There’s an assortment amazing things to do in Istanbul for all ages and tastes. With an exciting blend of architectural delights, authentic cuisine, rich history and lively bazaars from two continents We’ve put together some of our favourites so you can discover some of the unmissable delights of this amazing city.
Places to go
Take to the water for a bird’s eye view of the city and some of Istanbul’s best views. Choose from a boat across the Bosporus, or a cruise to the Black Sea with special sunrise and sunset tour options. If you fancy heading off somewhere traditional and tranquil then head to the Princes Islands, where you can explore via horse and cart, and let the kids have a run around in picturesque, authentic surroundings.
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.
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.