Fresh produce, stuff you can buy first hand at Istanbul's local markets. The town markets called pazar can look overwhelming at first, but you'll surely be welcomed warmly by stallholders. Communication may be difficult, but the experience is priceless.
Istanbul’s nightlife is world class, they can compete with the rest of the world. Whether you want to enjoy a (local) live performance, attend concerts, drink and dance the night away or simply enjoy rooftop 360 view, Istanbul has it all.
There are several hamams or Turkish spa available in the city. Some were established as early as 1556. You will find great pampering and rejuvenation at one of those spas after your tour around the city.
There is a 500-year old bazaar in Istanbul. It is one of the largest covered bazaars in the world with 60 streets, 5000 shops, 60 restaurants, 18 fountains, 12 mosques, and even a school. This is where to find the best deals for carpets, leather, ceramics, souvenirs and jewelry.
The city is home to olden and fascinating museums, mosque, palace and churches showcasing Istanbul's rich history and culture.
Istanbul is well-known for delicious ethnic cuisine, vibrant culture, splendid shopping, plenty of sun and sea combined with impressive historical architecture and warm people. The place deserves to be included on anyone's travel bucketlist.
Hagia Sophia was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul. It was constructed in 537 AD. The building was converted into an Ottoman mosque from May 29, 1453 until 1931 and opened as a museum on February 1, 1935. It is famous for its massive dome and is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture.
The Bosphorus is a narrow, natural strait and an internationally significant waterway located in northwestern Turkey. Most of the shores of the strait are heavily settled, straddled by the city of Istanbul's metropolitan population of 17 million inhabitants. Cruising Bosphorus will provide a nice overview of the city, both the European and Asian shores of the famous waterway, century old palaces and mansions galore.
Taksim Square is situated in Beyoğlu in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. It is a major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels and is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, with the central station of the Istanbul Metro network. Taksim Square is also the location of the Monument of the Republic. Inaugurated in 1928, he monument is a commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.
The Istanbul Archaeology Museums is a group of three archeological museums located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul. This is a real hidden Istanbul gem, displaying one of the world’s richest collections of classical antiquities. Top attractions here are the marvelous sarcophagus of Alexander the Great depicting important phases of his life, the blue tiled Karaman Mihrab, the beautiful Tiled Pavilion, and the Treaty of Kadesh – the world’s earliest surviving peace treaty.
The Maiden's Tower known as Leander's Tower since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 meters from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul. It is a square parallelepiped tower with balcony and octagonal prism room with cupola pyramidal tower with light that was constructed in 1110. A popular Turkish legend about an emperor's effort to thwart a prophecy of his daughter's early demise, was said to be the reason of it