If you want a place with history and tradition then Istanbul is a great city break destination. If it’s the latter you are after then go and see the wooden houses, mosques and the Topkapi Palace. The city is steeped in history and you'll have real fun discovering it. Before going back to your Istanbul apartment you can also go and relax in one of the Turkish baths (hammams) - a genuine holiday treat!
Istanbul is a great place to come if you like to a bit of bargain hunting as there is a myriad of interesting gifts and souvenirs to be found in the local markets. You'll want to get something for all your friends back home, but don't forget to get something for yourself too! It's nice to have a little Turkish keepsake from your short break in Istanbul.
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Istanbul Apartment in Sultanahmet
To explore all the amazing tourist attractions of Istanbul then the ideal holiday in Turkey is to rent an apartment in Sultanahmet. The neighbourhood has a rich history with architecture dating back to both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. A great place to start in the city is the Topkapi Palace, a lavish abode with famous collections from the Ottoman period. Whether you want to marvel at the stunning and gigantic jewels in the Treasury or gaze at the sultans´ kaftans in the Hall, there is plenty to pass the day in Topkapi Palace. Afterwards, you can discover the Sultanahmet Mosque, affectionately named the Blue Mosque and look on in awe at the beautiful colours and intricate designs of the still functioning Mosque. Right next to this stunning structure is the Hippodrome, which was culturally important during the Byzantine period due to the chariot races.
For a taster of some of the best museums in Istanbul then stay in an apartment in Sultanahmet to be right next door to the treasures. Start with the Archaeology museum where you can see the tiled pavilion of Çinili Kösk which dates back to the 15th century. The main attraction however is arguably the Alexander Sarcophagus, dating from the 4th Century BC. For an alternative museum try the intriguing Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts which is set in a remarkable and eye-catching location. However, a trip to Sultanahmet wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Hagia Sophia, a gorgeous religious building which has been a church, mosque and museum over its history.
Sultanahmet isn´t only about architecture as the area is also home to some fantastic shopping locations. If you want to spend the hours rifling through boutique after boutique then head on over to Arasta Bazaar where everything you could possible desire can be found in the intimate stores lining the street. However if you want to experience a truly unique buying experience then hop on a tram and before you know it you´ll be at the world famous Grand Bazaar. Shop until you drop in this must see spot where you can haggle until you have made some bargain deals. For an apartment in Istanbul that offers you a chance to experience all the tourist attractions from a central location then Sultanahmet is the place for you.
Beyoğlu – Apartments in Istanbul
For a stay in a trendier part of Istanbul, then an apartment in Beyoğlu is perfect. Even in the 19th century this part of town was seen as the fashionable, social hub; a phrase that can still be associated with it in the present day. A must see area of the neighbourhood is Istiklal Caddesi, a renowned avenue in the capital known for its great shops as well as beautiful architecture. Whether you want to shop in the fashionable boutiques, chill out with a beer in one of the many pubs or people watch as the day goes by, this is the ideal spot to do it all. You can even hop on a tram if you don’t want to walk before returning later in the evening for a sample of its nightlife and live music venues. There´s so much going on, you can´t get bored! This cosmopolitan neighbourhood is the ideal venue for a short break in Istanbul with a few friends or anyone who wants to experience both historic and modern blended superbly together.
Istanbul Accommodation in Kadiköy
To sample a more residential part of Istanbul then look no further than renting an apartment in Kadiköy. Blend in with the locals and visit the spectacular Kadiköy market where you can find something fresh and organic to cook up in the kitchen later; a perk of having your own apartment. Shopping in Kadiköy is a wonderful experience whether it is in the market place or in the up-market boutiques of the zone. To experience the luxurious side of Istanbul take a stroll through the fashionable Baghdad Avenue for a spot of retail therapy or along the promenade as you watch yachts come in. To experience a spot of luxury without the additional costs, spend your holiday in Turkey in the excellent neighbourhood of Kadiköy.
Istanbul Vacation Rental in Ortaköy
Discover the former fishing village of Istanbul with a holiday rental in Ortaköy. Once upon a time this area was the holiday retreat for the dignitaries of the Ottoman Empire due to its stunning location, however nowadays it is the perfect place for both locals and tourist to flock to for a short break. The region has always been religiously free compared to other areas of the city with the zone containing a Muslim mosque, Jewish synagogue and a Christian church all in the heart of the area. The affluent area is a great place to visit as you can relax in a 500 year old Turkish bath designed by the famous Mimar Sinan. Afterwards do a spot of sight-seeing and revel at the remarkable Ortaköy Mosque as well as the luxurious Çırağan Palace, which used to be the home of the Ottoman Parliament. There´s never a dull moment in Ortaköy with a range of popular nightclubs to sample as well as glorious street shows in the summer, perfect for a short break in Istanbul.
Istanbul apartments for rent in Üsküdar
For a relaxing break in Istanbul, then an apartment in Üsküdar is exactly what you need. The vibe of this zone is a complete contrast to the rest of the city with a chilled atmosphere flowing throughout. Due to both the Byzantine and Ottoman influence in the area, architecture depicting each style is evident wherever you look, which is perfect for architecture enthusiasts. Leander´s Tower is a highlight of the district which you can observe from the shore or if you are feeling more adventurous a ferry will take you across to see it up close. The walks along the shorefront of Üsküdar are beautiful and are such an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. Üsküdar is the ideal location for a comfortable and tranquil break in Turkey.
Additional Extras in Istanbul
To discover the more traditional and conservative side of Istanbul then look no further than the area of Fatih. Travel to this working class area to see the beautiful Fatih Mosque, which is both remarkable inside and out. While the neighbourhood isn’t as tourist friendly as other zones, if you want to see some stunning architectural pieces such as the Byzantine Palace then it´s well worth a detour to during your short stay in Istanbul.
For Formula 1 and MotoGP fans Istanbul Park in Pendik is an essential visit during a trip to the capital. This beautiful area is very traditional and feels a lot different to the tourist hub of the main city. We recommend visiting Pendik on a Saturday when you can experience the Pendik Bazaar, a popular event for the locals and well worth sampling.
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