Often mistaken as the capital of Turkey, Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia and is the most populous European city by population within city limits. The Old City is a hybrid of historical cultural influences, exuding timeless charm and serves as a focal point for an abundance of exciting Turkish holidays.
The Turkish city of Istanbul is steeped in history, having swept through the hands of various empires this unique cultural capital is well worth a visit. Start with Sultanahmet, the more touristy area of Istanbul - boasting a vast array of shops, bars and restaurants selling anything and everything from rugs to food. Next, venture onto Eminonu, a bustling district by day and the best place to see some of the city’s most impressive mosques, as well as the famous Hagia Sophia museum – originally built as a Greek Orthodox basilica, later turned mosque. The Besiktas area of the city is also swarming with opportunities for cultural exploration, as it’s packed full of synagogues, churches and mosques. As day descents into night, make it to Taksim – here you’ll find nightlife bulging with bars, restaurants, theatres and much more. Party the night away at the city’s nightclubs, or simply enjoy some tasty local dishes such as fresh fish and mezes in a vibrant setting.
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