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 […]

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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 […]


Previously I already explained when and why it is worth to visit the Asian side of Istanbul. If you missed that part, I strongly suggest you to read it first. In this second leg of this series on Istanbul’s Asian shore, I’ll focus on famous places such as Fenerbahçe, Bağdat Caddesi, Haydarpaşa, Üsküdar, and how to […]


Yes, it is. But only if you’re in Istanbul for 4 days or more, or visiting this gorgeous Turkish metropolitan for the second time. Let’s not beat around the bush, with the huge concentration of (historical) sightseeing spots on the European side of Istanbul, the Asian shore is playing second fiddle to its European counterpart. […]