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Introducing Istanbul

The aroma of Turkish coffee prepared in a cezve, the hubbub of a bustling craft market, mosques adorned with mosaics, neighbourhoods lined with cafés and boutique shops, walls covered in street art: This is Istanbul, where it’s impossible to stop discovering something new. Turkey’s largest metropolis touches two continents across the Bosporus S... Read More

The best of Istanbul tourism

Blessed with a rich culinary heritage, the city offers top-notch restaurants and delectable street food. Indulge in juicy doner meat wrapped in lavash, search shops for the best Turkish delight, and bite into borek, a savory baked snack. Delve into history on the European side. Must-dos include visits to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. The annual Tulip Festival is a highlight of spring. Take a ferry across the Golden Horn (stunning at sunset) to reach the Asian side, beloved for its murals and farmer’s market.

Neighborhoods in Istanbul