Things To Do In Istanbul
The city is massive and it has so much to offer in terms of mosques, markets, museums, water rides and foreign culinary delights!. Here are some of the must things to do in Istanbul.
Bosphorus Cruise: A trip to Istanbul is not complete without a Bosphorus cruise. Not only provides it a nice overview of the city, both the European and Asian shores of the famous waterway have a lot to offer-century old places and mansions galore.
There are several cruises you take: a short one (to the second suspension bridge and back), a long one (all the way to the Black sea and back), and a sunset tour in summertime.
Grand Bazaar: Travelers who love to shop shouldn't miss out on a visit to the Grand Bazaar, with 5,000 shops making it one of the largest indoor market places in the world. Receiving more than a quarter-million visitors a day, the bazaar features such items as jewelry, carpets that may or may not fly, spices, antiques and hand-painted ceramics. The Bazaar dates back to 1461, and today is home to two mosques, four fountains, two hammams or steam baths, and the Cevahir Bedesten, where the rarest and most valuable items have been found traditionally. Here is where shoppers will find old coins, jewelry with precious gems, inlaid weapons and antique furniture.
Ride the red street car: One way to see Istiklal Avenue without having to weave your way through the crowds is to ride the street car from one end of the strip to another. The streetcar has a decidedly vintage feel and it makes for a pleasant journey through Istanbul's shopping hub.
Take boat tour down the Bosphorus: Of you only have a few brief days in the city and you know you won't be able to cover all of the main attractions, taking a cruise down the Bosphorus is a great way to get a glimpse of Istanbul's main points of interest. You'll ride past Dolmabahce Palace, the Rumeli Ruins, the Maiden's Tower, and many mosques, mansions, and gardens along the way.