Other areas to stay in Istambul
In addition to the richly historic and fascinating Old City, you will find a number of other places in Istanbul that have proven popular with visitors. These are also areas that offer their own unique attractions, a variety of facilities and amenities, and decent transport links to make it easier to get around. Two of the other areas to consider staying when you come to Istanbul include Taksim and the Asian Side.
This is an area that has become a main transport hub over the years, and has become a popular choice amongst those visiting Istanbul. The tram that runs here ends close to the Tunel, which is the second oldest subway line globally after the Underground in London. You will find a number of upmarket hotels in this area too as well as many restaurants, drinking establishments and businesses, all of which surround the popular Taksim Square. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can also take in cultural events here, as the area is popular for celebrations and public events.
Considered the European side of the city, there are many places to visit and explore in this area, which includes the opera house, Ataturk Cultural Centre, Taksim Stadium and the Monument of the Republic. Taksim Square itself is a vibrant and buzzing area but in the past has also been the centre of various political protests. You can also look forward to some great shopping opportunities as well as the chance to soak up culture and the arts. One place that you should definitely add to your itinerary is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is known as the Blue Mosque because of its blue interior walls, which are tiled. This grand mosque was built in the early 1600s and is still used for worship today.
Asian Side Area:
Situated in the Eastern part of the city, Asian Side includes Kadikoy and Uskudar, both of which were once cities that were not connected to Istanbul. However, later in the 19th century they were incorporated as part of the city. These two areas are now mainly commercialised but Asian Side is also home to more than four million people. There are a number of options when it comes to public transportation in this area, including trains and buses. The Sabiha Gokcen Airport is also situated in this area.
When you stay in Asian Side, you can look forward to exploring a variety of places of interest, as there is plenty to see and do here. Some of the places to visit while in the area include Beylerbeyi Palace, Baghdad Avenue with its shopping and eateries, and Camlica Hill, which is one of the highest hills in the whole of Istanbul. If you are into architecture, it is well worth visiting the Moda neighbourhood, where you will also find a number of attractive parks. Other attractions to add to your itinerary when you stay in or visit Asian Side include the Toy Museum, Yakacik Hill, and the Icmeler hot spring. For a really unique and memorable experience, ride the balloon in Kadikoy for a great view of Istanbul. Also, enjoy relaxing at Caddebostan Beach, which offers a range of amenities including refreshments and restrooms.