When to go?
The best times of year to visit Istanbul are from April to June and September to October, roughly the months of spring and autumn respectively.

• April, Istanbul Film Festival
• June/July International Music and Jazz Festival
• September/October, International Istanbul Biennial

Must See
• The Sultanahmet district, the oldest part of the city, where there are some remnants of Byzantine Constantinople, such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern.
• Galata Tower, built in 1348, 62 m tower is highly recommended for visitors to get a feel of the surroundings.
• Taksim and Istiklal Caddesi, this 1.5 km pedestrianised boulevard is lined with shops, cinemas, markets and restaurants, and especially crowded at night.
• Turkish&lslamic Art Museum; Sultanahmet
• Archaeological Museum; Gulhane Park
• Istanbul Modern, collection of contemporary arts from Turkey and around the world; Karakoy
• Yildiz Park, rising above the area of Besiktas, with woodland and landscaped gardens. At the top are Malta Kosk and Cadir Kosk.
• Mevlevi Monastery, museum, Tunel

City Recommendations

Our Recommended Restaurants

• The famous Spice Bazaar.
• Old City is competitive in terms of price and variety of specialised goods, such as carpets, kilims, silver jewellery and collectors items.
• Cukurcuma (along Turnacibasi Sokak, off Istiklal Caddesi) is the heart of the antiques district.
• Istiklal Caddesi in Beyoglu has a plethora of clothes, music, and book stores, while the real fashionistas should head to the area of Nisantasi.
• The restored harbour area at Ortakoy is taken over by a craft and antique market.


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