Tuzla is a suburb situated on the Asian side of Istanbul, just within the city limits to the southeast. It is not to be confused with the city of the same name in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Formerly, the area was inhabited predominantly by Greeks in Ottoman times when the main industries were farming and fishing. In the 1920s, there was a population shift on the foundation of the Turkish Republic and until today the main population remains Turkish.
The district continued to have a thriving fishing industry, much of which is still evident today. This little town is famous for its many fish restaurants offering fresh products straight from the sea. It also has a stunning harbor area which is lovely to stroll along and take in the sea air. However, like many ports around the world, fishing gave way to ship building in the 1980s, an industry that still thrives today.
Tuzla is just 40 minutes by public transportation from the Istanbul metropolis, but it couldn’t be more different. It is a popular district for the city’s more affluent residents, an idyllic retirement place and an enjoyable suburb for visitors.
A calmer side to Istanbul
If you are staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Istanbul Tuzla, you can experience a quieter side of Istanbul, and at the same time enjoy the luxury of being just 40 minutes away from all the city's amenities. Tuzla itself has all the elements of a large town with plenty of attractions, restaurants, shopping centers and other amenities. Just a few minutes from the hotel there is access to guided sightseeing tours, theaters and cinemas. Visit authentic mosques, galleries and museums, and the historical part of Tuzla with its characteristic winding streets. Local markets and vendors sell spices and handmade crafts as well as fish and fresh produce. Alternatively, visit one of the many shopping centers in or around Tuzla: Via Port, Pendorya Alisveris Merkezi or World Atlantis Shopping Centre.
Enjoy the best of both worlds, and experience a more rural side to Turkey, while being just a short distance from one of the country’s largest cities.