Things to Do in Turkey

The Most Popular Things to do in Istanbul

İstanbul is landed from Asia to Europe, offers endless opportunities to visit sightseeing such as palaces, mansions, parks and with the Bosphorus places in the middle of it. But if you have only a few days to spend in the city, do not miss at least a few items on this list.

Here are the top of the best things to do in Istanbul.

Things to do in Istanbul

You will be able to visit Istanbul like a local after reading this amazing article!

Bosphorus Cruise Tour in Ortaköy

Of course, the first thing you have to do in Istanbul is to go on the Bosphorus. There are many alternatives in the city both in Europe and Asia to see this magnificent beauty which divides the city into two.

Bosphorus Cruise Ortakoy

You can go to Ortaköy to tour the best addresses of this unique route. You can get in the boats there.

Tours can be organized in different locations such as Eminönü and Kadıköy to explore the Bosphorus in the city. But according to many travelers, the best is Ortaköy. And delicious tastes like baked potato and waffle are waiting for you.

You can join our Bosphorus cruise tours, here you can explore them:

Fried Fish Sandwich in Eminönü

It is one of the oldest places in the city. In Eminönü, you can have a fast and delicious feast from the boats right on the coast. (In Turkish we call it: Balık Ekmek) If you want to explore the historical places and discover the spices, the Egyptian Bazaar is right here.

Eminonu Fried Fish

Another thing that you can do in Eminonu is to buy dried fruits and coffee. The dried fruits which buy in the streets of the historical city and the Coffee Store of Mehmet Efendi whose history is based on old times are favorite options for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Palace Tours in Istanbul

Istanbul had served as the capital city for the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire for many years. Historical palaces such as Topkapi and Dolmabahçe must also be seen there.

Dolmabahce Palace

You can also join one of the guided tours during your visit. In the palaces, you can witness the most important events in history. Do not forget that you have to spend almost a day touring these palaces which spread on a large area.

Discover all the palaces in Istanbul by our guiding services:

Visiting of Sultanahmet

After visiting the Topkapi Palace, you can see the Blue Mosque by going to the Sultan Ahmet Square, and you can also visit the Sultanahmet Museum and the Basilica Cistern.

Sultanahmet-Square Visiting

You can take lots of photos at these places; each one is a masterpiece of architecture and art. All of them are unique structures.

You can check the attractions in/near Sultanahmet by visiting Lonely Planet.

Coffee Pleasure in Nisantasi

Nişantaşı, one of the most important places in Istanbul, is a destination for many domestic and foreign travel enthusiasts.

Coffee Nisantasi

It is also a nice place to feel as if in many cities in Europe, not only shopping but walking on stone streets.

View in Moda

Nisantasi is one of the most beautiful towns on the European Side. It is also the best address for enjoying in Istanbul. Here you can visit the luxury shops and drink coffee in stylish cafés. If you want to go to some green areas and walk around the park, Maçka Park, next to Nisantasi, is the best destination for this.

Kadikoy Moda

If you go to Anatolian Side by ferry boats that you can get in Besiktas and Eminonu, you should definitely visit Moda, which is one of the most beautiful districts in the city near Kadıköy. Moda, with tea gardens, parks, and a calm atmosphere where located through the beach, is a restful place for everyone.

Prince Islands, Both Inside and Outside The City

The islands of Istanbul consist of different islands like Büyükada, Heybeli, Burgas, and Kınalıada and also known as ” Prince Islands ”. The reason for this is that they have been used as a place of exile for Byzantine princes in history.

Princes Island

Today, these islands come to the forefront with their historical mansions and unique beauties. Especially in spring and summer times, it is a favorite place for travelers. To come to the Adalar island, you can go with the ferryboats from Kabataş, Kadıköy, and Bostanci.

Join the best Prince’s Island tour, including phaeton trip:

Tea Pleasure in Pierre Loti

If you come to the sides of the Golden Horn after a little away from the Bosphorus, the awe-inspiring beauties are waiting for you here. Go to Pierre Loti by telfer and give yourself an order for yourself a cup of tea.

Pierre-Loti Hill Tea Pleasure

Especially in the early hours of the morning or in the evening before the sun sets, the view from here attracts you.

You can explore Pierre Loti Hill by joining our trip, cable car is also included:

Travel to History of Galata

Galata Tower, known to be built during the Genoese period, is located near Istiklal Avenue and Beyoğlu. You can eat your meal at the restaurant in the tower where Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi came by flying to Üsküdar or just ride up to watch the scenery.Galata Tower Istanbul

Galata is also one of the progressive centers of the city in recent years. You can visit the galleries, shop at the boutiques, or taste some of the city’s most delicious coffees.

Visiting Bagdat Street

At the same time, Baghdad Street, as one of Turkey’s longest streets, is placed on the top of the centers of the Anatolian side. The cafes and restaurants on the street, where you can find the world’s most famous brands, make delicious eating and drinking alternatives every hour of the day, so it becomes the more attractive place.

Bagdat Street Istanbul
Bagdat Street

If you go down to the coast from the street, you can take a walk in view of magnificent island scenery like Caddebostan, Suadiye, and Fenerbahçe. After walking around Baghdad Street, you can end your day by chatting with your friends in one of the many places in Kadikoy.

You can check attractions in/near Bagdat Street by visiting Trip Advisor.


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