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The buzzing metropolis of Istanbul has grown from its ancient roots to become the cosmopolitan and cultural centre of Turkey. With a Mediterranean climate the city is great for sun-worshippers, so you can soak up some rays while you are checking out the wide range of restaurants, amazing Ottoman architecture or some of the many vibrant bazaars.

An enchanting city

Well worth seeing are some of the contemporary arts and music events that reflect the multicultural nature of Turkey’s history. The city is the economic power of Turkey, and stands on the beautiful Bosphorus, where the Black Sea combines with the waters of the sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn. Istanbul is one of the most enchanting and ‘alive’ cities in the world, and will leave you breathless.

The JAG Travel Istanbul Survival Guide provides all the essential information you need. Remember to check it out before any trip.

Must See

  • Haghia Sophia

    Generally considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world.

    Tel: 0212 522 1750

  • Topkapi Palace

    The palace houses the sumptuous jewels from the original palace treasury.

    Seraglio Point, Sultanahmet Tel: 0212 518 1330.

  • Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque)

    One of the most beautiful Mosques in the world, an absolute must.

    Hippdrome, Sultanahmet Tel: 0212 518 1330.

  • Grand Bazaar

    Istanbul is a shoppers paradise, at this bazaar you feel like an extra in Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.