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Explore Istanbul on your next holiday
Istanbul is a busy metropolis with a population of 13 million and a city that's packed with architectural beauty and laced with an enviable imperial history. Istanbul is recognised as one of the fastest growing and modernising cities in the world. Istanbul's continuing modernisation and economic prowess has contributed to the growing number of restaurants, shopping and retail outlets, art galleries and clubs. Istanbul's imperial history, art galleries, museums and hot summer weather makes it a popular choice of destination for all holidaymakers.
City breaks to Istanbul are a popular choice with adventurous travellers who want to see a mixture of different cultures on their doorstep. There's plenty to do, from exploring markets to seeing some of the fascinating museums on offer. Whether you want a trendy weekend away with the girls or a romantic trip for two, it's a destination you cannot afford to miss.
Istanbul's main attraction is undoubtedly the abundance of sight-seeing opportunities. Home to the Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome and the Dolmabahçe Palace, you can't be short of things to do when holidaying in Istanbul. The Topkapi Palace and the Dolmabahçe Palace are examples of Ottoman architecture, history and artistic delights. As well as these attractions, Istanbul also boasts the Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque), a true architectural wonder, and the Byzantine Hippodrome, the focal and recreational point of Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul. Besides being brimmed with imperial history and stunning Ottoman mosques and architecture, Istanbul also offers holidaymakers the opportunity to sample its fine art galleries, such as the Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, and to enjoy Istanbul's beauty from a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus River.
Istanbul's numerous sight-seeing attractions are further complimented by the Grand Bazaar. If you prefer a more relaxing shopping holiday then the Grand Bazaar, the medieval shopping centre that boasts over 4000 shops, is the perfect place for you.
The weather in Istanbul is hot and humid, with average summer temperatures of 28°C, while winters are cool and wet. Winter holidays to Istanbul are a great choice because the beaches and sight-seeing attractions tend to be quieter. Florya & Ataköy, on the Sea of Marmara, are the nearest beaches to Istanbul, while the picturesque beaches on Princes' Islands are a popular choice amongst holidaymakers and are just a short boat ride away.
Istanbul's modernisation has played a vital role in creating an energetic, colourful and cultured night-life. Istanbul is home to numerous Turkish tavernas (meyhanes) which serves beer, wine, raki (Turkish spirits) and kebabs. The most popular and the best tavernas in Istanbul are located in the Cicek Pasaj in Beyoglu, with nearby fresh fruit and fish stands in the marketplace. Istanbul is full of birahanes, inhabited predominantly by Turkish males, that offers holidaymakers a pub-like atmosphere, serving draught beer. Taksim is Istanbul's main night-life centre and is home to the Roxy Nights and Ex-Bronx nightclubs, while downtown Istanbul plays host to modern and trendy bars such as Hayal Kaheci, Hayal Kahesi and the Mojo Blues Bar. Holidaymakers are also offered a wide variety of choice when sampling the local Istanbul cuisine.
The Asitane Restaurant cooks up traditional Ottoman palace dishes, while the Nevizade Sokak in Taksim comes highly recommended for its Turkish kebab dishes and also specialises in local cuisine. Istanbul's colourful and energetic night-life, numerous Turkish tavernas and unique dining experiences makes Istanbul an attractive option for all holidaymakers.
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