Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and home to well over 15 million people. It serves as both a literal and figurative bridge between the continents of Europe and Asia as the city is stretched across them both. Istanbul was the capital of three separate empires, so it comes as no surprise that rich culture and history can be found around every corner. Quaint cobblestone streets lined with cafes, ferry boats crossing the famous Bosphorous Straight, grandeur palaces, ancient Roman cisterns, and historical mosques and churches all make up a truly unforgettable city.
Famous Local Sites: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Topkapi Palace Museum, Galata Tower, Chora Church
Must Try Local Eats: Doner, Lahmacun, Kebab, Pide