Although Ankara is the capital city of Turkey, Istanbul is regarded the economical and cultural center of the country. Istanbul is located in the Marmara Region in northwestern Turkey and the city sits right on the border to Asia. The city features a so called micro-climate due to its large land area and depending on where you are in the transcontinental city, you may experience different climates. No matter the climate, you can always be sure to find a lot of fun and exciting things to do in Istanbul during you visit to the bustling city.
There’s always a lot of fun things to do in Istanbul, and being connected to Asia by the Bosphorus Bridge, this interesting city even offers opportunities, beyond the European border.
If you are out to find a cozy bar or tavern the Istanbul nightlife can be very exciting. You’ll find some of the best bars in the Bosphoorus and Beyoglu Takism areas.
If you like shopping, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the open air markets called Pazars where you can find just about anything.
If you like culture and history, don’t miss the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. It’s actually three museums in one – Archaeological, Museum of the Ancient, and Museum of Islamic Art, and has more than a million exhibits.
Kids and adults alike will be awed by the Istanbul Aquarium which features 16 different themes and its own rainforest with species from the areas of the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
If you want to enjoy nice weather and also avoid the big masses of tourists you should plan you trip to Istanbul between September and November. The peak season is in the summer, so be prepared that the prices increase during this period. If you visit Istanbul in December or January, you may get away with bargain prices, but you might also want to consider packing an umbrella since this tends to be a very rainy and cold period with temperatures 5-10 ℃ above zero (in the 40s ℉).
Come in November if you want to watch or run in the Istanbul Marathon, the only transcontinental one of its kind in Asia. It crosses over the Bosphorus Bridge and ends up at the finish line by the Sultanahmet Mosque.
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