was an important accommodation point during its period. Architect Mimar Sinan connected the heating system of this caravanserai to the bridge with pipes from below to prevent the Sultan Suleyman Bridge from freezing in winter. The caravanserai, which has survived to the present day with the repairs made, is now used as the place where cultural and artistic activities are held.

Aqua Marine Water Park

Aqua Marine, one of the largest water parks in the city with its water slides and giant pools, has a capacity of 3000 people and has been serving Istanbul residents since 1999. For those who cannot go on vacation, Aquaparks are very important for the locals, as well as being a hygienic and safe form of entertainment.

The park, which opens its doors to visitors between 07:00 and 19:00, offers free ring services to entertainers who want to come from every part of the city.


Connected to the city center by TEM and D-100 Highways, Buyukcekmece, which can be considered as the endpoint of Istanbul, provides great facilities for its guests in terms of sea transportation. Especially in summer months, sea buses are organized to touristic areas such as Bursa, Erdek, Mudanya and Avsa.

Those who want to reach Istanbul IDO Buyukcekmece Pier by bus should first have an Istanbul card. You can meet all your public transportation needs by loading the necessary credit to the Istanbul card.

Buyukcekmece is 10 km from Private Hezarfen Airport, 42 from Istanbul Airport and 78 km from Sabiha Gokcen Airport.


Buyukcekmece center is only 3.8 km away from Tuyap Metrobus station. Thanks to the Metrobus lines, you can quickly reach many points including the Asian side of Istanbul. With the advantage of the departure line, the TUYAP stop promises all passengers a comfortable journey.

Metro & Tram

Although Buyukcekmece is 23 km from Halkali Station, which is the first stop of the suburban line, work is underway to develop the Buyukcekmece side of the Marmaray and Metrobus projects connecting Europe and Asia.

Bus Services

Silivri, Catalca and Yenibosna buses, which pass through Buyukcekmece, serve regularly in the city transportation. It is possible to find services to different points of Istanbul, especially to Yenibosna center and Avcilar. You can use these buses for transfer or you can choose TUYAP Metrobus line. In this way, you can quickly reach many points of the city, especially the Asian side.

If you are planning to live in Buyukcekmece, which is one of the most attractive and entertaining districts of Istanbul, we recommend using these lines.

Entertainment & Social Life

Buyukcekmece has more than 30 hotels, shopping malls, a large number of department stores and grocery stores, and public leisure facilities.

The conferences and panels held at the Ataturk Cultural Center continue for 12 months of the year. Kutadgu Bilig Public Library with 25 thousand works, Ibrahim Callı Art Gallery, world-famous Buyukcekmece Photography and Education Club, Atirus Shopping Center with 3D cinema halls and Bedia Muvahhit Stage with a capacity of 500 seats are important elements supporting social life in the district.

The Buyukcekmece International Culture and Arts Festival, where art meets love and culture meets friendship, was selected as the ‘Best Festival in the world’ by CIOFF in 2011 and 2012, is the only Festival in Turkey in Category A.

Night Life

Mimaroba bars street is home to many entertaining venues, one after the other, with folk bars, pubs and nightclubs. Nightlife in Buyukcekmece is quite active especially in spring and summer.

Cinema & Theater

The Ataturk Culture Center, where conferences and panels are held, attracts art lovers with Kutadgu Bilig Public Library, Ibrahim Callı Art Gallery, Atirus Mall cinemas and Bedia Muvahhit Stage with its unique works.


Besides dozens of stores and shops, large and small, serving 24/7 in the district, Atirus mall, Torium Shopping Center, Fox City and Outlet Park are home to the leading brands of the world and Turkey with different entertainment and shopping options. If you plan to stay in Buyukcekmece, keep in mind that you can find different alternatives in nearby districts like Silivri, Beylikduzu, Avcilar and Kucukcekmece.

Restaurants & Hotels

You can find the best hotels and restaurants in the area near Buyukcekmece coast. From fish restaurants to hookah cafes, from Middle Eastern tastes to Asian cuisine, dozens of different categories and alternatives will be waiting for you.

Buyukcekmece Hotels

You can stay in four and five-star hotels as well as city hotel concept facilities, try out Kumburgaz's luxury hotels with private beaches, and stay in apartments or boutique apartments. Particularly during the fair periods, occupancy rates of the facilities in the district center and on the weekends may increase. So buying real estate in and around Buyukcekmece is a popular option in recent years.

Buyukcekmece Cafes & Restaurants

Buyukcekmece, one of the few districts of Istanbul that can be swim in the sea, also attracts attention with its luxurious restaurants. Those who come for fair tourism cannot help but have a holiday in Kumburgaz. As a matter of fact, for townies, Kumburgaz and the surrounding area is a popular destination for the weekend getaway.










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