Things to Do in Istanbul
Without Bosporus Cruise, Istanbul trip is not complete.It doesn’t provide only an excellent overview of the city, both the European and Asian shores of the great waterway have a lot of offer-century old palaces and mansions galore. There are several cruises you can take: a short one (to the second suspension bridge and back), along one (all the way to the Black Sea and back), and a sunset tour during summer. It becomes a success on its own. Istanbul has its unconventional beauty that excites tourist to make last minute hotel booking in Istanbul.
Turkey’s kitchen is among the richest of all, blending flavors of different mainland and civilization.All these dishes are made with fresh produce, stuff you too can buy first hand by visiting local markets in Istanbul. These town markets can look massive at first, but be assured that you’ll receive an affectionate welcome by stallholders. Communication may be difficult, but the experience is priceless.
Istanbul's nightlife can imitate with the rest of the world. Whether you want to enjoy a live performance while sipping on your favorite drink, attend concerts of various kind of current and past world stars, or dance the night away in open-air venues by the Bosphorus or while enjoying a rooftop, Istanbul has all amazing attraction.
Bebek and Ortakoy are two village by the Bosphorus worth visiting, yet lesser known among tourists.Bebek is a lively, green and wealthy neighborhood by the Bosphorus. It’s well known and frequently visited by locals during the weekends. It’s a local all-time favorite to have a breakfast with a stunning view followed by a nice stroll on the boardwalk, topped with a drink in one of the many cafes.Other come later, and enjoy the buzzing nightlife.
This chain of nine islands off the coast of Istanbul provides a awesome getaway from the crowds. An easy day trip during the genial months, the islands are just a quick ferry ride from the city. Most travelers visit the four larger islands, as the other five are very small and mostly residential. You can explore historic buildings, eat at tasty cafes, and see beautiful homes. Motorized transportation isn’t allowed on the islands, making them peaceful and quiet. You can get around by walking, bicycle, or horse and carriage.
Many of the swanky hotels in Istanbul have hammams which is known as Turkish baths, but they aren’t the real deal. They’re made for Westerners looking for a cushy and modest experience. Real hammams have been a Turkish tradition for thousands of years, and they have served as both a place to cleanse and to socialize. Most hammams are separated by gender. You transition through several different rooms of different temperatures, one being a hot steam room much like a sauna. You can opt to pay an attendant to give you a thorough scrub-down,it’s rough but invigorating! We went to the Cemberlitas Hamam and really enjoyed another popular one is Cagaloglu. Both are in the Old Town.
Istanbul is the city in the world which straddle with two continents; it spans from Europe to Asia. The Asian side which is called as the Anatolian side, is separated from the European side by the Bosphorus Strait. You can take a bus over the Bosphorus Bridge, or you can ride over in a ferry. The city’s main tourist sites are on the European side, but if you’ve never been to Asia, it’s fun to cross over so you can say you’ve been there. If you’re interested in shopping, check out the popular markets in Kadikoy. Other worthy activities include touring the Beylerbeyi Palace, riding up to the top of Camlica Hill for incredible views of the city.
Pera Museum is the Istanbul's most famous art gallery.It is very lovely, which is where art-hounds head to drink in one of the greatest collections of Ottoman painting in the world. As well as the art, make time to wander through the rest of their collection, which includes plenty of ceramics along with other Ottoman period objects. The program of regularly changing exhibitions often displays some of the art world's biggest names.