Turkey's cities have a unique feel to them, and Istanbul is no exception. Straddling the line between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a city like no other.
Find yourself wandering through the old cobbled streets and climb the narrow stairways while walking through the Old Zone that spans Arksary through the Grand Bazaar.
Historically known as Constantinople, Istanbul is he largest city in Turkey and the 5th largest city in the world, with a population of 12.8 million. This also makes it the second largest metropolitan area in Europe by population.
The city is also designated as an alpha world city and has a long rich history. The city has served as the capital of the classical period (330-395 A.D.), Byzantine empire (395 - 1204, 1261-1453 A.D.), Latin, Roman and Ottoman Empire (1435-1922).
Most recently, the was chosen as the joint European Capital of Culture for 2010, while virtually all historic areas of the city were declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1985.
The best way to explore Istanbul is with a small group of adventure travelers.
Explore Istanbul the next time you travel to Turkey
Posted on Sunday, Oct. 31st, 2010