Are there any stops that are absolute must sees in Istanbul and tell us why you think that?
What time of year are you thinking of going? How long for? What are your likes, interests, budget? Travelling with children?
Are you doing a big trip of all of Turkey - or just trying to pinpoint 1 or several areas?
Without that sort of info it makes it rather complicated to give you good guidance or suggestions!
We are going in October. We are visiting several cities. There are no children.
I forgot to say for 14 days and my husband loves history. I am more a castle type person. But we both love exploring.
Hi again....if you love castles just a thought...look into the castles around Anamur and Silifke east from Antalya...Also the castle at Alanya...of course Bodrum also has a wonderful castle to visit...For history the ancient sites along the Lycian Way are worth to explore ...as for Istanbul I will leave that up to those who are better to advise....
If you are a castle fan I suppose you'll see the city walls.
Not "in" Istanbul, the following are notable places around it.
Edirne (130 miles linear distance northwest): This city was the Ottoman capital before Istanbul. There are some Ottoman buildings, but Selimiye Mosque dominates the cityscape. It is one of Architect Sinan's masterpieces.
Bursa (60 miles linear south, but double that for land travel and add traffic jam): This is the 4th largest city of Turkey. It was the capital of Ottomans before Edirne. Bursa has thermal waters, and various historic buildings from Ottomans.
Iznik (35 miles linear northwest of Bursa): This is where the council of Nicea gathered - if you are interested in the history of Christianity.
Are you planning to stay 14 days in istanbul, or will you explore more of Turkey?
Turkey has such a long history and every area has its own specific ancient sites. There were Phrygians, Hittites, Lycians, Lydians, Romans, Greeks, the Crusaders, the Ottomans.
I would definitely recommend to stay in istanbul at least 3 to 4 days and then explore a bit of this country.
If you can give a bit more of your plans I am sure more people can help out!
Have a nice day!
how did I forget... If you like castles, you'll love Rumeli Hisari.
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