Lonely Planet Istanbul (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Istanbul (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Virginia Maxwell

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1743214774

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Istanbul is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take in the ancient treasures at Aya Sofya, shop your way through the Grand Bazaar, or visit a hamam for an indulgent steam bath; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Istanbul and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Istanbul Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, architecture, literature, film, cuisine
  • Free, convenient pull-out Istanbul map (included in print version), plus over 20 colour maps
  • Covers Sultanahmet and Around, Bazaar District, Western Districts, Beyoglu, Besiktas, Ortakoy, Kurucesme, Uskudar, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Istanbul, our most comprehensive guide to Istanbul, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of Istanbul? Check out Pocket Istanbul, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Turkey guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Discover Turkey, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Virginia Maxwell.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

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plan to visit Fatih, try to do so on Wednesdays, when the Çarşamba Pazarı (Wednesday Market) is held in the streets around the Fatih Mosque. Best Places to Eat & Drink » Asitane ( Click here ) » Kömür Turk Mutfağı ( Click here ) » Pierre Loti Café ( Click here ) For reviews, Click here Best Churches » Patriarchal Church of St George ( Click here ) » Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars ( Click here ) » Church of St Mary of the Mongols ( Click here ) For reviews, Click here

hand-painted decoration, comfortable beds and plenty of amenities. Unfortunately, there’s no roof terrace. Tan Hotel | Hotel $$ Offline map ( 212-520 9130; www.tanhotel.com; Dr Emin Paşa Sokak 20; s €65-115, d €70-125, ste €90-159; ; Sultanahmet) This well-run hotel off Divan Yolu is notable for its convenient location and its excellent customer service. Rooms are large, with spacious bathrooms (all have tubs), and the lavish breakfast buffet includes freshly squeezed orange juice and eggs

excellent restaurants. They’re a long way from the sights of Sultanahmet and the entertainment district of Beyoğlu, but are perfect places for a romantic retreat. Our two favourites are the elegant Sumahan on the Water Offline map ( 216-422 8000; www.sumahan.com; Kuleli Caddesi 51, Çengelköy; r €175-325, ste €225-615; ; 15. 15F & 15P from Üsküdar) and the stylish A’jia ( 216-413 9300; www.ajiahotel.com; Cubuklı Caddesi 27, Kanlıca; r €150-320, ste €300-470; ; Kanlıca, 15, 15F, 15P from Üskudar) .

Yahya Kemal Beyatli and novelist Halide Edib Adıvar. Though not part of the National Literature movement, İrfan Orga (1908–70) is probably the most famous Turkish literary figure of the 20th century. His 1950 masterpiece Portrait of a Turkish Family is his memoir of growing up in İstanbul at the start of the century and is among the best writing about the city ever published. Politician and novelist Ahmet Hamdi Tanipar (1901–62) wrote A Mind at Peace in 1949. Set in the city at the beginning of

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