24 hours in Istanbul
Written by Tristan Rutherford
In March, Istanbul awakens with a spring in its step. The sun is stronger. Evenings are longer. And the city’s 15 million residents spill outdoors to sip tea al fresco on both banks on the Bosphorus. Alas, that traditional watery divide between European and Asian shores is no more.
In late 2013, a brand new sub-sea tunnel connected the bazaars and bars of Kadiköy with the markets and minarets of Sultanahmet – in just two minutes flat. Looking for tradition over modernity? Kick back on the car-free Prince’s Islands, a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Istanbul.
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Istanbul’s five Metro lines connect the city, and crisscrossed underneath the Bosphorus in October 2013.
İDO ferries range from modern catamarans to puffing museum pieces. Every island, quay, and suburb has its own maritime stop.
The main shopping streets around stiklal Caddesi, Kadiköy, and the Grand Bazaar are all pedestrian-only.