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ISTANBUL; THE WORLD’S ONE OF THE MOST ANCIENT METROPOLISES
WITH 8.500 YEARS OF HISTORY AND A WONDERFUL NATURE. 
ISTANBUL IS THE FORMER CAPITAL OF ROMAN, BYZANTINE AND OTTOMAN EMPIRES. ISTANBUL IS THE ONLY CITY IN THE WORLD STANDING ACROSS 2 CONTINENTS, ASIA AND EUROPE, WITH THE PERFECT BLEND OF CULTURE AND HERITAGE FROM BOTH SIDES.

 

Istanbul has always preserved its cosmopolitan feel by hosting different cultures and civilizations as well as people of various races, religions, cultures and languages throughout the centuries.  Istanbul is as much a world capital now as it was in the past.

The city is also the country’s art center with international fairs, film, music and theater festivals, museums, art galleries, exhibitions and sports organizations like Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture and Istanbul 2012 European Capital of Sport. 21st century’s Istanbul is the world’s one of the most important metropolises.

Istanbul offers a variety of accommodation choices with almost 94.000 bed capacity, over 170 five and four star hotels including both international chains and distinguished Turkish brands with deluxe hotels situated in the Bosphorus shore or ancient peninsula or suitable lofts near the central areas. Istanbul's hotels spread widely throughout the city, enabling easy access.

East and west, tradition and modernity… Istanbul's shopping variety with its traditional and modern products makes the city an attraction center for any kind of shopping lover. With its Ottoman Empire originated historical bazaars and shopping centers of the global standard; Istanbul provides a various choices for shoppers. Fabulous Turkish carpets made of silk, wool or cotton; precious jeweleries, authentic glass-wares, traditional evil eye souvenirs and haute couture, trendy and creative products… The city has multiple shopping areas reflecting every era’s characteristic traits.

Istanbul never sleeps. Get your fill of entertainment and excitement by visiting Istanbul with fantastic night life in the world. You will find some of the world’s hottest nightclubs and most diverse populations in Istanbul from all around the world.

Istanbul is like a goldmine with the culinary variety. City's most fashionable restaurants serve you delicious meals but don't forget the street foods of Istanbul. As many metropolises around the world, In Istanbul's back streets, there is a living "street food culture". Like; balık ekmek (fish sandwich), simit(Bagel), kumpir (jacket potato) etc.  Istanbulites swing by these street vendors at any time of the day: For a quick breakfast, to have lunch, for a snack in between or to end a long night. When you travel to Istanbul, you should not leave the city without trying these street foods.

Either if you stay in Istanbul for 2 days or for 2 weeks, there are some things you should not miss to experience the full atmosphere of this colorful city.

 

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Look at Istanbul from the 360 degree vantage point of Galata Tower.

Watch the sea with the fishermen on Galata Bridge.

Visit the Hagia Sophia Museum.

Visit Topkapı Palace.

See the Rumeli Hisar.

Watch the Bosphorus from Ortaköy while eating kumpir, visit the Ortaköy Market.

Visit the Grand Bazaar.

Travel to Büyükada and ride a bicycle, visit the Aya Yorgi Orthodox Church.

Drink a Turkish coffee while enjoying the view of the Golden Horn from Pierre Loti.

Take a stroll on the Istiklal Caddesi and do some shopping.

Visit the Emirgan Forest and watch the sun set.

Visit Dolmabahçe Palace and drink a tea by the side of the Bosphorus.

Visit the Spice Bazaar and buy Turkish Delight and other sweets.

Visit Miniatürk and discover the story of Turkey.

Go up the Çamlıca Hill.

 

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