There's no better way to see and get
to know a city than on foot.
This applies especially to Istanbul, with
its half-land, half-water topography
and its crazy traffic patterns.
Before you go out walking, it's not
a bad idea to familiarize yourself
public transport system, especially
buses and ferries.
If you'd like a guided tour, Efendi
Travel's value-for-money Old
Istanbul Guided Walking Tour is
among the best. More...
If you'd rather walk on your own,
here are some suggestions:
the road to Rome, Divan
Yolu (map) is
now the main thoroughfare through
You can walk from the Milion,
the Byzantine mile-marker
for the center of Constantinople,
past mosques, the tombs of the sultans, Ottoman theological
of Constantine, and
other sights to Beyazıt
Square and the Grand
Bazaar in less than
an hour. More...
Tombs of the Sultans along Divan Yolu...
the mammoth Grand
Bazaar along narrow, untouristy Uzunçarşı
Caddesi through the heart
of the Tahtakale market
district to the Golden
Horn and Egyptian
(Spice) Bazaar, (map), all
in less than an hour, including
a stop at the exquisite Rüstem
Pasha Mosque, one
of Istanbul's most beautiful, but
rarely visited by tourists.
You might want to pick up a copy of
excellent guide before beginning
your bazaar walk. More...
For a premium exploration of Istanbul's bazaars with a knowledgeable guide, consider Istanbul Tour Studio's Bazaaring in Istanbul.
Formerly the Grande Rue de Péra, İstiklal
Caddesi (Independence Avenue) is
the heart of Beyoğlu,
the more European part of Istanbul.
Today it's a pedestrian
zone running from Taksim
Square to Galatasaray
Square and Tünel
Square, served by a century-old
and lined with boutiques, cafes, restaurants,
and the grand 19th-century imperial
for European diplomatic missions to
the Ottoman sultan's Sublime
—by Tom Brosnahan