Istanbul: Places to Explore


  • The Bazaar Area and Environs

    The area between the Grand Bazaar and the shore of the Golden Horn teems with people during the day. Even though most of the old Byzantine and Ottoman buildings have long gone, the stalls and peddlers who... Read more

  • Beyoğlu: Istanbul's New Town

    The neighborhood that climbs the Galata Hill is known both as Pera and Beyoğlu, and is often referred to as the "New Town," where the first thing you'll learn is that new is a relative term in Istanbul... Read more

  • The Bosphorus and Beşiktaş

    As you leave the chaos of the city behind, you'll see wooded hills; villages large and small, modern and old-fashioned; the old wooden summer homes called yalıs (waterside houses) that were built for the... Read more

  • Edirne

    Exploring Eastern Thrace (the area historically bounded by the Danube and Nestos rivers, and the Aegean, Marmara, and Black seas) has a harsh climate—sizzling in summer, bitter in winter—and the landscape... Read more

  • Princes' Islands

    The Prince's Islands, known simply as Adalar in Turkish, are everything that Istanbul isn't: quiet, green, and car-less. They are primarily a relaxing getaway from the noise and traffic of the big city... Read more

  • Sultanahmet: The Historic Center

    The old walled city of Istanbul rises on several hills above the port of Eminönü, and an incredible concentration of art and architecture spanning thousands of years is packed into the narrow, winding... Read more

  • Western Districts

    Constantinople was a huge city, and large western areas are little visited but contain plenty of fascinating pieces of the city's long history. It's predominantly residential, and at times can seem like... Read more


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