Istanbul Travel Guide


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    Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, is conveniently located between Europe and Asia. For this reason, the city has a very dynamic tourism. Additionally, because of its strategic location, the city is a mixture of both Christian and Islamic cultures. Istanbul has many faith centers and historical attra...

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Hotels in Istanbul (1026 Hotels) See All Istanbul Hotels

  • Hotel Yasmak Sultan

    Found in Istanbul, Hotel Yasmak Sultan is a luxury hotel conveniently positioned close to Dejavu Bar, The Port Shield Pub and Lion's rugs and Kilimanjaro Art gallery. Man...

  • Hotellino

    Hotellino is one of the top, finest places to lodge in Istanbul. Nicely placed close to Hisar Gift Store, istanbulsightseeing.com - Private Tpurs and Dejavu Bar, Hotellin...

  • Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

    Found in Istanbul, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is a finest hotel conveniently found alongside Bosphorus Strait, Sanitas Spa & Wellness and Tours to Turke...

  • Erboy Hotel Istanbul

    Located within Istanbul, Erboy Hotel Istanbul is opportunely found around Dejavu Bar, Lion's rugs and Kilimanjaro Art gallery and The sultan's bath. Various other leading...

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    Attractions, Historical Sites
  • Suleymaniye Mosque

    Suleymaniye Mosque

    Mimar Sinan Cd, Sule...

    The Süleymaniye Mosque is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, Turkey....

    Attractions, Arts and Culture, Landmarks and Points Of Interest
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque

    Rustem Pasha Mosque

    Hasircilar Carsisi

    The Rüstem Pasha Mosque is an Ottoman mosque located in Hasırcılar Çarşısı (Strawmat Weavers Market...

    Attractions, Arts and Culture, Landmarks and Points Of Interest
  • Prince Islands

    Prince Islands

    Islands

    The Prince Islands ( "Prince Islands", or more commonly Kızıl Adalar "Red Islands" or just Adalar as...

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About Istanbul

Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, is conveniently located between Europe and Asia. For this reason, the city has a very dynamic tourism. Additionally, because of its strategic location, the city is a mixture of both Christian and Islamic cultures. Istanbul has many faith centers and historical attractions. However, more than the landmarks, visitors can also enjoy various Turkish cuisines.

Top Place to See

When in Istanbul, visit the Topkapi Palace and the Dolmabahce Palace, both a historical landmark from the Ottoman Empire. Basilica Cistern, also known as the Sunken Palace Cistern is also a must-see attraction in Istanbul. It is located near another attraction, the Byzantine Hippodrome, a public park at present. Right across it is the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art.

The Church of the Divine Wisdom, known locally as the Ayasofya, is so magnificent to miss. Its vast, flat dome is considered an innovation during the 6th century. Ayasofya’s Islamic counterpart is the Blue Mosque, built during the reign of Sultan Ahmet I. It is called as such because the interior tiles found on the mosque’s upper floor are blue.

Other places worth visiting are the Grand Bazaar, a covered market ideal for souvenir shopping. If you are into spices, then you should definitely drop by the Egyptian Spice Market. Apart from spices, shops also sell dried fruits, cheeses, nuts, sausages and even non-food items such as jewelries.

Local Cuisines

Istanbul has some of the best Ottoman dishes in the country. When in Istanbul, you do not need to spend more to have an unforgettable dining experience. Try eating what the locals eat. Some of the best local dishes can be found in streets and markets.

Kebab is a very popular in Turkey. It can be made of chicken, mutton or beef. Street vendors sell kebab almost anywhere, making it the top meat dish in the city. When it comes to appetizer, you should try the meze or the dolma. For main dish, Kofte is a must-try. Kofte is made up of minced meat, usually sausage, mixed with rice, Turkish spices and herbs, eggs, and cutlets. Seafood dishes are also common in Istanbul because it is near the coastline. For dessert or for a thirst-quenching drink, try Turkish sherbet, a syrupy drink made of rose water and fruit.

Festivals

Istanbul celebrates many festivals from April to October. Most of these festivals celebrate art and music although there are also religious festivals commemorated. Istanbul celebrates the Tulip Festival in April. Tulip is Turkey’s national flower and for this reason, Turkey honors it through a weeklong celebration. Also celebrated every April is the International Film Festival, where Hollywood and non-English speaking movies premiere in cinemas across Istanbul.

May is for the Conquest Celebrations. It celebrates the conquest of the Ottoman to the old Constantinople. The International Music Festival celebrated every June or July commemorates the country’s independence. During September, Istanbul celebrates the Arts Fair. During this weeklong affair, galleries sell various art pieces such as paintings, pottery, sculptures and fabrics.

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