Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower located in the Galata district of Istanbul. It was built in 1348 as part of the fortifications of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. The tower stands at a height of 63 meters and offers stunning views of the city.

The tower has been used for various purposes throughout history, including as a watchtower, a prison, and a fire lookout. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction and features a restaurant and observation deck on its top floor.

Galata Tower has been a major tourist attraction in Istanbul and in recent years, the tower has undergone renovations and restoration work. In 2020, the tower was closed for restoration work and reopened in October 2020.It is an important cultural and historical landmark in Istanbul and is widely recognized as a symbol of the city. It is visited by millions of tourists every year.



Galata Tower Location

Top 7 Places for the Best Views of Istanbul 

1- Çamlıca Tower

Çamlıca Tower officially became the tallest building in Istanbul and all of Turkey after its opening in May 2021. It quickly became a popular tourist destination as a result of its fantastic location on a high hill with a stunning view of Istanbul. On the top floor, you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the restaurant.

Çamlıca Tower

2- Grand Çamlıca Mosque

Istanbul’s Grand Çamlıca Mosque is located at Çamlıca Hill, undoubtedly one of the most well-known and popular locations in the city. It is situated on the Asian side of the city. The view of the city’s other side, the European Side, is straightforward from the mosque’s terrace. Grand Çamlıca Mosque opened in March 2019 and currently, it is the largest mosque in Turkey with 63,000 worshipers at a time. Using public transportation, you can get to Çamlıca mosque from Kadıköy and Üsküdar.

Çamlıca Mosque

3- Galata Tower

The magnificent Galata Tower, one of Istanbul’s top tourist attractions and a constant feature of the city’s silhouette, is situated in the city’s center, you can go up to the tower to see the Golden Horn. You can take the M2 metro line, T1 tram line, or any of the city’s numerous buses to get to the tower.

Galata Tower

4- Pierre Loti Hill

The historic Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Cemetery in Istanbul’s top part is known as Pierre Loti Hill. A cable car departs from the area immediately outside of Eyüp Sultan Mosque and takes passengers to the hill from where they can view the city and the Golden Horn. One of the most popular tourist destinations is the hill with its numerous cafes and eateries.

Pierre Loti Hill

5- Süleymaniye

The best place to view historical Istanbul is Süleymaniye. It is one of the best places to observe the city and take pictures because of the Süleymaniye Madrasa, where the Süleymaniye Mosque is located, and its terrace. Using the M2 metro line or the T1 tram line will get you to the Süleymaniye Area.

Süleymaniye Mosque

6-Rumeli Fortress

One of the city’s castles, Rumeli Hisarüstü, is a great place to take in the city and the Bosphorus while also making some memories. For your photo shoots, the hill provides a panoramic view of the Bosphorus. By bus, it’s simple to travel to Rumeli Hisarüstü from Beşiktaş.

Rumeli Fortress

7- Sapphire Observation Deck

Sapphire, Istanbul’s second-tallest tower and the city’s tallest shopping center, also features a sizable viewing terrace. This is going to be an excellent choice for an Istanbul experience where you can feel the ground beneath your feet on the observation terrace on the 54th floor. To get to Istanbul Sapphire, you can take public transportation M2 metro line.

sapphire

8- Nakkaştepe Park

One of the highest points from which to view Istanbul is Nakkaştepe, which is situated in Kuzguncuk, the city’s historic district on the Asian side of the city. You can spend hours admiring the European side of the city, the Çırağan Palace, Yıldız Park, Ortaköy, and more. You can easily reach Nakkaştepe from Üsküdar.

Bosphorus Bridge

Best Walking Routes of Istanbul

Ortaköy is one of the most popular districts in Istanbul. It also has one of the best views of Bosphorus Bridge. You can walk around Ortaköy Mosque and enjoy eating Ortaköy’s famous dish; kumpir (staffed baked potato) at the coast. We recommend walking the coastline towards Bebek.

Emirgan Park

Stroll along Emirgan Park. With its walking tracks, restaurants, picnic areas, playgrounds, festivals and an amazing Bosphorus view through centuries old trees, Emirgan Park has everything you need for a sunny Istanbul afternoon. The park is especially lively during annual Tulip Festival, held in April each year.

