Istanbul hosted the world’s largest civilizations. It was a center of the world for a long time, and there are many places to see in Istanbul. It is not enough to explore Istanbul for a few days. A few weeks you must surely take your trip to Istanbul. There are plenty of tourist guides and places to visit in Istanbul, where there is always another story coming to light. These lists, which are generally similar to each other, are places where tourists visiting Istanbul can travel in a short time. Let’s look at these places.
Bosphorus tours, the essential activity of Istanbul, are among the most beautiful activities for you to leave yourself in the fresh air and relax in the cool waters of Istanbul. Visiting the Bosphorus will cause you to experience unforgettable moments. Both the Asian and European shores of the Bosphorus are very active on weekends. Traditional breakfast culture of Turkey shows itself anywhere in the city during the weekend. There are great breakfast options in places such as Galata, Cihangir, Sultanahmet or Kadikoy which are not near the Bosphorus. Of course, having breakfast next to the Bosphorus is a better activity. On the European side, Ortaköy, Bebek and Rumeli Fortress are home to the most popular breakfast venues. In the Anatolian side, the districts such as Beylerbeyi, Çengelköy, and Anadolu Hisarı are in a sweet competition with the other side. Undoubtedly the most sought-after weekend event after the Bosphorus tour is the Islands Tour. Especially during the summer months, cycling on island streets is among the activities that will color your weekends.
Pierre Loti Hill on the top of Eyup is one of the most beautiful places to take pictures in Istanbul. To go up the hill with cable car is one of the activities to be loved in Istanbul. The Eyüp Mosque, which is accepted as the most sacred mosque of Istanbul, is located within the boundaries of this district. Next destination is İstiklal Street. It is a place where people of all ages meet and spend time. Istiklal Street is one of Turkey’s most cosmopolitan areas. Cultural events, shopping opportunities on the street is active 24 hours a day. Moreover, thanks to the ethnic diversity in the past, Istiklal is almost like an open-air museum with its architecture.
You can also visit Cukurcuma. Cukurcuma is one of the most magnificent districts of Beyoğlu. The district, which also hosts the Nobel Prize-winning Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence, is actually famous with its antique shops. Traveling, and shopping in Cukurcuma is really good. If you like taking photos, there is no doubt that you will get great memories here. Istanbul, which hosts many natural wonders, is the ideal place for nature trip with its parks on both Anatolian and European sides in summer months. Especially, Fenerbahce Park, Atatürk Arboretum, Yıldız Park, Fethi Pasha Woods, and Emirgan Grove are among the most preferred.