Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul
The Essential
Byzantium to the Greeks, Constantinople to the Romans, and Istanbul to the Ottomans, this city has retained numerous treasures from the twenty-six centuries of its history. This global city links Europe with Asia, a role that is played out around the Bosphorus, a stretch of water linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. The European side is studded with minarets, cupolas and palaces, while its Asian counterpart revels in elegant princely residences. Istanbul offers visitors an entrancing mix of atmospheres, ranging from fish markets and trendy bistros to centres of modern art and old mosques, and the Grand Bazaar to luxury international boutiques.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Istanbul

Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Istanbul
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Church of St Saviour-in-Chora Church of St Saviour-in-Chora
Church of St Saviour-in-Chora
Istanbul
1:00
Suleyman's Mosque Suleyman's Mosque
Suleyman's Mosque
Istanbul
1:00
Museum of Antiquities, Istanbul Museum of Antiquities, Istanbul
Museum of Antiquities, Istanbul
Istanbul
2:00
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Istanbul
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Beyoglu Beyoglu
Beyoglu
Istanbul
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Our reports

Istanbul: refreshing refuge from the summer sun

Summer temperatures in Istanbul frequently hit the thirties (Celsius)! So, should you find yourself in former Constantinople at this time of the year, be it for business or pleasure, watch out for sunburn and heatstroke. Fortunately however, this huge metropolis is far from lacking in resources for anyone seeking a refreshing refuge from the fierce summer sun.
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