Taksim is a very busy place full of people day and night, lots of bars, cafes, shops.
Taksim is the perfect place to be if you are single and looking for fun, sex and nightlife till all hours.
Take care when out in Taksim day or night as many pick pockets around and tourist hunters also, it is not the safest place to be especially for women, men are very much a problem here, trying to approach you all the time, sell you things, talk with you,young children here are trained to pick pockets so be aware !! for me it was too much, to many people , to crowded that you cannot even at times move, full of police always.
stay away from side streets as these places are ful of pimps, prostiutes, mafia, gypsies.
Sultanahmet Sq.; 512-0480. The first Ottoman palace to be built shortly after the conquest in 1453. Located on the spot where the foundations of the city were laid in ancient times by Byzas the Megarian in the seventh century B.C. In 1924 the palace became Turkey’s finest museum. Collections include Chinese porcelain, jewels, embroidered robes, miniatures, and relics of Muhammad the Prophet (570-632). Closed Tues.
Dress properly :)
First of all,Istanbul is not a part of the Orient and the normal dress code is not different from the rest of Europe..
But you should consider to choose your clothes due to weather conditions..
The winter is chilly (December-March)
The spring is warm
Summer ( June-September) is relatively hot..
Eyup, a muslim holy place
I can recommend a short visit to Eyup, which is the fourth holy place for muslims, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. A friend of Mohammed is buried here, in a shrine next to a mosque. It is possible to enter together with the praying muslims.
We went to Eyup on a friday afternoon, outside the mosque the pace was crowded with Turkish tourists/pilgrims in all degrees of religiousity.
Eyup can be reached by bus from Eminonu (in about 15 minutes), or by ferry.
En las guias aparecen muchos...
En las guias aparecen muchos sitios para visitar en Estambul, pero uno que no hay que perderse, aparte de los importantes, es la Cisterna de la Basílica de Yerebatan. La combinacion del sonido del agua de la cisterna y de la musica clasica, junto a la luz tenue, te haran escapar por un momento del bullicio de mercados y las calles de Estambul.
Tambien y muy tranquili es el cafe de P.L..