We arrived in Istanbul incredibly early on a Saturday morning and so the first thing we did was head to the Sultanahmet area. Having this historical area to yourself minus crowds is quite a privilege and the early morning peace and quiet was breathtaking. First things first, we headed up to the roof top of the Seven Hills Restaurant for a coffee and the best views in the city.
There’s so much to see in this area, so depending on the amount of time you have in Istanbul, decide which of the following highlights appeal most to you. Topkapi Palace was a must for me.
Topkapi Palace / Blue Mosque / Hagia Sophia /Basilica Cistern / Grand Bazaar / The Spice Bazaar / Çemberlitas Hamam
Istanbul has a brilliant public transport system and so it’s incredibly easy to get around. Buy an Istanbul Kart and you’ll be able to use this for trams, busses, metros and ferries.
No matter how many travel tips you receive, they’ll only makes sense when you arrive and actually get to discover the various areas for yourself. Have a rough idea of what you want to do and see and then arm yourself with a map and explore.
Here are are some sights from the Sultanahmet area, enjoy…
All photography: Lana Kenney ©