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Istanbul

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Introduction

Istanbul, a captivating city where history whispers from ancient mosques and bazaars thrum with vibrant energy, is a unique blend of European and Asian influences.

Best Time to Visit:

  • Spring (April-May) and Autumn (September-October) - Pleasant weather with mild temperatures
  • Consider Istanbul Tulip Festival in April for stunning floral displays

Top Attractions

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Blue Mosque
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Galata Tower

Upcoming Events

  • Istanbul Biennale (various dates) - International contemporary art exhibition
  • Istanbul Shopping Festival (various dates) - City-wide discounts and sales
  • Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (dates vary)

Eat Out:

  • Sultanahmet - Traditional Ottoman cuisine
  • Karaköy - For international cuisines
  • Beyoglu - Historic restaurants
  • Eminönü - Known for seafood
  • Ortaköy - Picturesque waterfront with cafes