Sunday, 24 April 2016

Irresistible sites you must see on a tour of Istanbul

Istanbul is a beautiful part of Turkey, embedded in cultural and historical significance. From underground wonders, towering sculptures and romantic escapes, Istanbul really is a treat for every type of traveler. We recommend you spend at least a day exploring this wonderful city. If you are thinking about traveling to this city sooner rather than later here are some of the incredible sites and adventures that you won’t want to miss as well as a few things that you need to know.

Peruse And Explore The City Streets

There are plenty of cities in the world where exploring by Taxi is recommended. In places like New York, you want to spend as little time as possible off the streets. In the day it smells like a wet foot through the summer while it’s busy all year and not to mention dangerous.

Istanbul is a whole different story. In Istanbul, you will find that each street has a unique story to tell and it really is a wonder to explore some of the streets that are basically pedestrian zones. For instance, you can check out Galata. Here, you’ll find various music stores where you’ll discover LPs and art that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

So, let your feet guide you around the city and don’t worry about getting lost. You’ll always find a helpful soul who will point you the right direction home.

Explore A Stunning Cistern

The Basilica Cistern, a work of art from Byzantine builders. This once played a key part in operations of the city, ensuring that residents had water to drink from Thrace. Today, of course, it’s a relic, but it’s still remarkably beautiful and dare we say even romantic. Today, it’s been kitted out with lights and music clashing the new and old tremendously in a way that is completely unique to this dazzling city.

Indeed, you’ll find many couples exploring this forgotten ruin. Interestingly you can also find evidence of a forgotten Roman Empire here. An upside down sculpture of Medusa's head has been used as a piece of a pillar. This, of course, is just a fraction of the Roman empire map that Istanbul was a part of. You’ll find many hints and clues of the age of the Roman’s across this city.

Witness The Kindness Of Strangers

This is something of a cultural traditional in Turkey and in particular, Istanbul. You’ll be amazed how hospitable and sociable the people here are, especially if you’re used to the rather blunt nature of the British isles. It’s quite common for tourists and travelers to be asked into stranger’s homes. Refusing this is considered to be impolite and improper. As such, it’s best to take up a chair and accept this gracious offer. At the very least, you’ll probably hear some fantastic stories and make a new friend.

See The Incredible Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque was built in the seventeenth century. It has minarets, and its unique architecture has allowed it to claim a part of pop culture, appearing in various pieces of media. However, like a most piece of architecture, to truly appreciate it’s beauty, you’ll need to visit it yourself. There you’ll be able to discover whether it’s actually blue. Spoiler alert - it isn’t. Though, if you take a tour, you’ll find that it is built with Iznik tiles. In any case, we’re sure you’ll want to take plenty of pictures of the interior and exterior of this incredible building. You’ll find plenty of families, locals and couples gathered on the lush grass outside it, close by to dazzling water features.

Check Out Galata Tower

Welcome to the home of the first ever intercontinental flight. Yes, it was from this very tower that Hezarfen Ahmed Celebi took flight on a journey from Europe to Asia. Built in 1348, the tower is stunning, but that’s not why tourists tend to end up here. The tower also offers a beautiful, brilliant view of the city. We suggest you come here just as the sun is beginning to set over the city for a monumental view of the horizon. Make sure you ask around the find out about the history of this tower as well. It has been a key point of a number of significant occurrences in Istanbul.

Visit The Prince's Islands

Finally, if you have an extra day to spare, do make sure that you take a journey to Prince’s Island. This will give you even more incredible views of Istanbul, this time from the coast. When your reach the islands, you’ll be able to climb mountains or dive deep into ocean blue waters.

So take our advice and make sure when you visit Istanbul you don’t miss these incredible Experiences.

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