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Istanbul City Breaks

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Everyone likes to relax a little on holiday. Some people like to spend the whole holiday relaxing, some prefer to be climbing steep mountainsides or diving into the ocean depths. But either way, everyone needs to take a break, take a breath and relax a little. This is especially true in bustling cities, where the tempo of life can be overwhelming, even to the most ardent lover of cities. We look at one of the world's busiest and most vibrant cities - Istanbul - and examine the top five ways that you can take time out from your Istanbul city break to relax a little.

If you take your holidays in Istanbul, you won't need to visit the museums to get a sense of history, because you'll see it all around you. The city itself is full of amazing ancient streets and walls, towers and palaces. However, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum is a good value visit for Turkey holidays since it is not one museum but a combination of three: the main Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Orient, and the Museum of Islamic Art.

Turkey's diverse geographical regions mean that a visit to the country could incorporate a city break, mountain trek and seaside holiday all in one. Fly to Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, and experience its stunning cityscape, vibrant arts scene and exciting café culture. Take in Turkey's diverse museums and art galleries, including the Istanbul Modern, Istanbul Archaeology Museum, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and the Pera Museum.

One of the most interesting activities to do when on a Turkey walking holiday is to visit the vibrant local markets of Istanbul. Breathe in the scents at the Spice Bazaar, and spend time wandering through the flower and fish markets. The Grand Bazaar is a great place to visit if you want to pick up some Turkish items on your walking holiday in Turkey. From Turkish carpets to pottery to cotton and wool clothing, you can spend hours browsing through the many shops offering an interesting variety of wares.

Featuring a seemingly never ending list of attractions, Istanbul  continues to draw visitors and migrants for holidays and relocation purposes. The extensive history and culture of the region blends effortlessly with the modern social and ethnic diversity of the city's inhabitants. Millions of visitors are attracted to the city on an annual basis from all corners of the globe, whether for its cultural, commercial or historical features. 

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