Istanbul has it all: over 2500 years of history, culture, and traditions, amazing landmarks, vibrant nightlife, and breathtaking views. Istanbul has been the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330-395), the Byzantine Empire (395-1204), the Latin Empire (1204-1261), the Byzantine Empire (1261-1453) and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). Istanbul’s history is very rich, and remains of each of these empires can still be witnessed.
what are the best things to do in Istanbul?
Hagia Sophia is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
A short walk down the street takes you to the Grand Bazaar for the most exciting shopping experience you’ll ever have.
The Galata Tower offers beautiful views of the city
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) is Istanbul’s most famous site and is the top thing to do in Istanbul.
Visited by nearly 3 million people daily, Istiklal Avenue is the beating heart of the city of Istanbul.
You can book many dining experiences in Istanbul and the best way is to spend time with a local family. In Istanbul, you can enjoy different cuisines, varying from authentic Ottoman food, over typical Turkish food with its delicious mezes and meat or fish dishes, to the modern kitchen of the West.
You can visit the Aydos Castle, built by the Byzantines.
You must visit the Asian side of the city when visiting Istanbul. How often can you visit two continents in a matter of minutes and not even have to go through customs!
You can discover underground of Istanbul with Yerebatan Sarnıcı (Basilica Cistern). But it is known that Istanbul’s underground is not limited from this.
These are only a small fraction of what can be done in Istanbul. We wish you to be enchanted by the deep and wonderful beauties of Istanbul.
DO KNOW EPHESUS?
The Ephesus Antique City comes to mind when it is told Ephesus. However, in ancient times Ephesus was the name of a geography spreading over an area of 8 km2, including Ayasuluk Castle, Temple of Artemis and the ancient city of Ephesus. When Croesus, king of Lydia, who used money for the first time, took the region and drove the city people to the plain around the Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient World, and II. Ephesus is established in here. The traces of the settled life in Ephesus and its surroundings extend back to around 6000 BC. Approximately 1.5 million tourists visit Ephesus annually, you should be included in this number as soon as possible. After reaching İzmir, minibuses or train going from Izmir to Selçuk can be preferred for transportation to Ephesus.
PAMUKKALE: THE WHITE PARADISE
You will feel like you are in a fairy tale when you visit the antique towns, challenging waterfalls and travertines that challenge the centuries of your trip to Pamukkale. It is located on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most notable tourist destinations in Turkey. Especially you will enjoy with watching travertines that look like white, cotton clouds. Here are what you can do in Pamukkale;
Shopping in cute bazaars of Denizli
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN CAPPADOCIA YET?
Cappadocia, where the volcanic eruptions of lava and tuff are eroded by wind and water, is one of the most visited cities in our country with its historical values, natural beauties, underground cities and many other attractions. The fairy chimneys used by the locals as houses, churches or monasteries have been preserved well and have been up to date. Here are the best things to do in Cappadocia:
At Aşıklar Tepesi (Aydin Kırağı – Lovers Hill) watch the sunrise and the bubbles.
Discover the underground cities.
Walk first in Ihlara Valley then take a picnic.
Watch the sunset at the Rose Valley (Kızılçukur Vadisi).
Involve in the traditions of the indigenous people in Avanos.
Explore Cappadocian geographical structures.
Take a balloon ride.
FETHIYE: THE HOLIDAY PLACE IN YOUR DREAMS
Fethiye is an oasis that is located on the southwest of the Mediterranean and connected to Muğla. Fethiye, which is attracted by both local and foreign tourists every year, brings together a thousand tonnes of blue and green. If you have not completed your holiday plans yet, the best things you absolutely need (but absolutely!) to do in Fethiye:
No exit from Fethiye without a paragliding.
An exquisite walk in Saklikent Canyon.
A wonderful experience, swimming in the Blue Lagoon (Ölü Deniz).
Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi) is waiting for you.
Do not go without seeing Kayaköy!
The Enchantment of the St. Nicholas Islands will take your mind off your head.