Istanbul is Turkey’s biggest city and is the country’s cultural and financial centre. The city bridges Asia and Europe and the population is estimated to be around 15 million people which makes it one of the largest cities in Europe.
A lot of the city’s main attractions are concentrated in the old city of Sultanahmet on the peninsula. Across the Golden Horn to the north are Galata, Beyoglu and Taksim which makes up the heart of modern Istanbul.
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is said to be the worlds oldest shopping mall and covers several blocks with a labyrinth of side streets. The shops are organized into quarters and by what they sell, for example there is a jeweller’s quarter, carpet’s quarter, and shoe quarters etc.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 20km west of the city centre and taxis generally cost about 20 USD. Foreigners prefer not to drive themselves as the streets have heavy traffic and are manic at points. There are public transport links to and from the airport that run often.