We all know that when you live somewhere, you get to know where the hidden gems are and what you can do on a day out for free. It would be great if you could get that kind of information for every new place you visit.
If you are planning a tip to Istanbul and you want to see the city without breaking the bank, take a look at our suggestions below of places to go and things to see that are as cheap as free.
Wander Off The Beaten Track
One of the best ways to see the beauty and architecture of Istanbul is by walking through it. Many of the buildings in Istanbul have been heavily influenced by Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. In order to see them, find yourself a map and head towards Old Town Istanbul, or Sultanahmet. From here you will be able to see a multitude of fantastic sights in the space of a day. If you head towards Galata Tower from Sultanahmet, you will pass famous landmarks such as Topkap? Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia museum. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you.
Go To A Museum
Istanbul is packed full of museums, and the majority of them have free admission. If you want to learn about history, you could go to the Istanbul Railway Museum or the Florence Nightingale Museum. The Florence Nightingale Museum has a free tour; all you need to do is book a couple if days in advance. If you want to learn something about the Turkish media, visit the Press Museum and the Camera Museum. If art is more to your liking, to can take a trip to the Museum of Painting and Sculpture of Istanbul, the Istanbul Modern, or the Sakip Sabanci Museum.
Visit A Mosque
Istanbul is home to some breathtakingly beautiful mosques, the most infamous and impressive of which is the Sultanahmet, or Blue Mosque. This particular mosque is as striking inside as it is outside. You can admire this structures domes and towers from afar, or go inside to see its fabulous and intricate blue tiles. Another notable mosque to pay a visit to is the Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul’s largest mosque. This religious building has a magnificent dome, luxurious gardens, and beautiful stained glass windows.
Wander Around A Park
Istanbul has a number of fantastic parks that provide some great surroundings if you want a change from the urban backdrop. Yildiz Park, once a hunting reserve, is a massive garden filled with trees, flowers and lakes. You can even keep trim on some free outdoor exercise machines. If that’s not enough you could take a trip to Emirgan Park, Istanbuls largest park. Emirgan is located next to the Bosphorus Strait and is the setting for many local cultural events. Finally, a park that is definitely worth a visit is Gulhane Park. This is one of the oldest parks in Istanbul and was originally the Topkapi Palace’s royal gardens.
We hope that these suggestions have inspired you to book a cheap holiday to Turkey to come and explore today!