Istanbul: 4 Things You Have to Experience
Istanbul is Turkey’s biggest city. Nicknamed the City on Seven Hills, Istanbul is a unique city, being built on two continents.
Istanbul is the perfect destination for a romantic holiday with your other half, or indeed a city break with your best friends.
There is a lot to see and do in Istanbul. Jenny here at Abbey Travel is just back from her second trip there and these are the things she is raving about…definite must-see’s by the sounds of it!
The Treasures of Sultanahmet
I loved visiting the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace are three places which are known as Treasures of Sultanahmet. These are places which are seeping in culture and history, with each place having a unique story to tell. If you love visiting museums, palaces and places which add a historical dimension to a city, you will fall in love with Sultantahmet and Istanbul from the outset.
If you read our recent blog post Australian stopovers
, you will know that we loved the Souks in Dubai. The bazaars in Istanbul are a true haven for hagglers like myself. The Grand Bazaar is made up of 4400 shops under one roof, where merchants sell slippers, furniture, antiques, copperware and traditional souvenirs…among lots of other treasures. The Spice Bazaar is also a must-see (or rather, a must-smell!)…even to experience the eclectic mix of aromas enveloping the air…think cinnamon, caraway, saffron and, mint.
Cruise on the Bosphorus
The Bosphorus (also known as the Istanbul Strait) is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. It is a scenic way to spend a few hours…and let’s face it, how many opportunities will you have to be on a boat with Asia on one side of you and Europe on the other. There are lots of different cruise options available, so be sure to ask about them when booking.
Of course you cannot visit Istanbul without visiting Taksim Square. Taksim Square is the heart of the tourist and leisure district in Istanbul. It is famed for its restaurant, shops, and hotels. It is easily accessible on the Istanbul Metro. Taksim Square becomes even more vibrant and beautiful at night, and definitely somewhere that can be enjoyed with either a group of friends (like I did!) or, indeed, your better half.
Visit Istanbul and see for yourself
You cannot beat a great holiday deal. If you like the sound of Istanbul, why don’t you check it out for yourself?