Istanbul is a sensory mix up of Asian and European culture. Calls to prayer compete with lounge music in hip roof top cafes. Islamic minarets and domes galore punctuate the skyline while foodies will love the diverse culinary offerings from aromatic Asian street food to classic Italian.
This is literally where two continents meet and look at each other from opposite sides of the Bosphorus. Istanbul was also the final stop on the legendary Silk Route where merchants from across the world held out for the highest price. The Greeks, Persians, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans have all taken their turn here to stamp their architectural and culinary legacies on this amazing city.