Visiting Istanbul in 3 days | Turkey

The largest city in Turkey and fifth largest city in the world with its 12.6 million inhabitants, Istanbul is the cultural and economic center of Turkey. Called the hinge between the East and the West for reasons of geography and culture, in Istanbul you can experience the magic of the encounter between East and West. This Turkish city has over 2000 years of glorious history on its shoulders and is a bustling city, a crossroads of different cultures that has much to offer the visitor. It is possible to have lots of fun and get the most out of it in 3 days.

Basilica of St. Sophia

Basilica of St. Sophia

Istanbul is fascinating, exciting, unpredictable and full of small ancient streets that wink at its most modern ones. If you want to see something exotic but at the same time stay in Europe, then I advise you to go to Istanbul. It is beautiful and immense, with a unique mix of mosques, minarets, domes, and of course the Bosphorus with its bridges.

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque

The first day you will start your tour of the city with some important landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, built in the seventeenth century, and it is so called because its walls, columns and arches are covered with Iznik tiles, everything in blue. Next, go to the Basilica of St. Sophia, built by Justinian in the sixth century. The basilica is now a museum which houses specimens of Byzantine art. To end the day, visit the Topkai palace, former residence of the Ottoman Sultans with the harem on the inside.

Bosphorus

Bosphorus

The second day of the visit, head to the European part of Istanbul with the ancient Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar. The first is a large covered market, the place of purchase for excellence in Muslim countries. Inside you can find all kind of products at cheap prices (at least after bargaining). The other is a small spice market, open at any time. After doing some shopping, end the day with a visit to the Mosque of Suleiman, the largest of Istanbul.

Istanbul from Galata tower

Istanbul from Galata tower

On the third day, it is worth making a cruise on the Bosphorus, where navigation takes about 5 hours and starts from the ferry terminal at Eminonu to reach Anadolu Kavagi in Asia. The views of the Bosphorus is gorgeous and I suggest you take the public ferry because it leads up to the entrance to the Black Sea and it is also cheaper. In the evening, a short visit to Galata tower is a must, just for being spellbound by the magnificent views of the city.

Istanbul photos by: nleeyh, UK-H, t1m0thyh1ll, Bahman Hazad, Karin

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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