I can’t recommend this city enough and I’m dying to go back to Istanbul to see other beautiful sights.
My friend and I went on a short 3 day trip to Istanbul but managed to squeeze a lot of activities (and also food). I highly recommend buying the tickets early. It’s cheaper as you may know now and you could use the saved money buying goods from Istanbul.
We refrained ourselves not to buy anything from the Duty Free shops and I’m glad we did it. If you have a friend who could give you a tour around the city it’s great but if you don’t, buy an Istanbul card in one of the automatic machines, you could even use it on the boats.
The streets of Istanbul are packed of cozy restaurants, coffee shops, teas.
My advice: try everything but with moderation though (with one exception, the chocolate from Divan or the icecream from Mado yum yum)
On our first day we wanted to see Suleymaniye Mosque, Blue Mosque and also Hagia Sofia.
It’s best to go in June when it’s not full of tourists and the weather is favorable.
We went then to Galata Tower and enjoyed a beautiful sunset (highly recommended).
The view leaves you breathless or was it beacause of the stairs? Joking guys.
Located on the European coast of the Bosphorus is the Dolmabahçe Palace, a beautiful building and for the rest of the day we went in the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar.
All in all we had a fantastic time in Turkey.
It’s definetely one of my all-time favourite city breaks and like I said I plan to go back and do some exploring.
Have you ever been to Istanbul?
What places do you recommend?