Things to do for Adventure Travelers in Istanbul, Turkey 

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    Grand Bazaar

    127 reviews

    You can buy anything and everything here...and if the merchants have their way you will! The experience of walking through this tighly packed market is more valuable than anything you could purchase within.

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    Galata Bridge

    58 reviews

    On the top part of the bridge there are always dozens of people fishing and you can buy fresh fish from them. On the bottom there are all sorts of seafood restaurants and a few hookah places. It's a nice place to relax after a long day in Sultanahmet, once you sit down that is. The hosts are rather aggressive ...

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    The Bosphorus Strait

    31 reviews

    Connecting Europe and Asia this strait was the center of the world at one time. Beautiful views on both continents can be experienced from here

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    Blue Mosque

    157 reviews

    You are undoubtedly in a Holy Place. An extravagant building. The architecture and relics are astounding. Ladies, remember to respect the traditions and customs and cover your head, shoulders accordingly.

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    Basilica Cistern

    87 reviews

    A trip to Istanbul would not be complete without visiting the Basilica cistern. Made famous in Dan Brown's book and featured in many movies and video games, this place is something out of fiction. Probably not the ideal stop for the claustrophobic among us.

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    Topkapı Palace

    107 reviews

    A visit to this historic palace can take all day so plan accordingly. As a UNESCO site this palace is a must see while in Istanbul. The gem collection is mind blowing and the religious icons are also cool to see

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    Galata Tower

    70 reviews

    Going to the top of the tower might take some time due to lines of people waiting to do the same. However the wait is worth it. The view of the city from the top of the tower is just breathtaking.

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    The Spice Bazaar

    100 reviews

    This smaller extension of the Grand Bazaar seemed more authentic to me, as the locals weren't quite so outnumbered by tourists. The intoxicating smells will lure you into each stall, and maybe make you wonder how much apple tea is allowed through customs.

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    Bosphorus Bridge

    76 reviews

    This bridge connecting Asia and Europe is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. It is worth taking one of the boat tours endlessly being hawked on the streets just to see this bridge from the water, especially at night when it is lit up!

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    Hagia Sophia

    219 reviews

    Hagia Sophia is a truly incredible building with a fascinating history. Located in the center of the Sultanamet district immediately across the plaza from the Blue Mosque it is impossible to miss. If you are here don't miss the basilica cistern right around the corner!

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    Historic Areas of Istanbul

    37 reviews

    What a comical title, the whole city is historic. The main historic area is the peninsula bounded by the Golden Horn, Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara and the Theodosian Walls. This triangle of land was ancient Constantinople. Istanbul is the behemoth of land that grew up around this in every direction. The heart of the historic peninsula is Sultanahmet Square and ...

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  • 12

    Çemberlitaş Hamamı

    13 reviews

    Built by Mimar Sinan in 1584, this hamami is like a resort beneath Istanbul. A little expensive compared to more local hamami in Turkey (45 lira for entrance, 60 lira for the scrub down). However you are treated like a princess (or prince) and given the best of the best. If you haven't experience a Turkish Bath before this is ...

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  • 13

    Port of Istanbul

    13 reviews

    The view from the port can not be beat. if you have the opportunity while in Istanbul take an evening cruise up the Bosphorus.

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    29 reviews

    The ferries in Istanbul are great. They come often, are very inexpensive and are a good way to avoid traffic getting to and from the European and Anatolian side. There are also ferries that can take you to the Princes Islands in the Sea of Marmara

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    Nevizade Sokak

    10 reviews

    This is definitely a trendy area of Taksim, from nightclubs to rooftop bars to street food you can find anything you want. A street vendor at the beginning of the street closest to Istiklal sold the best kokoreç (sheep's intestine) sandwiches. You think it sounds gross now, wait till you try one at 3am after walking all day.

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    Chora Church

    9 reviews

    Quite an amazing example of Byzantine churches and artwork. The church originally stood outside the 4th century walls of Constantine the Great, however when Theodosius II built his land walls the church was included. Sometime during the 16th century the church was turned into a mosque. Then in 1945 was turned into a museum. Thankfully the beautiful mosaics inside have ...

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  • 17

    Bogazici University

    4 reviews

    Beautiful campus and considered the Harvard University of Istanbul. They are always having events and concerts on the campus so if you are a student in Istanbul (hopefully attending this university) I would highly recommend checking it out. I went to a Kurdish music festival there and loved it.

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  • 18

    Fish Bazaar

    6 reviews

    Located off of Istiklal street in Taksim, this fish bazaar is one of the best in the city. Anything from street muscles to fresh fish, squid and the best Kokoreç sandwiches in Istanbul. Mixed in with the fish is a random assortment of trinkets you can buy for souvenirs. I love to grab a bite to eat here after a ...

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  • 19

    Sea of Marmara

    11 reviews

    The Sea of Marmara is a small body of water bound by the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits. It's almost like a foyer between the Black Sea and Mediterranean. It also marks the southern boundary of Istanbul. At any time of day tankers and cargo carriers can be seen at anchor or making their way into or out of the straits. ...

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  • 20

    Hayal Kahvesi

    2 reviews

    Good bands make the night and the bar better. Small and very crowded sometimes.

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