In Turkey, right at the crossroad between Asia and Europe – and at the end of the legendary Silk Road – lies Istanbul, with its rich history and beautiful scenery. In fact, is its very location that lends so much to Istanbul’s cultural influences having been ruled by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians before the Ottomans settled in the city.
Istanbul is a city where art abounds and its exhibitions, galleries and streets are the home to beautiful pieces and activities pack the calendar of events. This is a place where a former church and mosque has been converted to a fantastic museum – the Hagia Sophia, in itself a significant Byzantine structure. Another architectural marvel is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, with its bluish interior giving it the nickname the ‘Blue Mosque’.
Istanbul offers both rich local food and savoury international cuisine, with fusion dishes blending the traditional with the modern. With different mezze to start, mains including kebabs, and end your meal with freshly brewed Turkish coffee or sweet tea and the delicate flavours of Turkish delight.
THINGS TO DO
— Drink rich Turkish coffee in the country of its origin
— Visit a Turkish bath – a traditional Hammam
— Walk or catch the tram along the 1.4km Istiklal Avenue with its boutiques, cafes, and cinemas
— Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the Galata Tower
— Tour the Grand Bazaar’s five thousand shops spread along sixty streets
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