Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in The Golden Horn

Rahmi M Koç Museum

This splendid museum is dedicated to the history of transport, industry and communications in Turkey. Founded by the head of the Koç industrial group, one of Turkey’s most prominent conglomerates, it exhibits artefa…
Top Choice Palace in The Bosphorus Strait

Beylerbeyi Palace

This opulently furnished 1865 building was designed by Sarkis Balyan, brother of Nikoğos (architect of Dolmabahçe Palace). It delighted both Sultan Abdül Aziz (r 1861–76), who commissioned it, and the many foreign d…
Top Choice Notable Building in The Bosphorus Strait

Hıdiv Kasrı

Set in a gorgeous garden where masses of tulips and other flowers bloom in spring, this palatial art nouveau villa was built in 1906 as the summer residence of the hıdiv (khedive or viceroy) of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi II…
Turkish in Around İstanbul

Gram Kanyon

Chef Didem Şenol brings the innovative combinations of fresh, seasonal ingredients that won her great acclaim at the now-closed Lokanta Maya to the Kanyon shopping centre in the Levent business district. Gram’s airy…
Fortress in The Bosphorus Strait

Rumeli Hisarı

Prior to construction of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in the 1980s, this massive fortress was the major landmark on this part of the Bosphorus. Built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 at the narrowest point…
Cultural Centre in The Bosphorus Strait

Borusan Contemporary

Housed in an eccentric-looking turreted building known locally as the Perili Köşk (Haunted Mansion), this cultural centre tucked under the western approach of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge is home to the contempora…
Gardens in Around İstanbul

Atatürk Arboretum

With serene lakes and nearly 2,000 different kinds of trees and plants from all over the world, this 730-acre oasis of green in the north of the city is a welcome respite from Istanbul’s crowded streets and concrete…
Museum in Büyükada

Museum of the Princes' Islands

Relegated to an isolated site next to Aya Nikola Beach on the southeastern side of the island, this excellent museum is often overlooked by visitors but we highly recommend making the effort to get here. Multimedia …
Church in Heybeliada

Hagia Triada Monastery

Perched above a picturesque line of poplar trees in a spot that has been occupied by a Greek monastery since Byzantine times, Hagia Triada is an 1844 complex that housed a Greek Orthodox theological school until 197…
Museum in The Bosphorus Strait

Sadberk Hanım Museum

Named after the wife of the late Vehbi Koç, founder of Turkey’s foremost commercial empire, this museum is housed in two late 19th-century yalıs and is a showcase of both Turkish-Islamic artefacts collected by Mrs K…