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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

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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!...

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1st December 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Where to stay in Istanbul! A neighbourhood guide to the best places

Trying to work out where to stay in Istanbul and the best place to stay in Istanbul is a bit of a minefield, and I should know, I’ve visited Istanbul twice as a tourist over the years staying in the wrong places and only mildly enjoying the city. On my third visit, I moved to Istanbul to live in the city for a few months. I now love Istanbul, I got to know the Istanbul neighbourhoods really well and I found out the best areas to stay in Istanbul which I wish I had known this on my first 2...

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25th November 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Where to stay in Istanbul: Taksim Or Sultanahmet? Which is BEST?

Istanbul is a big city however the main tourist areas are pretty close together. You’ve probably heard of Taksim and Sultanahmet which are 2 of the main areas in Istanbul when looking into where to stay in Instanbul, so in this post let me help you decide where to stay in Istanbul Taksim or Sultanahmet?...

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30th October 2020 by The Wandering Quinn

Balat Istanbul guide

Balat is a neighbourhood in Istanbul which is most well known for its colourful houses. I thought that the Balat Istanbul location of these colourful houses in Istanbul was close to the major Istanbul tourist attractions but this isn’t the case, you have to take a bus or taxi to Balat, or Fener Istanbul as the area is also called. However, once there, not only will you be able to see the famous Istanbul colourful houses, you will also see street art, cool cafes, a local neighbourhood and some...