Best Things To Do in Istanbul
Touring Istanbul's ornate houses of worship and palaces could keep history buffs and culture hounds busy for weeks. Most attractions are clustered in the Sultanahmet area, though areas like Beyoglu and Taksim are no less exciting. The Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are essential, but simply exploring the street traffic and observing daily life here are equally fascinating. Food is a central part of the culture, so menus should be studied just as seriously as a map (which is also a must). You should certainly pick up some souvenirs at the many bazaars around town. And if you have time, stop by a Turkish hamam (bath) for a soak and a massage -- recent travelers recommend the Süleymaniye Hamam.