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Best of both the worlds
Istanbul can best be described as a beautiful amalgamation of East-meets-West that straddles between two continents - Asia and Europe. This transcontinental city in Eurasia has been declared as the 5th most popular tourist destination in the world. Founded around 1000 BC, this ancient settlement is packed with resplendent fragments of its acclaimed past which is sure to delight the history buffs out there. One one hand the city exhibits a rich heritage filled with bazaars, palaces and mosques and on the other side, modernity peeks its head with chic boutiques, high-end restaurants, colorful nightclubs, contemporary department stores and the many skyscrapers.
Kick off a holiday in Istanbul by visiting the Old City. Soak in the old-world charm and revisit history by heading over to the Topkapi Palace (Topkap? Saray?), Hippodrome (Hipodrom), Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) and Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya). A spectacular view of the Ottman Empire can be marveled from the Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi). Be sure to visit the Hamman ( traditional Turkish bath) and get your skin scrubbed absolutely clean.
Shoppers will want to stop by at the Grand Bazaar. It is huge and encompasses quarter of the city.Surrounded by thick walls, the entrance is through one of 11 gates. To make browsing more simple, the trades are categorized in specific sections. The Grand Bazaar has a total of 5,000 stops and is not called one of the largest covered market in the world for no reason. Get ready to loosen your purse strings as you get prepared for the ultimate oriental shopping experience. For the food connoisseurs, spending time in Spice Bazaar would be right up your alley. The Bazaar is packed with Lokum (Turkish delight), nuts, herbs, dried fruit and spices from all over the world. Spice Bazaar houses 85 shops selling spices. Avoid getting lost in the crowd by visiting before 11am or after 4pm.
New City Istanbul is just as fascinating as Old City. Here you're greeted with the amenities that one will find in any modern metropolis. Taksim Square is a major tourist attraction and is situated in the European part of the city. It is popular for it's restaurants, shops and hotels and is regarded as a symbol of modern Istanbul. This fascinating Mediterranean city is truly a melting pot of the old and the new.
Travellers have the liberty to choose from a wide range of top hotels in Istanbul. Tourists who can afford to splurge have the option of selecting the best luxury hotels that the city can boast of. On the other hard, Istanbul also offers comfortable, affordable and cheap budget apartments for travellers who are not looking for an extravagant holiday.
Istanbul has a humid subtropical climate and the best time to visit the city would be from September to November. That time of the year sees a pleasant weather and less crowds. Check out the best holiday packages, weekend getaways, hotels, apartments, cruise packages, explore destinations and get best deals & discounts on online bookings at Tripinc.