What to do in Istanbul
No trip to Istanbul is complete without a trip to Hagia Sophia, considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Once a celebrated church, Hagia Sophia is now a world-class museum that no traveller should miss.
For an exciting shopping experience that every bargain hunter dreams of, head to the Grand Bazaar. There are more than 5,000 shops, spanning over 60 streets. Spend the day pampering yourself in this grand shopping haven; it houses Mosques, Turkish bathhouses, quaint cafes and fine jewellery stalls.
With its own café and nightclub, the 9 storey Galata Tower is an ideal location for a great night out, boasting some of the best views in the city. Alternatively, the square below is a great place to relax with some Turkish Coffee and mingle with the friendly locals.
For a unique cultural experience, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as The Blue Mosque because of its intricate blue ceramic tiling, is one of Istanbul’s most famous sites to see. Despite the Mosque still being in operation, respectful visitors can enter the gorgeous building provided the Mosque’s dress code is adhered to. Remember to wear long pants when visiting, and women must have their shoulders and heads covered.