Family Travel Ideas in IstanbulEdit This
The magnificent city of Istanbul is not the best destination to travel to as a family, but there are still several spectacular sites that both kids and adults can enjoy. In Istanbul, family travel is somewhat limited, especially with younger children. However, there are many more attractions available to families with older children, who are likely to be more interested in history, architecture, and archeology, which are the major focuses of most attractions in Istanbul.
The Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
This elegant museum is located within a magnificent palace that was built for the Grand Vizier Ibrahm Pasha. The building itself was constructed in the 1700s and was, at the time, the most spectacular palace in the entire city. The art museum has the best collection in existence of artifacts from the Islamic world. There are interesting ceramics, works of calligraphy, religious art from the Ottoman Empire, and ethnographic exhibits such as a nomad's tent. It costs TL 10 per person to enter and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grand Bazaar - Kapali Carsisi
The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is a treat compared to bazaars in other countries. It is much more organized and less chaotic, and the salespeople are not quite as pushy. There is also more space between the stalls, making it a pleasure to stroll through the market and take in all of the sights, colors, and sounds of the bazaar. You can find great bargains on gems, silver, leather, carpets, gold and ceramics, but even if you do not buy anything, the extraordinary cultural experience is worth the trip. If you do want to shop, just know that the first price is the "tourist" price, and that you should haggle and even pretend to walk away if you want to get a real deal.
This huge underground cavern is a magical place. Softly illuminated by colored lights, the combination of Roman columns, support arches, calm water and occasional fish is an impressive sight to see. The cavern was actually the main water storage area for the city of Istanbul during difficult times. It was forgotten completely when the Ottomans took over Istanbul but was found and used again in 1545. This is a really interesting place to take older kids.
February 09, 2010 change by schitti