Take a ferry ride across the Bosphorus – the benches along the sides of the ship are always the breeziest spots with the best view! Here you can cool down and let your mind wander while the ferry glides past magnificent palaces and dingy fishing boats.
Eat plenty of ice cream, what else? The creamy-cool foodstuff is known to boost production of thrombotonin, a stress-reducing, happiness-inducing hormone closely related to serotonin. We tested it recently, and it really works! For Istanbul’s best ice cream slingers, check our list on page 208.
To cool down, the best thing is to avoid direct sunlight. If crouching along the sides of large buildings is not your thing, why not go underground? The Basilica Cistern or Yerebatan Sarayı (Sunken Palace) is great for a walk in the dark, and our “Off the beaten path” feature on page 130 lists three more exciting sights below street level. Yerebatan Caddesi No.13, Sultanahmet; T: (0212) 522 12 59
If you like your cool with a side of green, Atatürk Arboretum is the place to go. Situated within the vast Belgrade Forest north of Istanbul, this place is a living tree museum cultivated by the Forestry Faculty of Istanbul University. Three lakes and a wide range of native and non-native trees make a stroll around this peaceful spot simultaneously refreshing and educational. Belgrad Ormanı, Bahçeköy
The antique marble statues at Istanbul Archaeological Museum couldn’t care less about the raging summer heat. Do as they do and spend an inspiring afternoon among fascinating artefacts from excavations in and around Istanbul. Alemdar Caddesi, Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sokak, Sultanahmet; T: (0212) 520 77 40
A dip in one of the city’s swanky hotel pools is definitely more upscale than a cold shower at home, and its side effects may include anything from a deep tan to a boost in your social life. For a list of Istanbul’s best pools go to www.theguideistanbul.com.
If all of the above fails, it’s time to escape to Şile. This little seaside town on the Black Sea coast an hour northeast of Istanbul boasts several picturesque rocky bays and sand beaches. The sea may be a bit rough sometimes, but a fairly reliable breeze provides cooling effects ashore as well.