Istanbul, a fascinating city built on two Continents, divided by the Bosphorus. This is one of the greatest cities in the world where you can see a modern western city combined with a traditional eastern city, it's a melting pot of many civilizations and different people.
From the foundation of Byzantium in the 7th century BC until today, Istanbul held always an important role in the history of humanity in this part of the world. Empires were born here on the ashes of previous ones.
Since the Republic in 1923, Istanbul continued to grow and today it boosted its population over 14 million people living in this spread out city. This makes Istanbul the largest city of Turkey and one of the biggest cities in the world.
It’s easy to spend a full day roaming around just one of the areas of Istanbul, whether it be Kadikoy or Uskudar on the Asian side or Taksim, Beyoglu, Besiktas, Eminonu, Karakoy or Sultanahmet on the European side. An entire day could be spent visiting the two main attractions in the city, the mesmerizingly impressive Hagia Sophia and the gorgeous Blue Mosque.
But after you check those two off your list, you’ll still need plenty of time to tackle the Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque, the Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower, a ferry ride across the Bosphorus Strait, a visit to Dolmabahçe Palace, an evening out along Istiklal Street, among many others.
Nightlife in Istanbul is also huge. There are many popular establishments — some aged over thirty years old and some very down to date. Being such a big city with several city centers, Istanbul has more than one entertainment destination.