What to Know Before Visiting Istanbul
Istanbul, although not being a capital, is one of the most famous and popular cities in Turkey. It is considered a cultural and commercial center of the country which is also a very special place with an endless list of things to do. Besides an amazing heritage of art, culture, history, and architecture Istanbul is also a culinary hub.
You can visit Istanbul on its own or when on a big trip around Turkey.
But my main advice to you is not to be in a hurry. One or two days here is never enough. I recommend planning to spend at least five full days in Istanbul (if you can) and explore the city at a slower pace. During this time you will be able to visit all significant tourist attractions, see vibrant life on Asian and European sides, get acquainted with Turkish cuisine, and even venture to some lesser-known spots.
But if you don’t have that much time, I have plenty of resources to help you also plan a shorter trip, just browse through all the posts on this Istanbul travel blog page!