As a meeting place between East and West, Istanbul is considered to be one of the world’s greatest cities. It carries a long and rich history, evident in its architecture and atmosphere. Have a look below to see our top 8 recommendations in Istanbul and let yourself be inspired!
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Admire the Hagia Sophia
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This ancient basilica, which later became a mosque and then a museum, is difficult to miss in the city, thanks to its amazing dome.
Visit the Basilica Cistern
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It is an absolutely magical place that should not to be missed under any circumstamne! It is truly mesmerizing, there are actually fish in the cistern and you can also admire some beautiful columns.
Take a cruise on the Bosphorus
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In order to see the city from another angle, take to the open sea and enjoy a peaceful and captivating cruise on the Bosphorus strait.
Lose yourself in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul
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In this magical setting you will find everything: spices, pottery, jewelry … and at all amazing prices! Grab yourself some amazing souvenirs at this market.
Tasting a Kumpir
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Kumpir means “baked potatoe”.You might wonder what’s so special about a baked potatoe?! Wait till you taste one in Istanbul, you will not regret this!
Discover Dolmabahçe Palace
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This palace is marked by its richness and its opulence with no less than six hammams inside! Its gardens, with a beautiful view of the Bosphorus, make for a beautiful stroll and tourist destination.
Take a real Turkish bath
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Visit one of the oldest Turkish baths in Istanbul, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam, for an authentic experience. Perhaps a little pricier than other options, the amenities are great and the setting makes it worth a visit. If this is a little out of your price range, Istanbul has various other options.
Walk in the Beyoglu district
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This very pleasant and lively district and is the ideal place to have a drink while enjoying the views at sunset. You will find the Galata Tower here, erected at a height of about sixty meters, where you can eat in front of a spectacular panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.