Perhaps a better question might be, “Why NOT Istanbul”!
This magnificent city, with its expansive waterways, plethora of historical sites, world-class cuisine, lively nightlife, shopping and more has made it a favourite of travellers for centuries and its popularity is growing day by day.
Founded as Byzantium around 660BC, Istanbul’s natural beauty and strategic benefits have captured the attention of various different empires for thousands of years.
Today’s Istanbul is a city of great colour, life and culture. With a population of over 14 million and the only city in the world to be spread across two continents, Istanbul’s wonderful people are just as much of an attraction as its natural landscape.
In 2010, Istanbul was bestowed the honour of being a European Capital of Culture. The city’s response was great, and travellers descended on the city on mass to enjoy the exciting events and attractions on offer.
Istanbul continues to attract the attention of its visitors, and many who first step foot on the city’s soil just keep coming back for more. Whether you’re a solo traveler on a budget, a family looking for the something for both young and old, or a couple after a romantic getaway, there’s truly something for everyone in Istanbul.
There’s a saying in Turkey that if you’re bored of Istanbul then you must be bored of life. And we just happen to agree!