Istanbul is a beautiful city with a lot of history, and the former capital of Turkey. It has a lot to offer when visiting, so if you ever get the chance, here is a list of things to see and do before you leave.
Sultanahmet Square houses the Blue Mosque, a functioning mosque in Turkey, and the Hagia Sophia, a former Greek Orthodox Christian Cathedral turned mosque and now a museum. The two buildings sit across from each other and are prime examples of Turkish architecture. The square is usually packed with tourists and locals, so you’ll never feel alone.
Explore the Bazaars
Exploring the beautiful bazaars is a great way to get a taste of everything Turkish. The Egyptian Spice Bazaar is where you can find spices, Turkish delight and the best teas. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest markets in the world, and you may find anything from regular clothes to wedding dresses, food and tableware there.
Cruise Along the Bosporus
The Bosporus is a narrow strait that separates Europe from Asia. On this ride, you’ll be able to move from the Asian to the European side of Istanbul and vice versa. The European side is the more touristy and populated, while the Asian side is the more relaxed and lush in terms of vegetation.
Food and Culture
Food and culture are a great way to experience any country. They enjoy delicious apple cider tea throughout the day, and the variety of spices can be tasted in each meal you consume. Enjoy a kebab of your choice and try a traditional Turkish meal.
Pierre Loti Tepesi
This is a lookout at the top of a hill in Istanbul where you can dine or eat ice cream while admiring the beautiful views. Take the teleferik up and down the hillside or hike for the fun of it.
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