Istanbul for entertainment
The many historic buildings, museums and galleries will keep you busy during the day. As night falls, the focus shifts to the city's countless bars, clubs and restaurants, with new establishments opening all the time. Get a taste of Istanbul's vibrant nightlife in the Galata neighbourhood and, with a cocktail in your hand, find a comfortable spot in one of the rooftop bars. Be sure to take in a traditional belly dancing show as you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. The following day we recommend relaxing in a hamam – a Turkish steam bath.
Istanbul for shopping
Put your haggling skills to the test in the Grand Bazaar – a covered market where the stallholders noisily offer you everything from wonderful jewellery to traditional Turkish rugs. Then head for modern Istanbul and the biggest shopping street, Istiklal Caddesi, or visit one of the modern shopping malls. You simply cannot come back from Istanbul without Turkish delight and Turkish tea or chai. Have you got enough room in your suitcase?