Istanbul Travel Guide

Districts

Sultanahmet-Old CityEssentially Constantinople of Roman, Byzantine, and much of the Ottoman period, this is where most of the famous historical sights of Istanbul are located.
GalataHousing many of the nightlife venues of the city, this district which includes Beyolu, Istiklal Street, and Taksim Square has also its own share of sights and accommodation.
New CityMain business district of the city, also home to many modern shopping malls, and districts such as Elmada, Nianta, and Etiler.
BosphorusEuropean bank of Bosphorus that is dotted by numerous palaces, parks, water-front mansions, and bohemian neighborhoods.
Golden HornBanks of Golden Horn, the estuary that separates European Side into distinctive districts. Eyp with an Ottoman ambience is located here.
Princes' IslandsAn excellent getaway from the city, made up of an archipelago of nine car-free islandssome of them small, some of them bigwith splendid wooden mansions, verdant pine forests and nice viewsboth on the islands themselves, and also on the way there.
Asian SideEastern half of Istanbul, with lovely neighborhoods at the Marmara and Bosphorus coasts.
Western SuburbsWestern chunk of the European Side.

source: Wikivoyage

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