Eurasia is a word used to describe the convergence between Europe and Asia; it is also a term best defined by the great Turkish city of Istanbul.
Its location where two great continents meet is why the top Istanbul activities are among the most unique sights to see and things to do on the planet. From ornately decorated places of worship to beautiful palaces and ancient Roman bathhouses to contemporary architectural wonders, there is a long list of things to do in Istanbul and all the stops promise an experience you will find nowhere else in the world.
A City that Bleeds Culture and History
Istanbul dates all the way back to 600BC, and most of the structures found in the city today contribute to telling its glorious past. Dive right into what will inevitably turn into the most interesting history lesson of your life with a visit to the Hagia Sophia.
The Hagia Sophia is perhaps Istanbul’s most famous landmark and its greatest contribution to the architectural wonders of the world. The church-turned-mosque-turned-church-turned-museum should be a priority on your list of Istanbul activities simply because no trip to the city is complete without it. With years of restoration work finally complete, you can now walk around and really take it all in. Make an effort to see all exhibits open to the public—the mosaics, for example, are an attraction you should not dare miss.
Located right across a small park is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more affectionately known as the Blue Mosque. Walking through the grounds of this sprawling architectural wonder is the stuff of dreams. The main structure and its six minarets that soar to the sky will transport you through time. As if the façade weren’t spellbinding enough, wait until you get inside and bask in the sunlight that filters through the dome. It is an experience you will never forget, so make sure a trip to the Blue Mosque is top priority on your lineup of Istanbul activities.
Palaces are abundant in the land formerly known as Constantinople, but if you only have time for one, then make it the Topkapi Palace. Once home to generations upon generations of sultans, a tour of this sprawling complex with lush courtyards and beautiful kiosks is the history lesson you’ve long wanted. All that you see and discover on a tour of this attraction will likely have you thirsting to learn more and eager to get going on other things to do in Istanbul.
Food and Shopping
When in Istanbul, activities should include more than just sightseeing. Turkey is—quite literally—a melting pot of cultures and flavors, and this is all evident in its cuisine. A tour of the capital is never complete without indulging in the most sumptuous food you will ever taste in your lifetime. Satiate your gastronomic cravings with a trip down to the shores of the Bosphorus and by wandering around Çiçek Pasajı, two locations within the city where you will find some of the best restaurants.
After getting your fill of kebabs and seafood, make your way to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest markets in the world. Make sure to allot time because there is a lot of ground to cover and even more to discover. Get ready to bargain for authentic carpets and lamps, aromatic teas, and other great finds.
Istanbul is a city of possibilities, and Travease is your partner in seeing the very best sights and sounds of this outstanding destination.
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