If You are Visiting Istanbul for the First Time
If this is your first time coming to Istanbul, let the city take you to its magical world. Go beyond the time, and get lost in the spell of history among the mysterious columns of the Basilica Cistern.
Try to reveal the meanings of figures on the Obelisk of Theodosius, while sharing the corn you’ve just bought from the corner of Sultan Ahmed Square with the birds.
Walk from Galata Bridge, and watch as the fishermen and seagulls skillfully catch fish when you are at the middle.
Hug Istanbul by extending your arms all the way at the balcony of Galata Tower.
If this is your first time coming to Istanbul, enter Istiklal Avenue from the world’s second oldest tunnel. Observe the historical inns and buildings sorted across the sides along Istiklal Avenue. Witness as the modern times become one with history, with the company of delightful music and delicious meals.
Go to the Grand Bazaar. See yourself through the decorated and rich windows inside the riot of colors. Gift your friends and loved ones the “Istanbul”, with authentic souvenirs.
Drink from the historic fountains. Leave your footprints on the narrow streets. Let Istanbul be etched in your mind with unforgettable memories.
At the Anatolian side, maybe in Kadikoy, share your delicious and fresh fish with the cats at the fishermen’s market. Share your simit with the seagulls over the ferry.
Lose yourself in the craze of shopping at the world-famous brands found one after another in Bagdat Avenue, boutiques in Nisantasi, and between various shops along the hill of Mahmutpasa.
If this is your first time coming to Istanbul… Do not go back without visiting Cengelkoy, Anadolu Kavagi, Kuzguncuk, and Kanlica, or without getting on the Gypsy ferry and photographing the beautiful mansions along the Bosporus, or without having a break at each port.
View the Maiden’s Tower while drinking your Turkish coffee during your break in Salacak, and have your dinner accompanied by the sunset at Ortakoy.
With its great mosques that have minarets piercing the blue sky, bell towers determining the flow of time and with walls and palaces that take notes of the history from the past to the future, Istanbul awaits you.