A Beautiful City that Lies on Two Continents
Istanbul, the fifth-largest city in the world by population. The Bosphorus strait splits the city cleans in two, both full of deep-rooted diversity. One part of Istanbul lies in Europe and the other part lies in Asia.
Many tourists prefer to visit the European side of Istanbul because of its historical significance. You will find more than you expect if you are a history lover. Places like the Blue Mosque and Dolmabahce Palace are home to attractions.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)
The Blue Mosque is one of the most photogenic building in Istanbul. It features blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. The best time to visit is between the dawn prayer (Tulu) and midday prayer (Zuhr). Queue for 20-30 minutes but this is better than the afternoon session. Women should cover arms, legs and hair, opt for loose-fitting clothes that do not cling to your form and avoid leggings. While Men should cover legs, opt for loose clothes and avoid singlets and vests.
In 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was built and now it is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. “Dolma” means filled or stuffed and “Bahçe” means garden in Turkish lenguage. The palace is 100% worth to be visited if your level of history addiction is really high.
The Old Grand Covered Bazaar is world famous where you can buy many local goods such as leather goods, towels, jewellery and many more. However, only certain shops are worth the visit and only certain items are worth the purchase.
The Asian side, also known as the Anatolian side offers lively neighborhoods, a scenic waterfront, shopping, and more. Getting away from the central tourist area like Kadıköy where you can watch the city from the water. The pleasure of having a cup of Turkish tea is something you should not miss. It is one of the most liberal parts of the city now, a place known for tasty food and great nightlife.
Best times to visit during autumn from September to November with comfortable temperatures. The peak summer season up to 30°C is much more crowded with tourists; high amounts of humidity making the actual temperatures feel much hotter. However both seasons require a good sunglasses.
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