Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, holds a special place in my heart, because it was the first destination I ever visited solo. I didn’t travel solo until my mid 30s — maybe it was fear or maybe just couldn’t quite get out of my comfort zone of travelling with friends or family. But at 35 years old I had to have quite a big operation — it gave me a new perspective on life. ‘I need to see the blue mosque before I die!’ I thought to myself! And I booked the flight without hesitation. So here’s the big question: Is Istanbul worth visiting?!?!
Is Istanbul worth visiting?
Istanbul is one of my favourite cities in the world! If you were to ask me ‘is Istanbul worth visiting?’ I would say yes without hesitation! Istanbul has fantastic sight seeing including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Shopping is fantastic there and great value — Istanbul has a Grand Souk and a Spice souk. Nightlife is buzzing around Taksim square. The food is out of this world! Oh, and you can jump on a boat if you want to explore the islands of the Bosphorus.
Istanbul is absolutely a world class travel destination and should not be missed! In short, not only is Istanbul worth visiting, but it’s one of my all time favourite cities.
Pros of Istanbul
There are so many pros of Istanbul. It’s a well connected city with excellent transport links, beautiful architecture and a fantastic food scene. It’s also a very cultural and religious place with interesting mosques (some are open to non-Muslim visitors). You can even see the ‘Whirling Dervishes’ (a practice by Sufi Muslims although this has become more of a tourist show than spiritual nowadays in Istanbul).