Best Places To Visit In Istanbul, Turkey
The wonderful country of Turkey is full of attractions for the whole family. It is very warm in the summer making it a very popular with holiday goers; in 2012 it was named the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world with 35.7 million foreign visitors that year. Here are some of the best places to visit while on holiday in Turkey.
The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, which is home to 250,000 to 400,000 visitors each day. The market covers over 61 different streets and boasts to have over 4,000 shops. It also has various different cafes and restaurants spotted around, serving traditional Turkish cuisine such as marinated beef with yogurt-eggplant puree, and desserts served with kaymak (Turkish clotted cream). The shops offer all kinds of authentic things such as, Turkish carpets, pottery, and apparel made of cotton and wool also leather. It is open from 9:00 till 19:00 from Monday – Saturday, the market is closed every Sunday and bank holiday.
Ataturk Olympic Stadium
If you are a fan of football or a general sports fan then why not watch a game at the largest football stadium in Turkey, the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, with a capacity of over 75,000. It was originally built for the 2008 Olympic Games but then lost the bid to Beijing, the construction started in 1997 and finished in 2002. The most famous occasion that the stadium took place in was the 2005 Champions league final between Liverpool and AC Milan, where Liverpool took home a famous win against the Italian side. Various different teams have played at this ground, such as Galatasaray S.K. & Fenerbahce the two biggest teams in Turkey. But it is now the home ground of Istanbul BB.
Adaland Water Park
Why not put your sunshades on, dab on some sun cream, grab your towel and head down to Adaland Aqua Park situated just 80km from Izmir. It is in the top ten water parks in the entire world and also the biggest in all of Europe. The fun filled park is full of entertainment for the entire family, if it’s for the children who want to play in the pirate ship or the Mushroom shower. To the adults & teenagers that want to race each other to the bottom in the pink and blue loop slides. Adaland also offers the chance to swim with the most majestic creatures of the sea, dolphins. The park is open from 10:00 till 18:30, which allows for a whole day of soaking wet fun.
In the country’s largest city (Istanbul) you can go and see the Hagia Sophia it is a wonderful church and museum. It is built with 30 million gold tiles throughout the interior. In its 1,400 year life span it has been used for many things such as a mosque, cathedral and now it is used as a Museum for tourists. The words Hagia Sophia literally mean Holy Wisdom. The dome of this landmark spreads across a diameter of 31 metres; the building was changed from a mosque into a museum in 1935 by the first Turkish president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
If you want to see some wildlife from under the sea, but you don’t want to take a boat out into the ocean and try and spot some fish. Why not take a trip to Turkeys first ever Giant Aquarium located in Istanbul. It boasts to have over 10,000 different sea creatures such as stingrays, piranhas, and octopi. You can even have the once in a life time opportunity to dive with the sharks and all the over marine wildlife that is in the exhibit with it. You don’t need any previous diving experience and you have the chance to do this all 7 days of the week from 10:00 till 18:00. It also offers a cafe towards the end of the Aquarium where you can chat about your Amazing visit and eat and drink a range of different foods and beverages.