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Travel Guide for First-Time Comers to Istanbul 28.08.2020

Travel Guide for First-Time Comers to Istanbul


Istanbul is among the most remarkable cities in the world with its striking history, magnificent structures, natural beauties and deep blue sea. Every year, millions of people come to Istanbul just to see these beauties.

The city, which connects the continents of Europe and Asia, culturally provides a special link between the east and the west. Turkey is located in the city might be called the heart of the airport between two nations. Sabiha Gökçen Airport, one of this airport, is located on the Asian continent and Istanbul Airport is located on the European continent.


Touristic Places to See in Istanbul

There are many buildings in Istanbul that are under protection by UNESCO. You can find these traces in every region of the city, which has hosted two great empires in the past. Most of the historical and touristic buildings in Istanbul are located on the historical peninsula.

The main places you should see in Istanbul:

• Historical Peninsula,

• Galata Tower,

• Dolmabahçe Palace,

• Bosphorus Tour,

• Istanbul Islands,

• Istiklal Street,

• Nişantaşı and

• Kadikoy.


Historical Peninsula

The historical peninsula is the region with the most historical structure in Istanbul. The first place you should see here is Strictly Hagia Sophia. With its unique architecture, eye-catching mosaics and intriguing history, Hagia Sophia is a must-see structure. Your second stop should be the Blue Mosque. It is famous for its beautiful blue tiles inside the Blue Mosque. Blue Mosque, one of the symbolic structures of Istanbul.

Topkapı Palace is one of the places you should definitely see. Visit the Topkapı Palace museum to see the ornate rooms of the Topkapı Palace, a garden with a Bosphorus view, and Iznik tiles, built in a hill area overlooking the Golden Horn. The Archeology museum, located in the immediate vicinity of the Topkapı Palace, brings you unique ruins and sculptures from ancient times.

Another place to visit in the historical peninsula is Hippodrome. Hippodrome, built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, is an old circus. You can also see the German Fountain on the road while visiting here.

If you want to have a good shopping experience, you should definitely go to the Grand Bazaar. Another place you should see in the historical peninsula is the Basilica Cistern.


Galata Tower

The Galata Tower was built in 528 during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinianus. Kula was used by the Genoese in the 13th century. It was conquered by the Turks after the conquest of Istanbul (1453). The Galata Tower, the head tower of the Galata walls, was repaired after the conquest of Istanbul. It was damaged in an earthquake that occurred in Istanbul in 1509, called the small apocalypse, and was repaired by the order of 2. Beyazıt. The tower is 63 meters long and 8.95 meters in diameter. Its height above sea level is 140 meters.


Dolmabahçe Palace

The palace, which is the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and the home of the last Ottoman sultans, is built on an area of 250,000 m². It was built between 1843 and 1856. It was built in Western style in accordance with the modernization goal of the Ottoman Empire. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk also spent his last years in this palace and passed away here. Today, there are many works to be seen in the palace, which is opened as a museum. The palace attracts attention with its impressive architecture and magnificent Bosphorus view.


Bosphorus Tour

A traditional Turkish breakfast with a Bosphorus view is a great option to start the day well. The breakfasts near Rumeli Fortress are pretty good. After a good breakfast, you should definitely join the Bosphorus tour in Beşiktaş. You can also visit the historical building Maiden's Tower in the Bosphorus.


Istanbul Islands

If you are going to make your Istanbul trip in spring and summer, you should definitely see the islands. The islands in the sea of Marmara have been named differently throughout history. Some of these are Evliya Islands, Istanbul Islands, Red Islands, Ring Islands and Prince Islands. The most widely known and used Prince Islands are among them. The islands get this name from the exile of princes, nobles and queens to these islands from the Roman Period until the end of the Byzantine Period. The Prince Islands are made up of two rocks and 9 islands close to the shore. Only five of these islands have settlements. These; Büyükada, Burgazada, Heybeliada, Sedefadası and Kınalıada.


Istiklal Street

Istiklal street attracts attention with its historical texture, social and commercial mobility. There are many shops where you can shop. Ethnic diversity in the past makes the street an architectural open air museum. If you are interested in architecture, Russian and Dutch consulate buildings are worth seeing. When you come to this street, you can also visit Saint Antuan and Aya Triada Beyoğlu Greek Orthodox churches.



You can visit the colorful streets of Nişantaşı and shop from the shops. There are many world-famous brands in Abdi İpekçi Street. The most famous cafes of the city are also located here. This place takes on a completely different atmosphere with decorations made especially during the New Year. You can also come across many famous names here during the day.



Kadıköy is one of the districts on the Anatolian side of Istanbul with its colorful neighborhood life, mobility, night life, historical buildings, cultural and artistic events. The most popular area of Kadıköy is Bahariye Street and Kadıköy Bazaar. There are many shops, restaurants and cafes in Kadıköy Bazaar. Bahariye Street is always crowded and lively. In addition to many shops, restaurants and cafes, there are historical buildings and churches on the street.


Great Fortune Hotel serves you to have a pleasant experience in Istanbul. Our hotel is very close to many touristic places, especially in the Historical Peninsula. It is very easy to reach all of Istanbul from our hotel located in the center of Istanbul. If you want to spend your first Istanbul vacation in Great Fortune Hotel, contact us.



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