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A trip to Istanbul is not complete without a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Indulge in a world of hypnotic sights, sounds, and smells as you explore the maze of alleys adorned with stalls. They sell everything from perfume and jewellery to spices and lanterns, and haggling in the Bazaar is one of the most exciting Istanbul experiences.

Attractions

On your list of top things to do in Istanbul should be a visit the Hagia Sophia Museum and Mosque. Explore some of the world’s most unusual architecture in this beautiful mosque dating back to the 6th century, or the impressive Blue Mosque with its six minarets.

Take a journey back in time to the Ottoman Empire at Topkapi Palace and experience life as a Sultan. Explore one of the largest palaces in the world and one of the most fascinating of Istanbul attractions, where you can explore courtyards, gardens and the Palace kitchen.

To see the city from a different angle head underground to the Basilica Cistern, dating back to 532, tour the underground water system adorned with marble statues, eerie lighting, Medusa head, carp fish, and a wishing corner.

Places to visit

 There’s a host of family-friendly things to do in Istanbul including the world’s largest open-air miniature park, Miniaturk, Legoland Discovery Centre which includes a hands-on factory tour, 4D cinema, creative workshops, Lego Duplo world and rides for all ages. Or to uncover the true flavour of Istanbul visit the Rahmi M Koc Museum, housed in a spectacular building and home to a wealth of industrial history which everyone will enjoy. Choose from riding in a submarine, vintage car, or cockpit before trying out some scientific experiments.

Holidays to Istanbul will enthral and delight everyone in this vibrant city that entertains all day long. Istanbul attractions offer something to suit all tastes and desires, and all ages, whenever you decide to go.

5 Things to do in Istanbul