The biggest problem most visitors to Istanbul face is trying to decide between the multitude of attractions on offer. We at My Destination Istanbul have compiled a list of some ‘not-to-miss’ experiences while visiting this magnificent city.
Boasting many of Istanbul’s most visited sites- including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and Topkapi Palace - it’s easy to see why many tourists never venture further than the historical centre of Istanbul.
One of the best ways to experience Istanbul is by water. It’s as easy as a hop, skip and a jump onto one of the many public and private ferries departing from Eminönü. From there take a cruise along the length of the Bosphorus, admiring the palaces, Ottoman mansions and sleek cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs along the way. Read more...
Take your wallet and some patience and immerse yourself in one of Istanbul’s bazaars. These ancient shopping malls provide a taste, smell and sight of life as it was centuries ago. Join the crowds as they move through the spices, sweets and souvenirs of the city’s famous Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar, haggling furiously for all things Turkish.
You will often smell the nargile (Turkish water pipe) before you see its billowing smoke. An endearing symbol of the Ottoman Empire since the 17th century, nargile smoking has been a popular form of socialising and relaxation for both young and old Turks for centuries. Read more...
When the heat and chaos of the city gets too much, head to the Princes’ Islands for a glimpse into life as it was in Istanbul. Jump aboard one of the signature horse-and-carts as they trundle down the narrow cobbled streets, past the waterfront fish restaurants and delectable ice cream stalls of these Marmara Sea gems. Read more...
Bosphorus by Mista Riggs
Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson
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