Istanbul: Places to Explore

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  • Asian Shore

    Spread out along the shoreline of the lower Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara, the main residential districts on the Asian side have few "sights" as such but offer a pleasant change of pace from...

  • The Bazaar Area and Environs

    The area between the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar was historically the city’s center of business and trade, and the streets here still teem with tradespeople and shoppers. You could easily...

  • Beşiktaş and Nişantaşı

    A short ways up the Bosphorus from Karaköy is one of Istanbul’s most visited attractions outside the Old City: the stunning neoclassical Dolmabahçe Palace, each room more ornate and...

  • Beyoğlu

    Beyoğlu, the neighborhood on the hill above Galata, has traditionally been thought of as the "new town," and this is where you will feel the beating pulse of the modern city: the district is a...

  • The Bosphorus

    Whether explored in person or seen from the vantage point of a boat on the water, the Bosphorus shores are home to some of the prettiest parts of the city. Both sides of the strait are dotted with...

  • Galata and Karaköy

    Just across the Galata Bridge from Eminönü, Karaköy was formerly a major port and its busy trading houses and banks made the neighborhood the economic hub of the late Ottoman Empire. Today,...

  • Princes' Islands

    The Princes' Islands—a cluster of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara, known simply as "Adalar" in Turkish—are everything that Istanbul isn't: quiet, green, and car-less. They are primarily a...

  • Sultanahmet

    Sultanahmet is the heart of Old Istanbul, where many of the city’s must-see attractions are located: an incredible concentration of art and architecture spanning millennia is packed into its...

  • Western Districts

    The historical peninsula’s western districts are farther off the beaten path than the heavily tourist-trod Sultanahmet and bazaar areas, but the rewards of visiting are a number of interesting...

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