November holidays approaching, but in our latitudes is so hard to get warm … We picked up an alternative vacation option.

Istanbul – not just one of the Turkish cities. This – cosmopolitan metropolis with cultural diversity, where everyone can find a place to taste. Finding your Istanbul, which will want to return again and again, offer to go through the historic route gastronomic stops. Before you 13 places in Istanbul, where is required to visit, even if you’re in town for two days.

Turkish bakery

All stambultsy – Larks – morning and begin at seven o’clock with a tiny cup of Turkish coffee and tender pastries.Believe me, for the sake of poppy bagels and layer cake with white cheese in ISTANBUL one can give himself up early. You can have breakfast with local almost every corner bakeries on the street Turkeli.

Harem in Topkapi Palace

Sam Topkapi Palace (Topkapi) can be ignored if you have ever been in the Armory and the Diamond room in the Kremlin and not going to go back there. But the palace harem rendered obligatory, because striking colorful interiors. Fans of serials persistently suggested to join the English-speaking tours and dramatic at the same time listen to stories about the difficult relations between the sultan, his mother and his many wives.

The Blue Mosque

It is best to come here in the evening, when the crowds have subsided. No hum of human voices and flashes of cameras you will be much more pleasant to look at luxury tiles on the walls with floral paintings and equally stunning handmade carpet. Wear special clothes for the visit to the mosque not necessarily – if you open the dress, shawl and skirt you will be given at the entrance for free.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia or Hagia Sophia – now no longer a Christian cathedral and mosque, and just a museum, but the architectural traces of both religions still easily guessed in its interior. Visit Sofia better in the afternoon. And do not forget to consider all the gold murals on the second floor to find local phlegmatic cat and make a wish at the exit from the “wet” column.

Yerebatan Cistern

Istanbul from the midday heat need to hide here – in underground water tanks Yerebatan (Yerebatan), built in the heyday of the Roman Empire. According to legend, these tanks found the Turks, who lived in the house over them when managed for the bait to catch fish through a hole in his own half.

Hamam Kagaloglu

Turks themselves hamami no longer attend, but are tired of the long hours of walking tourists it’s still the best place for relaxation. Pamper yourself in a single Turkish BATHS in Istanbul – hamam Kagaloglu (Cağaloğlu), where until you have visited King Edward VIII, John Travolta, Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss, who was shot here for the magazine W Magazine.

Walk along the Bosphorus

Economical and colorful option – just buy zhetonchik ferry for local and ride it to the Asian side of the city, eat a delicious sandwich in the Kadikoy port sail on the next ferry back. “Attraction” and almost as economical option – jump in private small boat with an open upper deck in the port of Sirkeci and let yourself ride on the Bosphorus as much as half an hour past the beautiful palaces and luxury hotels with their own moorings. On four-five-hour guided tours of the Bosphorus agree not advise – run the risk of catching a nap or seasickness boredom.

Grand Bazaar ( Grand Bazar )

Turkish bazaars sophisticated travelers are unlikely to surprise, but the main city market, proudly referred to Grand Bazar, you should look for Istanbul colorful ceramics with patterns, repeating the mural in the palaces of the sultans, and silk SCARVES with beautiful prints. By the way, Grand Bazar – it is also the most suitable place to change the default currency. In exchangers course here is significantly lower than in the main streets of the city.

Oldest tearoom Hafiz Mustafa 1864

Such an abundance of Turkish SWEETS you will not try anywhere else in town. Hafiz Mustafa cafe menu is the size of a solid guide to the art. Do not worry, waiters wait until you will discover in him the most fragrant pomegranate baklava and Turkish delight with pistachios young dreamed about. Address cafe: Hamidiye Caddesi, 84.

Galata Tower

Observation Decks – discharge of those attractions that are worth visiting in any city, even if you are in it for one day.Galata Tower in Istanbul for the XIV century – a place special and symbolic. Better come up here on the first day of the trip, to survey all the beauty in the bends of the Sea of ​​Marmara, which you have yet to visit, or the last day before leaving to finally comprehend all upstairs.

Istiklal Street

After a visit to the tower advised to climb up the winding street musicians and get on the longest pedestrian street Istiklal Istanbul. Shops on Istiklal can be safely ignored because of low-quality goods, but penny fresh juices (pomegranate costs about 100 rubles. Per glass, orange – less than 50 rubles.), The oldest red bus and pompous Hotel Pera Palace, where Agatha Christie wrote her novel “Murder on the Orient Express”, you just can not miss.

Cafes with meat balls

In Istanbul, there are lots of ideas on how to eat dinner: for example, serves fresh fish and shrimp in the port Kumkapi (Kumkapi), taste in European society bohemian delicious dishes OF TURKISH CUISINE in one of the restaurants on the street Ibni Kemal (İbni Kemal), or enjoy your favorite local food – meat balls and soup of lentils in fast network Sultanahmet Köftecisi.

Princes’ Islands

If you have an extra day in Istanbul, we recommend to spend it on a sea voyage and go to the neighboring town of the Princes’ Islands. Once it was kept in confinement unwanted heirs, and now reigns here Victorian spirit in the clean atmosphere: there are no cars on the islands, and is only allowed to move around by bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. It is possible that after a visit to the Princes’ Islands you decide to return to retire here, to bohemian paradise villas, ancient monasteries and coniferous forests.

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Harem in Topkapi Palace

Harem in Topkapi Palace

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Yerebatan Cistern

Yerebatan Cistern

Hamam Kagaloglu

Hamam Kagaloglu

Walk along the Bosphorus

Walk along the Bosphorus

Grand Bazaar (Grand Bazar)

Grand Bazaar (Grand Bazar)

Oldest tearoom Hafiz Mustafa 1864

Oldest tearoom Hafiz Mustafa 1864

Princes' Islands

Princes’ Islands

Lights of Istanbul

Lights of Istanbul