Book a rental car and you will find Istanbul located approximately 45km away. Having your own transport will provide comfort and flexibility whilst you explore everything on offer in the region.
Sightseeing in Istanbul
If you only visit one historic monument in Istanbul make sure it’s Topkapi Palace. It’s an absolute must-see and we recommend you give it a full day to truly explore its full potential.
The Palace has been home to generations of Sultans and their wives who were closeted in the famous secret harem. The harem, which doubles as the family quarters, is a warren of ornately tiled rooms wrapped around a Turkish bath which is a masterpiece in itself. The rest of the palace consists of lush green courtyards, kiosks, and a treasury for the crown jewels.
One of the most exciting markets in Istanbul that you may come across, the Grand Bazaar is definitely worth a visit where you can browse goods from over 5,500 vendors. If you love to bag a bargain and aren’t afraid to haggle, you can stock up on a vast array of exotic spices, olives, and nuts.
Day Trips From Istanbul
Spend the day at the beach. Head to Dalia Beach at Demircikoy cove for a relaxing and tranquil way to spend the day in beautiful sunshine. Canoeing, beach volleyball and surfing are popular pastimes here too.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Turkey’s largest city and plan a day trip to the famous town of Troy. Made famous by Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad, the story of Troy is well-known or, more specifically, its role in the Trojan War. Excavations are still going on today, giving holidaymakers and sightseers a rare opportunity to see history revealed.
The town’s museum offers further insight into the town’s eventful history and Homer’s story whilst kids will love clambering about on the Trojan horse themed playground.