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Istanbul is a big city, so you are more likely to run out of time than things to see and do. Take a look at some of the most popular attractions and get planning your Istanbul holiday today.


Mix with the locals


  • If you want to party with the locals, take a trip to the Beyoglu district where the biggest party animals in Istanbul tend to gather


  • A great way to interact with the locals is to visit one of the many impressive mosques. Just make sure you follow the dress code to ensure you receive a warm welcome


  • Foodies should head to Nevizade Sokak where the best local restaurants are found


Shop Until You Drop


  • The Grand Bazaar is where you can pick up all sorts of bargains. It has been standing in various forms for over 500 years so there is history to explore here too


  • Take a little trip down the side streets of Istanbul and you will come across hidden shops which may offer better value than the more touristy types of establishments


  • The New City district is where you will find the designer shops if you prefer these sorts of places to markets. Be prepared to max out the plastic though


Cultural Delights


  • If you love a bit of people watching or enjoy drinking in the atmosphere of a city, a stroll along the Galata Bridge is a must


  • Indulge your senses with a cruise down the Bosphorous river


  • Littered throughout the city are countless hammams, or spas, where you ca unwind from the energetic pace of Istanbul life

Hints & Tips

  • Haggling in the bazaars is a must. Don’t be afraid to try otherwise you will pay well over the odds


  • Try the coffee at Divan on Cevahir Bedesten if you need a pick me up after a long morning in the alleyways and bazaars


  • If you want  a bit of beach action, head to Princes Islands where sand and warm seas await

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