Overview of the Main Tourist Areas in Istanbul

How to find your way around Istanbul?

by Istanbul Trails

in City Trip, Hotel & Area Guide

Istanbul is a huge city, consisting of no less than 27 districts. Each of these districts contain several towns – among which famous ones like Sultanahmet and Taksim. Luckily, finding your way around town as a tourist is not that difficult as long as you keep the big picture in mind. I therefore divided the city into the following six (not too big) areas, housing most of the tourist attractions:

Not on the map below (click to enlarge), but also an important tourist area are the Princes’ Islands.

Overview map of Istanbul's main tourist areas.

Overview map of Istanbul's main tourist areas.

The Historical Part

Boroughs: Beyazit, Eminönü, Fatih, Kumpkapı, Mercan, Sirkeci, Sultanahmet, Tahtakale
Sightseeing spots:
Archaeology Museums, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Haghia Sophia, Harem, Hippodrome, Museum of Haghia Eirene, Topkapi Palace, Spice Bazaar and Süleymaniye Mosque

The Modern Part

Boroughs: Beşiktaş, Cihangir, Galata, Karaköy, Nişantaşi, Ortaköy, Şişli, Taksim, Tophane, Tünel, Yıldız
Sightseeing spots:
Dolmabahçe Palace, Flower Passage, Galata Tower, Istanbul Modern, Istiklal Caddesi, Nevizade, Taksim Square, Tunnel, Shopping Centers

Along the Golden Horn

Boroughs: Eyüp, Sütlüce
Sightseeing spots:
Rahmi Koç Museum, Miniatürk, Pierre Lotti

The European Shores of the Bosphorus

Boroughs: Arnavutköy, Bebek, Hisar, Istinye, Kuruçeşme
Sightseeing spots:
Fortress of Europe, Historical Houses, Istinye Shopping Center, Openair Night Clubs

Kadıköy on the Asian Shore

Boroughs: Fenerbahçe, Kadıköy, Moda
Sightseeing spots:
Bahariye Caddesi, Bağdat Caddesi, Fenerbahçe Marina, Hotair Balloon

The Princes’ Islands

Islands: Büyükada, Kınalıada, Burgazada, Heybeliada
Sightseeing / Activities: Monastery of St George, wooden mansions, horse-drawn carriage rides, bicycle tours, beaches

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