Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar is paradise for your senses; breathe in the smells and marvel at the colours of the spices, oils, coffee, fruits, nuts of course sweet Turkish delight. This is the best spot to purchase Turkey’s traditional apple tea to bring home too.
Flora, Original Traveller
Visit Istanbul on a city break, a vibrant metropolis - and Europe's largest city - it combines atmosphere with great architecture and a fascinating history. The former church, now mosque, of the Aya Sofia, the beautiful Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace are just three of the sights of this often overlooked city, which for centuries was rivalled only by Rome. Istanbul's bustling and frenetic streets evoke the history of a colourful past. The city is a potent mix of East and West, blended together over the course of the last 800 years.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Istanbul is all about energy, but for some respite from the hubbub, head for the peace and quiet of the car-free Princes' Islands in the Sea of Marmara.
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Our guide to holidays in Istanbul
Eat breakfast on a roof terrace with outstanding views across the Bosphorus Strait that separates Europe from Asia before hitting the souqs. There is no better place to shop, and no better place to put haggling skills to the test than Istanbul. Drink glasses of sweet mint tea and admire the carpets, leather goods and silverware on offer.
In the evenings, Original Travel can recommend the hottest of the hotspots in a city with a surprisingly hip and happening nightlife. Visit Istanbul and you will not be disappointed.