7 Inviting Reasons to Visit Istanbul ...


Reasons to visit Istanbul are not difficult to find. This fabulous city that straddles two continents (Europe and Asia) is the capital city of Turkey and is an absolute jewel. It is everything a capital city should be and the key reasons to visit Istanbul take in the incredible history that stretches from the birth of civilization to the modern day, an amazing heritage of art and architecture, a multi-ethnic and colorful culture and entertainments galore. I never need an excuse to go but here are my 7 Inviting Reasons to Visit Istanbul.

1. Tourist Friendly

The most basic of reasons to visit Istanbul is that is tourist heaven.

It’s easy to navigate on foot, there are a mass of things to do in a relatively small area and the sights are a delight.2

Istanbul is a photographer’s paradise.

The light is amazing most of the year, the street and its inhabitants are interesting, the neighborhoods authentic, it boasts an enviable sea front location and there are markets, museums, mosques et al galore.

2. Hotel Heaven

If you’re a fan of boutique hotels you’ll find plenty of reasons to visit Istanbul.2

There are some really excellent hotels in Taksim and Harbiye.2

Both are part of the new city on the European side and there’s a really good selection of international hotels here that are moderately priced.

Taksim is great for shopping and entertainment.

For decently priced hotels offering good views of the Golden Horn, the Marmara Sea and the Blue Mosque, stay in Sultanahmet.

If your budget stretches a little further, pricey hotels are found on the banks of or overlooking the Bosphorus and in the western suburbs.

3. It’s Not Just Carpets

Shopping is an adventure and alone is enough reason to visit Istanbul.

Head to the Grand Bazaar and the tiny interconnecting streets or the Spice Market for a truly authentic shopping experience.

Sip tea whilst vendors tempt you with their wares and enjoy the heady aromas.

Take care not to be railroaded, learn to haggle and you’ll find some fabulous bargains.

All of the traditional market areas are in the old city so if you prefer your shopping more sanitized head to the new part to one of the many modern malls.

The most exclusive mall is Kanyon, found in the Levent district.

Kilim rugs can be best found around Sutanahmet and another good buy is a local semi-precious stone called chalcedony.

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