Istanbul Top 20

These are the top 20 reasons to visit Istanbul...

1. To cross the bridges connecting Europe and Asia and experience the unique view over the Bosphorus…

Bosphorus Bridge
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge

 

2. To visit the medieval center of the Ottoman Empire, one of the most magnificent empires throughout history, in Topkapı Palace and wonder at the sight of the grandiose treasures there…

Topkapı Palace Museum

 

3. To make a nostalgic boat trip on the Bosphorus, which is named after ancient legends, and feel that you are cleansed inside by the fresh breeze on this trip.

Bosphorus Cruise

 

4. To be purified of all worldly troubles, at least for a couple of hours, in one of the world famous Turkish baths…

Historical Çemberlitaş Bath

 

5. To wander in the Grand Bazaar, where thousands of shops have served the visitors for many centuries, and feel enchanted by the variety of colors and products…

Grand Bazaar

 

6. To fully enjoy the delicacies of Turkish-Ottoman food culture, which has been influenced and enriched by various other cuisines and regions for many centuries…

Turkish Food Culture

 

7. To be mesmerized by the whirling skirts of a dervish in Galata Mevlevihane and to follow the tunes of the reed flute to realms beyond…

The Galata Mevlevihane

 

8. To witness how architecture and art can contribute to life in such a grand scope by visiting Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.

Hagia Sophia
Süleymaniye Mosque
Blue Mosque

9. To taste the world’s freshest and most abundant fruits and all kinds of dried nuts, spices and desserts in Spice Bazaar…

Spice Bazaar

 

10. To experience İstanbul, the real origin city of tulip, in the spring and to explore the local natural beauties….

Istanbul Tulip Festival

 

11. To explore works of modern art, traditional art, street art and all other forms of art in various venues…

İstanbul Modern and  Art Venues

 

12. To enjoy the İstanbul panorama either from Çamlıca or Eyüp hills or from the Galata Tower….

Galata Tower
Çamlıca Estate Park
Eyüp Hill

 

13. To experience the trendy “İstanbul energy”…

Taksim Square

 

14. To personally find out in Galata and Karaköy why İstanbul is defined as “cool” …

Karaköy
Galata – Beyoğlu

 

15. To start the day in Beyoğlu and Asmalımescit with Turkish coffee and Turkish delight and enjoy non-stop entertainment and quality time until the next sunrise…

Beyoğlu

 

16. To take part in the unique Eurasian Marathon, the only inter-continental marathon in the world…

Vodafone 35th Istanbul Marathon

 

17. To swim from one continent to another, between Asia and Europe…

25th Year On The Bosphorus

 

18. To feel fascinated in state-of-the-art shopping malls which bring the world’s most prominent brands and local designers together…

Malls

 

19. To enjoy and relax with an extended classical Turkish breakfast under the wings of the seagulls, on the Marmara seaside with simit (Turkish bagels), white cheese and the world famous Turkish tea for most of the day…

Best places for breakfast on the Anatolian side
Best places for breakfast on the European side

 

20. To reply your lover’s proposal with “I do” in a romantic city that has witnessed countless love stories for 8500 years…

8500 Years

 

 

 

 

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