Bebek is a very trendy village along the Bosphorus. It has a buzzing atmosphere and it is well-known for the nice cafés and shops that line the waterfront. Locals also praise Bebek for its nice seaside promenade, ideal for long strolls along the strait.
Istanbul Aquarium (Istanbul Akvaryum) is a worthy destination to spend half a day if you wish to explore and literally submerge yourself in sea life. Or if you simply want to have an extraordinary touristic visit, besides the regular historical sightseeing spots. Yes, this is not in the tourist guides yet, since the biggest thematic [...]
Winter apart, Istanbul is awash with arts festivals and music events, giving visitors a vast amount of choice when it comes to entertainment. The purpose of this article is not to list every single Istanbul festival or event. Instead, I’ll highlight the most important or best-known activities which you shouldn’t miss, organized by season.
Celebrating New Year (Yılbaşı / Yeni Yıl) in Istanbul is a great idea. Turkey’s metropolitan is bustling all year round, but definitely goes the extra mile to welcome the New Year. Every venue wants to outdo the other to make the transition from old to new as unique and special as possible. Therefore, listing what [...]
The roots of Santa Claus lay in Turkey, to be precise in Patara near Myra. Already in the 4th century A.C.E. St Nicholas dropped bags of money down the chimneys to help people. But today, in a country with a 98% Muslim population, Christmas is a day like any other day. Yet, spending Christmas in [...]