What are the things to do in Istanbul? With its palaces, pavilions, parks and the Bosphorus that passes through the middle of Istanbul, Istanbul offers endless alternatives to its visitors and places to see. However, if you have only a few days to spend in the city, do not miss at least a few items of this list.
#1 Hagia Sophia
Often referred to as the eighth wonder of the World, the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya in Turkish) in Sultanahmet is easily one of Istanbul’s most impressive sights. It also must have one of the most turbulent histories of any museum.
It was once a church and a mosque but is now one of the most visited museums in the world.
#2 Bosphorus tour in Ortakoy
Istanbul impresses its visitors with its magnificent natural beauties, minarets extending to the sky, golden gilded domes, palaces, pavilions, museums, parks and gardens, monuments, towers, culture and much more. The Bosphorus-Istanbul Strait will impress you in depth. The impressive Istanbul Bosphorus tour, which starts from the Empress Galata Bridge to the Anatolian Kavağı, is one of the most important attractions for Istanbul’s visitors.
#3 Grand Bazaar
The World’s Oldest and Largest Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, is located between Beyazıt, Mercan, and Nuriosmaniye.
24 doors, 5 mosques, 10 wells, 7 fountains 1 fountain, 1 school, 1 Sabil, 4 thousand shops, about 66 streets, and street find. The most well-known of the 11 main doors are Beyazıt, Nuriosmaniye, Mahmutpaşa, and Jewelers.
During the most intense moments of the day, It hosts more than 500.000 tourists; the Grand Bazaar was built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1461, but the main parts of it were built by Suleiman the Magnificent.
#4 Medical Tourism in Turkey
Turkey’s advantage in medical tourism is the high number of accredited hospitals in ophthalmic, odontotheraphy, plastic surgery, transplantation and cardiology as well as its affordable prices, high quality service, and being a leading tourism destination with historical, cultural and natural attractions.
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#5 Galata Tower
The Galata Tower offers beautiful views of the city. It is located just North of the Golden Horn in the Galata Quarter. If you stay in an apartment looking right up at this tower… it is breathtaking.
#6 Blue Mosque
Because of the color of the eye-catching patterns that adorn the interior walls, Sultan Ahmet Camii called the Blue Mosque is considered to be one of the most successful examples of Turkish-Islamic architecture.
The building, which brings a whole new perspective to the Ottoman mosque culture with its preferred architectural approach, is one of the stops to be seen within the scope of the historical peninsula tour.
#7 Istanbul Night Life
Istanbul’s nightlife can rival whatever remains of the world. Regardless of whether you need to appreciate a (nearby) live execution while tasting on your most loved beverage, go to shows of current and past world stars, or move the night away in outside scenes by the Bosphorus or while getting a charge out of a housetop 360 view, Istanbul has everything.
#8 Istiklal Avenue
This 1.4 km long pedestrian walkway houses everything from cinemas to nightclubs and boutiques to cafés.It is the position of the mirror Turkish people. The street where the first-time visitors come to visit, and the street where they are flocking to the places of joyful travelers, has a very high share of the commercial and socially active history.
#9 Turkish Coffee
Turkish coffee is one of the oldest coffee preparation and cooking methods that has come to the present day from the Ottoman Empire, which has an important place in Turkish culture. It has a unique identity and tradition with its distinctive taste, foam, odor, and the way it is presented. It is the only type of coffee that is served with filth.
#10 Turkish Food
Turkish food is one of the tastiest in the world. Combining elements of Mediterranean, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern cooking, you get something that seems to be influenced by everyone else yet is really a separate category on its own.
Turkish food is the beating heart and loving soul of Turkish culture, and in Istanbul you can find restaurants that represent each region in the country, as well as snacks, meals, and street food that are unique to this delicious city.