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This area of Marmara Region has some 11,200,000 inhabitants.
Ankara, the national capital, is 220 miles east of Istanbul, while Adalar lies 12 miles to the southeast.
This amazing destination is absolutely a world-class city! You simply can't visit without taking a trip to the Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome. It is also famous for the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
Miniaturk and Vialand are nice places to spend some quality time with the children. If you're on the lookout for even more family fun, head on to Kumburgaz Lunapark and Aqua Club Dolphin.
Do you and your travelling partner want to learn about some aquatic animals? If so, make sure you stop at TurkuaZoo. Istanbul Aquarium and Istanbul Dolphinarium are also worth stopping in at.
For fresh air and relaxation, pack some lunch and find a shady nook at one of the area's pleasant green spaces, such as Taksim Gezi Park and Gulhane Park. Emirgan Park and Parkorman are two more excellent places to while away the day over a good book.
If you would like to give yourself a break from running around, take a trip out to Kilyos Beach or Suadiye Beach. Stroll along the coastline, watch the seabirds soaring up above or just lay back and relax on the shoreline. You could also check the water temperature at at Buyukcekmece Beach and Florya Beach.
Leave your phone in the car and have a break from the modern world at Camlica Hill and Piyer Loti. Nature-loving visitors will also enjoy Suada Island and Aydos Hill.
Schedule a visit to some of the many cultural spaces in the area. Savour the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the varied collections at Florence Nightingale Museum and the Museum of Innocence. The Istanbul Military Museum and the Rahmi M Koc Museum are also well worth a visit.
Appreciate ship models and salvaged marine objects as you sail through the collection halls at the Maritime Museum.
Not only are the specimens and curiosities at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and the Sadberk Hanim Museum cool to look at, they also help us to better understand the world in which we live.
Want to see some art? You'll be spoiled with galleries of all sorts here. Start off your tour of this creative destination with a visit to the Istanbul Modern Art Museum and the Pera Museum. If these leave you feeling energized, finish up your day at the Sakip Sabanci Museum and the Mosaic Museum.
History buffs always enjoy spending the day at the Panoroma 1453, learning about the future by analyzing the past. To get a better feel for how things were for previous generations, why not also peruse the wide variety of items on display at the Adalar Museum and the İstanbul Museum of the History of Science & Technology in Islam?
Basilica Cistern and Galata Tower are certainly worth planning a trip to, even if you're not a passionate history buff. You might also like to take a few photos at the Cagaloglu Hamami and Maiden's Tower.
The proud history of civil engineering can be seen in Halic Koprusu or Topkapı Harem, two majestic structures that cross these waterways.
History buffs will enjoy taking a tour of Yedikule Hisari and Anadoluhisari, two examples of the area's various historical forts and strongholds. You can also study the fascinating design of Anadolu Hisari Fort and Yedikule Zindanlari.
When it came to building and furnishing Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace, you'll see that no expense was spared. Yildiz Palace and Kucuksu Palace are two more magnificent homes that have their share of stories to tell.
You'll feel like a knight in shining armour that's leapt from the pages of a medieval tale when you pay a visit to Rumeli Hisari and Riva Castle. Yoros Kalesi and Anadolu Kavağı Kalesi are two more formidable historic monuments.
Whether you're spiritual or not, you'll be sure to have a nice time at the Suleymaniye Mosque and Chora Church. Church of St. George and the Rustem Pasha Mosque are also popular religious sites.
Once you've ticked off all of the major attractions in and around Istanbul, take the time to see a few of its less well-known sights. The Akbank Culture and Arts Centre and the Schneidertempel Art Centre might be just what you're after. If you have more time to spare, also check out the Yapi Kredi Cultural Centre and Corkulu Ali Pasa Medresesi.
Istanbul is known as a popular place to visit, with as many as 1245 hotel listings to select from via Expedia.
At the upper end of the range, check out the latest Expedia deals at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, at Ciragan Cad. No. 28, or the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, at Sinanpasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok. Alternatively, in the cheaper category, there is also the Lion Hotel and the Taksim Premium Hotel. The Lion Hotel is at Lamartin Caddesi No:41 Taksim, while the Taksim Premium Hotel can be found at Kuloglu Mahallesi Yenicarsi Cad. No:5.
Istanbul is the home of the Hagia Sophia. If you want to stay close to this top attraction, the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet is just 0.1 miles away. Another option is the GLK PREMIER Acropol Suites & Spa, which is 0.2 miles away.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Vodafone Arena and Taksim Square. City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center and Istiklal Avenue are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kabatas Station is 18 minutes by foot and Findikli Station is 23 minutes.
Located in Pendik, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Viaport Outlet Shopping and within 9 miles (15 km) of Aydos Hill and Pendorya Shopping Mall. Istanbul Park and Neomarin Shopping Mall are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Sisli, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bomontiada, City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center and Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre. Taksim Square and Dolmabahce Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Osmanbey Station is 13 minutes by foot and Sisli Station is 21 minutes.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of CNR Expo Center and Sinan Erdem Dome. Florya Beach and Mall of Istanbul are also within 9 miles (15 km). DTM-Istanbul Expo Center Station and DTM - Istanbul Fuar Merkezi Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Macka Park, Ataturk Cultural Center and Acibadem Taksim Hospital. Taksim Square and Istanbul Modern Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Taksim Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kabatas Station is 16 minutes.
Located in Kucukcekmece, this luxury hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Mall of Istanbul, TurkuaZoo and Grand Bazaar. Suleymaniye Mosque and Galata Tower are also within 16 mi (25 km).
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of German Fountain, Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Grand Bazaar and Cagaloglu Hamami are also within 10 minutes. Sultanahmet Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cemberlitas Station is 5 minutes.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Taksim Gezi Park and Taksim Square. Istiklal Avenue and City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center are also within 1 mile (2 km). Taksim Station is 15 minutes by foot and Osmanbey Station is 18 minutes.