Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, is a wonder of a city filled with sights to see, things to do and culture to absorb. The city has quickly built itself a reputation for being a prime holiday spot for all types of holidaymakers with a little bit of everything to appease all types of travellers. Holidaymakers looking to enjoy a luxury holiday in the Turkish capital are particularly well catered for with a 5-star luxury Ritz Carlton located in the centre of the city. This article will provide an introduction to Istanbul while detailing things to do, sights to see and activities to enjoy.
A brief introduction to Istanbul
With an estimated population of nearly 14 million, Istanbul is one of the largest cities in Europe with people emigrating from all parts of Europe and Asia to call the city their home. As such, Istanbul is a multi cultural city with cultural heritage borrowed from a number of different locales; it is one of the only places in the world that can claim to feature a successful fusion of European and Asian culture and style.
Istanbul receives all four seasons with hot and humid summers during the June-September months and cold and wet winters during the November-February months. While Istanbul is an incredible city to visit regardless of the time of year, it can be argued that the best times to visit are during late spring and early autumn.
Sights and activities
Istanbul is home to dozens of historic and religious relics dating back centuries. It’s not uncommon to find buildings dating as far back as the Roman era.
A must see sight is the Aya Sofya, a Byzantine church that has since been converted into a mosque. The mosque is gigantic with exquisitely styled columns and huge ceilings.
The Topkapi Palace, once home to dozens of Turkish sultans and their families, is also a delight. The palace features lush courtyards filled with stunning gardens and high towers offering a perfect view over the city.
Istanbul’s famous ,Blue Mosque’ is also a standout, being that it is one of the only mosques in the world to feature six minarets instead of the standard number of four.
Istanbul is also home to dozens of museums. Two of the best include the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.
Finally, no trip to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to the city’s famous Turkish baths. Visitors to these baths will get the chance to soak in their unique atmosphere while bathing in soothingly warm water. Many baths also offer relaxing massages and other beauty treatments.
The Ritz Carlton Istanbul
The Ritz Carlton name is synonymous with luxury and quality. With over 80 5-star hotels located in 28 different locations around the world, there are few hotel chains able to match the quality of Ritz Carlton’s offerings.
The Ritz Carlton in Istanbul is one of the hotel chains finest with a prime location in the heart of Istanbul’s historical quarter.
Rooms are immaculately styled with Turkish inspired d’cor while the living lounge area offers stunning views over the city of Istanbul. The Ritz Carlton also features a gigantic indoor pool and a cintemani restaurant serving many Turkish delicacies. Room service is also available, as are a number of spa and beauty treatments. A well equipped fitness centre rounds off the package, giving hotel guests the chance to exercise during their stay.
The Ritz Carlton in Istanbul lives up to Ritz Carlton’s reputation, providing the best luxury hotel experience Istanbul has to offer.
Istanbul is a city filled with beauty and wonder; few places in the world can boast as much culture and history. The Ritz Carlton in Istanbul is a wonder in of itself, with comfortable rooms and a prime location close to a number of sights. It is the perfect place to enjoy a luxury stay in Istanbul.
This post was written by Dale, who found thinks that the Ritz Carlton Istanbul is theperfect place to stay on a luxury holiday in Turkey. When he’s not dreaming about the souks of Istanbul, he can also be found over at the Elegant Resorts blog.