Istanbul City Breaks 2015

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Irresistible Istanbul

Steeped in historical sites and architectural grandeur, Istanbul City Breaks are pleasing to the eye to say the least. The welcoming locals proudly present their culture in a friendly atmosphere, where you can indulge in the great cuisine at the taverns, tea gardens and coffee houses and let loose in the clubs and bars during the evening.

The sights of Istanbul ensure that you’ll never be short of things to do; a cultural landmark almost sits around every corner ready to greet you with style. From the many mosques to the multiple museums, the historical importance of the city is displayed profoundly and serves as an enormous attraction for many holidaymakers.

Amazing Days and Exciting Evenings

Spend your time in this beautiful city exploring historic sites like the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia Cathedral, discovering ornate palaces and shopping in famous bazaars, or take a day trip to the Princes Islands where sandy beaches and clear waters await. Here you can relax in a car-free paradise for a few days, or just come to enjoy a refreshing swim before heading back to sample the city's amazing culinary delights that define Turkey for many.

Sample the amazing street food that retains the culture of the city in more ways than one. The locals serving home cooked food give you a real taste of Turkey on city breaks in Istanbul. Try the ever-popular Lahmacun which is often referred to as Turkish Pizza. The dough served with mincemeat is often served as a wrap containing a traditional salad. Grab the opportunity to savour the flavour of a kebab the way it’s supposed to be, with various meat and vegetarian options included, such as the adventurous kebab with pomegranate. Those with a sweet tooth should reach for the Baklava, sure to appease the pangs of dessert hungry tourists.

When the evening draws in, Istanbul city breaks have something for everyone. Enjoy traditional dancing, sample the local cuisine or relax with a drink while looking out over the city skyline. Istanbul is slowly making a name for itself on the international clubbing scene with fashionable rooftop bars and underground clubs such as Reina, Indigo and 11.11 pushing the boundaries of the local nightlife much to many of the locals’ delight. If you’re inclined to something quieter the quaint and comfortable bars to choose from is vast, guaranteeing your catering for on city breaks in Istanbul whatever your preference.

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Attractions

Shopaholics will find plenty to keep them entertained here, with many contemporary shopping malls found in the New City district and atmospheric traditional bazaars situated in the old city peninsula. You can navigate across the city sights by joining a guided tour, whether it is a walking tour, a boat ride or a trip on a bus.

Activities

No trip to Istanbul would be complete without visiting a traditional hamam. These Turkish baths are found across the city and offer massages and scrubs, or you can just sit back and relax in its sauna atmosphere. Couples will enjoy a romantic cruise trip, which will show them the sights of Anadolu Kavagi and the entry to the Black Sea.

Eating and Drinking

There is plenty of romance to find among the restaurants, whether you love beautiful views, intimate atmospheres or indulging in some exotic cuisine. There is a good choice of charming lokantas where the locals dine and you can try some authentic Turkish cuisine, as well as snack bars and boats selling the local fish sandwich specialty.

Hotels

Perched in a beautiful location looking out over the water is the Ajia Hotel. Couples can enjoy romance in the pretty Ottoman mansion, which boasts a 1870s pavilion, and a superb restaurant. Sitting in the heart of the city is the Albatros Premier, a chic, classic hotel with a charming garden and a traditional restaurant.