A historic place that blends culture and modernity together, Istanbul is one of the cities you should visit when given the chance! The people of this beloved city display their culture and history with pride through the city’s architecture and lifestyle.
Over the years, the city continues to grow and modernize. However, this didn’t get in the way of the people embracing their historic roots and culture.
At Hotel Santa Pera, we believe that Istanbul is a city worth visiting. Not only is it beautiful, but each tourist destination tells a unique story about the rich history of the city and the Turkish nation.
Here are some of the reasons why you should visit Istanbul:
- Various historical sites
If you’re the kind of traveller who wants to learn about the history of the places you visit, this city is perfect for you. Each corner of the city has a historic landmark that you can visit. All of these landmarks offer a story about the community and their ancestors.
Nothing can compare to this experience so plan your next visit to Turkey and book a reservation at Hotel Santa Pera!
- Amazing food
Traditional Turkish recipes mixed with modern flavours can really get your taste buds going! Amazing restaurants can be found left and right in the streets of Istanbul and each one can offer a unique experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
Moreover, just walking around the streets can make your mouth water. There are various street-food stalls that you can visit. These stalls offer a rich variety of Turkish snacks that will surely tickle your tongue. You can also taste an authentic Turkish meal right at the comfort of your hotel room.
Istanbul’s culture and identity are deeply rooted in bazaars. One of the oldest indoor markets is located in the city. Since medieval times, bazaars have been in existence and this helped the nation flourish. Nowadays, these hectic marketplaces can be an exciting experience for tourists just like you!
Haggle in bazaars the Turkish way and you’d be surprised at the amazing deals you can get from the vendors. Nothing can beat this experience so make it a point to visit Istanbul marketplaces during your vacation
- Street cats
Are you a cat lover? If yes, Istanbul is the perfect place for you to take a vacation! Cats have been an important part of the city’s culture and identity. Thousands of furry feline creatures roam the streets and these beauties are friendly.
The city’s love for cats can be traced back to the Ottoman Empire. It’s believed that cats arrived on the docks of Constantinople (the old name of Istanbul) during this time.