My favourite city in the world is known for the coexistence of two cultures and its location spread over two continents. But why do I say it is the best city I have ever visited?!
The city left an amazing first impression on us and it didn’t wane a bit as days passed.
Walking through the winding streets surrounded by many restaurants offering delicious Turkish food is a great way to explore Istanbul. Enjoy a cup of Turkish tea (my favourite!) offered for free on every corner. Passing street sellers shouting their offers at by-passers all contribute to the typical buzz of Turkish streets.
The local culture is on display everywhere; whether it is a local fisherman fishing from the bridge or a group of old male friends playing cards while drinking Turkish çay. The Grand Bazaar market is full of traditional Turkish, Asian and European goods that all represent this metropolis.
You will get a perfect view over the whole city from the Galata tower – the European part and its skyscrapers and the Asian part with its dominants such as the wonderful Blue Mosque or the historically important Hagia Sophia. Paying a visit to the famous Istanbul Citadel won’t disappoint. It is a peaceful, charming and mystic place in the middle of a bustling city.
Delicious Turkish cuisine in ubiquitous local restaurants is a bargain for most Europeans. Mosques, hammams, harems and other places vibrating with strong national and religious identities and all of the above is why Istanbul is unique and why I fell in love with it.