If you’re in Central Europe, you absolutely have to visit Istanbul, the only city in the world that bridges two entire continents. With elements of both European and Asian culture, Istanbul is a remarkably diverse and vibrant city in the fascinating country of Turkey, and is packed full of great things to see and do on your holiday. And who knows, you might end up loving it so much that you invest in some Istanbul property! While you’re here, don’t miss these top 5 things to do:
The Blue Mosque
This famous site is right in the middle of the main historical district of the city, which means you’ll probably fit it into a busy day of sightseeing. The gorgeous, multi-domed mosque is a perfect example of Istanbul’s Islamic history. It welcomes hundreds and hundreds of worshipers every single day into its elaborate interiors, and you can be one of them. Ladies will have to don head scarves in respect of the Islamic culture.
Also known as the “Aya Sofia”, this is another of Istanbul’s most popular monuments and must-see while on your holiday. It served as a church during the Christian Byzantine empire, then as a mosque during the Islamic Ottoman empire. You’ll be spellbound by the elaborate calligraphy and Christian mosaics inside.
Istanbul and Turkey are known for their buzzing, colorful bazaars and the Grand Bazaar is the greatest of them all. It’s a treasure trove of glittering wares, spices, fabrics and everything else you can imagine. It’s nearly always buzzing with life but get here early in the morning if you want to avoid the most massive crowds. Bargaining is standard here so get ready to get your haggle on.
Boat on the River Bosphorus
A popular boat ride in Istanbul takes you down the majestic river Bosphorus down to where you can step foot on the Asian side of the city. Seeing the city by water is a fantastic way to get a real sense of the architecture and landscape here. You’ll cruise past palaces, forts, Ottoman wooden homes and under a huge suspension bridge.
Istanbul is blessed with some of the most flavorful food in the world, especially if you love to eat meat! You can’t miss a traditional Turkish kebab, and you’ll find them everywhere from street stalls to fancy sit-down restaurants. Try the baklava from the markets, the fish from restaurants near the river and stuffed grape leaves. You won’t leave Turkey feeling hungry!