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Istanbul, previously known by Constantinople, is the only city in the world that is straddling on both the European and Asian continents. Turkey’s largest city, it is considered to be one of the most influential cities in history with its cultural diversity and top drawer attractions.
Everyday at 19:00, the Hodjapasha Cultural Center in Sultanahmet is open to its visitors for a spiritual show of the whirling dervish dance. This ceremony has been added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. You can book a ticket for $22 online.
How to Get to Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is easily accessible by air. Most of the world’s airlines have frequent daily flights in and out. Istanbul has 2 international airports, the new airport called Istanbul International Airport on the European side and Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Asian side. You can get to Istanbul by land, or sea from different countries in Europe. There are many rail and maritime companies, depending on where you are.
When getting around Istanbul, the public transport is your best option. Istanbul has a massive transport network including taxis, buses and minibuses, railway networks such as train and tramways and the famous sea transport ferries. Istanbul’s public transport offers access to almost the whole city. The only thing you need is an Istanbul card (Istanbul-kart) available at vending machines or kiosks.
Where to Eat in Istanbul for Dinner
Fish Sandwich at the boat restaurants Karaköy // Grab a quick bite at one of the cheapest places to eat in the city. The freshly caught and grilled fish has been served on these boats floating on the Bosphorus for centuries now!
Halil Lahmacum // Hop on a ferry to get to the Asian side, Kadiköy, where this authentic restaurant is. This place’s signature dish is the Turkish pizza called Pide. And guess what? Get full with as little as $1.50.
Vogue Restaurant // Get your luxury treat at Vogue Restaurant. The culturally diverse and incredibly delicious dishes along with the spectacular panorama will leave you amazed at the experience.
Hamdi // Another great view of the Bosphorus. Don’t skip Hamdi’s mixed grill platter and their delicious dessert.
360 Istanbul // 360 Istanbul in Beyoğlu district offers a 360 degree view of Istanbul and serves food from all around the world as well as modern Turkish cuisine.
Things to See in Istanbul at Night
Watch the sunset from Galata tower // Climb the 122 feet Galata Tower in Beyoğlu to watch the spectacular sunset view of Istanbul’s horizon.
Visit Sultanahmet Square // Home to 3 main historical attractions: The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum and the Basilica Cistern.
Explore the Grand Bazaar // The traditional market is home to 4000 shops where you can find all sort of Turkish goods such as traditional clothes, gorgeous carpets and several other common and unique products.
Take a Bosphorus cruise // Discover the magical city at night by jumping on a private boat sailing majestically on the Bosphorus Strait. An unforgettable experience.
Experience a Turkish Hammam / Bath // The historical Turkish Bath is one of the must-try experiences when visiting Turkey. There is nothing more relaxing than indulging yourself with a Turkish bath in one of the Ottoman Hammams in Istanbul.
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