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25 October 2021 | 3 nights | 2 people

About Istanbul

Straddling two continents, Istanbul offers an intoxicating blend of east and west. Civilisations have left their mark and can be seen today in the city's fascinating potpourri of architectural styles.

Food and drink

Dine out along the shores of the Marmara or the Bosphorus and enjoy seafood, kebabs and sweet delicacies, or visit a 'gazino' for a dinner and cabaret show. The network of side streets around Istiklal Caddesi are home to hundreds of great value and authentic Turkish restaurants and bars.

Shopping

For shopaholics, the Grand Bazaar - the largest and most attractive covered bazaar in the world - houses a maze of streets containing 4,000 shops and stalls. Leather goods, rugs, carpets and silver jewellery are all good buys and you must join the locals as haggling is expected. For a more European feel, try the Taksim district of the city, a long pedestrian shopping street leading to Taksim Square where you will be surrounded by restaurants and bars. Alternatively you can enjoy the colour and aromas of the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

Istanbul Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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18th August 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

20 best things to do in Istanbul

Although it is not the capital, Istanbul is one of the major cities in Turkey. It straddles two continents; Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The rich history of the city reflects on its popular tourist destinations. The cultural influences of the many empires that ruled here can be seen everywhere. There are surely a lot of things to explore and learn in this wonderful city. To know more about the places to visit and things to do in Istanbul, read more below....

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14th July 2021 by PommieTravels

What to eat when in Istanbul?

Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey and the world’s fifth-largest city, receiving many tourists’ attention. The old Constantinople and modern-day turkey host a fusion of ancient and modern history, cultures, and civilizations. It is also known to be the trade hub of Turkey and is often nicked as the City Of World’s Desire. And Istanbul is truly living up to the nickname given to it....

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2nd June 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Is Istanbul in Europe and Asia? What you need to know

A man casts a glance over his shoulder before arching back and casting his line into the water. The street chatter and rush hour traffic drown out the subtle splash but from the look on his face, you’d think he stood alone in the countryside, miles from anyone, miles from anywhere....

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12th February 2021 by Andy

Cheapest places to holiday in October

October is off-season in many of the world’s top destinations, which means fantastic news for your travel budget! You’ll find great package deals to beach destinations where the sun is still shining, cheaper hotels in big cities and savings on long-haul flights.Check out our top picks for October holidays and be sure to stay up-to-date with our weekly deals, to catch some great bargains.Beach HolidaysDon’t despair about autumn weather in October, as it’s still warm enough for a sunny...

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14th January 2021 by The Wandering Quinn

Sabiha airport to Taksim! 3 ways to do the journey easily

Let’s look into how to get from Sabiha Airport to Taksim! Istanbul has 2 main airports and it’s important you check which one you are flying into. Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is a popular Istanbul Airport with airlines like Pegasus, Turkish Airlines and more, and it is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. On the map, the distance from Sabiha Airport to the city centre looks quite far but it’s not....

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12th January 2021 by The Wandering Quinn

What to see in Istanbul in 4 days

Is 4 days enough in Istanbul? Yes, absolutely! In fact, 4 days in Istanbul is the perfect amount of time to spend in this wonderful city which is split between Europe and Asia! In this post, I’m going to give you my recommended Istanbul 4 day itinerary based on my time in this city as a tourist and a blogger living here for a few months!...

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12th January 2021 by The Wandering Quinn

10 Istanbul hidden gems to visit

Istanbul is such an amazing city for tourists to visit! There are so many popular things to do in Istanbul and so many world class Istanbul tourist attractions. These are worth visiting of course, however if you have already been to Istanbul before or you want a unqiue look at Istanbul, these Istanbul hiddem gems are the best places in Istanbul to visit!...