Things to do in Istanbul

Either if you stay in Istanbul for 2 days or for 2 weeks, there are some things you should not miss to experience the full atmosphere of this colorful city.

Either if you stay in Istanbul for 2 days or for 2 weeks, there are top things you should not miss to experience the full atmosphere of this colorful city.

  • Look at Istanbul from the 360 degree vantage point of Galata Tower.
  • Watch the sea with the fishermen on Galata Bridge.
  • Eat Köfte in Sultanahmet Square and pay a visit to the Sultanahmet Mosque.
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia Museum.
  • Take a ferry and throw simit to the sea gulls as you cross to the other side.
  • Visit Topkapı Palace.
  • See the Rumeli Hisar.
  • Watch the Bosphorus from Ortaköy while eating Kumpir, visit the Ortaköy market.
  • Visit the Grand Bazaar.
  • Travel to Büyükada and ride a bicycle, visit the Aya Yorgi Orthodox Church.
  • Drink a Turkish coffee while enjoying the view of the Golden Horn from Pierre Loti.
  • Take a stroll on the Istiklal Caddesi and do some shopping.
  • Visit the Emirgan Forest and watch the sun set.
  • Take part in the Eurasian Marathon and cross the Bosphorus Bridge on foot.
  • Visit Dolmabahçe Palace and drink a tea by the side of the Bosphorus.
  • Watch a derby game between two of Istanbul’s three big football teams.
  • Try the mezes in the Çiçek Pasaj.
  • Visit the Spice Bazaar and buy Turkish Delight and other sweets.
  • Visit Miniatürk and discover the story of Turkey.
  • Eat Yogurt in Kanlıca.
  • Sit on the benches of the Üsküdar shore and look at the Maiden’s Tower.
  • Go up the Çamlıca Hill.
  • Eat Breakfast in Bebek.
  • Walk along the river and then relax on the beach by the sea in Ağva.
  • Eat a fish sandwich in Eminönü.
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