|Istanbul Holiday Apartments
Exceptional Furnished Rentals in the Center of the City for Discerning Travellers
Istanbul is a very large city but the areas you
will want to explore are all quite close
together, centered in the area from Taksim
Square to the Covered Bazaar.
The suggestions here are the outcome of 30
years of living here. Istanbul is constantly
evolving, making it a very dynamic and
exciting place to visit and to live.
You can see the main sights in 2-3 days but
to really get a sense of the city, plan for 4-5
The following pages present the best to what
to see and do, where to eat, what wine to
drink, what to buy and where to take a
For a look at the most recent travel articles on
Istanbul, check out the links opposite.
For a reliable guidebook, we recommend
Rick Steves Istanbul Guide for its very detailed
walks. Check out his itinerary for the city here.
Good online sources are:
ISTANBUL THE GUIDE, a monthly magazine
TURKEY TRAVEL PLANNER, a well-informed
guide to Istanbul and the rest of Turkey
Lonely Planet’s top 10 unmissable experiences in Istanbul
We’ve all heard the descriptions of Istanbul being a bridge
between Europe and Asia, a place where East meets West and
where cultures have happily coexisted for centuries. But not
everyone is aware of its endlessly fascinating contradictions.
Here are the top ten ways to see how the different cultures of
Monumental: Istanbul’s Dazzling Architecture
Istanbul makes all the latest travel hot lists, for good reason.
Domed mosques, topped with fairy-tale minarets, anchor
scores of neighborhood squares where prayer calls echo down
cobbled lanes. Some landmarks have been compromised, but
the city’s astonishing architectural endowment remains
unrivaled in depth and diversity.
A Travel Guide to Istanbul's Galleries, Shops, and Sights
These days, Beyoglu is again the cosmopolitan heart of the city,
just as it was 100 years ago. The cutting edge of Istanbul style is
most visible in a handful of Beyoglu’s neighborhoods—
Karaköy, Tophane, Galata, Tophane, Çukurcuma, and Cihangir—
that rise from the shores of the Golden Horn and then along
either side of Istiklal Caddesi, the bustling pedestrian avenue
that runs from Galata up to Taksim Square.
Tracking Turkey’s First Starchitect
An architectural pilgrimage the the work of the 16th-century
architect and engineer named Sinan (circa 1490-1588), the
chief architect and civil engineer of the Ottoman Empire,
working when the empire was at its apogee; his employers,
Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and his heirs, were the most
powerful men on earth.
Is This the Next Paris?
Over the past decade, Istanbul—the mesmerizing ancient
capital that straddles two continents—has boomed, restoring
itself to the global stage as a portal to Asia and the new Middle
East. Alan Richman wanders the streets, bazaars, and
waterways, and discovers a city and a dining scene poised to
conquer the world.
10 of the best high-end restaurants in Istanbul
Rooftop restaurants with superb views across the Bosphorus
and modern cuisine that fuses east and west are among the
highlights at the top of Istanbul's food chain.
Turkish Wine Country
Given that Turkey is under going a rebirth in its wine industry.
it's exciting to check out Turkey’s wine regions.
Turkish delight: A sweet tour of Istanbul
Grandeur defines Istanbul: From architectural icons such as
Hagia Sophia to the city's indomitable traffic, Istanbul pulsates
with intensity and splendor. Including sweet splendor.
Istanbul's passion for pastries and its history of inventing some
of the world's most delightful desserts tempts visitors and
High-End Hamam Opens in Historic Istanbul Location
The structure built in 1556 by the famed architect Sinan to
house the baths of Roxelana, was the slave who became the
powerful wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent,undergoes a
$10 million restoration.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CENTER
With its strategic location on the Bosphorus peninsula between
the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean,
Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious and
artistic events for more than 2,000 years. Its masterpieces
include the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, the 6th-century
Hagia Sophia and the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque, all
now under threat from population pressure, industrial pollution
and uncontrolled urbanization.