Things to do
ART & CULTURE
From breathtaking Byzantine mosaics to the beautiful tiles of the Blue Mosque, there are plenty of architectural marvels to visit. There’s a thriving contemporary arts scene too – don’t miss the Istanbul Modern museum.
Istanbul is famous for its bazaars and for haggling. Look out for jewellery or carpets in the Old City. Or stroll the modern shopping malls of the New City and districts like Etiler.
One essential on your itinerary should be a visit to a hammam, a traditional Turkish bath. You’ll find at least one in each neighbourhood, and you can choose between a scrubbing or a massage, or both if you’re feeling adventurous.