Straddling Asia and Europe, Istanbul Province is a melting pot of cultures, home to elegant Ottoman mansions, tree-lined avenues, soaring mosques and sprawling bazaars. Beyond the city, Istanbul Province offers laid-back beach resorts, secluded islands and ancient ruins.
Things to do in Istanbul Province
Watching over Istanbul since the 1600s, the Blue Mosque is the city’s signature landmark. It was raised by Sultan Ahmet and is topped with soaring domes and lofty minarets. The interior is decorated with stunning tiles in shades of cobalt, turquoise and aquamarine.
Set in the heart of Istanbul's Old City, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's most iconic marketplaces. It's been welcoming shoppers for centuries and is filled with stores selling everything from silks and spices to jewellery and antiques. You could easily spend hours getting lost in the cavernous bazaar.
Set in the Sea of Marmara, the Princes' Islands are a fantastic day trip from Istanbul. Buyukada is the biggest island in the archipelago, known for its gorgeous beaches and lush pine forests.
Venture out of the city and you'll find a treasure trove of small towns and charming seaside villages. Sile is popular with weekenders from Istanbul, with a rugged Black Sea coastline and a windswept lighthouse built in the 1800s.
Getting around Istanbul Province
Istanbul boasts Turkey's best public transport network, with buses, trams, metros, trains and ferries available. Taxis are also a fast way to get around, while long-distance buses run to nearby towns and cities. Flights arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, a 30-minute drive away.