The “City of Seven Hills” is the only metropolis that straddles two continents – Asia and Europe – inserted by the Bosphorus, which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.
The hills of Istanbul all offer stunning views of one or both continents, so it’s no surprise that everyone says the best rooftops and terraces are found here.
This bustling city is home to more than 3,000 Islamic religious centers and mosques which live in harmony with other religions and are surrounded by hordes of tourists.
Anywhere, at any time, you’ll see groups of people drinking tea on a terrace or in a makeshift corner spot. • Delicious and intense, the Turkish tea is served in small glasses around little, low tables. • Turkey is one of the few countries in the world with its own music industry.
Dervish dancing is traditionally the most daring dance in the Turkish dance.
The hypnotic ritual is performed by Sufi mystics and it was considered pagan in origin. • Wearing wide skirts, the men spin with remarkable grace without losing balance, leaving the audience enthralled.
Finally, a boat trip on the Bosphorus is an essential part of any visit to Istanbul, but not everyone is up for crossing to the Asian side to explore the picturesque waterfronts.