Whether Istanbul is your final destination or just a quick layover, discover the top things to see and do to truly experience this beautiful and historic city.
Last fall, I spent 36 hours in Istanbul. And yes, I know. A day and a half isn’t nearly enough time to truly experience a place. But I did it. I tacked on a quick visit while on my way to Jordan. And even though it was just a glimpse, it left me wanting more and a convinced that I would be back for just that.
On my way to visit friends in Jordan, I flew Turkish Airlines through Istanbul. But who can just fly through a city as majestic and historic as Istanbul, the place where Asia literally meets Europe.
And so we did it. My post-college roommate and I (separated by the whole of the United States), decided to link back up in Boston and fly over the Atlantic to see a part of the world we had yet to experience. And it was magical. All-in-all, we went to Croatia, Jordan, and Israel over 2.5 weeks, but Istanbul took a piece of our hearts.
So…. Get to the point already, right? Ok, here are the things you absolutely must do:
- See the Tower of Galata, at sunset. It’s an absolutely breathtaking view: The cityscape is surrounded by water, and the sun lights gorgeous colors across the sky.