Istanbul is the city of rich culture and traditions with its history dating back to several hundred years. people are really nice and lively here, if you want to spent some luxury joyful time in Istanbul then here is the list of things that you you will certainly enjoy there.
1. Whirling Dervishes
What is the whirling dervishes’ activity in reality? It is a practice of Mevlana’s followers which is a worship service. However, it is also a great tourist attraction and a wonderful act to witness. This act shows that the whirling dervishes are the connection between God and humans through their pious deeds. A large number of locals and tourists come to witness this act and the tickets are sold out quite quickly. You will have to book them earlier! It will miraculously connect you to God and spirituality in a way that you will want to just and admire how beautiful it is done
2. Visiting the Grand Bazaar
Spread over the widest land, Grand Bazaar is the largest marketplace to exist yet. It has hundreds of restaurants built over in 60 streets and has numerous mountains, mosques, shops, and schools. A lot of locals also shop from the Grand Bazaar along with the tourists. You can also buy souvenirs for your friends and family members. Carpets and jewelry would also be some great gifts from Grand Bazaar! Don’t want, just hop in to grab gifts for your loved ones!
3. Visiting the Galata Tower
To get a realistic 360 view of Istanbul, The Galata Tower is the best place to be. Tourist’s main attraction includes the spotting Princes’ Tower. If you are hungry while exploring the best places in Istanbul, there are restaurants and cafes for you to grab a meal or to dine in for dinner. To get a better experience, you can always grab a drink, walk around the streets of Galata, and enjoy the cool breeze.
4. Bosphorus Cruise
You are in Istanbul and you have not yet experienced a Bosphorus cruise, I say you have missed out on something really big. It will provide you with a great experience to overview the city. There are three types of cruises that you can enjoy while you are in Istanbul. A long one to the Black sea, a short one to the suspension bridge, and the sunset tour in summertime. The sunset tour is always crowded with people. Remember, you can take a short one if you are running out of time but you do have to experience it at least once!
5. Topkapi Palace
Meanwhile, you are in Istanbul; you can’t afford missing out on the Topkapi Palace. What is so special about Topkapi Palace? It is where the generations of the sultan had lived for a time as long as a half-century. The attraction for tourists is the women’s cage, weapons like swords and treasury from the past. You could also have a view of the breathtaking view of the Sea of Marmara and Golden Horn while walking around the Topkapi Palace! Trust me; you do not want to miss out on this one. Once you are there, you will want to spend more and more time there every time you are about to leave. Make the most out of it, capture lots of pictures, and make beautiful memories!
6. Hagia Sophia
You will be surprised to see how beautifully a church has been converted into a mosque and then preserved as a museum. One great wonder of history! One just cannot resist being amazed, how beautiful is the architecture developed. This museum provides its visitors with rich knowledge in history as well as in physics. You can have a look at the Byzantine mosaics by Empress Zoe and her husband Emperor Constantine IX. Trust me, you would love to have a look at it and capture some pictures to save as memories!
7. Visiting Blue Mosque
What is the Blue Mosque so famous about? It was built in the 17th century during the rule of Ahmed I and is well known and named after the color of its interior which is Blue. About 20000 tiles have been used in the blue mosque which provides it with a texture that you will be certainly mesmerized by. Please keep in mind that, Blue mosque is not a display or a museum, and it is completely in function so you will have to avoid visiting it during the prayer times. But once you have made it inside, capture every moment you spend there and preserve it in the form of precious memories.
8. Visiting Gülhane Park
What is the historic location of the Gulhane Park? Exactly on the front of the Topkapi Palace. When you are done exploring the Topkapi Palace, you can jump onto the Gulhane Park. It is the biggest park in the city. Gulhane Park is a great place to spend your weekend and relaxes in a quieter place compared to the city. It will be the best opportunity to spend some time with your family or other loved ones! You can also look at the hundreds and thousands of tulips blooming in the park if you are there in the spring season.
9. Shop for souvenirs and spices from the Spice Bazaar
The spice Bazaar is also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. Spice Bazaar was formed in the 16th century and is built on a smaller land than the Grand Bazaar. It has a great variety of shops and stalls selling out all the kinds of spices that you need. You can always purchase souvenirs for your friends and family back at home from the Spice Bazaar, and while you are doing it, you can also appreciate the colorful essence of the Bazaar. How beautiful!
Another astonishing thing about the Spice bazaar is: God Forbid, any of the tourists is sick in any way; the Spice Bazaar will provide you with the herbal spices that will be the cure of it. Here is a great tip for shopping: Bargain a lot!
10. Snack on classic candy at Altan Sekerleme
The most favorite thing of millions, preserved in the form of this shop is the Classic candy shop. It was opened in 1865 and has been under development since. This shop has been owned by the same family since 1865 and offers a great variety of candies that are not readily available in the city. The shop is mainly famous for one of its unique tastes that are the Altan Sekerleme candy. DO NOT MISS OUT ON THAT! Also, you might want to taste other candies like the Akide Sekeri which is, you will not believe, a homemade candy!