View from Camlica Hill

Çamlıca Hill is one of the highest hills in Istanbul and has a breathtaking view. If you want to spend a day in a calm and green atmosphere Çamlıca Hill is the great choice.

Maiden’s Tower

Üsküdar coast walkway offers a great view of the famous Maiden’s Tower.

Gulhane Park

If you have plans to visit Topkapı Palace, make sure to have a walk in Gülhane Park and Sarayburnu coast afterwards.

Spice Bazaar

Take a walk through the famous old bazaars of Istanbul in Eminönü district.

Istiklal Street

Walk down Istiklal Street to explore historical buildings like Narmanlı Han, Flower Passage…

Karaköy Galataport Project

Karaköy is one of the most historical districts in Istanbul. It is a popular destination for both locals and tourists with its third wave coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants and cool designer shops.

Istanbul Princes’ Islands

Princes’ Islands is the perfect destination when you want to escape hustle of the city. Since they are car-free, they make the best place in İstanbul to explore on foot.

Shopping Malls in Istanbul

EUROPEAN SIDE:
Mall NameLocationPublic Transportation
1- Cevahir Shopping MallŞişli
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M2 Metro Line
Şişli Station
2- Özdilek Park Shopping MallLevent
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M2 Metro Line
Levent Station
3- Metrocity Shopping MallLevent
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M2 Metro Line
Levent Station
4- Kanyon Shopping MallLevent
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M2 Metro Line
Levent Station
5- Sapphire Shopping Mall4. Levent
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M2 Metro Line
4. Levent Station
6- Istinye Park Shopping Mallİstinye
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M2 Metro Line
İTÜ Station + Taxi
7- Vadi Istanbul Shopping MallAyazağa
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M2 Metro Line
Seyrantepe Station
8- Historia Shopping MallFatih
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M1 Metro Line
Aksaray Station
9- Forum Istanbul Shopping MallBayrampaşa
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M1 Metro Line
Kocatepe Station
10- Marmara Forum Shopping MallZeytinburnu
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M1 Metro or T1 Tram Line
Zeytinburnu Station
11- Olivium Outlet CenterZeytinburnu
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Marmaray Line
Kazlıçeşme Station
12- Carousel Shopping MallBakırköy
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Marmaray Line
Bakırköy Station
13- Aqua Florya Shopping MallFlorya
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Marmaray Line
Florya Akvaryum Station
14- Venezia Mega OutletKüçükköy
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M7 Metro Line
Karadeniz Mah. Station
15- Isfanbul Shopping MallAlibeyköy
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M7 Metro Line
Akşemsettin Station
16- Mall of Istanbulİkitelli
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Taxi
17- Galataport IstanbulTophane
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T1 Tram Line
Tophane Station
ASIAN SIDE:
18- Capitol Shopping MallAltunizade
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M5 Metro Line
Bağlarbaşı Station
19- Akasya Shopping MallAcıbadem
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M4 Metro Line
Ünalan Station
20- Emaar Square Shopping MallÜnalan
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M4 Metro Line
Göztepe Station
21- Buyaka Shopping Mall + Meydan Istanbull MallÜmraniye
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M5 Metro Line
Ihlamurkuyu Station
22- Optimum Outlet MallKozyatağı
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M4 Metro Line
Kozyatağı Station
23- Viaport Asia Outlet Shopping MallPendik
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Taxi

Istiklal Avenue

Istiklal Avenue is one of the best places to see and feel the spirit of İstanbul. It is a pedestrian street located in Beyoğlu district; between Taksim Square and Galata and a great attraction for tourists and a favourite meeting spot for locals. That is why it is almost always filled with crowds.

With its modern shops located in 19th century Neo Classical and Art Nouveau buildings and nostalgic trams actively carrying passengers up and down the street all day; Istiklal is a spot where you can witness the fusion of old and new in İstanbul. 

Here are some spots you shouldn’t miss:

Museum of Illusions, Madame Tussauds, Historical Çiçek (Flower) Passage, Saint-Antoine Church, Church of the Holy Trinity, Pera Museum, historic Atlas and Beyoğlu Cinemas. A ride on the Nostalgic Tram is also highly recommended. From art galleries, historical buildings and churches to lively cafes, restaurants, shops and cinemas İstiklal Avenue has it all. So make sure you make a visit and enjoy both the culture and liveliness of the city.

