Istanbul, the hippest city in the recent years, has everything you are looking for in Turkey and more... It is where Asia & Europe meets...
It is exciting, hectic, intensive, complicated, chaotic, fascinating, mystical, and romantic and a timeless must travel destination of Turkey. It is hard to observe it in just a single trip which will make you come back and back again on different vacations. It will make you realize that it is a world leader created by nature and history; she can be traditional, postmodern or avant-garde. It may give you an impression that she is original, creative or simply tacky. This city that never sleeps has the potential to surprise even its own citizens who have born here. It all depends on how you look at the immense 20 million Istanbulites and the visitors, which angle of the day and hour you prefer and choose to see what.
You encounter traces, memories, and colors from all tribes and periods of history in the continent. All walks of civilizations have left a mark here passing through this massive gate that connects east to west and north to south. What they left behind are intermingled, interacted and synthesized to produce a multi-layered deep and exceptionally rich heritage. This world metropolis where cultures, languages, and religions fuse is an everlasting book and a most beautiful painting you cannot have enough of.
Besides traditional historic places of the country, the first foundation of Istanbul dates back to 7th century BC; latest discoveries show uninterrupted inhabitation for 8.500 years. It cannot be estimated whether this date will go further back but the fact that this Imperial Capital blessed in heart with a sea route is an unparalleled open air museum adorned with the best artifacts of the most talented architects and artists of more that hundred twenty Roman and Byzantine rulers and Ottoman Sultans that it served in nearly two thousand years.
Not only it takes you to the past with its fascinating history of thousands of years on two continents, but it also inspires present and future where harmonious blends of old and older and the contemporary complement each other in extraordinary arrays.
All you need to do is to please tell us what you expect and what aspects you wish to discover in this one of the most ultimate destinations of Turkey and let us assure you to live the city in ways that are not found in the touristic books, making unforgettable memories.
Perhaps the diversity of the tribes that had set foot here throughout the long past and today's 15 million population with different backgrounds, nationalities, religions, and languages can explain the hard to get dynamism, creativity, and vitality that has inspired novels, movies, and all the others about Istanbul... It will go on to do so for many generations to come for as long as this legendary city keeps fascinating the world people.