Istanbul Travel Guide
Plan Your Istanbul Vacation
The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan crossroads.
With the number of visitors to Turkey increasing every year, Istanbul's hoteliers are busy keeping up with the growing... read more
This city is a food lover's town and restaurants abound, from humble kebab joints to fancy fish venues, with a variety of... read more
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Change continents: Spend the morning in Europe and the afternoon in Asia, with just a ferry ride in between; how cosmopolitan is... Read more
As much as Turkish people love to sit down for a leisurely dinner, they're also serious snackers, day and night, so finding a quick... Read more
Byzantium was already 1,000 years old when, in AD 326, Emperor Constantine the Great began to rebuild it as the new capital of the Roman... Read more
One of the most pleasant experiences in Istanbul—and an easy way to escape the chaos of the city—is a trip up the Bosphorus by... Read more
In recent years, venues in Istanbul have been aiming high, literally, as an increasing number of savvy entrepreneurs take advantage of the... Read more
A favorite pastime in Istanbul is to spend time in one of the city’s hammams, or Turkish baths, some of which are in exquisite buildings... Read more
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