And is that about the beautiful and magical city of Istanbul everything has been written, on its Palaces, its Santa Sofia, its Blue Mosque and many others, its Galata Bridge, its Turkish gastronomy, its streets, but today we are going to tell you what are our favorite experiences, maybe some different and that will help those who come, look for more than places to visit. We talk about 7 essential experiences in Istanbul
ENJOY THE MOMENT TO PRAYER IN THE LONELY MEZQUITA SOKULLU MEHMET PASHA
During our visit to the Sultanhamet area, one of the mosques that we were most passionate about was the Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, and it has a lot to do with the degree of isolation and authenticity He was breathing in her.
Away from the tourist mosques of the main square, Sokullu Mehmet Pasha (from 9am until late) pick up the tradition of a neighborhood where the call to prayer gathers a few faithful away from the busy hustle and bustle of the tourist. There alone, with hardly any foreigners, you can observe and enjoy the prayer of the man in the central part and the prayer of the woman isolated in a side corner of it.
CATAR ONE OF THE MOST CURIOUS DISHES, A KEBAP TESTI
A more or less traditional dish can become one of the most demanded. It is the case of this delicious stewed meat served in a clay pot and heated on fire in front of you, it is served with a curious ritual consisting of breaking its bowl and completing your plate. Are you going to miss it?
This exquisite dish-show can be tasted in the vast majority of restaurants in the Sultanhamet area, such as Amedros, Enjoner and a long etcetera.
TAKE A TEA IN ONE OF THE MOST PINTORESCAL TETERIES, LALE BAHÇESI REST
Istanbul is full of tea shops in every corner, but if there is one that we fell in love with, it was the one we found DAY 4 of the getaway to Istanbul called Lale Bahçesi Rest. It's about a small and picturesque inner courtyard full of small tables located in one of the corners of the Suleymaniye or Suleiman Mosque.
Enjoy in this magical place an apple tea or even smoke nargile listening better than ever the call to prayer from the nearest speaker of one of its minarets is a mystical experience of those who stop time.
STAY IN A PLACE WITH CHARM AND FEEL A TRUE SULTAN
The former Constantinople currently has more than 1000 accommodation options in any of the areas of the city. From hostels, hostels to real mansions. Do youWhy not try to feel Sultan for a few days? Here it is possible
If you really want to live a different experience, rate the many charming options that exist in the Turkish city
EAT KEBAP OF SOME OF THE MULTIPLE CALLEJEROS POSTS IN THE ASIAN AREA
Go to the old Ottoman capital and not taste a fish sandwich in the Galata Bridge, or taste its spectacular sweets, or even some of its most typical dishes ... !! It is a sin !! ... but no longer eat a kebap down the street in one of its many street stalls It should be considered "immediate expatriation." And if in some corner it shouldn't stop being done it is in its authentic Asian area on the other side of the Bosphorus that we visited on DAY 5, also far from the tourist hustle and bustle of other more acclaimed areas. Here the villager makes his life while he loses himself among his narrow streets full of local markets for vegetables, vegetables and nuts, while fishermen occupy every corner of the coast to earn their daily bread.
And accompany it with some of the many juice options of many other stalls? And all this for less than 5 or 6 TYR ...! The best menu of the day!
BUY !! SOAPS !! IN THE SPICE BAZAR
In the Spice Bazaar we would visit before our special New Year's Eve in Istanbul, for us the most special away from the tourist and disappointing Grand Bazaar, you have to go shopping for what is obvious, that is,…! Soaps !!
And is that in addition to saffron, cinnamon, all kinds of teas, different kinds of caviar, sponges, sausages or some strange gadgets, here you can find a stand of the best soaps in the city, and of course with all kinds of smells. Paula could not avoid the temptation and they already look at home as if they were a jewel.
SEEK INSPIRATION IN THE PRIVATE LAYER OF PIERRE LOTI
While it is true that many fellow travelers recommended it to us before, we can only confirm that if what you are looking for is one of the locations with one of the best views of the Golden Horn, this is the place.
At the top of the hill, which can be reached on foot or by cable car from Eyup, there are a few tables where you can have a good tea at a price that is not very abusive and where to observe the best panoramic view or simply look for the inspiration that Julien Iau, known as Pierre Loti, would find in his day.
But maybe you prefer to see it in the video that we have prepared for our Youtube Channel of Keys. DON'T MISS THE FAKE TAKES AT THE END OF THE VIDEO! (From minute 3:35)…
Isaac and Paula, remembering our passage through Istanbul (Turkey)