One of the most populated cities on the planet, trans-continental Istanbul is an incredible place to visit: a true melting pot of Western and Eastern civilisations. With its historic centre in Europe, and a third of its population in Asia, this ancient capital of the Eastern Roman and Ottoman Empires is a fascinating place to explore.
A city break in Istanbul means outstanding architecture, beautiful monuments, incredible cuisine and quirky street markets.
- With over 3,000 shops, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is the biggest old covered bazaar in the world
- Istanbul won the title of European City of Culture in 2010