Istanbul is a massive city and have loads of interesting things and places to experience. Here is a list of 12 amazing activities and places that should not be missed during a trip to Turkey’s most popular city.
The Blue Mosque is the key highlight of the city of Istanbul which is famous for its amazing architecture. Also, famous as Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish the mosque is also accessible for non Muslims to appreciate the beauty of this enchanting religious place.
Getting lost into one of the largest and oldest market sounds very interesting and one should not miss that chance. The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul also famous as Kapali Carsi is one of the most crowded places in Istanbul and indeed its a shopaholic’s paradise. The market offers a large number of products that includes eather wares, carpets, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, artifacts and much more.
The Whirling Dervishes are identical with the name of Istanbul. The whirling Dervishes is basically a ceremony when hen Sufis whirls around by raising their right arms to God and extend their left arms towards earth. There movements signify their true devotion toward the holy Quran. Istanbul has many venues where this ceremony is performed but the most famous location is Yenikapi Mevlevi Monastery.
If you feel quite tired after sightseing in Istanbul then you should definitely towards a Hamam to rejuvenate yourself with the traditional Turkish bathing. The Hamams of Istanbul are famous worldwide as they offer the best of services and a perfect ambiance to cleanse their guests. The traditional Turkish bath includes cleansing, exfoliating and a soothing massage.
The Galata Tower is one of the most famous attractions of Istanbul and offers the best of the panoramic views of the city of Istanbul and its famous landmarks that includes seven hills of Istanbul, Bosphorus, Golden Horn, the famous Topkapi Palace and many more. Don’t forget to enjoy the 3D animated short film and experience of a breathtaking sunset from the tower.
A trip to Istanbul is incomplete without tasting the famous Turkish Delight of the renowned Hafiz Mustafa. A Turkish Delight is a sweet popularly known as LOKUM which is a sugar coated sweet available in numerous flavors like rose, cinnamon, mint, strawberry, lemon, orange and much more. These Turkish Delights of Hafiz Mustafa are meant to be packed to take back home as know can have enough of them.
Its a known fact that Istanbul is the only city that has its roots in two continents that are Europe and Asia. As the European side has all the major attractions of Istanbul and on the other hand the Asian side attracts the tourists towards its local feel. The Asian side houses the Kadiköy markets, Çamlica Hill, Maiden Tower and the BA? DAT Caddesi and many more interesting landmarks. The best part of experiencing Asian side is taking a ferry from the European side to marvel the other side.
The Taksim Square should not be missed in the itinerary of Istanbul as it is one of the most popular hangout place for tourists as well as the residents of Istanbul. The place houses a lively shopping street, loads of cafes, restaurants and pubs which makes it crowded during day and night. The place is also used as the venue for all the cultural celebrations and events of Istanbul.