Things to Do In Istanbul
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Adventure Activities Istanbul
Istanbul is an exquisite collage of culture and along with it comes a vast array of activities that you can indulge in this city. From buzzing markets during the daytime to a lively night-time aura to tasting the local flavours, there is no dearth of unique and unusual things to do in Istanbul.
Nightlife in Istanbul
Istanbul has a nightlife that can put many cities to shame. Along the Bosphorus Strait, there are many open-air and in-house locations which are perfect to find fun things to do in Istanbul at night. You can find one of the rooftop bars, or a hookah joint or attend a party in a nightclub. Ortakoy and Babek are two localities with some happening nightlife scenes in the waterfront area.
Shopping in Istanbul
15 minutes walk away from Hagia Sophia is the Grand Bazar of Istanbul. Over 500 years old and spreading over a maze of 60 interconnected streets, this market is in true sense, the ‘grandest’ of all. A little far away is the famous Spice Bazar. For food stalls and fresh products, take a tour of the local markets – Yesilkoy, Kadikoy, Besiktas and others.
Here are some of the best things to do in Istanbul.
1. Take a cruise in Bosphorus Strait
How often does one get the chance of stepping foot in two continents in one trip? Istanbul lets you do that and that too in style. Bosphorus Strait divides Istanbul into two halves – the western part is in Europe and the eastern part is in Asia. The cruise can be pricey, but the views of the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, the ruins of a pre-Ottoman fortress and having a good lunch of Turkish cuisine are worth the hype.
2. Visit a Turkish bath –Hamam
Hamams were community baths during the Ottoman era, where people used to meet and socialise. Many say that it was the elite’s way of discussing sensitive matters without being overheard. Now they are like a Turkish counterpart of spa or Jacuzzi and one of the top things to do in Istanbul. It might feel unusual at first to get bathed and scrubbed by a stranger, but the steam and bubble will kick in the relaxation mode soon.
3. Taste Turkish flavours
Ever since the days it was known as Constantinople, this city has been popular for its vast array of flavours. Find a haunt to taste Turkish kebabs, which are some of the best in the world. Ask for local recommendation. Also try the commonest dish – pita bread and hummus, Lahmacun – the traditional Turkish pizza, and the rich, authentic blend of Turkish coffee, and the sweet treats of Turkish Delights.
4. Visit local markets
There is a reason why Turkish Bazars are part of the legend. These places have seen unimaginable amount of trade since the birth of the city. Some of the best local markets to visit are Fatih, Kadikoy, Ulus, Besiktas and Yesilkoy market. The noise and crowd might seem overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, the experience is amazing. Visiting the local markets is one of the best free things to do in Istanbul.
5. Take a ride in the streetcar
The tramline of Istanbul is quite historic. On an evening of leisure, the best thing to do in Istanbul at night is to hop on it and ride all the way to Taskim Square and view the monument of the republic – one of the finest things to see in Istanbul city. You can get off anywhere in between and finish the rest of the tour walking as well.
Grand Bazaar In Istanbul
As the name suggests, the Grand Bazaar is one of the largest markets in Istanbul with a variety of shops selling different souvenirs. It is one of the oldest covered markets with around 4000 shops and covers almost all the main streets of the city. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul attracts lots of people from all around the world thr...
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Taksim Square In Istanbul
Considered as the heart of the modern Istanbul, Taksim Square is one of the major cities in terms of economy, entertainment and tourist attraction. The Istanbul metro is located here, making it a lot more important. Many monuments and statues can even be found in here. The Taksim Square even has a meaning of its name; Taksi...
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March-April and September-October is the best time to visit Istanbul. June-August is too hot and crowded, while the winter months get a lot of rainfall.
Turkish Lira or TRY is the official currency of Turkey. It comes in notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.
The Marmaray Commuter Rail is the most commonly used transportation to travel across Bosphorus from Asia to Europe and vice-versa. There are cruisers and Catamaran ferries as well, if you want to travel above the water surface.
For a packed itinerary 3-5 days is enough to see the prime attractions of Istanbul. If you want a more relaxed vacation, take a week off.
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