Istanbul is often called the door between Europe and Asia. It is the ancient Constantinopolis and one of the oldest cities on earth. Its charm is unique and added to the colours and smells it makes it the perfect place to visit for an unforgettable trip. Very few places have captured me as much as Istanbul.
When I visited in 2011 only covered shoulders was required to get in. The details carved in the interior are marvellous and I surely would have liked to spend more time in there.
2. Hagia Sofia
This was once a Greek Orthodox Christian basilica which then became a Mosque and now is a museum. It is a very representative symbol of what Istanbul is, a mix of cultures and religions, the bridge between Asia and Europe.
3. Basilica Cistern
Are you a fan of Dan Brown? Have you read ‘Inferno’? Then visit the Basilica Cistern. You will feel part of the book. If you have not read the book, still visit the Cistern and read the book after. It is so exciting!
4. The Gran Bazaar
Shopping anyone? Street food? Souvenirs? Then you are in the best place in the world for that. The Gran Bazaar is in fact the oldest and the biggest Bazaar in the world with over 3,000 shops. My friend Nicole and I got lost (on purpose) in the further down lanes, where not many tourists adventured and where goods were half the price.
5. Cemberlitas Hamamı
Best hamam ever for a massage, scrub and why not a fix to those eyebrows after all those days travelling? It’s a sublime treat for everyone. Expect to pay around 100 $. So worth it!
6. Galata Tower
You can get a stunning view from the Galata Tower. You can get to the top in few seconds with the interior lift and the view is awesome. You can admire the whole Bosphorus too!
7. Cruise on the Bosphorus
Sit down and relax on the deck of a boat while exploring the Bosphorus. 2.5 hours. Put some screen sun on and enjoy!