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Hippodrome is a prominent attraction in Sultanahmet, a walkable area known for being family-friendly. There are many convenient options for restaurants, bars, and coffee shops here. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the sea. Start by booking a hotel near Hippodrome, which is a great base for sightseeing in the greater Istanbul area.
After a visit to Hippodrome, you can explore other sights in Sultanahmet. Shopping, sightseeing, and taking a tour are just a few things to do in the area. The monuments and historic sites offer insight into the area's history, while the museums add a sense of refinement.
Dip your toes in the water and soak up the sun at Suadiye Beach, Florya Beach, and Menekse Beach. You can spend a leisurely afternoon outside at Gulhane Park, Taksim Gezi Park, or Turkbalon. If you've got some more time, you won't be disappointed by Arasta Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, and Kumkapi Fish Market.
Study the collections at Mosaic Museum, Le Arts Turcs, or Turkish and Islamic Art Museum. The local culture at Hagia Irene, Istanbul Archaeology Museum, and Museum of Turkish Calligraphic Art might be just what you're looking for. Learn about the local history at Tomb of Sultan Ahmet I, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia. German Fountain, Blue Mosque, and The Million Stone are monuments worth a look.
Kilic Ali Pasha Hamam, Miniaturk, and Suada Island are family favorites. Don't miss some of the area's most popular attractions, such as Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and Suleymaniye Mosque. Sultanahmet Square, Serpentine Column, and Fountain of Sultan Ahmed III are other top spots to see.
Hop aboard a plane to get to Hippodrome. The Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.) airport is 8.5 miles (13.6 km) from Sultanahmet. At 18.7 miles (30 km), Istanbul (SAW-Sabiha Gokcen Intl.) is the next closest airport. If you plan to use public transport, the closest metro stations are Sultanahmet Station and Cemberlitas Station. You can come by train, getting off at Istanbul Cankurtaran Station. The local marina is another option if arriving by water.