Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey situated between Europe and Asia, as a transcontinental city. On average, 1.6 million foreign visitors travel to the European Capital of Culture every year, making it the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world. The city offers an amazing historic center and the beautiful Golden Horn Harbor, which are both two things you must explore.
For those that are looking to shop, The Grand Bazaar is the world’s oldest and largest covered market, in operation since 1461! You will also be able to find the Mahmutpasha Bazaar, an open-air market famous for its spices, extending between the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar.
As for the food, Istanbul is famous for its historic seafood restaurants. Many of the city’s most popular and upscale restaurants line the shores of the Bosphorus, the strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia.
If you want to learn more or plan your trip, you can learn more about the city here.