Explore Istanbul with Elegant Resorts
With its entrancing atmosphere, rich history and vibrant culture, this great, transcontinental metropolis has all the ingredients for a fantastic city break.
Jaw-dropping sights include the mosaic-tiled dome of Hagia Sophia, the elaborate crystal staircase of Dolmabahçe Palace, the crown jewels at Topkapi Palace and the underground waterworks of Basilica Cistern.
Haggle for a bargain in the colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar, over 500 years old and crammed with leather goods, ceramics, carpets and jewellery. Or bathe yourself in warm water, soap and history in a local Turkish bath.
Eating out is a way of life here and countless restaurants heave with happy Turks socialising over fresh fish and succulent kebabs or a glass of hot, fragrant cay and bubbling water pipe. Or join designer-clad night owls at the famous Golden Mile, where upmarket nightclubs and open-air venues offer cocktails, music and often top-notch food.
As the sun sets over the city’s signature skyline, take time to linger and enjoy – a scene that will become a precious memory to cherish forever.