The main areas to stay in Istanbul are undoubtedly the Taksim area in New City and Sultanahmet on the western side of the city. Sultanahmet is better for sightseeing but New City has the best of Istanbul’s nightlife; if you’re looking for a bit of both then the Golden Horn district might be the best area for you as it is between the two. As a general rule, the closer you are to the districts by the coast, the better.
As the historical and geographical connection between the Eastern and Western worlds, Istanbul has long since been a buzzing site for trading. This was one of the main reasons for Istanbul’s founding – the city is built on shopping. From malls to bazaars, Istanbul has the complete selection of retail attraction. And shopper or not, no trip to Istanbul would be complete without a wander round the iconic Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul is a city that was established because of its location and its links to the sea. Naturally, the locals here have developed a love for seafood and share this taste though their countless restaurants along the seafront. For more traditional Turkish cuisine, the best restaurants are further inland, particularly in Galata and Sultanahmet.
Istanbul is a colorful and historically rich city. As the center point of many former empires, the city is full of historical sites and monuments, most of which can be found in the Old City in the south. Or, to see Istanbul’s modern edge, head to New City to see the skyscrapers and shopping malls.
Istanbul has been a focal point for travelers from east and west for years. As the former center of many empires and formerly known as Constantinople, Istanbul has long since been a prosperous part of the Mediterranean and a key checkpoint for trade. The subsequent fusion of east and west has given a modern-day Istanbul with huge variety; from the hustle and bustle of Galata and sightseeing dreams of Sultanahmet to the green and rural haven of Princes’ Islands, Istanbul will not disappoint.
Holidays in Turkey can include centuries-old Ottoman and Byzantine history, diving the Mediterranean or losing yourself in labyrinthine bazaars. Book a hotel in Turkey to feast like a sultan on ancient and modern delights.
An Istanbul city break means days spent exploring opulent palaces and teeming markets, before evening drinks in rooftop bars overlooking the Bosphorus. After booking your Istanbul hotel, travel through centuries of the city’s convoluted history at Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches.
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