Istanbul, the city of Two Continents is more than a city! The only city in the world built on two continents, Istanbul is more than a sightseeing. Just like the city itself, the environs of Istanbul has a lot to offer; witness the fascinating stories in amazing locations and enjoy the views from two continents. Located in the Marmara region of Turkey, Istanbul is the world’s most gorgeous and mysterious city. Check out the beauty, the great culture, the colourful lifestyle, the harmony of opposites and everything this amazing city has to offer.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NIGHTLIFE
With all kinds of events ranging from nightclubs to festivals, from concerts to parties, from live music bars to street parties; Istanbul never sleeps.
Istanbul entertains its visitors all day. The nightlife, both dining and going out has never been more abundant. Within a range from affordable to ultra luxury, Istanbul offers world’s best tastes and entertainment for its guests. Various alternatives are available such as concerts, festivals, exhibitions, and clubs that are located across the city and serve both in summer and in winter.
In Istanbul, there is something for everyone; bars playing rock, jazz or blues, dance clubs, traditional taverns called meyhane.Shortly, Istanbul is just the right city to party and to experience the colourful nightlife. We said Istanbul never sleeps, so it will not let you sleep too.
ISTANBUL FOR SHOPPING LOVERS
East and West, tradition and modernity. Istanbul has everything you need all for shopping. With historical bazaars, world class designer boutiques and stunning modern malls, every year Istanbul attracts millions of shoppers. Located in Levent district; Kanyon, Metrocity, Ozdilek and Akmerkez are prominent malls.Cevahir Istanbul in Mecidiyekoy is one of the biggest malls in the world. Carousel, Capacity and Aqua Florya are close to the Ataturk Airport. Capitol in Altunizade district, Palladium and Brandium in Atasehir district and Nautilus in Kadikoy district are in the Anatolian side.
Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul has much to offer the serious shopper, from the Grand Bazaar to the authentic spice markets and shopping centres to neighbourhoods full of intriguing boutiques. Sophisticated, contemporary boutiques are springing up among the traditional bazaars and back streets of Istanbul. Come and discover Istanbul like never before with superb shopping experiences.
The most stunning bazaars and street markets;
- Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Arasta Bazaar, Antique Books Market.
Sultanahmet Area, Sali Market, Ulus Market, Cumartesi Market.
ISTANBUL’S HISTORIC ICONS
Istanbul is a city where the past is very much alive; you can find a bit of history in every corner, but the city is constantly changing. Here is the list of 10 amazing historical landmarks in Istanbul you have to experience.
Topkapi Palace, famous for being one of the most beautiful landscapes that make up Istanbul’s skyline, a treasure trove of history on the historical peninsula.The palace is also home to magnificent 86 carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond.
Maiden’s Tower (known as Leander’s Tower), which is situated on the Sea of Marmara at the entrance of the Bosphorus, is famous for its legends and iconic architecture. The Maiden’s Tower is a perfect place to enjoy the enchanting view of the Bosphorus from within.
Galata Tower, one of Istanbul’s most fascinating monuments, Galata Tower was built in the 14th century by the Genoese.
Bosphorus is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. Hop on the city liner boats to see traditional waterfront houses along the Bosphorus or watch the beautiful silhouette of Istanbul.
Rumeli Fortress, also knowns as Bogazkesen, offers visitors a visual feast with a magnificent view of the Bosphorus.
Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire for almost a century, then it served as the house of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Situated outside the palace, Dolmabahce Clock Tower is 27 metres high and was built in 1895.
Istanbul Archaeological Museums that established by Osman Hamdi Bey, consist of the Archaeological Museum, Museum of Ancient Orient and Tiled Kiosk Museum. Exhibiting the works of arts from different civiliziations that marked the history, the museum itself is a gorgeous example of Neoclassical Architecture in Istanbul.
Flower Passage, after the big Beyoglu fire, the passage hall of this building started to host flower shops and restaurants and it came to be known as the Flower Passage. Here you should have a taste traditional Turkish meze (side dish) with traditional drink Raki.
EPIC DELIGHTS FROM THE AEGEAN
The Aegean cuisine, known all over the world for olive oil dishes, invites you for a special dining adventure full of unique tastes. It adds a different savour to Turkish cuisine with its special salads, delicious desserts, vegetable dishes, kebabs, seafoods and snacks.Every region of Turkey hosts for the delicious dishes from each other thanks to their unique climate and vegetation. Local herbs, vegetables and spices add a different flavour to the dishes.
However if you prefer other cuisines of the world there are many high quality and first rate excellent restaurants to choose from.
Restaurants serving Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Singapore, Vietnamese, French, Iranian, Russian, Mongolian, Spanish, Greek, Belgian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Bosnia, Romanian, Mexican, Argentinean food tend to cluster in the big cities of Turkey.
If tasting one of the best cuisines in the world makes you happy, you should come to Turkey.