The city of Istanbul offers a short city break with a difference and provides a real contrast compared to popular European cities such as Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague and other city break destinations.
The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul was also known as Byzantium and Constantinople, today it has one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe. Its most unique feature is that Istanbul straddles two continents – Europe and Asia, so a city break to Istanbul provides you with two continents in one short break! A city break to Istanbul really does provide a link between old and new and East and West.
Istanbul offers numerous historical sites including The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), Topkapi Palace (hoe to the Ottoman Sultans for 4 centuries), Hagia Sophia (once a church, then a mosque and now a museum), and of course the Bosphorus separating Asia and Europe.
For food lovers, Turkish chef Mehmet Gurs, one of Istanbul’s most famous restaurateur, describes Turkish street food in glowing tones; “The street-food of Istanbul is my favourite flavour of the city; it would top the list of all the world’s cities in my opinion. There are so many different flavours. There are little stalls that sell rice pilaf with chick peas, or you can get great livers from the street corner, chopped or cubed with grilled onions – very simple, but with good, strong flavours to it that it explodes in your mouth.”
Conexo Travel have a fantastic range of beautiful hotels in Istanbul and can organise your city break to Istanbul at the best prices. Flights are available from London Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester with Turkish Airlines and for our local customers, Jet2 will be operating a flight to Istanbul from Manchester commencing March 2012, contact us for details and the best deals for your short break to Istanbiul.
And don’t forget, Istanbul can be combined with Northern Cyprus or any of the Turkish holiday resorts to create a wonderful twin centre holiday.