The city of Istanbul is one of the most diverse cities in Turkey. The city has only two sides that are distinguishable; the European side and the Asian side, separated by the Bosphorous Strait. The city stretches from the Black Sea to the Bosphorus and touches the Sea of Maramara. Filled with historic sites, plenty of places to shop, and accommodation to suit all tastes, Istanbul is one of the most unusual cities located on the Mediterranean.
Most people come into Istanbul at Sultanahmet, a peninsula that juts out into the Bosphorous. The Tokapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Yerebatan Basilica Cistern are located in this part of the city. The Hippodrome is also here and visitors can enjoy restaurants, cafes, bars, rug stores, and other shops that are intermingled with the popular tourist attractions. You will also want to visit the huge Grand Bazaar.