Related Post: Beyoglu, Taksim Museums


Istanbul Grand Bazaar & Old Local Markets

The Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar)

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.


Mahmutpaşa Bazaar

Mahmutpasa Bazaar is a shopping street in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in the area between The Grand Bazaar and Eminönü. This market area, with copious small shops on both sides of the main street, is a symbol of cheap shopping in Istanbul. The bazaar hosts 256 shops.


The Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar)

The Spice Bazaar is one of the largest bazaars in the city. It is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. Spice Bazaar has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewelry, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.


Eminönü

This is the heart of the walled city, the focus of a history of incredible richness. Eminönü covers roughly the area on which the ancient Byzantium was built. The Galata Bridge crosses the Golden Horn into Eminönü and the mouth of the Bosphorus opens into the Marmara Sea.


Istanbul Museums & Places for Families & Kids (UPDATED: January 2023)

1- Miniatürk (Miniature Turkey Museum)
Location:Sütlüce, Golden Horn
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:09:00 – 18:00 (9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:150 TL

2- Rahmi Koç Museum
Location:Hasköy, Golden Horn
Closed Days:Mondays
Visiting Hours:09:00 – 17:30 (9:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:300 TL

3- Panorama 1453 History Museum
Location:Topkapı
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:08:00 – 18:30 (08:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:150 TL

4- Vialand Theme Park
Location:Yeşilpınar, Alibeyköy
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:10:00 – 18:00 (10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:900 TL

5- Sea Life Aquarium
Location:Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:10:00 – 20:00 (10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:325 TL

6- Istanbul Aquarium
Location:Aqua Florya Shopping Mall
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:10:00 – 19:00 (10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:350 TL

7- Pelit Chocolate Factory & Museum
Location:Esenyurt
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:10:00 – 17:00 (10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:150 TL

8- Museum of Illusions (Istanbul Istiklal)
Location:Istiklal Avenue
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:11:00 – 21:00 (11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:235 TL

9- Madame Tussauds Istanbul
Location:Istiklal Avenue
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:11:00 – 19:00 (11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:325 TL

10- Naval Museum
Location: Beşiktaş
Closed Days: Mondays
Visiting Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card: Not Valid
Entrance Fee: 100 TL

Istanbul Museums – Entry Fees & Visiting Hours & Location Information – Asian Side Museums (UPDATED: January 2023)

1- Beylerbeyi Palace
Location:Beylerbeyi, Üsküdar
Closed Days:Mondays
Visiting Hours:09:00 – 18:00 (9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Valid
Entrance Fee:130 TL

2- Küçüksu Pavilion
Location:Göksu, Beykoz
Closed Days:Mondays
Visiting Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Valid
Entrance Fee:60 TL

3- Beykoz Mecidiye Pavilion
Location:Beykoz
Closed Days:Mondays
Visiting Hours:09:00 – 18:00 (9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Valid
Entrance Fee:60 TL

4- Maiden’s Tower
Location:Salacak, Üsküdar
Closed Days:Museum is closed (Renovation)
Visiting Hours:*
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:*

5- Çamlıca Tower
Location:Çamlıca
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:10:00 – 21:30 (10:00 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:250 TL

Istanbul Museums – Entry Fees & Visiting Hours & Location Information – Beyoglu, Taksim Museums (UPDATED: January 2023)

1- Galata Mevlevi House Museum
Location:Şişhane
Closed Days:Mondays
Visiting Hours:09:00 – 18:30 (9:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Valid
Entrance Fee:50 TL

2- Museum of Illusions
Location:Istiklal Avenue
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:11:00 – 20:00 (11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:235 TL

3- Madame Tussauds
Location:Istiklal Avenue
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:11:00 – 21:00 (11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Not Valid
Entrance Fee:325 TL

4- Galata Tower
Location:Galata, Beyoğlu
Closed Days:Open everyday
Visiting Hours:08:30 – 22:00 (8:30 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.)
Museum Pass Card:Valid
Entrance Fee:175 TL