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City break in Istanbul. Active leisure ideas for Istanbul - attractions, recreation and nightlife

Istanbul Tatilya Entertainment Park is one of the best places for family holidays. The park occupies the fifth place in the list of largest parks in the world. Tatilya has enough space for as many as five thousand visitors at the same time. Kids will appreciate large selection of rides and game rooms, and music lovers are welcome to visit the amphitheater, which hosts music performances. In addition to this, the park has six restaurants and several bars where you can order drinks.
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Miniatürk Park is another place that is worth visiting. This park was opened in 2003. Miniatürk is a mix of a conventional park and an open-air museum. Here you will find spacious terraces for rest and recreation, as well as some thematic areas with established models of attractions. In the park you will find cozy cafés, bars and lots of interesting shops. Youngest visitors will find much interesting in a specially created garden. The Istanbul zoo is widely known far beyond the borders of the country. Here you can see rare exotic animals and birds. You will be also pleasantly surprised by the design of cages, and by beautiful fountains and pools that are made everywhere in the zoo. Near the sanctuary is made a large park where you can walk through the picturesque valleys and relax on a hot day.
Istanbul never ceases to attract fans of nightlife. Here you will find clubs and discos for every taste. Reina club is considered a popular holiday destination. Besides a dance floor area here work several restaurants. The dance floor of the club is equipped on the roof of the building, so visitors can fully enjoy the panoramic views of the city. The opening of Babylon nightclub took place in 1989. The club has immediately become a favorite place of rest among jazz fans. During its long history the club has greeted many famous guests. Now its stage frequently hosts concerts of popular music groups. Rock music fans should definitely visit the Kemanci club, the three halls of which host various musical programs every night. Roxy club is another notable facility for fans of nightlife. Here are often organized the performances of popular DJs. Copyright
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If you desire to comprehend the soul of this great city, you can just buy a ticket for the boat excursion and go to conquer the Bosporus. You will see the Galata bridge and tower, the Karakoy district, the Istanbul Modern, the Jihangir district, the Dolmabahce mosque and palace, the Beşiktaş stadium, the Galatasaray Lyceum, the Ortaköy mosque, the big Bosporus bridge, the Esma Sultan Palace, the Arnavutköy and Bebek area, the island Suada, historical peninsula, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, blue mosque and many more. All these will cost you 20 euro per a person. The excursion is held for an hour and a half. You will learn: where to try the most delicious sandwich in Istanbul with mackerel and baklava, kumpir and waffles, what the Ottoman pink color looks like, what is Ottoman Baroque, what is yalas and why the Bosphorus was blocked by chains.
Another way to learn the city of Istanbul by taking the walking excursion "How to understand Istanbul and get pleasure from it". This is the daily group sightseeing tour, which is worth taking in order to get acquainted with the city. For 3 hours you will begin to navigate in the main sights of the city and the intricacies of Istanbul history. Discover the favorite places of local people. After the tour, Istanbul will become clearer to you, and walking around the city will be more interesting! You will learn your favorite places - Ottoman coffee houses, city hookahs, cheap home cafes and restaurants with a panoramic view of Istanbul magnificence. You will find out where to try traditional dishes without tourist admixtures, how to make profitable purchases, where to have fun and how then you can comfortably reach anywhere in the city even at night. All these pleasures cost 20 euro per person.
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And the last excursion every active tourist, especially shopper, must take is the individual walking tour through the bazaars of Istanbul. The tour is conducted by a local resident. Find out where and what to buy, see the markets, which do not write in the guidebooks. The price is 53 euro for the four-hour tour. The market behind the Galata bridge near Eminonu Square (Saturday-Sunday) is littered with Chinese toys and mobile phones of incredible colors and a completely mysterious origin and quality. And on Beyazit Meydanı (also on Saturdays and Sundays) you can buy apple tobacco and smuggled Syrian silk scarves, which are traded by the Kurds. One of the most famous urban markets in Kadikoy runs two days a week: on Tuesdays - as a grocery (especially popular are various kinds of cheese here), and on Sundays - as a flea market.
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Recommended places for active recreation and leisure in Istanbul

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Where: 34 Hüdavendigar Caddesi, Hocapaşa, İstanbul, Istanbul; Telephone: +90 212 520 71 61;
Where: Imam Adnan Sok. 4, Beyoglu, Istanbul; Telephone: +90 212 293 61 00;
Where: Siraselviler Cad. 69/1-3, Taksim, Istanbul;
Where: Siraselviler Cad., Arslan Atari Sok. 3, Taksim, Istanbul; Telephone: +90 212 249 12 83;
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From the series “Famous Miniature Museums of Architectural Objects and Cities”
The park was opened in 2003. In contrast to other miniature parks, Miniaturk has a lot of unique features. Only here one can see the models that are placed inside large crystals. On the territory of the park a state-of-the-art 5D-cinema is located, whose visitors have an opportunity to make a virtual helicopter tour over Istanbul. In addition to mock-ups, many playgrounds for children of different ages have been equipped in the park, beautiful restaurants and souvenir shops operate here. Near the park there is an excellent carting center, which is also popular with holidaymakers. … Read further

Eyup Sultan Camii

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
Inside the mosque is decorated with a luxurious carpet, walls are decorated with great patterns made by the best specialists in the country. The main scarify place of the mosque is a tomb of the Sultan Eyup. It is the main Muslim relic in the country. According to the legends, this tomb has some paraphernalia of prophet Muhammad. This is the first mosque that has appeared on the territory of Turkey after Constantinople was conquered. Notwithstanding that the façade of the mosque is quite modest, its inner decoration is very impressive. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists are choked when they enter the mosque. … Read further

Dolmabahce Palace

From the series “Rococo Architecture – Famous Monuments”
The variety of landscape compositions and sculptures formed on the territory of the palace complex deserve special attention. 12 gates serve as the entrance to the palace grounds. The Treasure Gate is considered the main one among them. A significant part of the palace's premises is accessible to the public today. But fans of excursions should remember that no more than 3,000 people can visit the Sultan's residence daily. The ticket office is located right on the palace grounds. It will be better to go for tickets as early as possible during the height of the tourist season. … Read further
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The project organizers note that the new Kyoto hotel is perfect for both business and leisure. Just to remind you, the opening of the Roku Kyoto hotel took place in the city in 2021. The luxury hotel also never ceases to amaze guests with its exquisite atmosphere and variety of services. It is close to famous attractions like Kinkaku-ji Temple, and Shozan Resort Kyoto Pavilion is a short walk from the hotel. Read this


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