True to its reputation as Turkey’s most cosmopolitan and eclectic city, Istanbul certainly knows how to party, effortlessly blending the traditional with the modern, for one enormous New Year’s Eve street bash.
Though the cold rains and perpetually cloudy sky may be off-putting, you’ll find that even the most famous of the city’s attractions are uncrowded during the winter, making it a more relaxing time to visit. You’ll also be able to request significant discounts on rooms in hotels and guesthouses at this time, and you may even be around to experience year-end festivities such as Istanbul’s New Year’s Eve and Christmas celebrations.
Karaköy, the modern name for ancient Galata, is a historic neighborhood in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, located at the mouth of the Golden Horn on the European side of Bosphorus.Karaköy is one of the oldest and most important neighborhoods in Istanbul, having been one of the city’s major ports since Byzantine times, when the north shore of the Golden Horn was a separate settlement.
The 19th-century Dolmabahçe Palace, which lords over the Bosphorus on Istanbul’s European shore, is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world and a fitting symbol of the magnificence and decadence of the late Ottoman Empire.
The modern city of Istanbul has known a variety of names during its long history. These different monikers are associated with different phases of its history and reflect the different languages of its many inhabitants. The most well-known (besides Istanbul) are Byzantium and Constantinople, but here are a few more that may surprise you.
Getting to the Gallipoli Peninsula from Istanbul is a six-hour drive, so instead of making the trip by public bus and rushing to do it all in one day, we booked Viator’s 2-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul, which includes a guided Gallipoli tour, accommodation and a short tour of Troy’s ancient ruins on day two.
Istanbul has had a vibrant Jewish community for more than 1,000 years, and today the city is home to most of Turkey’s 23,000 Jews. Of these, approximately 96% are Sephardic Jews, while the rest are primarily Ashkenazic. Istanbul currently has 19 active synagogues, all but one of which are Sephardic.
No trip to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to its most famous sights and a sampling of its most popular dishes! This month one winner will receive two tickets to do this and more with our latest Istanbul contest!