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Holiday in Turkey-Ten things to do in Istanbul

Updated on June 16, 2012

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If you are planning to travel to Turkey or booking your summer holiday,put the beautiful and stunning Istanbul on the list of places you must visit.The European Capital of Culture for 2010 is a place bustling with people and a melting pot of religions, Istanbul is a city with an illustrious history and still with many more secrets for you to embrace and discover.

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Spice Bazzar
Spice Bazzar

Ten Things You Must do in Istanbul

1. There is not much blue about the Blue Mosque from the outside but this Ottoman mosque is a must see, and once inside you can admire the magic of its ornate interior,including the thousands of blue tiles and huge stained-glass windows.

2. Visit the Spice Bazzar.Here you will find many delightful edibles, as well as many other goods such as clothing and jewellery.

3. Sail from Europe to Asia.Hopping between continents is easy boats boats leave every 15 minutes from Kabastas to Uskudar, With trips costing as little as £1.

4. Admire the mosaics, and sheer splendour of the Aya Sofia, Turkey's must famous and grandest monument.

Aya Sofia

Inside Aya Sofia
Inside Aya Sofia

5. Sample real Turkish Delight at the shop where it all began.Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir is the original shop where this original sweet dessert was invented


6.Relax and enjoy an authentic Turkish bath at Cemberlitas Hamam.An ideal way to refresh yourself in this busy city.

7. Explore the the delightfully splendid Topkapi Palace.If you can, arrive early and go straight to the Harem.Here it is limited to a certain amount of visitors, so you will avoid any waiting.

Topkapi Palace

8. Dine out in style with some of the finest food at the Topaz, a fabulous restaurant which is sited on a hill and overlooking the Dolmabahce Palace.

9. Spend a day exploring the super laid -back Princes Islands.These nine tiny islands are located about about 10 miles southeast of the Istanbul centre.Motor vehicles are not permitted on these islands, so everyone walks or rents a bicycle or the splendid horse-drawn carriages.

10.Take time out to catch the Whirling Dervishes, as they perform their dance rituals at the Hodjapasha Culture Centre.

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Whirling Dervishes

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      Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Hi, enjoyed your hub. My husband comes from Istanbul and these were the things he took me to see, (except I missed the dervishes and baths). I would add the underground water system as well.

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      ronaldoh 6 years ago from England

      Thanks for looking in!

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      mirage erin 6 years ago

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      shubham 6 years ago

      nice

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      TahoeDoc 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

      Loved Istanbul, but went in August, 90 degrees Farenheit with 90% humidity! My favorite thing was the archeology museum with the Treaty of Kadesh and the Alexander sarcophagus.

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      Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France

      Am going to Istanbul this May and can hardly wait, so I really enjoyed this hub, thanks!

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      mysunsuion 6 years ago

      Yeah.. This hub is really good, i guess Topkapi Palace really a world wonder

      http://www.topkapi-palace.org

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      Ugur Ilgar 5 years ago from Istanbul

      Thank you for the great info above regarding Istanbul. If you need furthermore info regarding the city you may want to check http://www.luxuryistanbul.com, cheers

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      VIP Traveler 5 years ago

      Istanbul is amazing city and it is favorite tourist destination of thousands of visitors. Besides these tourist attractions it can offer plenty of other interesting things to see and do. Bosphorus boat cruise can be one unforgettable experience where you can enjoy amazing views. If you are traveling in Istanbul for a first time I can recommend you to use the service of airport meet and greet companies such as http://istanbulvipairportmeetandgreetservice.com/. By choosing these type of service you will have the opportunity to travel around Istanbul in the most comfortable and fastest way.

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