At the crossroads of Western civilization and the Far East, there is a city so rich in history, tradition, and culture, it could be considered a global capitol. Indeed, in the days of the Roman Empire, Istanbul (or Constantinople, as was its previous moniker) was the capitol of the civilized world. It stood as the center of the longest standing empire mankind has ever seen, and to this day, maintains the charm and appeal that has always graced its personality.
Thinking of visiting Istanbul? Good move - it’s a must for any traveler. With an astonishingly complex and storied history, a vast and varied culinary tradition, and an avant-garde arts and music scene, it’s totally the place to be. In fact, Istanbul was recently designated the “Best Destination in Europe 2013” by www.europesbestdestinations.org. That’s pretty high praise on a continent full of incredible sights and sites.
Istanbul is truly an amazing destination and one that you’ll likely want to return to again and again. And every time, it will be different - that’s the nature of such a vibrant and dynamic metropolis! Here are ten tips to get the most out of your vacations in Istanbul.
Istanbul - where to start? While many visitors come for the food alone, others find the architecture to be the main attraction. Still other connoisseurs find the art and artifacts to be unmissable - though history buffs say that all that has transpired in the cosmopolis of Constantinople is what makes Istanbul unique.