Istanbul Travel Guide

Welcome to Istanbul, a city where East meets West, where history and modernity collide, and where you can find everything from ancient mosques to bustling bazaars.

If you're looking for a cultural immersion, Istanbul is the perfect place. Explore the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Sample delicious Turkish food, from kebabs to baklava. Take a walk through the Sultanahmet neighborhood, where you can take a tour of the city's most iconic landmarks: Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

From amazing outdoor activities to enjoy in summer, like boat rides across the Bosphorus Strait and taking in the stunning views from atop the Galata Tower, to ideas for romantic and family-friendly vacations, you'll find it all in this guide to Istanbul.

Whether you're interested in history, culture, food, or simply exploring this mesmerizing city and finding a few of its hidden gems, Istanbul is sure to have something for you. Here are some ideas to start planning your trip.

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From the awe-inspiring dome of Hagia Sophia to the vibrant stalls of the Spice Bazaar, Istanbul's allure is as timeless as the Bosphorus that runs through it. The city has enthralled travelers for centuries, offering an enticing blend of rich history, fascinating culture, and mouthwatering cuisine. East meets West and the traditional blends with the contemporary in a city where minarets rise alongside skyscrapers.

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