Hotels in Istanbul
Istanbul, the city that serves as a bridge between Europe and Asia, has been the source of inspiration for numerous movies and novels. This has allowed the city to be characterized as having an atmosphere of mystery and romanticism and that works as a powerful magnet attracting visitors from all angles of the world. No curious traveler wants to miss the chance of watching the sunset over the Sea of Marmara, of getting lost among the curiosities of the Grand Bazaar and staying in the best hotels in Istanbul, in this way making the most of the stay between two continents.
Ideas for a vacation in Istanbul
Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul... the different names that this city has had throughout its history prove its political, financial and social importance. For hundreds of years it was the capital of the different empires under its command, and even though it is no longer the capital of Turkey, its importance in the country is evident, a power and historical strength backed by impressive mosques and palaces that, apart from being among the main points of interest in Istanbul, are the ones which ensure that the city keeps that atmosphere of splendor.
The most touristic district and where the main attractions of the city are found is Sultanahmet, a reference point for travelers who want to visit the three most important monuments of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. They are obligatory stops before going to the winding alleys that lead to the Grand Bazaar (paradise of souvenir shoppers and curiosities) or the Submerged Palace, the amazing basilica cistern that was built during the days of emperor Justinian I to protect the city before an eventual destruction of the aqueduct of Valente.
The modern part of Istanbul is located on the other side of the Galata bridge, which crosses the Bosphorus strait. A good way to get there is to use a public ferry and take advantage of a stroll along the docks to rent a tour of the Golden Horn, the estuary that connects the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, uniting Europe and Asia.
A cuisine made of scents and colors
The traveler who has gone through the busy halls of the Grand Bazaar can get an idea of the type of cuisine that awaits him in this city. A menu in which spices and mixtures of exotic flavors take the center stage by opening the palate to a once in a lifetime culinary experience. The good food can be found in any of the points of interest in Istanbul and discovering it through markets and stalls is a very interesting thing to do. For those who prefer to approach these flavors with the comfort and reassurance of the most exclusive cuisine, the restaurant of a hotel in the center of Istanbul is the best option.
The advantage of staying in these types of places is that, apart from enjoying the most original and luxurious rooms of Istanbul, the guest has many more ways of getting in touch with the country's culinary treasure directly from the best chefs in the turkish cuisine scene.